By Elliott Teaford Staff Writer Kobe Bryant will be in the Lakers’ starting lineup tonight for their season opener against the Houston Rockets. Kwame Brown will be their starting center, matching up against Houston’s 7-foot-6 Yao Ming. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Forward Lamar Odom will sit out because his surgically repaired left shoulder still isn’t sound enough and might not be for another week or two. Coach Phil Jackson is moving closer to a decision about whether to accept the Lakers’ offer of a two-year contract extension. So much for the facts. A great deal more remains unclear about the Lakers as they prepare to celebrate the start of their 60th season in the NBA, beginning with Bryant’s future with the team. Jackson confirmed reports from Chicago over the weekend that the Lakers were willing to trade Bryant for a package of players. The Bulls were said to be unwilling to part with Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah, however. “We’re listening,” Jackson said Monday. “That’s part of the deal. We listen. Chicago has been one of the active teams. There’s nothing imminent right now.” Jackson said he hoped the situation would be resolved one way or another before it becomes an even greater distraction. “It’s better sooner rather than later, in my estimation,” he said. “Let’s get it settled and figure out what’s going to happen or if nothing’s going to happen and then go from there. … The season is at hand. This has been going on for two or three weeks.” Bryant faced a horde of reporters, but had zero interest in speaking about the trade talk he ignited when he said in May that he wished to be dealt. “I’m not going into it,” he said. “I’m still a Laker. I’m ready to play.” Bryant indicated he was aware of discussions between the teams, however. “They’re still fielding offers,” he said. “Where that goes, it goes.” He also declined to respond to criticism leveled at him by Jackson, who on Saturday questioned the star guard’s effort during training camp. “I’m not getting into that,” said Bryant, who plans to play tonight despite a sprained right wrist that forced him to sit out the Lakers’ exhibition finale Friday in Las Vegas. “It’s not something where there’s going to be a back-and-forth dialogue.” Bryant and Jackson spoke before Monday’s practice. “Just about being here and being present,” Jackson said when asked what was said. “He knows his heart’s got to be in it. That’s really important. If it is, he’s a really dynamite player. He said, `I’m going to be here. I’m present.”‘ Asked how Bryant looked on the floor, Jackson said it was obvious that his wrist was troubling him. “He can’t shoot the ball very well and didn’t shoot it very often,” Jackson said. “You can tell it’s still bothering him. He’s got it wrapped.” Raising cane Jackson said he’s close to a decision on his future with the Lakers. “I said having Kobe Bryant on this team is not part of my job description,” said Jackson, who has been offered a two-year extension at roughly $10 million per season. “It’s not part of what I do. “That’s not the primary factor (of returning as coach).” Asked if he would return after his three-season, $30 million deal expires at the end of the season, Jackson said, “I’m not telling.” Asked why not, he raised the cane he’s used after a second hip-replacement surgery in as many years and said, “Well, I still have this beast I’m still carrying around. I want to be free of this. I am getting close. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Around the league Heat: Penny Hardaway is officially back in the NBA after the Miami Heat placed him on their season-opening roster. The Heat released guards Jeremy Richardson and Brian Chase, along with forwards Marcus Slaughter and Devin Green to reach the league-mandated 15-man limit. Hardaway signed a nonguaranteed contract this summer after a strong tryout. He hasn’t played in a regular-season game in nearly two years because of knee problems. Cavaliers: Cleveland signed rookie Demetris Nichols to a contract as it finalized its opening-day roster for the 2007-08 season. The club did not disclose contract terms on Nichols, who averaged 4.8 points in five exhibition games with the New York Knicks, who waived him last week. Pacers: Courtney Sims, an undrafted 6-foot-11 rookie from Michigan, signed with the Pacers. Sims averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in six preseason games and was waived by the Pacers last week. Nets: New Jersey opened two roster spots, trading swingman Bernard Robinson, center Mile Ilic and cash considerations to the New Orleans Hornets for veteran guard David Wesley. The Nets have told Wesley not to report and the team will eat the guaranteed portion of his $1.75 million contract, General Manager Ed Stefanski said. The team will waive Wesley at some point, he added. … The Nets also exercised the third-year options on the contracts of guard Marcus Williams and forward Josh Boone, keeping the players through the 2008-09 season. Jazz: Waived forward Kevin Lyde, setting their opening-day roster. Raptors: Forward Joey Graham will stay through the 2008-09 season after the Raptors exercised their fourth-year option. Rockets: Guards Bob Sura and John Lucas III were among four players cut by Houston on the eve of its season opener with the Lakers. Forwards Jackie Butler and Justin Reed also were released as the team reduced its roster to 15 players. SuperSonics: Seattle may not try to escape its lease at KeyArena through arbitration, a federal judge said. Judge Ricardo S. Martinez called the team’s interpretation of the contract “as errant as a typical Shaquille O’Neal free throw.” Seattle city attorney Tom Carr was delighted by the news. “The Sonics have made clear they’re attempting to leave after this coming season,” he said. “The city wants an order from the judge saying they cannot escape the terms of their lease.” Bucks: Yi Jianlian will be in Milwaukee’s starting lineup when the Bucks open the season in Orlando. The lineup unveiled by Coach Larry Krystkowiak includes the 6-foot-11 power forward from China. Timberwolves: Minnesota did some wheeling and dealing, reaching a buyout with veteran Juwan Howard and making a trade with San Antonio to get to the 15-man roster limit before the deadline. The Timberwolves sent a protected 2008 second-round pick to the Spurs for cash considerations and guard Beno Udrih, whom the Wolves immediately waived. The Associated Press contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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