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Kobe Bryant out for the first time this season due to shin injury

Apr 7, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant is known for his toughness, and has stubbornly played through all kinds of injuries throughout his career, and especially over the past couple of seasons. A torn wrist ligament couldn’t sideline him earlier this season, and in fact, nothing had — until Saturday night in Phoenix.

Bryant was a late scratch for his team’s game against the Suns due to a shin injury he originally suffered a week ago against the Hornets. He had been in a walking boot the past couple of days to try to help with the pain, and he managed to play through it as recently as Friday night, when he scored 28 points in 37 minutes in the Lakers loss to the Rockets.

Devin Ebanks got the start in Bryant’s place, a curiuos choice considering he’s played just once in the Lakers last 21 games, logging two minutes back on March 21.

The Lakers next game is in New Orleans on Monday. Bryant will be re-evaluated then, with no timetable set for his return.

  1. omniusprime - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    This is what happens when the Lakers have a faker as coach who forces Kohe to do too much for too long, when Kobe needs to take a break due to injury the team folds like a cheap tent. Kobe has the heart of a champion and he’ll push himself like no other player in pro sports but he’s only human. Kobe needs his teammates to step up for him when he’s not feeling 100% and that Clown Brown coach needs to give the Lakers an offense other than give Kobe the ball to shoot. I sure hope Kobe can play Monday or the Lakers are going to lose playoff positioning.

  2. innerarrogance - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I salute Kobe for sustaining the shortened season this year, D Rose sat out 11 straight games, LBJ and D Wade combined for 15 or more this season, play ball! Until the first round where the Lakers will conclude their season.

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