Posted March 29, 2013

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (foot) ‘probable’ against Kings

Ben Golliver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings
Lakers guard Kobe Brant is suffering from a foot injury. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

Lakers guard Kobe Brant is suffering from a foot injury. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is probable for a Saturday night game against the Kings in Sacramento after receiving an examination on his left foot.

Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins reported Bryant, who is suffering from a bone spur, needed the help of a crutch as he departed Milwaukee’s Bradley Center following a loss to the Bucks on Thursday night. Bryant played 36 minutes and finished with a game-high 30 points, but he shot just 6-for-17 from the field.

A doctor took a look at Bryant’s foot in Sacramento on Friday in advance of Saturday’s game against the Kings, the final stop of a four-game trip.

While Bryant did not address reporters after the loss Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported Bryant said his foot was “inflamed” but he will “be all right.” Bryant has played in all but two games for the Lakers this season, missing time earlier this month with a sprained left ankle.

The Lakers, who are in the middle of a dogfight for the Western Conference’s No. 8 playoff spot, have already lost forward Metta World Peace to regular season-ending knee surgery this week. Starting point guard Steve Nash also left Thursday’s game with a hip issue, according to the Orange County Register, after playing just 23 minutes. Nash is listed as “questionable” for Saturday.

L.A. fell to 37-36 with the loss to Milwaukee and now holds just a half-game lead over Utah and a 1.5-game lead over Dallas for the West’s final playoff spot with nine games remaining on their schedule.

Bryant, 34, is averaging 27.2 points, 5.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game this season.


Folks are quick to condemn LBJ for complaining about being targeted for some extraordinary physical play against him. Foks even complain that the refs are too quick with the whistle. Frankly, at the other end of the age spectrum, Kobe's latest injury is proof of why the league needs to protect its star players! When Kobe was undercut by a defensive player, who did not have a prayer of stopping his last-second shot, the refs missed flagrant foul. It not only lost the game for the Lakers, but, injured an aging Kobe, at a critical time of a playoff drive. That foul, may cost the Lakers the playoffs. Worse, it denies the NBA and basketball fans the opportunity to see one of the greatest of all times, perform in a high-pressure playoff drive (brings out the best play of the great ones). I mean, when Kobe said he was going to do it (get the Lakers to the Playoffs), everyone, even those pulling against him, wondered whether there was enough left in this great player to carry the aging, oft-injured, dysfunctioning, Lakers, there! Yes, I am in favor of refs being whistle-ready to stop/protect some less-skilled idiot from denying me and the game the opportunity to see greatness play.


Da Alleged Rapist will milk this ingrown toenail for all he can. Gotta get more public relations love from SI and ESPN.