Last night the Lakers took on the Charlotte Bobcats in a meaningless preseason matchup which may have resulted in some serious consequences for last season's MVP Kobe Bryant.
In the second quarter of this preseason game against the Bobcats on Tuesday, Kobe hyperextended his right knee (ouch!) after colliding with new Lakers forward Josh Powell. The injury wasn't even close to as nasty as Andrew Bynum's season ending knee injury last season, but out of all the injuries you can get playing basketball, the ankles and knees can be worst in terms of keeping you out of action.
Out of all the stars and role players on the Los Angeles Lakers, the one player coach Phil Jackson cannot afford to lose coming into this season is Kobe Bryant.
Although the seriousness of the injury Kobe sustained Tuesday is being kept quiet, the silence is defining for Lakers fans. The news as of Wednesday morning is that Kobe will not go undergo an MRI on his injured knee.
Not sure this is good news. The fact that the Lakers are saying he will not undergo an MRI makes me think of a few scenarios.
One, Kobe doesn't want to miss any time and believes there is no serious damage to his knee. Admirable in a way, but if his knee isn't 100% or there is some damage to his knee that can only be seen through an MRI then this injury may flare up at some point during the season and come back to haunt Kobe and the Lakers.
Two, the injury is serious, but the Lakers don't want another media circus like they have experienced in the last couple seasons.
Hopefully, the injury turns out to be nothing. With all the attention these injuries to superstars get these days, we seem to forget that these guys are in very good shape and can walk off injuries like this a lot easier than the majority of people.
Even though Kobe left in the second quarter and did not return, the Lakers still prevailed and beat the Bobcats 102-98.
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