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Kobe Bryant has torn ligament in right wrist, is day-to-day

December 21, 2011 | 12:53 pm

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sustained a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist in Monday's exhibition against the Clippers. His status is considered day-to-day.

He will not play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Clippers, according to the Lakers. An MRI exam revealed the injury.

Bryant had 22 points, making 12 of 15 free-throw attempts in the Lakers' 114-95 loss. He practiced Tuesday with the team and did not reveal any major discomfort to reporters afterward but went for an MRI exam Wednesday.

The lunotriquetral ligament stabilizes two of the smaller wrist bones on the outside part of the wrist. It was unclear if it was a complete or partial tear.

"If it's a complete tear, it's more problematic," said Keith Feder, a Manhattan Beach sports medicine specialist. "Without being privy to the MRI, these types of injuries can take anywhere from several days to several weeks to heal completely, but depending on the pain level and with support, the athlete could play."

Bryant will probably need to have the wrist taped when he plays. The Lakers begin the regular season Sunday against Chicago at Staples Center, part of a back-to-back-to-back situation that also includes a Dec. 26 game at Sacramento and a Dec. 27 home game against Utah.

Bryant, 33, is in his 16th NBA season. He had a minor but innovative procedure on his ailing right knee last June in Germany and said it felt healthy after Monday's game, the first time he had tested the knee in a game-like condition.

Update: Bryant was wearing a plastic brace around his right wrist at the team's training facility Wednesday afternoon.


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