Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Could Miss Rest Of 2015-16 Preseason

Only two preseason games remain for the Los Angeles Lakers with the start of the regular season set to get underway next week. Superstar Kobe Bryant has appeared in five of the six games played by the Lakers thus far with a lower leg contusion keeping out the team’s last game against the Golden State Warriors.

With the Lakers coaching staff focused on keeping Bryant as healthy as possible throughout his 20th and potential last season with the team, Kobe will likely miss the rest of the preseason. Head coach Byron Scott is in no rush to get Bryant back on the floor and admits there’s a chance his preseason is probably over, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

“There’s a chance, but I’m not going to put a percentage on it,” Scott said after practice on Sunday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “There’s a chance.”

Coach Scott doesn’t want the 37-year-old Bryant to risk further injury during meaningless preseason games. Although the leg injury already has fans concerned and the media speculating about Kobe’s status for the season opener on Oct. 28, Scott made it clear Bryant will be ready to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves next week with no chance of him missing the game due to his injury, via Medina:

“Nah,” Scott said. “None whatsoever.”

With the final roster still in the works and Bryant needing to focus on staying healthy, it makes no sense to rush him back to play games that just don’t matter for veterans of his caliber. Kobe showed he’s in shape and ready to go during the games he has played making Coach Scott’s decision an easy one moving forward.

The Lakers will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at the Staples Center and will play their preseason finale on Thursday night at the Honda Center against the Warriors.

Just be ready to make it count when it actually counts.

Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

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  • Just be ready to make it count when it actually counts.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Probably smart to keep him out, plus it gives the other guys more time to get ready. Kobe looks pretty ready and in shape, hopefully he will do a lot of shooting in the next week and be ready to sink some baskets come Oct 28. I still want to see more of Russell AND Huertas…..

  • Probably smart to keep him out, plus it gives the other guys more time to get ready. Kobe looks pretty ready and in shape, hopefully he will do a lot of shooting in the next week and be ready to sink some baskets come Oct 28. I still want to see more of Russell AND Huertas…..

  • Honestly the Lakers best preseason game was against Golden State. The game Kobe missed. Go figure. I don’t like to say this as Kobe is my favorite player of all time, but the team plays better without him in the lineup.

  • Honestly the Lakers best preseason game was against Golden State. The game Kobe missed. Go figure. I don’t like to say this as Kobe is my favorite player of all time, but the team plays better without him in the lineup.

  • Well he can’t stay healthy in games that don’t count. That’s not a good sign for the regular season. That 37 year old body is beat.

  • Well he can’t stay healthy in games that don’t count. That’s not a good sign for the regular season. That 37 year old body is beat.

  • I’d hate to go there considering Kobe hasn’t done too much on offense and has mostly just let the game come to him. The team has done well with him on the floor too, when he’s been on the floor. It’s when Byron has been experimenting with lineups, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, what rotation he wants to do, etc that the team has struggled.

  • I’d hate to go there considering Kobe hasn’t done too much on offense and has mostly just let the game come to him. The team has done well with him on the floor too, when he’s been on the floor. It’s when Byron has been experimenting with lineups, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, what rotation he wants to do, etc that the team has struggled.

  • Yeah I seriously doubt that would be the case in the regular season. Obviously you are a better team when you have your best players in the long run. Any player can look and play good for 1 game or two weeks just as your boy Lin who they were calling the greatest player on earth when he played well in meaningless games against 90% of the NBA’s weakest teams for two weeks. What happened when he had to try and sustain it when the games counted more? That is the same thing that will happen without Kobe. Even though I would pull for Kobe’s team to do well in his absence because that just means he has a better supporting cast which he hasn’t had since 2011 IMO.

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  • Yeah I seriously doubt that would be the case in the regular season. Obviously you are a better team when you have your best players in the long run. Any player can look and play good for 1 game or two weeks just as your boy Lin who they were calling the greatest player on earth when he played well in meaningless games in NY against 90% of the NBA’s weakest teams for two weeks.And that was regular season this is preseason or practice. What happened when he had to try and sustain it when the games counted more? That is the same thing that will happen without Kobe. Even though I would pull for Kobe’s team to do well in his absence because that just means he has a better supporting cast which he hasn’t had since 2011 IMO.

    Hey we don’t know how well the Lakers would have played if Kobe were there. Every game is like a different personality. You could play the same team and get drastically different results. That may be the case when the Lakers play the Warriors with out Kobe in the next game. Although I will be pulling for the Laker. I would trade the two preseason victories in for a 4 game sweep of the Warriors in the regular season.

