Kobe Bryant Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Foot

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

When you have accumulated 1161 NBA games on your body, injuries are bound to spring up early and often in a season. Kobe Bryant is no exception.


UPDATE: Saturday, November 3 at 9:27 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Orange County Register reporter Janis Carr, Bryant is still in a lot of pain. The Lakers star claimed that “It feels like it’s about to fall off right now.”

Bryant knows his body better than anyone. If his foot is truly this bad, the Lakers' 0-3 start isn't looking up anytime soon.


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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 8:25 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

In the non-shocking NBA news category, Mr. Bryant has proclaimed himself well enough to play. 

Lakers.com's Mike Trudell passed along the info Kobe shared on his Facebook page. 

Kobe will start tonight. He broke the news himself on his facebook page. "Feeling good enough to play tonight!"

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 31, 2012

As we've seen over the years, Kobe has the ability to power through a myriad of injuries and do it well. 


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 2:29 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Good news for the Los Angeles Lakers may spell an opening-night loss for the Dallas Mavericks, as shooting guard Kobe Bryant is 85 percent sure he'll play on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:

Kobe Bryant says he is "85%" sure he'll play tonight in the Lakers' season opener against Dallas.

— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 30, 2012


Though it looked bleak at one time, it's starting to look like a lock that the Black Mamba will be on the court.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 11:12 a.m. ET

Good news for Lakers fans and fantasy owners as Kobe Bryant is progressing. The Black Mamba took to his Facebook page to update the public on his recovery:

Getting stronger. Not sure what it means for tomorrow night just yet but it’s much better than it was a week ago when I could barely walk. I hate not practicing. It drives me crazy! The training staff has been great. Mr. Laker, Gary Vitti, and the great Judy Seto (the first female trainer in the NBA) have been working their magic.

I will know more after shoot around tomorrow am. It's still painful to raise up on my toes but, it’s strong. The decision to be made is whether the injury can heal while playing on it or if it will make it worse. Either way, I'm excited about the start of the season. Hopefully we can win a game or two finally ;-)
Till tomorrow..
Mamba out

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UPDATE: Monday, October 29 at 6:45 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Head coach Mike Brown has officially labeled Bryant as a "game-time decision" for Tuesday's season-opener against the Dallas Mavericks. 

The news comes from Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears:

.@lakers coach Mike Brown said Kobe Bryant (foot) is a game-time decision in season-opener vs @dallasmavs on Tuesday night.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 29, 2012

The Lakers should probably play things safe with their superstar, especially consider the amount of talent on the team, but it's still hard to imagine Kobe sitting out when there is any chance of him suiting up. 

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UPDATE: Monday, October 29 at 5:57 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell, Bryant's status for Tuesday night's regular-season opener against the Mavericks is still uncertain, but there is reason for optimism:

Neither Kobe Bryant (foot strain) not Jordan Hill (herniated disc) practiced today. Both are "day to day."

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 29, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 7:37 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Troubling news out of Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant (foot) could be sidelined for opening night, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown said Wednesday night that there is 'question' Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will recover from a foot injury in time to play in next Tuesday night's season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

'I don't know if he'll be ready,' Brown said after the Lakers 97-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. 'So yeah, I guess there is question. I'm just going to wait for [Lakers trainer] Gary Vitti to tell me he can play because there's nothing I can do about it until they release him anyway.'

...Bryant's injury is classified as a strain, and the team is officially saying he is out indefinitely. However, Bryant reported some improvement in his foot to team officials prior to Wednesday's shootaround.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 2:08 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

As expected with the regular season approaching, the Lakers will hold Kobe Bryant (foot) out of the team's final two preseason games, according to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell.

Kobe Bryant (foot) will not play in L.A.'s final two preseason games. He'll be re-evaluated over the weekend.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 24, 2012

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The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been battling a foot issue that caused him to miss practice on Monday, and now it looks like it will keep him out of Wednesday’s exhibition game against the LA Clippers according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:

Kobe (foot) said he's "probably not" going to play tomorrow night. The foot is pretty painful. Still listed as "day to day."

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 23, 2012

Yes, it’s only the preseason, and this likely won’t stop him from playing on opening night (Oct. 30 vs. Dallas Mavericks), but it is concerning for an injury to pop up right before the grueling 82-game season even begins.

What’s even more of a red flag is his comments about the injury when speaking with Mark Medina of the L.A. Times:

Bryant said he'd still probably sit out if it was a regular season game.

The good news for Laker fans is the incredible talent surrounded by No. 24.

With the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the offensive load can be spread out more than ever before. Sure Kobe will still be relied upon to handle the ball with the game on the line, and odds are he’ll still be looking to hoist 20 shots a game, but the pressure to score has decreased significantly.

If he needs to sit out a few games to rest his foot, then so be it. Bryant doesn’t need to rush back from injuries anymore. Give him as much time as he needs.

This is a marathon not a sprint, and just because Kobe may not be 100 percent right off the bat, doesn’t mean there is a cause for concern in Laker Land.