Kobe Bryant suffered what the the Los Angeles Lakers training staff originally diagnosed as a "left leg contusion" in the third quarter of the team's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas on Tuesday. After the game, head coach Byron Scott said that he expected Bryant would be available to play against the Golden State Warriors in the Lakers' exhibition on Saturday. But now after not practicing on Thursday or Friday, the Lakers announced Bryant would not suit up for the team's annual exhibition in San Diego.
According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Bryant did shoot a bit during practice today. "He came in for treatment," Scott told Trudell, "It's a little sore. We'll see how it feels for Sunday's practice."
It sounds like the team will wisely exercise caution with their 37-year old shooting guard, and while it sounds like the organization is not overly concerned with this injury being a long term issue, Bryant's health is certainly worth monitoring as training camp continues.
Also worth monitoring is the health of 32-year old Lakers rookie point guard Marcelo Huertas, who has yet to play this preseason as the team tries to determine its 15-man roster. After practicing for the first time since tearing his hamstring on Thursday, Huertas is now listed as "probable" for the team's game on Saturday.
Tip-off against the Warriors is Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.