Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters for the first time in a week. The news he delivered would please any Lakers fan.
Bryant said he was "85%" sure he would play in the Lakers' season opener Tuesday against Dallas. He has not played a game or practiced since sustaining a strained right foot Oct. 21 in an exhibition game against Sacramento.
Bryant went through a full shoot-around with the team Tuesday morning and said he would re-evaluate his foot when he arrived at Staples Center later in the day.
"It's just a matter of how sore it gets from now until I get to Staples," he said after the shoot-around. "Of course I want to play. We've put together a great roster here and I worked real hard this summer to get myself in tip-top shape and be ready to go. I'm not going to play with an injury that's going to get progressively worse and just limp through the season. I worked too hard for that."