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Kobe Bryant to miss rest of preseason
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 24, 2012 @ 5:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Lakers are winless in the preseason, and it now looks like there’s a strong chance that they could finish the preseason 0-8 because they’ll be playing without Kobe Bryant, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The Lakers guard is being shut down for the final two preseason games due to a sore right foot that he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Kings when he tripped over Thomas Robinson’s foot in the third quarter.
The Lakers face the Clippers Wednesday night and the Sacramento Kings Thursday night. Bryant will be re-evaluated over the weekend and is expected to play in Los Angeles’ season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30.
“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,” Lakers coach Mike Brown told reporters. “So we just have to go out and play with who’s available.”
Bryant’s injury is classified as a strain and he labeled it “pretty sore.”
“It’s always frustrating to have these freak accidents,” Bryant told The Los Angeles Times. “It always upsets me.”
With Bryant dealing with a sore foot, Dwight Howard still trying to shake off the rust from back surgery, while Metta World Peace (finger) and Jordan Hill (back) are also working through injuries.
It hasn’t been a movie script start in Hollywood with the arrival of Howard and Steve Nash, but it’s only the preseason. Still, and 0-8 preseason finish can’t be great momentum to start the season. And with all of the injuries, the team’s chemistry could take longer to perfect.… [For more on Kobe Bryant to miss rest of preseason, click here.]
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