Kobe Bryant’s Facebook Message Bodes Well for Black Mamba on Opening Night

For the past week, there has been nothing but uncertainty regarding the status of Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant for opening night.  The new-look Lakers open the season at home tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, and according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, the five-time champion is a game-time decision as he recovers from a strained and bruised right foot. 

The thought of the team being without Bryant is borderline unheard-of, as he has been the Lakers' workhorse for almost two decades, but a recent post on his Facebook page suggests that fans should have hope about tonight's game.

Getting stronger. Not sure what it means for tomorrow night just yet but it’s much better than it was a week ago when I could barely walk. I hate not practicing. It drives me crazy! The training staff has been great. Mr. Laker, Gary Vitti, and the great Judy Seto (the first female trainer in the NBA) have been working their magic.

I will know more after shoot around tomorrow am. It's still painful to raise up on my toes but, it’s strong. The decision to be made is whether the injury can heal while playing on it or if it will make it worse. Either way, I'm excited about the start of the season. Hopefully we can win a game or two finally ;-)
Till tomorrow..
Mamba out


The post is not only testament to how hard a worker Bryant is, but also just how much he doesn't want to disappoint the fans on Opening Night. 

For the past decade, he has been the one packing the Staples Center with fans and is easily the most popular player on the team.  Fans come to see him, and though he has very talented teammates this year in Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, the game just won't be the same if the Black Mamba doesn't play.  This post certainly implies that there is a strong chance that he will play.

You see, ever since Bryant got injured,...

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