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Kobe Bryant's wrist injury sparks mixed reactions

December 22, 2011 |  2:25 pm

Kobe Bryant watches Wednesday's exhibition against the Clippers.

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to a sports medicine specialist who said Kobe Bryant might be able to play through a torn ligament in his right wrist. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions the Lakers' optimism that Bryant will play in the Christmas Day opener against Chicago. 

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers believes the Lakers have problems regardless of Bryant's health.

--The Daily News' Phil Collin argues the Clippers are no longer a joke. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains how Bryant's injury severely dampens the Lakers' already flimsy roster. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Steve Blake's improved performance.

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on how Lakers Coach Mike Brown has handled his tenure thus far. 

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the pressure Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro will face this season.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears explains how Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are maintaining a determined attitude even if their Lakers' future remains flimsy. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Turner explains how Reggie Evans' arrival beefs up the Clippers lineup. 

--The Times' Bolch focuses on Jason Kapono's elevated role because of Bryant's absence. 

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights the back-and-forth affair of Wednesday's exhibition game. 

Blogs

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe wonders if the Lakers' age will catch up to them. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to the Clippers. 

--Lakers Nation's Mark Heisler makes his debut with "Dear Donald" letter. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Clippers game.  

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard breaks down the Lakers-Clippers exhibition game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark previews the Lakers' defense. 

Tweet of the Day:"Oh, how things change. Phil Jackson actually signed in at the front desk for his visit to the Lakers' offices today." -- KevinDing (Orange County Register's Kevin Ding)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"I am coming dangerously close to suggesting that Kobe playing and the Lakers actually playing good basketball won't get it done this year. It just is not in our best interests as a team. Sit Kobe down and make desperate trades.

Don't mean to sound like a whiner. Just suggesting that when player pride, talent, good judgment and shrewdness in the front office, veteran ability, loyalty and sacrifice are all less useful to a team than a decent draft pick and some salary cap space then maybe there is something wrong." -- Phredphredington

--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: An injured Kobe Bryant watches from the bench during Wednesday's exhibition game against the Clippers at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / December 21, 2011


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