Despite Kobe Bryant stating last week to reporters in Boston that he would not be re-evaluated until February at the earliest, he will indeed have his left knee examined early next week, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Bryant will be reevaluated on either Jan. 27 or Jan. 28 in Los Angeles after the team returns from their seven-game road trip. Last Friday, the 35-year-old had stated that next month he would see where his body is at physically and go from there.
“We’ll see where it’s at in February and see if it’s good to go,” Bryant said, pushing back his return timeline ever so slightly, with D’Antoni having recently said Bryant would be re-evaluated Jan. 27, at the conclusion of the team’s current seven-game trip while the Grammy Awards take over Staples Center.
Bryant has been out since Dec. 17 due to a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee that came just nine days after returning from a torn left Achilles tendon that sidelined him for over eight months. In the six games he has played this season, Bryant is averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 42.5 percent shooting in 29.5 minutes per game.
In other Lakers’ injury news, Xavier Henry could be making his return to the court in Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks. The 22-year-old has been sidelined since Dec. 29 due to a bone bruise in his right knee. Henry had attempted to practice on Jan. 12, but experienced some swelling in his right knee and scaled back his workouts to non-weight-bearing exercises for the following few days afterward.
Henry returned to practice on Wednesday as he participated in some light jogging and shooting.
“I think he’ll take the next step and try to do more (Thursday), but he’s not ready to play yet,” said coach Mike D’Antoni, who ruled Henry out for L.A.’s back-to-back against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.
As for Los Angeles’ point guard injury situation, Steve Nash is scheduled to be re-evaluated next week. Steve Blake has been partaking in practice drills during the Lakers’ road trip and was given clearance to participate in low-impact dribbling and close-range form shooting with his right arm, but still requires several more weeks of strengthen before he can play. Jordan Farmar is still several weeks away from his return, but has taken a step forward in his rehab as he has just recently begun partaking in shooting drills.
With it appearing that the Lakers will be at least another week or two before any of their injured players return, they must continue to focus at the take at hand rather than worry about when Bryant, Nash, Blake and Farmar will make their return.
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