Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the preseason, per multiple reports. The Lakers are holding Bryant out of the final two preseason games in order to give the future Hall of Famer’s foot a chance to fully heal his injured right foot. Per the Los Angeles Daily News:
Bryant will sit out of the team’s final two exhibition games because of a bruised and strained right foot. The Lakers play the Clippers tonight at Staples Center and then travel to San Diego where they will go against the Sacramento Kings Thursday in their final exhibition.
“You’d love to have everybody for every single game but that’s part of the preseason and part of the regular season,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. ”
We just have to play with who’s available.”
[...] Bryant suffered the injury when he tripped over the foot of Sacramento forward Thomas Robinson while cutting through the lane with about 3:25 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s exhibition against the Kings. Bryant, who scored 21 points in the Lakers’ 99-92 loss, still stayed in the game.
Luckily for Bryant and the Lakers, the injuries are piling up in the preseason so he will not be missing any meaningful games. The Lakers are making the right decision by benching their star for the remainder of the preseason in order to ensure he is 100% and ready to go when the regular season gets underway.