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Kobe to skip Lakers preseason game with shoulder strain

Oct 10, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

It’s Kobe Bryant and an injury, so you know if this were a regular season game he would be out there on the court. He is the Black Knight from “Holy Grail” — ‘Tis just a flesh wound.

But it’s a preseason game so Kobe is going to sit out against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. It is not serious and he is expected to play for the Lakers on Saturday.

The best part is how Kobe injured his shoulder — dunking all over Antawn Jamison in practice (the second dunk on the video below, at the :16 second mark). According to the LA Daily News, Kobe didn’t notice it at the time and kept practicing, did ball handling drills and even dunking more. After practice when he cooled down he started to notice it.

No Kobe means more Jodie Meeks. And what person that paid for a ticket can complain about that? Nobody, that’s who.

Not a big deal, but it does speak to the challenge before Lakers coach Mike Brown to keep Kobe and Steve Nash healthy. Which means keeping their minutes down and not leaning on his stars as heavily as he did last season.

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I’ll save paulhargis the comment.

    The house of cards is starting to crumble.

  2. paulhargis53 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    That’s just a silly statement, Cosa.

    Kobe is just be cautious. It’s not like its a back injury. I think you’re being a little overdramatic here….

  3. omniusprime - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Tis just a flesh wound, no big deal. I’m glad that Kobe is being smart allowing himself to be sat down. Obviously this wasn’t Kobe’s decision and I’m glad he didn’t fight it. I can’t wait to get this party started watching the Lakers win another championship. Go Kobe!!! Go Howard!!! Go Lakers!!!

  4. dls612 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    U can stop crying Lakerluver I’m sure he’ll be fine

  5. progress2011 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Uncontested dunk + over-the-hill harlem globetrotter wannabe = strained shouder & out a game(s).

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA…..Who the fakers got coming off the bench !……NOBODY !!!

    This will be an ongoing theme, the entire year. This is one of the oldest teams in the league ! With no productivity coming off the bench.

    The fakers will finish 3rd seed, in the West AT BEST ! Behind teams that can keep pace with their starting 5 ….BUT have a plethora of scorers and defenders, coming off the bench.

    1. OKC
    2. San Antonio
    3. Clippers
    4. Fakers….but maybe Denver !!!

    Ahahahaha….Get the Icy- hot and vaseline ready …..ahahahaha

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