Nov 22, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
Don’t expect him to play Sunday, either.
In a surprise to nobody after he sat out practice on Thursday due to soreness, Kobe Bryant is officially out Friday night when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors. Coach Mike D’Antoni said that at shootaround Friday, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Stephen Curry also is questionable for this game as he has not yet cleared the league’s concussion protocols.
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The Lakers next game is Sunday night at home against Sacramento. After that the Lakers head out on the road for three games.
It’s going to be interesting when Kobe does return — Mike D’Antoni has already talked about the need for the Lakers to find a new identity. The Lakers have played at the fourth fastest pace in the league so far, can they maintain that with a 35-year-old coming off an Achilles surgery handling the ball more? His return will help the Lakers offense once they find a groove, but that will take a few games most likely.
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