Saturday , Jan , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers lose Cook

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The injury problems continue for the Los
Angeles Lakers as forward Brian Cook is now expected to miss four-to-six weeks
with a broken finger.

Cook, the Lakers’ first-round draft pick last year out of Illinois, joins
center Shaquille O’Neal, forward Karl Malone and guard Kobe Bryant on the
sideline. O’Neal is hampered by a calf injury, Malone a knee sprain and Bryant
a shoulder problem.

Cook, who was selected 24th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, fractured a bone
in his pinkie on his right hand. The injury occurred during Thursday night’s
106-87 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers’ ninth straight road defeat.

Cook has played just 13 games this season for Los Angeles, averaging 6.6
points and 4.2 rebounds per contest. He was forced to sit out the team’s first
25 games of the season with a fractured ring finger on his left hand.