Posted March 29, 2013

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (foot) to be examined after leaving arena on crutch

Ben Golliver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
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, suffering from a bone spur, left Milwaukee’s Bradley Center with the help of a crutch following a loss to the Bucks on Thursday night. He will undergo an examination of his left foot on Friday.

Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins reports that Bryant was not walking under his own power after the Bucks defeated the Lakers 113-103. Bryant played 36 minutes and finished with a game-high 30 points, but he shot just six-for-17 from the field.

Lakers.com reported that a doctor will take a look at Bryant’s foot in Sacramento on Friday in advance of a Saturday night game against the Kings, the final stop of a four-game trip. While Bryant did not address reporters after the loss, Yahoo! Sports reports that Bryant said that his foot was “inflamed” but that 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.

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.

9 comments
cowboyron96
cowboyron96

Fakers are going down in sactown saturday night!!!GO KINGS!!

PeterRobertKwon
PeterRobertKwon

Black mamba only needs 5 more points for 4th best scoring of all time...comeback 

carjax1202
carjax1202

 @PeterRobertKwon That's all Kobe was concerned about this year...and it's starting to show.    "pass the ball Kobe"

teepeezee
teepeezee

hopefully he breaks kareems scoring record. unfortunately a feat like that wont equal another 'chip.

carjax1202
carjax1202

 @LakersGril He's not the original black mamba you know.  That belongs to DAT!!  GO DUCKS!!  And on another note...your Fakers are done.  Won't make the playoffs and Kobe won't see another title unless he goes to another team that has a chance of winning...cause it ain't happening in L.A. baby.

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

 @teepeezee "chip"? As in Championchip?

 

In any event, he has about as much chance of breaking Kareem's record as you do.

teepeezee
teepeezee

he could do it. if he goes back to jacking up shots, alienating his teammates and stays healthy over the next 3-4 years. i doubt he would take the second banana role again like he did with shaq. and that is what it would take for him to get another championship. although d-12 aint that dude anyways. his post game is terrible.