Kobe Bryant seen leaving Bradley Center hopping on one crutch soon after reveal of bone spur diagnosis (L foot), source in MKE says.
The Rock wrote:Kobe couldn't walk when he came into the Lakers locker room. Team says he has a bone spur in his left foot. #Lakers
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA 20m
Kobe Bryant leaving Bradley Center with use of a crutch for bone spur in foot. "Inflamed on me," he told Y! "I'll be all right."
thisbjgz wrote:We are the only dumb team to take our super star for granted and think he's super human and decides to let the coach run him for 40+ minutes all season, and what happens? he's all banged up towards the end, we seen this before..
Kobe plays 38-40 minutes all season and people say he's a warrior and he's not declining just yet..then he has all sorts of injuries towards the season..Lakers lose in the playoffs...Kobe has a "well rested" off season..avgs 36+ minutes again the next season only to get banged up before the most crucial part of the season.
I hate MDA, and I blame this on the FO for not creating enough depth. This season has been the worst, by far. At least the dark years of 04-07 was entertaining..this..this is just bad.
MILWAUKEE – After the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Bucks on Thursday night, Kobe Bryant left the arena on a crutch as he couldn’t place pressure on his left foot, headed to a specialist Friday in Sacramento.
The Lakers won’t fly out to Sacramento until Friday morning and said they’ll provide an update after Bryant’s visit to the specialist after a bone spur in his left foot flared up. Bryant spent extended stretches of the fourth quarter with a wrap around his left foot without his shoe on. With 6:47 left in the fourth as the Lakers called a timeout down three points Thursday, Bryant sat near the end of the bench, removed the wrap on his foot and entered the game.
Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, but he committed six turnovers and missed all three 3-point attempts. As Marquis Daniels crowded him physically all night, Bryant vented his frustration to the officials throughout the game.
Before opting for one crutch to bring Bryant out of the Bradley Center, the Lakers briefly considered using a wheelchair, two people with knowledge of the injury told RealGM late Thursday night. Bryant sat out two straight games earlier in the week with a severe left ankle sprain.
“Regardless of how [Bryant’s] feeling, he always plays – unless he can’t walk," Jodie Meeks told RealGM after the game. “So he’ll be ready for us.”
One player after another, the Lakers have been decimated by injuries this season, most recently losing Metta World Peace to a torn meniscus in his left knee. Steve Nash also sat out the final 17:13 of Thursday’s game with a right thigh injury, but both he and Mike D’Antoni expect him to play on Saturday against the Kings.
Lakers players know they need everyone at this point, and the Utah Jazz are just a half-game behind Los Angeles for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
“We don’t need anybody else to get injured or be out or miss any games, especially at this point in the year,” Pau Gasol said. “Let’s see what happens. Hopefully Kobe will be healthy for next game.”
Via Shams Charania/RealGM
Tobias Funke wrote:Garnett, Duncan, Allen, Pierce, Kidd and Dirk are the other active players to hit the 40K minutes played mark (Dirk is just shy right now). When you factor in playoff minutes I think Kidd is the only one with a higher combined total than Kobe. Wonder what would happen if you played any of them close to 40mpg for an entire season.
No one else currently in the Top 25 for most minutes played this season is 30 or older.
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne 5m
Feeling/outlook on Kobe's foot this morning isnt as rosy as last night.
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KB24 wrote:Instead, he is busy working his way up to the pinnacle of stupidity on twitter...oh well, I'm happy he flames out late in his career rather than early. #mambaout