Lakers Injury Update: Kobe Bryant


As promised, updates on Kobe Bryant‘s calf injury are now available and ready to be reported.

According to Lakers’ sideline reporter, Mike Trudell, Bryant did not practice yesterday and will not play against the Golden State Warriors tonight in San Diego.

This should be concerning for many reasons, the main being that Bryant does not get to fulfill his goal of playing all eight preseason games. Bryant’s priorities now shift once again from trying to get the “rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready,” to simply getting healthy.

Though it is way too early to make false assumptions about Bryant’s injury, which is being called a “leg contusion,” at this point in his career any injury is cause for concern.

J.A. Adande made this point clear on Twitter, relating Bryant’s injury to the same one Steve Nash suffered against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012. That injury was also first reported as just a “bruise.”

While die hard Lakers fans still hold the belief that Bryant is indestructible, a trait they believe will allow him to play forever, the sad reality of it is that his time is coming to an end sooner than later.

As a 20 year veteran, and more importantly 37 year old, any injury should be treated with care. So even though Coach Byron Scott claims that Bryant’s injury is “not serious” and just a “leg bruise,” fans should be smart enough to wait for an official report before blindly taking the coach’s word for it.

At this point in his career, Bryant should cherish every minute of extra rest he can get. Having said that, his time off is not truly relaxing considering the events surrounding his close friend, Lamar Odom.

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Similar to Julius Randle, whenever Bryant jumps, and subsequently falls to the floor, fans hold their breath on account of their recent misfortunes.

Hopefully, this latest injury is just what Coach Scott claims it is, minor, and that Bryant is simply using this time to be with his brother in need.

More updates will be provided when available.

What do you think about Kobe Bryant’s latest injury? Do you think it’s minor like the coaching staff claims or are they trying to hide a larger issue? Let us know in the comments below.

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