Monday , May , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum banged up for game one against Phoenix Suns

Kobe Bryant had a "significant amount of fluid" drained from his right knee recently and hasn’t practiced with the Los Angeles Lakers since they advanced through the Western Conference semifinals, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

Bryant isn’t the only Laker hurting. Center Andrew Bynum has practiced just once since the Lakers advanced past the Utah Jazz to the conference final. He said his right knee injury was "getting a little worse" after taking part in a team scrimmage on Saturday.

The Lakers had no comment when asked Monday for confirmation of Bryant’s knee being drained.

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HoopsVibe’s Thoughts: Goliath, also known as the heavily-favoured Los Angeles Lakers, is a little banged up.  So, perhaps, David, the Phoenix Suns in this Western Conference tilt, has a chance.

But Nash and the Suns will still be hard pressed against a Laker squad with several All-Stars and a  ‘Zen’-master sideline boss, Phil Jackson, who has more championship rings than any other coach and enough self confidence to date the owner’s daughter.

Do the Suns have a chance against a slightly banged-up Lakers squad? Get at HoopsVibe with your thoughts and predictions for the Western Conference Finals in the comment box below.