Los Angeles Lakers will be moving into next season without Dwight Howard and are in for a tough year. Last season was a nightmare for Laker fans, filled with a lot of injuries. Every player in the star-studded starting lineup was hurt at some point during the season, with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol being the two missing significant time.
Gasol underwent a knee surgery in the offseason, while Nash struggled with multiple injuries and was unable to finish the season. However, both players should be ready to go for training camp.
“I expect both those guys to participate in training camp. Kobe is obviously the wild card right now,” Kupchak said.
“I spoke to Pau about two weeks ago for 45 minutes. He said he feels a lot better than he did a month ago. He was optimistic that he’d be ready for training camp. He does plan on playing three or four more years, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t with his skill level.
“We saw Nash out here last week. If I had to guess, he feels he’s in the 90th-percentile of where he wants to be. We still have two more months.”
As for Kobe Bryant, no one really knows when he could return to the floor. Some very optimistic people are suggesting a guy with his work ethic could be back by training camp, but he is probably looking at a return somwhere around Christmas.