Lakers’ Kobe Bryant out of preseason with foot injury
While the Los Angeles Lakers look like the best team on paper after a cap-blowing offseason bringing an overall improvement to the roster, the potential championship contenders have been brought-down in the preseason due to the piling injuries to key players.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is still recovering from offseason back surgery. Shooting guard Kobe Bryant sat out multiple practices during training camp due to discomfort in his right foot. Forward Metta World Peace recently dislocated a finger while shooting, and point guard Steve Nash sustained an ankle injury in the Los Angeles Lakers’ previous preseason game.
The Los Angeles Lakers roster has been plagued by injuries, and in particular the starters, have been plagued by injuries which hasn’t allowed for much chemistry building.
In wake of this tornado of bad luck, the Los Angeles Lakers ruled Kobe Bryant out for the rest of the preseason with a strained right foot. Kobe Bryant is slated to miss the next two games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday and Sacramento Kings on Thursday this preseason.
The 34-year-old Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely, and will be reevaluated this weekend. However, Kobe Bryant claimed improvement in his foot prior to Wednesday’s shootaround.
"You'd love to have everybody for every single game, but that's part of the preseason and it's part of the regular season because it can happen during the regular season," stated Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown. "So we just have to go out and play with who's available."
Kobe Bryant injured his foot during the third quarter of Los Angeles Lakers’ 99-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings last Sunday when he stumbled over Thomas Robinson’s foot.
Dwight Howard too has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game although he’s expected to play against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. However, Jordan Hill is expected to return against the Los Angeles Clippers after sitting out the last four preseason games with a herniated disk. Jordan Hill will be coming off the bench rather than filling in at Dwight Howard’s starting spot.
Expect to see a lot of minutes from 2nd year forward Devin Ebanks and 3rd year guard Jodie Meeks against the Los Angeles Clippers. Jodie Meeks, who is averaging 4.8 points per game this season with 26.7 percent shooting from the field and 46.7 percent from the arc, will be starting in Kobe Bryant’s place.
Mike Brown was disappointed that he couldn’t see more chemistry building between his five-starter during the preseason after they played just one game together.
"Obviously it would have been great if they would have had more on-court time against a different-colored jersey," said Mike Brown. "But, again, I'm a long-term guy and not a short-term guy, so, they'll be ready when it counts."
The seriousness of Kobe Bryant’s injury can be judged from Kobe Bryant statement that he wouldn’t have played Wednesday even if it were a regular season game.
Hence, it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be seeing Kobe Bryant on court when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks in their regular-season opener on 30th October.