Tuesday , Jan , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Mailman to miss a few more weeks

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone is
expected to miss two-to-three more weeks, according to a published report.

The Los Angeles Times reported that after seeking a second opinion on his
sprained right knee, Malone concluded that his recovery time should be
measured in weeks, not days. Under that scenario, Malone would not be in the
lineup when the Lakers visit his old team, the Utah Jazz, on January 24.

Malone originally suffered the injury on December 21 and has missed nine
straight games. Malone is in the midst of his first career stint on the
injured list in his 19-year career.

The 40-year-old, who had not missed more than two games in any of his previous
18 seasons, is averaging 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Lakers.
Los Angeles, which has also been without the services of Shaquille O’Neal for
the past five games, has won just three of the games that Malone has missed.

The Lakers might be in more trouble on the injury front as star guard Kobe
Bryant injured his right shoulder in Monday’s win over Cleveland. Bryant was
scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.