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Kobe Bryant: I'll play Christmas despite wrist

Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 7:52 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-wrist-pad

The failed Chris Paul trade, the departure of a trusted teammate and the dissolution of a decade-long marriage. 

If that wasn't enough, the hits keep coming for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant

The Orange County Register reports that Bryant sat out Lakers practice on Thursday due to a torn ligament in his right wrist. The paper reports that Bryant said he "should be fine to play" when the Lakers open their regular season by hosting the Chicago Bulls in Staples Center on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Bryant called his wrist injury "swollen and painful" but later added that, "It's always been in my nature to try to figure out a way to play." 

The injury kept Bryant from action during Wednesday night's exhibition 108-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Bryant sat on the team's bench wearing a large guard on his wrist.

The Lakers first announced the injury in a prepared statement on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who suffered a right wrist injury in Monday night’s game against the Clippers, was examined today by Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and underwent an MRI exam.  Results show that Bryant has a torn lunotriquetral ligament. Bryant will not play in tonight’s game against the Clippers and his status is day-to-day.
Bryant played 30 minutes in Monday's 114-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, tallying 22 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and committing 7 turnovers.

Bryant, 33, did not miss a game during the 2010-2011 NBA season. He's missed just 16 combined games over the last six seasons.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:24 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

This is classic! David stern held out for a 1st round draft pick that was traded by Timberwolves to Clippers because he thinks/knows it will be lottery pick, so he can rigg the draft and give NO #1! My God the NBA is WWE! What if the Wolves are good and don't draft in lottery..... Oh wait the NBA refs can be bought too, already proven!!!!!!!! This league is a joke.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:06 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

You are forgeting the draft pick that can be rigged for his team!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:26 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

 The pre-excuses are already starting for Kobe, is he a "warrior" or what? He loves to leak all of his minor injuries and ailments to the media. Most players just suck it up and play through it, Kobe needs to be a drama queen. He does this every year so he can look like he's hard as f**k if he wins and has an excuse when he loses, or produces sub-par stats. That Kobe, always thinkin.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:41 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

And your team is?

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:39 pm
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Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:24 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

Wow LakerDukeYanks-for a guy who's team just won the NBA title you sure seem upset. You're right-us Laker"fans" have no reason to be optimistic in a situation like that-they were only the back-to-back champs.

Show me the post you wrote before that series started that says the Mavs would sweep it and go on to win the title. And when you're finished looking how about you lighten up, my friend.  And by the way-what does any of this have to do with Kobe getting hurt in a preseason game?

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:04 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

i hope it was his raping hand

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:04 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

Ok, so just to make it clear, the Lakers should have an asterisk if they win it too, right?  But they won't....

Yes, we all remember what was said about the Lakers last season, and everything that people were worried about came true...did they win the finals?  Did they even win the west? No, no they didn't.  So maybe if they did take the regular season a little more "serious" as some would say, they would have been in a better position to win the west and face the Heat in the playoffs.

Derek Fisher? I'm sure point guards like Russell Westbrrok, Chris Paul, Stephan Curry, Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Brandon Jennings, etc are shaking in their boots from old man river.

The Lakers did get screwed with the Chris Paul trade and especially because that's the only thing that would have made them favorites in the West.  The Thunder will win more games then the Lakers this year and that includes the playoffs.  In this shortended season, only by 16 games by the way, less then 25%, and "expedited" schedule, the young teams will dominate and have the best chance at staying healthy.    &nb

Sorry, the Lakers are not the NBA, they will not win this asterick cursed season, and don't you think Gasol may be on his way out at some point after the CP3 trade debacle?

Now after all that, they are a good team, but they lack depth and they're an "older" team.  They will always be relavant, but their dominance is winding down unless they somehow pull out a Howard trade.

Go Knicks!  Future Eastern Conference Champs!        

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:46 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

If in the remote possibility the Lakers don't win the NBA Finals, the winning team should receive an asterisk because this is a strike shortened season and not a full 82 game season.  

Also, don't forget, the Lakers will be there at the end to flip the switch when the "real season starts".  Remember last year, all year long we heard that the Lakers were just sleeping through the season and they will wake up once the playoffs start.  Remember Kobe and Phil would be laughing after losses, lifting cold ones and slapping high fives telling the rest of us that these losses was just another waste of time and people will see the real Lakers soon enough.  Remember how calm Phil Jackson was against he Dallas Mavericks?  The Lakers just did not have enough time to finish up the series.  The NBA stopped that Dallas-LA series after only four games, just like the aborted CP3 trade.

Once the season begins, the expert Laker "fans" and the media experts will get religion and write about how Kobe will become the Black Mamba and come up big, the crafty veteran Derek Fisher will wreak havoc on the other team's point guard, Pau will be unstoppable, Bynum will clean the glass and Artest will shutdown the number one scorer on the lesser team.  It's all good.  We're the Lakers and we are the NBA.


Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:33 pm

Kobe Bryant tore wrist ligament, is day-to-day

I'm sure Stern is wondering why he was stupid enough to veto the trade in the first place. If the trade went according to plan, the Hornets, Stern's club, would have gotten Odom, Scola, and Martin and would be in the race for the playoffs but now, they might not even win 20 games plus losing CP3 for nobody. Way to go Stern.

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