Not good at all. This is Kobe’s 5th injury this year and they keep seemingly pile up on #24. The latest injury doesn’t sound good at all, though, after the loss, Kobe said he would play on Sunday. We’ll have to see how he feels tomorrow…

L.A. Times: Bryant was further slowed after sustaining a slight tear in his left quadriceps while spinning along the baseline midway through the fourth quarter. He said he would play Sunday against the Clippers, but said his injury “felt like I was shot.”

1st Injury: Knee Tendinitis
2nd Injury: Wrist
3rd Injury: Shoulder bruise
4th Injury: Bruised ribcage
5th Injury: Slight tear in his left quadriceps

  • drew

    this is the types of injury that can bother him all year if he doesnt take care of it properly….if he has to sit out a couple games then thats what he should do.

    rather Kobe sit out now then have to sit out towards the end of the year when we are making a playoff push…or worse not being able to play in the playoffs.

    Kobe…make sure you take care of this the right way and if you can’t play on it then don’t force yourself to play.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    He and the Lakers can afford for him to sit out that game. Then the next game is Tuesday, that would give him about three solid days of rest (which is what he should do).

  • LaKErs

    we probly dont even need him with the clitters anyway

  • http://hhb KobeBryant15

    yea sit out…..

    One Early game w.o kobe..
    Opposed to a stretch of games fighting for a playoff season
    with kobe hurt…

    I wouldnt play him against the clips 2morrow nite…

  • http://deleted JBMONKEYMAN

    slight tears turn into full tears, the lakers must proceed with caution. He should sit for a minimum of two weeks.

  • nyla

    I hope he doesn’t miss the Cleveland game. :(

  • six45ci

    he needs to sit down. and rest it up. we are in a position where we can handle the next 2 teams without him. let him get his rest. PLEASE DONT MISS THE SUNS GAME !! !>.<! !!

  • BringDFishBack

    I know im gonna hear this and that but Kobe needed to sit down at the end of the game yest. He lost the game becuase the warriors were blowing right by him to get easy hoops meanwhile he took bad shots on the offensive end. When you’re hurt and your injury is going to hurt the team SIT OUT. Phil should have taken him out, but if he wasnt going to Kobe needed to say something.

  • LA Forever

    Kobe should sit out for the clips and bulls game, that is going to be a test for the other lakers, where they can show people that they can win without kobe. So kobe plz sit out for atleast 2 games

  • ab4sure

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    you may here it from some, but you also are totally right.

  • PHANTOM

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    It should never be up to the player to take himself out of a game. pj needed to do it, we all saw how much kobe was hurting but he is a true warrior and will never give up. i give u an example of moss from the redskins this year taking himself out and he loss all respect of his teamates. let players play and coaches coach…

  • LA Forever

    ab4sure on December 15, 2007 at 4:22 pm said:

    BringDFishBack on December 15, 2007 at 1:49 pm said:

    I know im gonna hear this and that but Kobe needed to sit down at the end of the game yest. He lost the game becuase the warriors were blowing right by him to get easy hoops meanwhile he took bad shots on the offensive end. When you’re hurt and your injury is going to hurt the team SIT OUT. Phil should have taken him out, but if he wasnt going to Kobe needed to say something.

    you may here it from some, but you also are totally right.

    It should never be up to the player to take himself out of a game. pj needed to do it, we all saw how much kobe was hurting but he is a true warrior and will never give up. i give u an example of moss from the redskins this year taking himself out and he loss all respect of his teamates. let players play and coaches coach…

    your right PHANTOM kobe is a warrior and im sure if kobe took himself out, the next day they will be saying that he wants to leave lakers, see what happen to kidd when he did not play for 1 game. Now they think he wants to leave. So kobe did what kobe had to do.

