Kobe bumped knees with Josh Powell at the 3:08 mark of the second quarter last night and that set off alarms all over Lakerland. The official diagnosis is that Bryant is day-to-day with a hyperextended knee. He’ll be reevaluated today. Kevin Ding is once again preaching patience and most of Kobe’s teammates aren’t worried about him missing any time. Phil Jackson didn’t have much to say about it post-game, but you can watch it here.
Has the SI Cover jinx translated over from football?
The Lakers also won a game last night. It became a little bit of a side note after #24 left the game but the 102-98 final gave the Lakers their fourth pre-season win in a row and kept the Bobcats winless this pre-season. The balanced attack was led (once again) by training camp standout Jordan Farmar, who had 17-points and four assists. Andrew Bynum was also impressive and Trevor Ariza played well except for some unnecessary turnovers.
If you’re a fan of “The Office” or “Extras” then you’re probably a fan of Stephen Merchant (or at the very least you should be). Sunday’s pre-season game against the Raptors was Stephen’s first pro basketball game and he scored some choice seats right next to the Lakers bench. Mike Trudell caught up with him during the second half to talk some hoops and some Hollywood. He also calls Mike a nerd.
Kobe will be reevaluated and we’ll get that news to you as soon as it’s officially released. We’ll also be doing our normal practice stuff… which will probably devolve into all things Kobe anyway.