The season opener just round the corner, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a turnaround this season. But two of their projected superstars are injured; Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson.
Bryant has been struggling to strike his supreme form for the last few seasons. The five time NBA-winner, shooting guard Bryant is a legendary figure in Los Angeles Lakers. But the Lakers and Bryant have fallen sharply since being routed by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs in 2013. The team only managed to win 48 games in the last two seasons.
Bryant only played 41 games in the last two season. Still recovering from a shoulder surgery, Lakers’ coach Byron Scott said, he has plans to limit Bryant’s playing minutes this season, in order to bring out the best out of him. Bryant, on the other hand, is determined to play the season opener on Wednesday.
“Yeah, I told him if he couldn’t go Sunday, Monday we could start worrying,” Scott said after practice. “He walked out Sunday, he said it felt good. He gave me a thumbs-up. Went through the scrimmage and everything. You can see a little rust, but other than that, he was moving pretty fluid again. It was just good to see.”
When he played last season, he averaged 22.3 points per game. Veteran Kobe Bryant is now at the verge of entering his 20th season.
23-year-old Jordan Clarkson, sustained a sprain in his right shoulder during a preseason game. But Clarkson is confident of playing the season opener, according to sources.