After the last couple seasons — where Kobe Bryant has played 41 games total — any time he suffers an injury, Lakers fans are going to hold their breath.
Like when Kobe left the Lakers’ exhibition game Tuesday night against Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After a third quarter collision with Rajon Rondo where the Kings’ point guard fell on him, Bryant went to the bench and was rubbing his knee. That was concerning. He then walked back to the locker room under his own power but did not return to the game.
The Lakers later said he suffered a bruised calf. Coach Byron Scott said not to worry, reports Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell.
This is a good news. I’m not sure how Kobe will perform this season, or what he will decide to do when the season is over, but I want him to be able to make that decision from a place of physical health. If he retires, I want him to be able to do it on his own terms, not because his body broke down. I wish for a healthy season for him.
I’d say the Lakers were being cautious with him because it’s preseason, but I expect that will carry over into the games that matter as well.