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Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 2:22 pm  |  23 responses

Kobe Bryant Hasn’t Been Practicing

The Suns probably aren’t mad at this. As the L.A. Times reports: “[The Lakers are] four victories away from a 31st appearance in the NBA Finals, but they’ll get there only if Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum shake off knee injuries that have basically kept them off the practice court the last week. Bryant recently had a significant amount of fluid drained from his swollen right knee, The Times has learned, and hasn’t practiced since the last round. Bynum practiced only once and said the torn cartilage in his right knee was ‘getting a little worse’ after making it through Saturday’s scrimmage…Jackson was a little more somber when discussing Bryant and Bynum, the former averaging a solid 32 points a game in the conference semifinals, the latter totaling only six points the last two games against the Jazz. Jackson, on Bryant: ‘He came out [Sunday] and shot a little bit and tried to get in rhythm. We hope that he’s on board and his game is right at that point where it needs to be.’”

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  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    We’re talking about practice? … This is bad bad news in the long term. Kobe will be able to perform this playoffs, but he’d better rest his knee this season, draining the knee is only a temporary fix …

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Oh, and cue Anton joke about Kobe in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

  • topo

    even with kobe hurting, they should put the suns away in 5

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I wonder how many cats are gonna come on here and say “DAMN IT! Jackie Moon beat me to it!” lol

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    DAMN IT! Jackie Moon beat me to it!

  • Alfredo Aviles

    damn you jackie moon: you beat me to it

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    DAMN IT! Enigmatic beat me to it!

  • truthteller

    Anton, we’re waiting on you!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Kobe went on to explain his reasons for resting: “My wife got me crawlin around on all 4′s at home.”

  • tomtom

    Phil’s quote is interesting. Anyone who has read ‘the last season’ will know that Phil plants little messages in the media during times of tension rather than directly confronting his stars. And the ‘onboard’ has no bearing on his injury, weather he is on board has to do with cooperation and the teams wishes, maybe phil wants him averaging a shade over 25ppg rather than 32 for the sake of balance, thats what he is always saying during the regular season. Expect Kobe to try and rack some assists tonight rather than points…

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    This is the suns best chance at it all, they have the pieces, the energy, the health, and the flow. Lets see if they can get it done

  • Robb

    Kobe doesn’t need to practice.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe ain’t no Lebron, no LeQutting in HIM!!! BOOK IT!!!!

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    All the excuses Phil…all the excuses…

  • The Philosopher

    Kobe will be the legend that he is. I know LeBron is The King, but what Kobe has done cannot be understated. A true all timer, a true gamer, There were very few in the past and present who were as gifted as Kobe Bean Bryant.

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Looks like the rest helped… PHX has no chance.

  • bill breedley

    Kobe was awesome.

  • bill breedley

    Kobe was awesome.

  • Ken

    That’s what the girl at the front desk at my hotel in Colorado said.

  • Ken

    I think she also said “No!”, but you know Kobe…he’s unstoppable!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    DAMN IT! LeoneL beat me to it!

  • Yesse

    Couldnt tell that from the last game.

  • LOAF

    ken YOU JOKER haha

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