By Ben Golliver
Will he or won't he?
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown has listed All-Star guard Kobe Bryant as a game-time decision for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Dallas Mavericks with a right foot strain. Bryant did not participate in practice on Monday.
Last week, the Lakers shut down Bryant for the final two games of the preseason because of the injury. Bryant reported dealing with both pain and swelling in his foot.
In comments made last week, Bryant didn't sound overly concerned about the long-term impact of the injury, as he called the rest it gave him "a good thing."
The Lakers will host the Mavericks at the Staples Center on Tuesday and then travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Bryant, 34, appeared in five preseason games for the Lakers, posting averages of 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 26.8 minutes per game. One of the league’s more durable superstars, he appeared in 58 of L.A.’s 66 games last season, averaging 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.