Lakers News: Latest on Kobe Bryant’s Role, Larry Nance Injury and More

The Los Angeles Lakers, the league's most interesting mix of old and new, are off to an 0-1 start. 

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves to kick off the season Wednesday and took a 112-111 loss after seeming to take their foot off the pedal late.

While some might consider it a disappointing start, others would point in the direction of encouragement, as the young players looked good. In the process, Los Angeles showed much in the way of Bryant's usage, missing players and more.

Below, let's take a look at the most recent news around the Lakers before the team next takes the court Friday at the Sacramento Kings.


Kobe Bryant's Role

Perhaps the biggest question going into the season was how the Lakers would use Bryant, who kicked off his 20th season with the franchise Wednesday.

The answer looks complicated at best. Bryant took the floor for 29 minutes and went 8-of-24 with 24 points, but Louis Williams came off the bench and added 21 points of his own on 27 minutes.

What most will gravitate to, though, is the fact that Bryant inbounded the ball with the game on the line late, giving the potential game-winning shot off to Williams instead of taking it himself.

"Don't start that," Bryant said, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. "We got a good shot. That's Lou's shot. That's a great runner for him. It hit the back heel. It's a great look for him."

The early signs? The Lakers are ready to give a bigger role to others. Nobody can forget the controversy surrounding Bryant's usage and injury last year, so the opener was perhaps a sign to expect less and less as the season wears on.


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