Lakers' Brown misses practice with ailing shoulder

Updated: October 14, 2006, 9:40 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kwame Brown missed the Los Angeles Lakers' practice Saturday a day after spraining his right shoulder.

Kwame Brown
Brown

Brown, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft by Washington, collided with Andrew Bynum during practice Friday and aggravated an injury that bothered him for much of last season.

He had therapy on the shoulder Saturday, but might miss Sunday's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns in Las Vegas.

Brown said he has pain when he lifts his arm.

"Every time I get it above my head, it pinches on my shoulder," Brown said. "I haven't raised it above my head yet today. They want me to wait until tomorrow."

Brown said he had cortisone shots for the injury last season but wouldn't have one yet.

"It's too early for that," Brown said.

Kobe Bryant practiced Saturday for the second straight day as he returns from knee surgery on July 15. Bryant didn't go through all of practice, but got his workout in and played in a scrimmage.

Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis said Bryant probably won't play Sunday against the Suns or Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas. Bryant hopes to play in at least one preseason game before the season begins Oct. 31.

"It was good to hear from yesterday's practice when he came in today that his knee didn't feel worse," said Rambis, who is running training camp while head coach Phil Jackson recovers from hip replacement surgery. "That's always a good sign. You don't want to go out and have an active day and then come back and have your injury worse or more swelling."


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