The excitement surrounding the Lakers and their additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash has somewhat overshadowed an injury to the franchise's biggest star. A foot strain that has limited his court time during the preseason continues to linger and has made him questionable for the regular season opener. The strain is causing Bryant considerable amounts of pain and prevented the 2008 MVP from traveling with the team to San Diego for their final exhibition game. The injury serves as a reminder that while Kobe may still be a top player in the league, he is entering his 16th NBA season and has logged over 42,000 regular season minutes. If you factor in his 8,641 playoff minutes, you add an additional three seasons onto his legs. For comparison sakes, LeBron James has played 32,491 total minutes in his eight-year career. Do I suspect Kobe will miss much time? No, in fact I'll be surprised if he doesn't play on Opening Night. However given his age and mileage, any l
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