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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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:06 pm

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

So let me get this straight: 1) Stern screws the Lakers out the CP3 deal; 2) the fallout of that busted nightmare sends Odom to a competitor and provides ZERO to the Lakers lineup; 3) No Howard deal in sight; and finally 4) Kobe is already hurt and distracted.  The final pieces of Bynum getting hurt (right on schedule) and aging Fisher and Artest showing that age will mean no championship for the Lakers. Bank on it.  Not a shocking statement, but a devastating one considering what they COULD have accomplished if they could have swung a trade for CP3 or Howard.  Kobe, Gasol and either of those two would have been a bigger trio than even the MIA combo.  Sad days ahead for all of us Laker fans...


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:02 pm


Dear Kobe, please do not ever attempt to dunk ona younger, taller, stronger, more athletic player who can jump higher than you in a preseason game ever again.  You have dunked on enough players in your career and don't have to prove to yourself or anyone else that you can still do it.  Your legacy is cherrished but that was a sad moment.

one of your biggest fans,

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:00 pm

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

Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Is the Lakers (or Kobe's) deal with the Devil up or something?  Looks like I'll be 0-2 in strike shortened seasons.  1999 Finals NY vs. San Ant and now the 2011 "Laker misery" year.

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