The Lakers opened training camp in preparation for the 2013-14 season.
Though Pau Gasol is generally healthy, after an offseason procedure to heal his knees, he'll be brought along slowly during training camp, team officials said. A doctor's examination showed improvement for Gasol, who struggled last season with tendinosis.
Health is the biggest question for the Lakers this season but defense isn't far behind. The team hopes to rely on youth and athleticism to help improve on that county.
The timing on Bryant's return is still up in the air but General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he expects the superstar back in full at some point this season. Kupchak has filled out the team's roster, searching for gems among other teams' discards.
Bryant said the focus is cutting down recovery time so that he can get to a daily schedule of normal basketball workouts.
The Lakers need to beat out seven teams in the Western Conference. Going team by team (a series of 14), so far the Lakers look to be better than the Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans but not as good as the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder or Clippers.
Buss sent a message to season-ticket holders in what the team hopes will be a strong year.