Kobe Bryant takes full part in practice Saturday
No one can predict to what degree Kobe Bryant's torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist will affect his game, if at all.
Answers will emerge only when the Lakers take the court Sunday in their opener against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. But for now, Lakers fans can take comfort knowing that Bryant took full part in practice Saturday at the team's facility in El Segundo and still plans to play in the Lakers' season opener. He did not participate in individual shooting drills, however, when the facility was opened to the media.
Those are all the details we have for, well, obvious reasons.
"I'm fine," Bryant said. "I'm not talking about my injury."
Meanwhile, Coach Mike Brown and Bryant's teammates all said he looked fine, too. Not that this should really surprise anyone. After all, longtime teammate Derek Fisher predicted Bryant would appear in the season opener, even if had to cut his own wrist off.
"I don't know if it's as much about his physical ability to play through pain as it is his mentality capacity and strength," Fisher said. "Your ability to focus has to be at an all-time high to push through certain levels of pain and still be effective and still be the kind of player that he's going to be."
That involved for Bryant taking what he called "subtle" albeit unspecified adjustments to his game. But it appears to have gone unnoticed. At least, that's what the Lakers are saying.
"He's done some things where he has not said one word and has just kept playing," Brown said. "Knowing what he's going through now, he's one of the toughest guys I've ever been around. It's a little surprising when you're around him to see how mentally and physically tough he is."
-- Mark Medina
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