Hopefully, he can have it skipped. No reason for him to play an exhibition game that doesn’t mean anything. Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!
ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping that Kobe Bryant gets clearance from the league to miss Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans after announcing Thursday that Bryant has a torn ligament in his right pinkie.
But Bryant doesn’t yet have that clearance — and may not get it.
A league official confirmed Thursday night that the NBA is not looking for potential replacements to fill Bryant’s spot on the Western Conference squad. That’s because the league office still expects Bryant to start and play for the West, even if it’s only for a brief cameo, after he played for the Lakers all the way through to their final game before the All-Star break Wednesday in Minnesota.
Bryant scored 29 points in 35 minutes in Wednesday’s 117-92 win at Minnesota. Bryant sat out the fourth quarter and had the finger X-rayed after the game.
The Lakers, according to team sources, are trying to convince the league that Bryant should be excused after a visit Thursday to hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin revealed a ligament tear. Bryant is expected to make that plea personally once he arrives in New Orleans on Friday after Shin recommend that Bryant undergo surgery that would likely sideline him for six weeks.