Lakers say no plans for Kobe to have MRI exam on his knee

Updated: October 22, 2008, 8:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN DIEGO -- Kobe Bryant hyperextended his right knee in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' exhibition game Tuesday night.

Bryant, who scored four points in 14 minutes against the Charlotte Bobcats, did not come out with the team for the second half. The Lakers won, 102-98.

"We'll see how it feels [Wednesday]. It's sore," Bryant said in a brief interview with the Los Angeles Times before ducking into a dark sports utility vehicle that was waiting in the Sports Arena loading dock.

On Wednesday, the Lakers said they had no plans to have Bryant undergo an MRI exam. He is listed as day to day. He lifted weights, but did not practice.

"I didn't even ask him about the injury," coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday. "The trainer said he hyperextended his knee somewhat. We'll see what it's like [Wednesday], then go from there."

Bryant injured his knee jumping for a rebound with 3:08 left in the first half. The reigning NBA MVP limped off the court favoring his right leg. He motioned to the bench to come out and Jackson called a 20-second timeout.

Information from ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ric Bucher and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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