Found March 15, 2013 on
In The Neutral Zone:
No one can question Kobe Bryant’s dedication to winning or at the very least showing up. Further hammering that in, earlier today, less than 48 hours removed from severely spraining his left ankle in a game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers changed his status from “out indefinitely” to “game-time decision” — meaning Kobe could possibly play tonight at the Indiana Pacers. If that’s not crazy enough, look at this picture of Kobe’s ankle his wife Vanessa sent out on instagram after the game in Atlanta:
Before we let our hearts explode with joy at the thought of the Black Mamba’s return tonight, let’s ask the ugly question: should Kobe return tonight? My answer: hell no! Kobe should not return tonight.
Firstly, the Lakers probably won’t win this game even with Kobe’s miraculous return. The Lakers simply aren’t very good on the road, sporting a losing 12-21 record when they visit opponents. The Pacers, on the other hand, ARE very good at home and have a winning record of 26-7 at home.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, the Lakers do not want to risk Kobe Bryant injuring himself further by playing tonight before he’s fully recovered. It would be devastating for the Lakers if Kobe missed more time than absolutely necessary. If Kobe does more damage to his ankle in a return tonight, there’s a strong possibility his recovery time will expand beyond the next few games and into the eleventh hour of the Lakers’ playoff push.
Finally, with Kobe sitting and recovering, tonight is a great chance for Nash and Howard to control the Lakers’ offense and take responsibility for winning or losing. Of course, it will be a tall order to beat the Pacers at home, but Dwight Howard have shown more activity lately and the Lakers are coming off of an off day.
Now that you know my position on whether or not Kobe will play tonight, totally disregard it because there’s no keeping Bryant down. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up tonight, plays, and surprises us all.
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The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a difficult defeat last night the Hawks, but more concerning is the loss of Kobe Bryant to injury. Bryant rolled his ankle and suffered a severe sprain on the final play of the game, as he came down awkwardly on his game-winning shot attempt. It appeared as if Dahntay Jones undercut him when he challenged the shot, causing Kobe to hurt himself. This...
Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely after spraining his ankle in the final seconds of the Lakers' loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Lakers' push for the playoffs might be without Kobe Bryant for a while.
The Los Angeles star severely sprained his left ankle Wednesday night after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Lakers spokesman John Black said Bryant is out indefinitely, just as a team that underachieved much of the season is playing its best basketball...
Kobe Bryant decided to give it a try Friday night when the Lakers took on the Indiana Pacers in spite of the sever sprain that he suffered earlier this week. He didn't last long. After about a period of play that was lackluster at best and saw Kobe go scoreless--only the 15th time in 17 seasons, he called it a night.
As it turns out that was okay. Dwight Howard turned...
The rays of optimism that rained down on the Los Angeles Lakers dried up pretty quickly.
Pau Gasol’s impending return has been placed hold for a moment after suffering a setback on Saturday during workouts at the team’s facility.
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After a miserable start to the season, the Los Angeles Lakers had finally started to build some momentum, winning 6 of its last 7 games and pulling into 8th place in the Western Conference standings.
However, in the 4th quarter of the Lakers' 96t-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant suffered a severe ankle sprain, and according to Yahoo's Ball Don...
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is one of the most durable players in the league today. He's managed to thrive under pain and injury and will do so again Friday night. After going down with a sprained left ankle which was labelled "severe", many believed Bryant would miss game time, at least a couple of games. The Black Mamba and the Lakers have other plans...
Kobe Bryant's availability for Friday night's game will be a game-time decision.
The Lakers' star has spent the past two days treating what he calls the worst sprained ankle of his career. He was injured after landing on the foot of Atlanta's Dahntay Jones in the closing seconds Wednesday night. NBA officials said Thursday a foul should have been called on the play...
Kobe Bryant severely sprained his ankle during the final minutes of Lakers vs. Hawks. Bryant was injured attempting a game-tying jumper on the baseline. He was fading away from the basket as he shot the ball, and landed on the leg of Hawks guard Dahntay Jones.Following the game, not only did Kobe say the sprain was the worst he’s experienced since the 2000 Finals when Jalen Rose...
Kobe makes a very valid point by being upset with Dahntay Jones, as undercutting jump shooters has been a huge problem in the NBA for years. Kobe mentioned in his postgame presser that he felt he Dahntay “Jalen Rose’d me,” and it is very true. Check out this article from the LA Times in which Jalen Rose admitted (ten years later) on a Grantland podcast that he intentionally...
Kobe Bryant suffered a severe sprain of his left ankle during the final seconds of the Lakers game against the Atlanta Hawks yesterday. In the final seconds, Bryant attempted a game-tying field goal and landed on the foot of the defender Dahntay Jones. But with Kobe fading away you have to wonder, how did he [...]
Kobe Bryant was silently fuming after the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Atlanta Hawks. With just under 10 seconds to go in the game, Kobe Bryant attempted a fadeaway [...]