Updated 09:13 AM EST, Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers 2014 Season News & Roster Update: Mitch Kupchak Says Kobe, Nash Look Great

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The Los Angeles Lakers host their annual pre-season media day today during which they will pose for photos and videos to be used by the team during the season, and they will meet with the press and discuss the most pressing issues concerning the outlook of this season.

Mitch Kupchak recently sat down and spoke with reporters and one of the topics he covered was the health status of his two aging former MVPs, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. Bryant has been sidelined for much of the past two seasons after suffering a devastating achilles tendon injury followed by a fractured knee bone. Nash has been dealing with nerve issues in his back after he fractured a bone in his leg two games into the 2012-2013 season. 

Kobe Bryant

Lakers Nation reports that Kupchak has been viewing some of Bryant's recent workouts, and he claims the 5-time champion looks as if he never experienced any significant injuries based on his play. That's good news for Lakers fans, many of whom have been waiting nervously to see if Bryant will be able to recapture his previous form or merely be a shell of what he was. But all signs, according to Kupchak, point to Bryant being back to his old self. 

Steve Nash

Nash has reportedly been working out twice a day at the Lakers' training facility, which is a good sign given his age and the fact that he has been dealing with back and leg issues ever since that fracture occurred nearly two years ago. Nash is a former two-time league MVP and perennial all-star who used to dominate games from the point guard position. If he can even be half of what he was in Phoenix, he could make the Lakers offense much more potent by setting up the Lakers' athletic roster for easy baskets.

Limiting Minutes

Given the age of Bryant and Nash, Kupchak also acknowledged that the playing time of both players would be heavily regulated. He also stated that Byron Scott would have the final say over the players' minutes his season. If the Lakers are to have any chance of either making the post season and advancing beyond the first round, they will need a healthy and well-rested duo of Bryant and Nash leading the way.

For more Lakers news check back with us as training camp gets underway. We will be covering the team's workouts and pre-seaon contests before the season gets underway on Oct. 28 at Staples Center when they'll host the Houston Rockets.

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