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  • Preseason !!!!! Your talking about practice, practice LOL…………….

    Much better team with Kobe than without when the games count. And Kobe gets even better the more pressure and the more the games count.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Preseason !!!!! Your talking about practice, practice LOL…………….

    Much better team with Kobe than without when the games count. And Kobe gets even better the more pressure and the more the games count.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I’m sorry but as a fan I can’t wait to see Kobe retire from the league. I mean you’re holding a spot on the roster for what? Is it to be hurt all year on the bench helping the youngsters on the mental aspect? If so, that would make Kobe the Highest paid developmental coach in the league.

  • I’m sorry but as a fan I can’t wait to see Kobe retire from the league. I mean you’re holding a spot on the roster for what? Is it to be hurt all year on the bench helping the youngsters on the mental aspect? If so, that would make Kobe the Highest paid developmental coach in the league.

  • At least your being honest which is more than we can say for the few others who want Kobe to retire on this board.

    Good thing for Laker fans and the team your not coaching us. You and others that want Kobe to retire will just have to suffer through watching Kobe have the greatest 20 th season of any player in NBA history. And hopefully the team and all our players can stay healthy long enough to bring a healthy and confident team led by Kobe Bryant into the playoffs.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

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  • You and I know Kobe only took the past couple of years off because the talent on the team was not good enough to make the playoffs. We both know if Kobe can walk he will play through all the pain and injuries if he sees a shot for the team making it to the playoffs.

    Ignore the haters because in my mind they don’t even exist.

    Go Lakers !

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  • You and I know Kobe only took the past couple of years off because the talent on the team was not good enough to make the playoffs. We both know if Kobe can walk he will play through all the pain and injuries if he sees a shot for the team making it to the playoffs. Kobe is a championship or bust player.

    Ignore the haters because in my mind they no longer exist.

    Go Lakers !

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  • How many NBA players even play 20 seasons? Most are smart enough to retire before they break down.

  • How many NBA players even play 20 seasons? Most are smart enough to retire before they break down.

  • Kobe’s shooting numbers and efficiency are amazingly high at the moment. But to some, he’s always going to be known as a ball hog.

  • Lebron isn’t playing another preseason game either. It’s just how modern era teams protect their stars.

  • Kobe’s shooting numbers and efficiency are amazingly high at the moment. But to some, he’s always going to be known as a ball hog.

  • Lebron isn’t playing another preseason game either. It’s just how modern era teams protect their stars.

  • I get why they’d sit him but considering I put out big money for tickets to Thursday’s game, I hope he plays. Even if it’s just for a quarter. They marked these tickets up most likely that this could be his last preseason. If he’s injured, I get it. Sit him. If not.. Come on! Otherwise, for the current roster, there’s no way he tickets would even be half of what they were. Jokes on me!

  • I get why they’d sit him but considering I put out big money for tickets to Thursday’s game, I hope he plays. Even if it’s just for a quarter. They marked these tickets up most likely that this could be his last preseason. If he’s injured, I get it. Sit him. If not.. Come on! Otherwise, for the current roster, there’s no way he tickets would even be half of what they were. Jokes on me!

  • SHUT him Down….Cuts are coming up..so get a good look at these young pieces….

  • SHUT him Down….Cuts are coming up..so get a good look at these young pieces….

  • I understand the tickets prices and fans wanting to see Kobe…..Those few minutes you want him to play could be disastrous if he gets hurt….especially in a pre season game…..You’ll never hear the end of it.

  • I understand the tickets prices and fans wanting to see Kobe…..Those few minutes you want him to play could be disastrous if he gets hurt….especially in a pre season game…..You’ll never hear the end of it.

  • Right on Grandma. Some of us realize it’s long over due. Besides no one should have to spend millions to convince people how good you supposedly were.

  • Right on Grandma. Some of us realize it’s long over due. Besides no one should have to spend millions to convince people how good you supposedly were.

  • Always gotta do is somehow get Job in the playoffs. I can say I will never bet against him in the playoffs. He just knows how to win in the postseason. He’s a different beast in postseason.

  • All we gotta do is somehow get him in the playoffs. I can say I will never bet against him in the playoffs. He just knows how to win in the postseason. He’s a different beast in postseason.

  • Yeah, I really do understand that. Maybe my issue is that the tickets were marketed in a sense “Come see Kobe and the lakers” so I could justify the price. The last two times I’ve bought tickets, he got injured game before. ?

