Friday , Jan , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

MRI on Kobe’s ankle reveals severe sprain

El Segundo, CA (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is
sidelined indefinitely after an MRI exam on his right ankle Friday revealed a
severe sprain.

Bryant, who will likely be placed on the injured list, suffered the injury
with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of Thursday’s game against the
Cavaliers when he landed on the foot of Cleveland’s Ira Newble while battling
for a rebound.

The All-Star had to be carried off the court and into the locker room and
did not return. X-rays taken were negative.

The 26-year-old Bryant will be re-evaluated in approximately 72 hours and an
estimate on how long he will be out of the lineup will be given at that time.

In 34 games this season, Bryant is averaging 27.5 points, 6.6 assists and 6.3
rebounds per contest. He is second in the league in scoring and first in
minutes played (42.0 mpg).

LAL