Kobe Bryant didn’t join his teammates for their morning workout Friday because of a sore left foot. The Lakers said Bryant was expected to practice in the evening session. It wasn’t considered a serious issue, but because Bryant has logged a lot of miles on his 34-year-old legs, it raised a few eyebrows when reporters were told the news.
Bryant has played 1,161 regular-season games plus 220 more in the playoffs. He sat out eight games last season, including seven because of an injured left shin. He decided against having a procedure on his wonky right knee in Germany last summer because of his commitment to the U.S. Olympic team.
The foot injury isn’t expected to sideline him for the Lakers’ exhibition opener Sunday.