HANG TIME TEXAS, Y’ALL – Maybe it’s from carrying the burden of the added leadership that Magic Johnson said would be required.
But the season hasn’t even begun and Kobe Bryant was forced to sit out Wednesday night’s game against the Clippers with a torn ligament in his right wrist.
According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Bryant is listed as day-to-day.
The lunotriquetral ligament stabilizes two of the smaller wrist bones on the outside part of the wrist. It was unclear if it was a complete or partial tear.
“If it’s a complete tear, it’s more problematic,” said Keith Feder, a Manhattan Beach sports medicine specialist. “Without being privy to the MRI, these types of injuries can take anywhere from several days to several weeks to heal completely, but depending on the pain level and with support, the athlete could play.”
Lamar Odom is off in Dallas, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are under the gun to produce, Chris Paul is suiting up down the hallway at Staples Center for the Clippers, nobody in the front office has yet figured out a way to get Dwight Howard into a purple-and-gold uniform and now Kobe – starting his 16th NBA campaign – goes into the jam-packed 2011-12 season with a bum wrist.
How much trouble are the Lakers in already?