|English: Kobe Bryant, Lakers shooting guard, stands ready to shoot a free throw during Tuesday nights pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant was essential in bringing together a large point gap late in the second quarter, after the Warriors took the early lead. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"I don't know if he'll be ready," Brown said after the Lakers 97-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "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."
The 34 year old superstar missed practice on Monday due to a foot injury he has been dealing with. He sustained the injury in Sunday's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings. His injury was classified as a foot strain, and the team is saying he will be out indefinitely. Bryant did report improvement in his foot prior to Wednesday night's game.
Over his 17 year career, Bryant has played 1161 games, and injuries are bound to happen over a period of time. Bryant told reporter Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that he is hesitant to play beyond the remaining two years of his contract, stating: "It's just that three more years seems like a really long time to continue to stay at a high, high level of training and preparation and health. That's a lot of years. For a guard? That's a lot of years."
During the first half of last season Bryant was in the top five in PER, but fell off as the season wore on. He shot 38.7 percent in March, finishing 17th in PER. He also shot 43 percent from the field, his lowest since his second year in the NBA.
If the Lakers are looking for the best output from their $28 million dollar player, they need to listen to him, his body, and make sure that he is not overworked. Overworking him will cause big problems in playoff season.
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