Any New Year’s resolution Kobe Bryant may have made to stay healthy already vanished.
Bryant will not play when the Lakers (6-27) host the Philadelphia 76ers (3-31) on Friday at Staples Center because of soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.
Bryant had reported feeling increased soreness after Wednesday’s win in Boston where he sat on the bench frequently wearing ice on his right shoulder. Bryant had also conceded that he and the Lakers’ training staff “gotta be a little bit more aggressive” with his ongoing treatment. But the Lakers had not listed Bryant on the their latest injury report until Friday afternoon.
It is currently unclear who will start in Bryant’s absence. When Bryant missed a pair of back-to-backs in Miami and Orlando, Lakers coach Byron Scott started Metta World Peace at small forward. But when Bryant sat out in Oklahoma City on Dec. 19 because of right shoulder soreness, Scott started seldom-used rookie Anthony Brown.
Bryant had reported feeling increased soreness shortly before the Lakers’ loss on Dec. 17 against the Houston Rockets where he threw down a one-handed dunk for the first time in the 2015-16 season.