EL SEGUNDO — To receive further treatment on his strained right foot, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sat out of Monday’s practice.
Lakers Coach Mike Brown said Bryant’s absence doesn’t mean his foot worsened. It’s just that Monday’s 90-minute practice consisted of nothing more than a film session and walk through. Bryant took more efficient use of his time by treating his foot instead.
Health concerns aside, Bryant has played at a pretty prolific rate. Through four NBA games, Bryant ranks fourth overall in the NBA in points per game (26.8) on 59.7 percent shooting.
In the Lakers’ 108-79 victory Sunday over the Detroit Pistons, Bryant’s 15-point effort in only 32 minutes gave him additional time to heal his foot that he injured in an exhibition game Oct. 21 against Sacramento. The Lakers practice Tuesday before traveling to Utah for their game on Wednesday.
“I’m not as sore as I was after the last game,” said Bryant, who scored 40 points in the Lakers’ loss Friday to the Clippers in 43 minutes. “My ankle is not as sore. It’s a good thing. We have a tough game in Utah and I have 2 ½ days to try to get to 100%, which it should be.”
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