ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant was held out of the Lakers' preseason game Thursday night because of residual swelling in his right knee following a collision with teammate Josh Powell on Tuesday night against Charlotte.
"I've got a little bit of puffiness in the back of the knee. It's just from the trauma of landing the way I landed," Bryant said about an hour before his teammates faced Charlotte again. "So we'll just knock that out and make sure the swelling's out of there, which should be soon. Then I'm OK. After seeing the injury on TV, I'm surprised it's not worse, to be honest."
Bryant, the NBA's reigning MVP, was injured under the Lakers' basket in the second quarter when he went for a rebound and banged knees with Powell.