In a statement the Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant’s wrist injury is a little more serious than just a sprain:
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who suffered a right wrist injury in Monday night’s game against the Clippers, was examined today by Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and underwent an MRI exam. Results show that Bryant has a torn lunotriquetral ligament.
Bryant will not play in tonight’s game against the Clippers and his status is day-to-day.
According to USA Today, the lunotriquetral is the ligament that helps stabilize two small bones on the outside of the wrist.
“They’re held together by these ligaments such as the one Kobe Bryant injured,” says Dr. Michael Hausman, professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “If the damage (to the ligament) is severe enough, they can begin to shift out of the normal position and that can affect the normal mechanics and function of the wrist, causing pain and weakness.”
Bryant could be seen wincing during Monday’s pre-season game. He continued to play even after suffering the injury.