Kobe Bryant injured his right shoulder in the Lakers’ 96-80 Wednesday loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, and it looks like the injury is more serious than the team hoped.
Bryant could be out a while. A timetable won’t be determined until he meets with the Lakers’ team doctors on Friday, but just as a point of reference, Spurs guard Patty Mills had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in July and didn’t make his return until December 28, missing the first 31 games of the season. And Mills is 26. Bryant is 36. It’s safe to assume he’s done for the season.
Kobe Bryant drove for a dunk in the third quarter against the Pelicans, but he grabbed his right shoulder as he ran back up court:
Kobe left the game a couple minutes later.
With five minutes remaining and the Lakers down 13, Kobe returned – playing left-handed. He attempted a couple turnaround jumpers, making his first and missing the second (hat tip: Seth Rosenthal of SB Nation):
This is just incredible. Kobe’s ambidextrousness has long been an asset, but for him to be using it at this age with his team essentially out of the game says something about his resolve. So do Kobe’s words.
This is what the NBA has come to: Two star players will play in a game and that’s news.
But the fans in New Orleans will get what they paid for Wednesday night — both the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis will play when the Los Angeles takes on New Orleans.
Kobe had sat out the last two Lakers’ games to get some rest but he is back now, coach Byron Scott announced at shootaround.
Davis has been battling a sprained big toe on his left foot but the Pelicans are not the same without their leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker — they lost to the lowly Knicks and Sixers in their last three games without him.
Davis said this about the injury, speaking with the Pelican’s official Web site.
“(It was) soreness. That’s really it,” Davis said of what had prevented him from playing. “But it’s all better. I’m ready to give it a go tonight.”
Jrue Holiday remains out for the Pelicans.