Misunderstanding the Inactive List

The NBA’s deadline to pare down rosters came and went at 3pm pacific today with a couple teams making trades to essentially cut excess players or avoid luxury tax implications. The official rosters that have been released by the league assigns players over the 12 that you’re allowed to suit up per game as inactive. The Lakers roster was released showing Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, and Kobe Bryant as inactive?

LA LAKERS
Brown, Kwame
Bynum, Andrew
Cook, Brian
Crittenton, Javaris
Evans, Maurice
Farmar, Jordan
Fisher, Derek
Karl, Coby
Radmanovic, Vladimir
Turiaf, Ronny
Vujacic, Sasha
Walton, Luke

INACTIVE LIST
Bryant, Kobe
Mihm, Chris
Odom, Lamar

Wait is Kobe’s wrist so bad that he won’t play opening night? The simple answer is “No it’s not that bad.”

Both Kobe and Phil declared him fit to play against Houston on Tuesday night. These rosters are submitted to the league merely to show who comprises your 15 man roster. The inactives on this list don’t have any bearing on who will be in street clothes come Opening night (although I’m putting money on Lamar being inactive and I’m excited to see what he comes with in the suit department).

Each team has until 60 minutes before game time to decide who will be placed on inactive list. Expect to see #24 running around in Gold at STAPLES tomorrow.