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Kobe Bryant not expected to play; Bynum to get injection; Odom will play

Kobe2 Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was not expected to play in Wednesday night's game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena here in Salt Lake City, Coach Phil Jackson said after the team's shoot-around earlier in the day.

Perhaps even more disturbing is that Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who also won't play against the Jazz, said he would get a cortisone injection in his bruised right hip sometime next week, probably Monday after the All-Star break.

If Bryant doesn't play against the Jazz and he doesn't play in Sunday's All-Star game at Dallas Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, he would have had 10 days to rest his ankle. Bryant also would have missed the last three consecutive games.

On a side note, if Bryant doesn't play against Utah, he won't be obligated by the NBA to play in the All-Star game. However, Lakers guard Shannon Brown said Tuesday that Bryant would pass him the ball when he participates in the dunk contest Saturday night of the All-Star weekend.

When Bryant does play in his next game, it will be the 1,000th regular-season game of his 14-year NBA career.

It's looking more and more as if that will come when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Bryant said after Monday night's game that his decision to play Wednesday night would be a game-time decision.

"It's not looking very good," Jackson said. "He didn't go out for the shoot-around. I haven't talked to him yet this morning. We're not expecting him to go."

Lamar Odom, who missed Tuesday's practice with a sore right foot, worked out during the shoot-around and will play Wednesday night.

Bynum, on the other hand, missed the second half of the Portland game Saturday night and will miss his second straight game with the hip injury. If he plays Tuesday night, Bynum will have had nine days for his hip to get healthy.

Bynum was told that an injection might not feel too good.

"It might, though," Bynun said, "if it takes the pain away."

The Jazz has won nine consecutive games, 13 of the last 14. The Jazz has won 10 straight at home and have a 22-6 record here.

The Lakers lost to Utah here the last time they played, and that was with Bryant and Bynum in the lineup.

So the Lakers know how difficult it will be to win here.

They have won their last two games without Bryant and Bynum and would like to go into the All-Star break on a mini-winning streak.

"We have to do the things that we've done well," Jackson said. "That's transition defense, get some offensive boards and hold them in so they can't run and make them have to make everything in that closet that they play in down there around the lane. And we have to keep Deron Williams from breaking us down as a team."

When Derek Fisher plays Wednesday night, it will be his 1,000th career regular-season game over 14 seasons.

-- Broderick Turner in Salt Lake City

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Jim Rogash / Getty Images

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Wow, OMG Drew taking cortisone injections which are really steroids, here are the side effects:

Short term side effects are uncommon, but include shrinkage (atrophy) and lightening of the color (depigmentation) of the skin at the injection site, introduction of bacterial infection into the body, local bleeding from broken blood vessels in the skin or muscle, soreness at the injection site, and aggravation of inflammation in the area injected because of reactions to the corticosteroid medication (postinjection flare). Tendons can be weakened by corticosteroid injections in or near tendons. Tendon ruptures as a result have been reported. - Online Medical Journal

Long-term side effects of corticosteroid injections depend on the dose and frequency of the injections. With higher doses and frequent administration, potential side effects include thinning of the skin, easy bruising, weight gain, puffiness of the face, elevation of blood pressure, cataract formation, thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), and a rare but serious damage to the bones of the large joints (avascular necrosis). - Online Medical Journal

~~This is the beginning of the degeneration of Andrew Bynum. It started at the hip of the hip-hop beast.

Ummm... does Andrew have a bone bruise?

What's up with the cortisone shot?

This is troubling.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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Wow, I thought he would play for sure tonight. A real mature decision by him. Hopefully he also takes the All Star game off. That gives him some well earned time off to heal.


I SEE nothing but happy laker TEAMMATES?
Great TEAM EFFORT and a win.

Out freaking standing “teamwok”


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Come and watch Kobe twist and turn in the air and make impossible shots
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Ah heck, cortisone shots arn't that bad, I've had three in my left elbow and I can't feel a thing. Course I'm 53 and right handed!
Seriously though, it is not a pain med per se. More of a treatment for chronic pain from inflamation, none of which should be Drew's problem, and it takes a week to take effect, if at all.

~~This is the beginning of the degeneration of Andrew Bynum. It started at the hip of the hip-hop beast.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | February 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM


It might be a side-effect of carrying Playboy bunnies on his shoulder.

Hey MM!

Quick question, is it Fisher 1,000 regular season game or Kobe's (if he plays)?? You posted the same sentence for both players so not sure if its a mistake or a very unlikely coincidence.

WHY IS CHRIS KAMAN IN THE ALL-STAR GAME? Is it just because he complained about it? My boy, Bynum, should be in it.

For MM
Not a type-O, both came into the league together and both have played in 999 reg. season games. I tell ya, they are joined at the hip, you can not talk about one with out the other, both have won 4 rings TOGETHER. Out freaking standing, the ying and the yang, the scooby and the do, the mac and the cheese, I digress.

yeah, i'm sure the thousands of conscientious doctors who give and have given cortisone shots are a bit surprised to hear that they are causing the 'degeneration' of all their patients.

and once again, i am shocked, totally shocked I tell you that a guy who is 7 feet tall and weighs 300 lbs needs more treatment for a leg injury than a guy who is say, 6 6" and weighs 235ish needs for a finger injury. except, of course, if Kobe decided to get a cortisone shot, it would be a sign of his degeneration.

billy in slo,

Thanks for the clarification. That's is one of the craziest coincidences I've ever witnessed!

Jon K.

I am really surprised of your statement, and thoughts:

No, there is not.

"Kobe doesn't have to be your favorite Laker, but he is a Laker through and through, thus, as a Laker you have to be a fan of Kobe, otherwise you are rooting against the Heart of the Lakers (or at least the Liver, Brain or Lungs of the Lakers--he certainly is not the appendix of the Lakers. He's a crucial, life-sustaining organ.)"

If that is the case then, why not the same thing for Shaq? Do you still consider him as Lakers. Team's name is the organization name, players come and go even at the middle of the season! This is exactly why Kobe pushed to trade Shaq, because he wanted that Lakers to be his only, and this is not a teamwork mentality that a teamplayer needs!

Bynum should be listed and considered as trade bait. They guy has not been health for a complete year. He is in the wrong sport. maybe volleyball is something for him so he wont get hurt and bruise his hip or his knees. One for one for Bosh is a great idea. Lakers also need a young and healthy PG and fast.

Tom Tom,

"If that is the case then, why not the same thing for Shaq? Do you still consider him as Lakers."

Dude, he plays for the Cavs.

One doesn't have to be a Shaq fan to be a Lakers fan.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.




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