LOS ANGELES -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant will be sidelined at
least two more weeks with a severely sprained right ankle.
Team spokesman John Black said before the Lakers faced the Utah
Jazz on Monday night that the NBA's second-leading scorer was
examined earlier in the day by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo
and foot specialist Philip Kwong.
A CT scan confirmed there was no fracture.
"Kobe will be re-evaluated in approximately one week," Black
said. "He has made improvement. He still can't put weight on his
Black said there was no target date for Bryant's return.
"We're just saying a minimum of two weeks," Black said.
"We'll have a better idea next week."
Should Bryant return in two weeks, he'll miss a minimum of six
more games and eight overall.
Bryant, hurt in the first quarter of Thursday night's victory
over Cleveland, was placed on the injured list Saturday -- before
the Lakers beat Golden State.
"We were hoping for far better, but that's the way it is in
this league," Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich said regarding
Bryant's status. "You can always hope. I'm not a medical guy."
Tomjanovich said he spoke with Bryant early Monday.
"He said it was still throbbing," the coach said, adding
Bryant seemed to be in good spirits.
When asked what the Lakers do differently without Bryant,
Tomjanovich replied: "We just run different plays. There's plays
where he's the focal point. Obviously, we're not running a lot of
"It could have been more serious," Butler said. "His spirits
are high -- it's getting better. We're just praying for him, hope he
gets better soon."
Bryant, averaging 27.5 points per game, was injured when he
landed on Cleveland forward Ira Newble's right foot while going for
a rebound under the Cavaliers' basket.
Rookie Sasah Vujacic started Saturday and Monday in Bryant's