Kobe Bryant gets treatment, remains questionable with shoulder injury

first_img“(Gary) hasn’t given me any concern that this is how it’s going to be the rest of the season,” Scott said. “I think this is one of those things that the wear and tear of playing for 20 years and the surgeries have taken a little bit of a toll on him.”Brown to D-LeagueOn Friday, Anthony Brown made his second start in place of Bryant and recorded five points and five rebounds against Philadelphia.On Saturday following practice, he was assigned back to the D-League with Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly.It has been that kind of season for Brown, but the rookie from Stanford is starting to find his groove and maximize his time on the court, no matter how limited. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Every game for me, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable,” Brown said Saturday, “First time I was out there against (Oklahoma City), the game was moving so fast for me, and now it’s starting to slow down a bit game by game.”Besides his two starts, Brown has only played more than 20 minutes just once this season. He’s seen action in nine game with the Lakers while playing seven with the D-Fenders, including Saturday’s contest with the Bakersfield Jam.Even in limited action, Brown’s play has earned him a supporter in Scott, who not only praised Brown for his decision-making but for his defense. Scott envisioned Brown moving into a full-time backup role playing 15-20 minutes a game, though it has yet to be determined when.“He just needs more time and he’ll get that,” Scott said, “His experience with just being in school for four years I think absolutely helps him out.”Until then, Brown, who was a standout player at Ocean View High School, is learning how to adjust and thrive when he can.“I’m just trying to make an impact any way I can. Shooting, defense, rebounding,” Brown said, “I just have to be ready for my shot knowing that I’m not going to get a ton of shots.”center_img Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant will be questionable to play Sunday against Phoenix with a shoulder injury that kept him out of Friday’s win against Philadelphia.Bryant came in for treatment Saturday and did not practice with the team. Scott said Bryant told him his shoulder had improved, but the team will make a decision Sunday on if he can play.“From yesterday to today he said it felt a lot better,” Scott said, “What that means, I don’t know yet.”Scott added that he did not get any indication from Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti that this is a long-term issue, but rather another sign of the game taking its toll on Bryant, who has missed five games this season.last_img

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