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Kobe Bryant's sore back means he's likely out vs. Magic on Wednesday

Kobe Bryant might miss both games of the Lakers' back-to-back.

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Kobe Bryant sat out of the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Miami Heat, and "as of now" is likely to miss the team's game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday as well, Lakers head coach Byron Scott told media after the game. Kobe is dealing with a sore back that he's noticed going back to training camp, though he's not concerned about it being anything more than soreness from hitting his 20th season.

The Lakers started Metta World Peace in his place and he delivered, making all four of his three-point attempts in Bryant's place in the starting lineup. No word on whether the plan for the rotation will be the same, though it seems likely as they finish their back-to-back.

If Kobe is willing to pull off of the gas a bit early in the year in order to look at his season-long health already, that's a positive sign after he's been driven to the ground with injuries in seasons past. The coaching and training staff seem to be pushing for the bigger picture with his season, and Bryant taking nights off is something a team in the development process can afford through the year.

We'll have an update on Kobe's status if anything changes before the game Wednesday.

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