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Kobe admits knee was "extremely painful" during finals, about 60 percent now

Oct 4, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kobeyelll.jpgKobe Bryant played six minutes in the Lakers first exhibition game in London, after which he sat with ice on his knees.

Londoners chanted his name in the second half, but they got more Pau Gasol. Kobe played the six minutes he did out of obligation to the fans, his knees need more rest and recovery following offseason surgery.

Surgery he needed because those knees were sore. Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell had these postgame comments from Kobe on Twitter:

Kobe said his knee was “extremely, extremely painful during the NBA Finals.” Said he feels better, but is at about “60%” tonight.

Kobe Bryant: “I wanted to get up and get in” when the chants came. “But I had the ice on the knees. Couldn’t get back in.”

Kobe did drag those knees to a finals MVP performance, but it’s another sign these Lakers are built to win now — the next handful of years — and then the window closes. Kobe is 32 with a lot of miles on him, Derek Fisher is 36 and Gasol, Artest, Odom, basically all the key Lakers outside Andrew Bynum are 30 or older. The Lakers may be younger than the Celtics but really only by a couple years.

Kobe will play sparingly in the preseason. Come Oct. 26 and the opener against the Rockets, expect 30 some minutes. Whether his knees are ready or not.

  1. voyce - Oct 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    kobe do wut u can to be healthy for the season

  2. Mary Ann - Oct 5, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    I say “Amen” to this.

  3. Alan/Portsmouth RI - Oct 5, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    Another reason why the Lakers need Carmelo now. Every column states the same….. Lakers are built to win now. Kobe’s knee is 60%, but he will be ready for 30 minutes when the season starts.
    But for how long?
    Trade Bynum/Sasha/Walton for Carmelo.

  4. in FLORIDA - Oct 5, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    you’re assuming the Nuggets would WANT Bynum/Sasha/Walton for Carmelo OR that no other offers appear more appealing to them. Carmelo may leave and the Nuggets get nothing for him down-the-road, but you have to remember, the team trading the sought after commodity have to like what they’re getting in return for a trade to be plausible.

  5. Frederick Sturrup - Oct 5, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Kobe will get in his minutes during the season. There has never been a more tough-minded player…ever. He played with bad knees, other leg problems and a fractured finger. He is a trooper…the best.

  6. Mojib72 - Oct 5, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Holla!Boy u need a job of a sports analyst. Lakers needs to to figure out where they r ging after the Kobe/Gasol era. Thats the big bubble that needs to be figure out in lakers land.

  7. Bill-Sonora - Oct 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Kobe is an IRON MAN!
    Go Lakers!

  8. FAN4LIFE - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Kobe is one heck of a player. The fact it, this is a mute point. MIA has the package everyone will be chasing for a few years. Kobe will be competitive for sure, the fact is, he is a 13+ year vet. He has a LOT of miles on him. 82 games ia a long road. YOUTH counts. Look for a passing of the torch this season or next. We will lose the lakers and the celtics to age. Time for some new stars to shine. Kobe should not do what MJ did and stay too long. He is a walk in HOF player for sure.

  9. ocgunslinger - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Why look to what’s after Kobe and Gasol? Several great years left for them and knowing the Lakers….. they will reload and we will be talking about them while following the new team to the finals.

  10. Durant's DaMan - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Trade Bynum/Sasha/Walton for Kevin Durant!!!
    He’s younger and so much more of SuperStar player who
    can learn to be a leader from Kobe has he ages.
    With K.D.; the Lakers will win another 5 or 6 Championships.

  11. Joe - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Sure, trade away your trash and get a diamond back. You guys must either be retarded or around 12 years old.

  12. He's a Felon - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Kobe probably aggravated his knee raping women over the off-season.

  13. thorsif2232 - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    No worries. After a downside of a couple of years, the Lakers always reload. Just win now baby, is all that matters.

  14. Anonymous - Oct 6, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    hey you……past is past….he has repented…forgiven!…as if you are a saint yourself….you are a sinner too….so quit digging on the past…

  15. darel antoni jimenez - Oct 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    kobe vamos a luchar por este campeonato xf ………….. tiene k esta un 1001%100 para miami………. tu ere el mejor kobe ,, si te cay se cay lo lakers y lo sabe k es asi

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