Saturday , Mar , 06 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe could miss another month

El Segundo, CA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may be
out for up to a month after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right shoulder,
the same injury that caused him to miss time in January.

Bryant suffered the injury when he collided with Seattle forward Reggie Evans
in the first minute of Friday’s 99-91 win over the SuperSonics. He was
immediately taken to Centinela Hospital to undergo an MRI exam, which revealed
a sprained acromio-clavicular joint.

“We’re quite concerned,” Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said after the game.
“Hopefully we will make it through this.”

Bryant missed six games after spraining the same shoulder against Cleveland on
January 12 when he collided with Cavaliers guard Kedrick Brown.

Bryant also had surgery last off-season to repair torn tissue in the shoulder.

The All-Star guard leads the team in scoring, averaging 22.4 points in 46
games this season despite having to deal with the distractions of his sexual
assault case in Colorado.

LAL