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Kobe Bryant out Sunday against Kings, Pau Gasol experiences soreness in his foot

Mar 17, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago Reuters

UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET: Kobe Bryant will not play tonight, according to Lakers PR via multiple reports. Mike Trudell of reports that the ankle is too sore for Bryant to even test it out.

9:30 a.m. ET: The updates on the injury front for the Lakers were anything but encouraging on Saturday. While the update involving Kobe Bryant was somewhat expected, the news surrounding Pau Gasol was a bit more concerning.

Bryant is officially listed as doubtful to play when the Lakers host the Kings Sunday night. We never actually know with Bryant until we get closer to tip-off, of course, but he’s not expected to play in his team’s next game, after giving it a go against the Pacers on Friday with unsatisfactory results.

Gasol, meanwhile, was feeling good and getting ready to return to the court in one of the Lakers’ next two games, but it seems he may have suffered a slight setback.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Pau Gasol experienced soreness in his right foot while playing a two-on-two game at the team’s training facility Saturday. He will see foot specialist Kenneth Jung on Sunday. The cause and extent of the soreness were unclear.

Gasol had targeted Monday’s game against Phoenix as a return date from a tear inside the bottom of the foot, though it looked less possible after Saturday’s news.

So essentially, bad news all around.

The Lakers have played much better in recent weeks, and even with Bryant sidelined due to the ankle injury there’s no reason to rush Gasol back before he’s ready.

At this point, all the Lakers are looking to do is make sure they solidify a spot in the playoffs. They won’t get very far at all unless their entire roster is as close to 100 percent as possible, which means they can’t afford to play guys who are injured in a desperate attempt to trade the team’s long-term prospects for some short-term success.

  1. mungman69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Lakers are deep but hurt. Can Utah catch em?

  2. kb2408 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    “The Lakers are deep”? That’s a ridiculous comment…and I’m a Lakers fan.

    • mytthor - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      The Lakers don’t have a ton of depth but Meeks and Jamison could start for a lot of teams. Blake has been really solid for them, although I don’t know if he can really keep all that up, and when Gasol gets back if he comes off the bench he’s obviously a great bench player, and if he pushes Clark to the bench, Clark would be the good bench player. It’s popular to say the Lakers aren’t deep, but it’s really not true.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Great points mytthor about the bench. I also think with kobe out it will help these guys step up and build confidence to score in his absence, kind of like what happened at the end of last season. People also forget that Jordan hill can start for a lot of teams. He was one of the only bright spots early in the season and he’s done for the year. Luckily they had enough depth to overcome it.

      • norcal031 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        Homeboy you are crazy……Who is going to step up?? Robert Sacre Bleu???? Earl Clark…….I mean I always heard never to drink the water when I went to LA but I didn’t know it messed with your brains like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • mytthor - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:39 AM

        Hey, that’s pretty funny!
        The Lakers have the best C and arguably the best PG of the last decade. They’re not going to win the title like this, but they’re not a JV squad.

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Hey, norcal, last time I checked L.A. got it’s water from….wait for it….Northern California. You must be one of those pansy bottled-water drinkers, eh?

  3. mazblast - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Just the usual drama queen stuff with KoMe.

  4. mungman69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    The Lakers have five guys who could start for other teams in the NBA. That’s a pretty deep bench.

  5. money2long - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    kobe is a warrior, and he’s earned the right to rest. but he absolutely hates to do it.

  6. leogatlin - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Its funny how everyone wants to crown the Lakers as done for the season, but how many teams would want to play a healthy laker team? The lakers bench will be great if the starters were healthy. The league better pray that they dont get gasol back healthy before the playoffs start…..

  7. leogatlin - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    The lakers are currently an injured team that could be deep.

  8. zblott - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Kobe out for 3 quarters against 40-25 Indy = +9 point differential and clutch 4th quarter.
    Kobe out for entire game vs. crappy Sac-town = easy win.

    • zblott - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      I guess the Thumbs Down people don’t understand basic math and simple logic based on history (Kobe’s entire career, including Friday night) that can be used to make predictions.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        “…Can you hold on for one more day…Things’ll go your way…Hold on for one more day!” ahhhh…Lakers, take the advice from Wilson Phillips. Just make it to the playoffs!

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Zblott – I’m not sure what the point of your post is, can you please enlighten us? The lakers played well this weekend but if you’re somehow inferring that they are better without kobe then you need to put down the stats and start actually watching basketball.

  9. uptjeff - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Pau’s return = Soon-to-be fantasy basketball championship

  10. dko83 - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    The Lakers are deep all of a sudden? Are all the Laker fans that hate so hard on Blake/Jamison mia after they each have one good game apiece?

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