kobe bryant*The 2012-13 NBA season starts today/tonight and as of now, it looks like one of the league’s venerable super stars, Kobe Bryant,  could be missing from the line up.

Bryant did not participate in practice Monday, making it the seventh straight day he  had to sidelined with a strained and bruised right foot that he hurt during the preseason while tripping over a Sacramento Kings player’s foot.

Bryant will be a game-time decision Tuesday when the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant underwent an MRI late last week that merely confirmed a strain and contusion of Bryant’s foot, Lakers spokesman John Black said.

Two Lakers sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne Monday night that Bryant has made “progress” in the last few days, but there is still uncertainty over whether he will be able to play Tuesday night.

Bryant posted on his Facebook page Monday night that he was “getting stronger” and added, “I will know more after shoot around tomorrow am. It’s still painful to raise up on my toes but, it’s strong. The decision to be made is whether the injury can heal while playing on it or if it will make it worse.”

“There’s concern there just because you want him to be healthy or as healthy as possible, but at the end of the day, that’s part of the reason why this is a team,” said Lakers coach Mike Brown. “Other guys have got to be ready to step up and be ready to play if he can’t go.”

Read/learn more at ESPN.

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