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Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2011 7:48 pm
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Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is still suffering from a sprained ankle. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant turned his ankle in Game 4 of Los Angeles' first round series with the New Orleans Hornets. Even though he was able to play in Games 5 and 6 -- scoring 19 points and 24 points in the back-to-back wins -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that the ankle will still be an issue heading into the team's second round series with the Dallas Mavericks. Game 1 against Dallas is set for Monday.
"It still affects him a lot," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said of Bryant, who sat out of Saturday's practice. "This is not going to go away anytime soon so we're just going to have to be close to what he's doing and monitor it a lot. He'll have a limited amount of practice time and it's something he'll have to do."
""It's tender to the touch still," Jackson said of Bryant. "He's still limping when he walks. It's a limied amount of improvement."
Bryant, for his part, maintains that he is "fine".

The good news for Bryant and the Lakers is that the Mavericks do not have a dynamic, athletic presence in their starting backcourt. Jason Kidd and DeShawn Stevenson just aren't the type of players who can regularly exploit Bryant in his limited capacity by beating him off the dribble or pushing the tempo hard. 

If there is a concern, it will likely be Mavericks reserve guard Jason Terry, who is significantly shorter than Bryant and quick off the dribble. Terry is an all-around offensive threat and will continue to serve as Dallas' closer. He will represent a tough cover for either Bryant or veteran point guard Derek Fisher

Here's video of Bryant's injury. 

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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:02 am
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Hi Jerry; can I play in your fore-some next week @ Torrey Pines with you,Kobe,and Artest. I swear that I'll wash all of Kobe's balls and will keep Ron Ram from assaulting the girl in the drink cart. It sure would appear to be a good time with Bryant missing the fairways as much as the rim and the always entertaining Artest being relegated to the rough. Get it! ADIOS Los Lakers, it was fun while it lasted but I'm genuinely worried about where the Hollywood phonies will have to go to now. God forbid a jaunt to Sacramento or a defection to the Sterling Clippers, but it's possible.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Hey Balhog; it's almost too easy to respond to a dude with your avatar and also being a Kobe ball-washer. My LA sources have confirmed that the Kobester indeed does troll the highly popular night spots with his sweats on and possibly his Laker jersey underneath. Look dude, Bryant is a polarizing figure and I choose to think that the Kobe is not the next MJ; although he has always fancied himself as such. At last count; he's not the "closer" that the media has made him out to be. The jerk is great, but you would dislike him if you didn't reside in SoCal or that he played in Memphis. The dude just tries TOO hard to be liked. Bad Sign!



Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

I agree balrog01. Why should Kobe (or any pro athlete) have to be rude just to get away from reporters? And why do reporters think that Kobe(et al) would want to join them for dinner? When I have dinner I want to be with friends or family and relax & enjoy my meal. My personal time is just that, personal. 

Why sit down with someone who only wants to pump you for information? You can't relax and enjoy your meal when you have to worry that anything you say may be used or taken out of context and splashed over the front page of tomorrow's sports section. ..."Kobe says..." . Then Kobe has to explain himself and try to get from under unwanted unnecessary bull crap. Really?  It seems to me that "I have to go work out" is much more polite than "H#LL NO". And in Kobe's position, H#LL NO would be my response.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

The Celtic fan that labeled Kobe as a "drama queen" was so accurate in his assessment of the Laker icon. Could an LA fan explain how several different media members have run into Bryant @ various restaurants and he tells them all the same thing when they invite him to join them; "Sorry guys, but I have to go work out or I just don't feel right". Here's a thought; why don't you just work out instead of telling the world how much time you spend in the weight room?
First, any team with Paul Pierce on it really should not be talking about "drama queens".  Second, and more importantly, so "several" times in the last 14 years you say Kobe has turned down dinner invites from media members with 1 of 2 reasons "I have to go work out" OR "I don't feel right"?  Lets examine that --

    "several" is how many in your book 3, 4, 5?  Of those serveral Kobe declined for 1 of 2 reasons so you say---which means no more than 3 or 4 times in the last 14 years he's stated, in response to a question, that he was going to work out?  What is the big deal ? (a) the reporter asked Kobe to stay, (b) Kobe, who since he is at the restaraunt as already likely eaten< politely declines and (c) rather than a curt, rude, "NO" tells the reporter why and you see this as a major issue?  According to your little story, Kobe is not "telling the world how much time you spend in the weight room", he is telling a specific reporter, privately, on a specific day why he cannot stay for dinner.  If the media member elects to report that, well that is up to the reporter now isnt it?   If Kobe just blew the "media members" off without a reason you'd rip him for being rude and dismissive to the media.





Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

I am a Kobe hater but it seems like when I watch him play his will to win seems higher than his competition even if he loses.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

I can see it now.  "Kobe scores 55 while confined to a wheelchair!!!"  Please give me a break.  I saw him twist his ankle and it did not look that bad.  I'd say he was fine after that dunk.  I dont buy into the theory that he is super human and feels no pain.  I hope Dallas does not fall for it like N.O. did.  I know Kobe is not the one saying it but this is pure drama or Phil Jackson trying to get Dallas to let their guard down even if its physcologically.  (DId I spell that right?)


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:35 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Mr. Medinacrud; I was so disappointed in your comment that you only used the word "douchebag" 5 times. I had the Over which Vegas had set @ 7 for you to respond to anyone that dares to doubt the Kobo.I could just picture you slaving over your computer with a red face, perspiration dripping off the brow while dressed in your purple Laker pajamas that mom gave you last Xmas. You know; the ones with the little feet. My only question about you is how fast it will take for you to rip off that Laker flag from your car when the Lake Show gets cancelled? Vegas has that line @ 46 minutes. I'll take the Under.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Hey Jerrywest; I'm guessing that you're a Laker fan like the rest of the bandwagon losers that proudly display the flag on their car when winning. Sadly; you're dead on in that my team is playing golf already but so am I. Go figure! The Celtic fan that labeled Kobe as a "drama queen" was so accurate in his assessment of the Laker icon. Could an LA fan explain how several different media members have run into Bryant @ various restaurants and he tells them all the same thing when they invite him to join them; "Sorry guys, but I have to go work out or I just don't feel right". Here's a thought; why don't you just work out instead of telling the world how much time you spend in the weight room?



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant's ankle still an issue

Kobe is the biggest drama queen I've ever seen. The majority of players are playing through injuries but you rarely hear anything about it because they're not dramatic like Kobe.
Coming from a Celtics fan, this makes me laugh.  I seem to remember Paul Pierce being carted off in a wheel chair during a game in the Finals against the Lakers in 2008.  Of course he then returned about 8.3 seconds later and was perfectly fine.  If that's not being a drama queen then I don't know what is.



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