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Kobe Bryant has torn ligament in wrist, listed as day-to-day

Dec 21, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Another season, another injury in his shooting hand for Kobe Bryant to play through (and say it doesn’t bother him while his performance clearly shows otherwise).

Kobe will sit out Wednesday’s Lakers preseason game against the Clippers due to a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. The injury occurred during a fall in the fourth quarter of the first Lakers preseason game against the Clippers and was discovered after an MRI. Kobe was seen grabbing his wrist late in the game but afterwards just shook it off as sore.

Officially, Kobe is listed as day-to-day. No word on if Kobe will be ready to go opening day against the Chicago Bulls, the team said it will depend both on the pain level and if Kobe can practice leading up to the game. But if you were going to bet against him going out there you should just drop that money in a Salvation Army bucket so at least it does some good.

Also remember that the Lakers start out the season with a back-to-back-to-back, so they will likely have to get Kobe and his wrist some rest in there somewhere.

The lunotriquetral ligament is not a large ligament, but provides stability to the small bones on the outside of the wrist. It can be a painful injury that takes weeks of immobility to heal properly, depending on the severity of the tear (we do not know that in this case). It does not require surgery.

Does anyone think Kobe is going to let it recover on its own timetable? No, Kobe will be out there as soon as he can and try to play through the pain. It’s what he does. But this will impact his game — last season Kobe took 16.5 shots from outside three feet per game (where he needed to use his wrist) and just 3.5 shots per game right at the rim. Kobe doesn’t attack and get the easy baskets at the rim anymore, he’s a jump shooter, so this injury could impact his shooting percentage going forward.

Look for this to linger — and add to the challenges the Lakers face at the start of the season.

  1. mgscott - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    I heard there is a great rehab facility in Colorado for Kobe to visit.

    • qdog112 - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      Is it your mom’s house?

  2. xliontamer - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Ah man,I have tickets for tonight…

  3. narrabeen23 - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Don’t worry, the Artest currently known as World Peace can pick up the slack on offense…haha

  4. therealhtj - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    May as well sit. They weren’t beating Chi without Bynum anyway. Give Stern a little gift of crappy ratings for his big day.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    I hope another NBA team is ready to absorb the mass exodus of Laker fans leaving the Staples center……………….probably arriving now at Miami Heat websites as word spreads.

  6. 973yenots - Dec 21, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    No surprise here, he played a long time without major injuries! They are about to mount up now!

  7. passerby23 - Dec 21, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Lakers are in trouble with a healthy Kobe. I’m expecting a big slip – 5th seed in the West, first round exit, and into rebuilding mode.

  8. sunsation3413 - Dec 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    He’s getting old. His body will continue to fail him. He has played longer than most since coming into the league at 18. Other teams are younger and more athletic. The Lakers haven’t done a good job reloading. Most people outside of LA are cheering about that!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

      I’m not a Lakers fan, but only a hater cheers an injury to one of the league’s premier players. Torn is much worse than strained: this will take a couple of months to fully heal. Kobe may not be MJ, but he has been money for the Lakers over and over. I give him his due, and you should, too!

  9. dougmanoh - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    If this were Kobe even 2 years ago, he would have dunked dat thing AND ONE. Now, he’s getting there two steps slower than the defense and ending up on his @ss/wrists. Not a Laker fan, but if I were them, I’d trade him while teams still think he’s the Former Kobe and get a younger Franchise type of player in return. Even if that player is 80% of what Kobe brings. Like just trade for Eric Gordon, a high first round pick for next years deep draft. Then pick up Deron Williams next year from FA and let Artest and Fish retire, or cut em. They’d still have Bynum and Gasol and be two deep on the bench.

    • mytthor - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM

      Kobe has a no trade clause and no way he’s going anywhere.

    • thenoblefacehumper - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:16 AM

      NBA front offices are well aware that this isn’t Kobe circa 2005…

  10. footba11joe - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Kobe’s wife leaves him and within a week his wrist is sore? You sure it was because “he fell?”

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