The Lakers are continuing to feel the linger affects of an aging roster.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed Monday’s practice because of a strained and right bruised foot, stemmed from getting kicked in that area during the third quarter of the Lakers’ 99-92 preseason loss Sunday to the Sacramento Kings. The Lakers have listed him as day-to-day, meaning Bryant could still play in the team’s preseason game Wednesday against the Clippers at Staples Center.
Bryant had also nursed other injuries this season, including a sore right foot that kept him out for a double session as well as punctured right shoulder that sidelined him during the Lakers’ second preseason loss against Portland in Ontario.
The Lakers monitored more injuries. Lakers forward Metta World Peace practiced wearing a split to nurse his dislocated middle finger. Lakers guard Steve Nash described his turned right ankle as a “little sore,” though he still practiced. And Lakers forward Jordan Hill is listed day-to-day as he’s rehabbing from a herniated disk.
Lakers Coach Mike Brown expressed little concern about such injuries, most notably Bryant’s. Brown said he saw Bryant during a timeout take his right shoe off so he could receive treatment from team physical therapist Judy Seto. But Brown said he thought nothing of it.
“He’s a tough son of a gun,” Brown said of Bryant. “I didn’t ask [about the injury]. I was just coaching because nobody was telling me anything. I don’t know if she was retaping his ankle. But he laced his shoe up and went out on the floor.”
World Peace hurt his finger after swiping the ball away from Kings center DeMarcus Cousins as he drove the lane less than three minutes remaining in the game. World Peace played through the injury and got his finger taped afterwards. Brown found it hard to evaluate him because the Lakers’ practice on Monday didn’t include any contact drills. But Brown remained impressed how World Peace absorbed the pain.
“He’s tough too,” Brown said. “I’d be out for about six months. First of all, when I first looked at my hand, I would’ve passed out.”
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