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KOBE BRYANT EXPECTED TO PLAY IN OPENER AGAINST THE BULLS
Wed, 21 Dec 2011 07:45 AM EST

The Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played all 82 games last regular season with a knee injury so he described the ongoing clash of “bone on bone.” For this reason, Bryant is not contemplating that a ruptured ligament in his right wrist makes him miss the season opener against the Chicago Bulls. Betting lines

“I should be fine,” said Bryant after Lakers practice Thursday. “… It’s always been in my nature to try to figure out a way to play. The injuries that I’ve had, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play through them because I haven’t had injuries where they could get worse the more I played on them.”

The 16-year veteran did not practice on Thursday, taking advantage of the training time for treatment in the wrist that was injured on Monday when falling to the floor after attempting the basket during the third period action of the Lakers’ 114-95 game loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bryant underwent an MRI on Wednesday showed that he has suffered a torn lunotriquetral ligament. This ligament keeps the line joining the hand bone to bone. Sports scores

Bryant, who wore a bandage on ice when he talked to reporters, described the injury as “swollen and painful.”

But he warned that the condition is improving.

“It feels OK,” Bryant said. “It feels a little better today than it did yesterday.”

The player said he would not be subject to more damage in the wrist to go out and play with the injury.

“It’s not really going to heal. I mean, it’s gone,” Bryant said. “The ligament is gone. So there’s nothing I can do about it. But I’ve dealt with so many hand injuries. It should be all right.”

In the summer before his rookie season, Bryant broke his left wrist when he fell to the floor during a street game at Venice Beach. After the 2007-2088 season he broke a pinky ligament in his right hand when his finger got caught in the shirt of Jason Kidd after trying to steal a ball. Later, in 2009-2010 he suffered a small fracture in his right index finger when a pass by Jordan Farmar was diverted by the top of his finger. While playing with the fracture, his index finger became arthritic.

“If you can play through the pain and you can catch a ball, pass a ball, you should be fine,” Bryant said.

Bryant, who in his career has played in 1.103 out of a possible 1.230 games during his 15 seasons in the league, Coach Mike Brown said this is not the first time he sees Bryant play with an injury.

“We were talking earlier about a story today with myself, and Kobe and – Lakers assistant coach John – Kuester,” said Brown. “A couple of years ago, we played the Lakers. And it was in front of our bench, I’m glad I didn’t see it, because I might have passed out, but Kobe popped one of his fingers out of place. As you can see, I’m queasy thinking about it.

Kuester was like, ‘Man! We might have a chance!’ And all Kobe did was, boop, pull it out, put it back in and he continued playing.

“You know, you talk about a guy with a high tolerance of pain, it’s Kobe. So nothing would surprise me at this point, in terms of him playing or not playing.”


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