The Los Angeles Lakers expected to have their star, Kobe Bryant, on the floor Wednesday against the Portland Trailblazers. However, Bryant was a late scratch from the game with a shoulder injury.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, Bryant has a right shoulder strain. He thinks he hurt the shoulder Tuesday during practice while dunking over a teammate. The injury is not considered serious and Bryant expects to return for the Lakers next exhibition game Saturday.
"I'm good. I just pinched it a little bit," Bryant said. "I just need to rest it. I should be fine."
Bryant recently made it known in an interview that he plans to retire after the 2013-2014 season. He is entering his 17th year in the league and has battled through all the injuries that go along with a long career. However, Bryant has been surprisingly durable. He has played in 70 or more games for the past six seasons leading up to last year's shortened season in which he played in 58 of the team's 66 regular season games.
Bryant is averaging 25.4 points per game in his career. Last season, he averaged 27.9 points per game and 4.6 assists per game. He has five NBA Championships under his belt and would love to get his sixth to match Michael Jordan. However, to do so the Lakers will need him healthy.
The Lakers take on the Utah Jazz Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.