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Kobe Bryant will play in Lakers' season opener, fully participates in practice

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Kobe is ready to start his 20th season.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant was again a full participant in the Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Tuesday, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com. Bryant had previously missed nearly two weeks with a bruised lower leg he suffered in the Lakers' preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings. Now that Bryant is healthy, Byron Scott also told the media that Bryant would play in the Lakers season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, "unless something crazy happens tonight or tomorrow." Scott was not willing to state how many minutes Bryant would be playing.

At least one of the starters alongside Bryant is still something of a mystery. Scott told the media on Monday that the Lakers would start Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle against the Timberwolves, but was unwilling to commit to starting 19-year old rookie point guard and second overall pick D'Angelo Russell. Scott stuck to that on Tuesday:

Russell will most likely still start, but Scott certainly does not seem to want to just hand the job to the rookie.

In other injury news, Larry Nance, Jr. is listed as "doubtful" with right knee tendinitis, according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times. While Nance, Jr. was unlikely to see much floor time even if 100% healthy, it is good that the Lakers are being cautious with their other first round pick.