Kobe Bryant did not play Wednesday against the Trail Blazers because of a strained right shoulder. Bryant injured himself dunking over teammate Antawn Jamison near the end of a scrimmage Tuesday. He didn’t feel any pain at first and went through a lengthy post-practice shooting session that included a dunk over assistant coach Chuck Person.
Only later Tuesday evening did he begin to feel pain in the front of his shoulder.
Bryant said he expects to play in Saturday’s exhibition against Utah at Staples Center.
He went to Lakers coach Mike Brown and told him he might not play Wednesday.
Brown said: “All right, done. I’m not risking anything.”