The Lakers were beset by injuries throughout the 2013-14 season, and the 2014 preseason has gotten off to a similar start.
Scorer Nick Young underwent thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament, knocking him out for about eight weeks
The team did not fare well — getting pummeled 116-75. Steve Nash sat out the second half because something didn't feel right to the 40-year-old veteran point guard.
The team has also missed Xavier Henry (back) and Ryan Kelly (hamstring), but both have started to increase their activity in practice.
The team hopes to finally have both Bryant and Nash healthy at the same time, a rarity over the two years since Nash joined the team.
Coach Byron Scott has looked to limit the minutes of his older players through the preseason.
The Lakers coach would also prefer his team to average just 10 to 15 three-point attempts a game.
A gambling website has the Lakers winning just 32 1/2 games this season.
Finally, the NBA's new television deal may help give the Lakers sizable spending power in 2016.