  • Yeah, I really do understand that. Maybe my issue is that the tickets were marketed in a sense “Come see Kobe and the lakers” so I could justify the price. The last two times I’ve bought tickets, he got injured game before. ?

  • Kobe just has to play the right way. I don’t understand why he has to force up shots

  • Kobe just has to play the right way. I don’t understand why he has to force up shots

  • When is Kobe going to learn how to play with the team members, after the season starts there is very little practice time as every one knows.

  • Yall are crazy kobe is doing great lol he got hurt in the first place because naysayers like you guys were saying he needs too retire all awhile he was having his best all around season.. When will you people get a life and stop ridiculing him for showing up to his job, he’s the best there’s ever been so even he was here simply for development; the man should infact be the highest paid development coach lol so what are you saying

  • When is Kobe going to learn how to play with the team members, after the season starts there is very little practice time as every one knows.

  • Yall are crazy kobe is doing great lol he got hurt in the first place because naysayers like you guys were saying he needs too retire all awhile he was having his best all around season.. When will you people get a life and stop ridiculing him for showing up to his job, he’s the best there’s ever been so even he was here simply for development; the man should infact be the highest paid development coach lol so what are you saying

  • Like it if your club plays for #Rings. Comment if it’s just washed up vets and draft pick busts……

  • Like it if your club plays for #Rings. Comment if it’s just washed up vets and draft pick busts……

  • He shot 1-15 in last shots of the game last year. What exactly are you smoking? Dumbass Bryant Dickrider……

  • He shot 1-15 in last shots of the game last year. What exactly are you smoking? Dumbass Bryant Dickrider……

  • I almost had a heart attack! I thought the title said rest of the season, not preseason. I was about to say I thought he only had a bruise! Thank goodness.

  • I almost had a heart attack! I thought the title said rest of the season, not preseason. I was about to say I thought he only had a bruise! Thank goodness.

  • True. After the preseason ends, the story will be “Kobe will miss the first week of the season” and then that timeline will be extended. It’s just the way it is now.

  • After the preseason ends, the story will be “Kobe will miss the first week of the season” and then that timeline will be extended. It’s just the way it is now. I don’t know why the team can’t tell the truth.

  • True. But that was almost 6 years ago. He was still in his prime back then.

  • True. But that was almost 6 years ago. He was still in his prime back then.

  • Like MJ once said, “I’ve missed over 9000 shots in my career. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succed”

    When the shots fall, you probably love the guy, when they don’t you hate him. If Kobe were to miss a shot in a game, would you want him to just be passive and not take any more shots? Yes, it may be a detriment to the team sometimes to hoist up a lot of shots, but you should never doubt your next shot… “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” The reason why Kobe became a great player, is because he never doubted himself, don’t forget the playoff game where Kobe threw up 3 airballs, Kobe could’ve easily let that be the reason to be a passive player.

  • Like MJ once said, “I’ve missed over 9000 shots in my career. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succed”

    When the shots fall, you probably love the guy, when they don’t you hate him. If Kobe were to miss a shot in a game, would you want him to just be passive and not take any more shots? Yes, it may be a detriment to the team sometimes to hoist up a lot of shots, but you should never doubt your next shot… “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” The reason why Kobe became a great player, is because he never doubted himself, don’t forget the playoff game where Kobe threw up 3 airballs, Kobe could’ve easily let that be the reason to be a passive player.

  • Still trolling ? Whats the matter still no social life? aka Clippersrunla or whatever alias and rock you come out of . You are flagged.

  • Still trolling ? Whats the matter still no social life? aka Clippersrunla or whatever alias and rock you come out of . You are flagged.

  • Still up to your foul mouth ways, get a life, I forgot trolling is your life. Flagged

  • Still up to your foul mouth ways, get a life, I forgot trolling is your life. Flagged

  • How about you just shut up and go to the Hornets board, Lintard, he;s not on the Lakerts anymore. Youre more bitter than the good guy himself, get over it.

  • How about you just shut up and go to the Hornets board, Lintard, he;s not on the Lakerts anymore. Youre more bitter than the good guy himself, get over it.

  • Like your own roster, washed up vets and draft pick busts and former lakers. Troll away. Youve got your daily quota already, time to get paid?

  • Like your own roster, washed up vets and draft pick busts and former lakers. Troll away. Youve got your daily quota already, time to get paid?

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