  • ab4sure

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    If a player is hurting his team and his injury is making himself a liability then he is responsible for letting the coach know. The coach is also responsible if the player is hurting his team and himself because of injury. Both coach and player are responsible. True warriors should not be stupid warriors especially when it affects the team. And a true warrior should not be concerned by what people or the Media say about him because he took himself out of a game for the sake of his team. TEAM always before the INDIVIDUAL.

  • PHANTOM

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    Everyone knew KB was hurt, that includes phil. He was limping around and barely could move. Thats on phil not kb. only losers want to be takin out of games and kb did the right thing…

  • ab4sure

    Phantom, so your telling us that even if an injured player is hurting his team and not helping his team win he should stay in the game even though he is injured because that is what winners do???

  • LA Forever

    yo ab4sure, kobe was injured and he did not want to leave, if Phil took him out Kobe would sat but kobe wont ever take him self out. Kobe knows that if he leaves he will get bad respect off it. I know its the team sake but he not the coach that says whos plays and who sits.

  • LA Forever

    Who cares now its over, we will see what happens against Clippers. Im sure we will win, and Bynum will havee another great night against that CaveMan guy

  • BEC

    Kobe did his job, regardless if you think what he did was right or wrong, he did what he was suppose to do, and thats go out and play hard. Thats his job and he didnt complain and just did it. Phil knew and everyone who was watching that Kobe was injured, Kobe airballed twice on iso situations, thats one on one, thats a big sign Kobes injured, and also Davis blew by him like nothing on several occassions, slightly before and during crunch time. This ones all on Phil, if a player isnt playing well, not contributing, making bad plays, and making key mistakes you take him out of the game thats the job of the coach. If a player thinks he can still play he’ll stay, Kobe could clearly still play, he run, jump, and shoot just not well. Its on Phil to take Kobe out of the game if hes playing bad injured or not. Kobe clearly had defensive lapses and shouldve been taken out of the game, but its not Kobes place to decide. Kobe was left out to play, so he just did what he had to do. Kobe doesnt need to say anything its not his job, its clear that everyone knew his status during the game, i could tell he was injured and a giant step slow, if i knew the whole lakers staff definitely knows, this ones not on Kobe.

  • PHANTOM

    quitters never win. thats why we have the 24 million dollar coach to decide for him….

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    As always I disagree with you, if YOU ARE INJURED, you should now play because essentially the game becomes 5 on 4. If Kobe was injured and could not contribute he should’ve taken himself out of the game. I don’t care how big of a “warrior” you are. The goal of the game is to WIN!!! PERIOD!! That’s what we all want isn’t it??? If this situation was reversed and say someone like LO was playing with this injury, then everyone would be castrating LO.

    Secondly:
    1st Injury: Knee Tendinitis
    2nd Injury: Wrist
    3rd Injury: Shoulder bruise
    4th Injury: Bruised ribcage
    5th Injury: Slight tear in his left quadriceps

    Bruises are NOT injuries. Put some ben-gay on it and it will go away. The tendonitis is going to remain. Wrist – I don’t recall any stories on Kobe’s write. The tear is of concern.

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #19611 Will Be Quoted Here]

    As always I disagree with you, if YOU ARE INJURED, you should NOT play because essentially the game becomes 5 on 4. If Kobe was injured and could not contribute he should’ve taken himself out of the game. I don’t care how big of a “warrior” you are. The goal of the game is to WIN!!! PERIOD!! That’s what we all want isn’t it??? If this situation was reversed and say someone like LO was playing with this injury, then everyone would be castrating LO.

    Secondly:
    1st Injury: Knee Tendinitis
    2nd Injury: Wrist
    3rd Injury: Shoulder bruise
    4th Injury: Bruised ribcage
    5th Injury: Slight tear in his left quadriceps

    Bruises are NOT injuries. Put some ben-gay on it and it will go away. The tendonitis is going to remain. Wrist – I don’t recall any stories on Kobe’s write. The tear is of concern.

