Thursday , Feb , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant activated from injured list

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe
Bryant was activated from the injured list Wednesday, and scored 14 points in
the team’s 102-87 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Bryant missed the previous seven contests after he suffered a laceration on
his right index finger. He 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 several stitches to close the wound.

Bryant started the game and played 36 minutes, finishing 4-for-5 from three-
point range and 4-for-7 from the field overall. He also made both of his free
throw attempts and collected three assists.

The 25-year-old Bryant was also sidelined for six games earlier this year due
to a sprained right shoulder. In 35 contests this season, he is averaging
a team- high 21.7 points to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per
outing.

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.

To make room on the roster, the club placed center Jamal Sampson on the
injured list with a sprained ankle.

LAL