Saturday , Jan , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant sidelined with injured finger

El Segundo, CA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe
Bryant will be sidelined for at least a week after he suffered a laceration on
his right index finger.

Bryant, who was placed on the injured list, sustained the injury while he was
trying to move some boxes which were in storage in his garage. He accidentally
put his hand through a glass window and needed 9-to-10 stitches to close the
wound.

The 25-year-old Bryant, who missed six games earlier this month due to a
sprained right shoulder, will not travel with the Lakers to Toronto or
Indianapolis. However, he is expected to meet the club in Cleveland and will
be re-evaluated at that time.

Bryant was named a Western Conference starter for the 53rd NBA All-Star Game,
which will take place at Staples Center on Sunday, February 15. In 35 games
this season, he is averaging a team-high 21.7 points to go along with 4.8
rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest.

LAL