Kobe Bryant was seen dealing with severe pain after Los Angeles Lakers’ win over Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Bryant will miss Monday’s outing against Phoenix Suns. According to reports, the veteran Lakers’ star didn’t travel to Phoenix with the team.
Coach Byron Scott will replace Bryant with another veteran forward Metta World Peace. Bryant notched up 17 points during Lakers’ victory over the Pistons, where he could play only 36 minutes. He also added 8 boards and nine assists.
Los Angeles registered their second win of the season on Sunday. D’Angelo Russell is struggling with his form. The 19-year-old rookie point guard needs to develop his game while defense moving forward, according to Scott.
Lakers now face stiff challenge as they’ll be facing Suns, Raptors, Trail Blazers and the reigning champions Golden State Warriors in their next four outings.
Bryant missed the games against Magic and Heat before coming back in the Mavericks’ game.
“Right now, I’m barely standing up. My back and my legs, man, it’s killing me,” said Bryant after winning against Pistons. Bryant had his best game this season on Sunday night, scoring 3 big-three pointers.
The Lakers’ management has shown “back and knee” woes as the reason behind the 37-year-old’s absence. No other point guard has played 47,000 regular season minutes like Bryant, who’s in his 20th NBA season.