(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Lakers may have to begin their 2012-13 title run with Kobe Bryant on the bench. Bryant has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Kings and his right foot injury may not be healed enough for him to start in Tuesday’s opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
“I don’t know if he’ll be ready,” Brown said after the Lakers’ 97-91 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. “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.”
Bryant’s injury is classified as a strain, and the team is officially saying he is out indefinitely.
“Obviously it would have been great if they would have had more on-court time against a different colored jersey,” Brown said. “But, again, I’m a long-term guy and not a short-term guy, so, they’ll be ready when it counts.”
The right foot has bothered Bryant throughout training camp and has caused the 17-year veteran to miss several practices.
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