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Kobe Bryant injury: Lakers will likely start Jodie Meeks at guard if Kobe can't play

Guard Jodie Meeks will start in place of Kobe Bryant if the Los Angeles Lakers' star sits in the season opener against Dallas.

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Fourth-year pro Jodie Meeks will likely start in place of Kobe Bryant if the Los Angeles Lakers starting shooting guard sits out Tuesday's season-opener against the Dallas Mavericks, reports The Los Angeles Times. Bryant has been out of practice with a strained and bruised right foot suffered in the Lakers' preseason game against Sacramento.

Meeks has practiced with the first unit this past week, reports The LA Times. The newly-signed Laker will get the start alongside Steve Nash if Bryant can't go. Bryant is listed as a game-time decision.

Averaging 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game during his career, the 6'4 Meeks would provide a sound outside shooter to stretch the floor for the Lakers' starting unit. He shot 45.8 percent from the three-point line in the preseason and is a career 37.1 percent shooter from long-range.

Meeks joined Los Angeles as a free agent signing this offseason. The former Philadelphia 76er signed a two-year deal with the Lakers worth $3 million. The second year is a team option.