  • ab4sure

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    Leaving due to an injury is not being a quitter and very few would label kobe as that if he left the game. Well maybe you would have since you think kobe did the right thing. If kobe “quit” the lakers would have had a better chance to win. I do remember you want kobe to shoot 50 times a game so maybe winning for you is not as important.

  • ab4sure

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    Kobe plays when he is ready, and PJ gives so much more latitude and autonomy to Kobe that kobe determines playing time. I am not saying PJ shouldn’t have left him in there, but Kobe also has responsibility in knowing what he can and can’t do. He knows HIS BODY better than PJ and the coaching staff. This is not hs and college this is Professional basketball and Kobe is a grown man who has Great Autonomy and with it Great Responsibility. Both Coach and Player are both at Fault.

  • BringDFishBack

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    Phil’s a coach, not a mindreader. Only KOBE knows what pain KOBE is in and what level KOBE can perform at. You say taking himself out of the game would be quitting on his teammates. Now, consider these 2 situations. One hurts your team, and the other helps it. Which would be considered quitting on your team? The bottom line is Kobe hurt the team by not doing anything. Phil has trust in Kobe that he will make the right choice, and here he did not. He obviously couldn’t perform at a level that would help the team, yet he opted to stay in. You call him a “warrior”. If that’s a warrior I don’t want him on my team. If he is going to put himself above the team, I don’t want him. You say only “losers” want to sit out. Now, had Kobe sat at, most likely the Lakers would have won that game. Making him, and more imporantly the Lakers, winners. However, he opted to play, and it cost the Lakers the game. Thus making him, and more importantly hte team, losers. So who’s the loser now? You talk about how the media would be all over it saying he wants out. That’s already happened on numerous occasions, and what has it done ot the team? The only thing I’ve seen different is Bynum train harder to get better, everything else has been the same. So the media saying this and that has had nothing but a positive effect on the team, yet you do not want it to happen.

    I agree Phil should have taken him out, but Kobe is the only person who knows what is going on with his body. He is the only one who knew how bad it was. If Phil was asked to describe the injury, his answer would have been something very generic, such as “it seems okay” or “it didn’t seem too good”. However, when Kobe described it he said he felt like he was shot”. How in the world is Phil going to know the pain is that bad unless Kobe tells him. The coach needs to do a better job in the situation, but ultimately its up to Kobe to let his coach, trainer, etc. know how bad the situation is. If Phil wasn’t taking him out, Kobe needed to say something to him.

    The bottom line is Kobe played through it (call him a warrior or whatever you want), and ended up costing the Lakers the game.

  • SliqRiq

    Just wanted to say I know it’ll be a real longshot to get him but I think we should get Baron Davis somehow next to Kobe he is the 2nd best closer in the game and when healthy which he has been he is the BEST point in the league cuz he has the whole package offense defense and definitely gets everyone involved

  • MILO

    Kobe should take the day off his shooting of late has been disgusting i dont wana hear excuses so he should get some rest for the long runnnnn

  • BEC

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    Sure Kobe knows his body better than the staff, but the staff knows better the performance and effect each player is currently having on the game. Its just not his job to say, he could clearly play, he just wasnt quick laterally to keep up with Davis thats it and his shot was just off all night. Phil CLEARLY knew all this, why do you think he subsituted Ariza at the 1:27 mark when we were up 104-103. I dont know how the hell you got the idea that kobe determines playing time, because if that were true Kobe would play every minute and not have to sit 6 min in the fourth quarter on a tight game. I still dont understand even that. Phil has been doing that all year, like Phil said hes making Kobe “antsy” (latimes article), because of this. Kobe gets playing time because Phil feels he can perform and its Kobes job to play. Kobe was clearly hurt before the 3min mark run the Warriors had, Davis was blowing by him, but Phil still let him in, Phil watied till the 1:27 to do that, and that was long overdue.

  • ab4sure

    Clear and simple you have to hold both accountable. Hold one more responsible than the other ok, but they are both grown men and need to be both accountable for their actions. Kobe is not a robot and PJ is not without power.