Every year there appears to be an injury of some sort to the Black Mamba. He previously dealt with ankle, knee and even played with a torn ligament to his pinky finger in his shooting hand. After getting owned by Deandre Jordan on a blocked layup attempt in a pre-season game against the LA Clippers, Bryant landed awkwardly on his right wrist and we have come to find out he has a torn ligament.
An MRI revealed the injury and Black Mamba was wearing a plastic brace around his right wrist at the team’s facility Wednesday afternoon. The timetable for the injury is either day-to-day or if too serious, 2-3 weeks but will not require surgery.
This appears to be a bad omen for the Lakers and this is an injury they could least afford. So they just traded away their 2nd best player from last year in Lamar Odom, they are without Andrew Bynum for the 1st five games due to his WWE takedown on JJ Barea in last year’s playoffs, and now you might go without the Black Mamba. To make matters worse, the Lakers start off the season with 3 games in 3 days, in which they will face the Bulls, play at the young and talented Kings (who always gives them problems) and the Utah Jazz. They then get a day off and have to play the Knicks and then the Nuggets. In a shortened 66 game season, every game means a little more than usual, and if they don’t have Kobe, the best they could go is 2-3, but I see them going 1-4 and possibly 0-5.
Even if Kobe is able to play, he will not be nearly as effective, so the Lakers are better off letting the injury heal all the way and that the team can find the fountain of youth for the old legs on the team, or else they will be dependent on Devin Eubanks and Josh McRoberts. LAPD will be busy in the beginning of 2012 as suicide watch is on high alert.