Bryant back in lineup for Lakers
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers activated guard Kobe
Bryant from the injured list on Sunday prior to their contest with LeBron
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena.
Bryant, who is expected to start, suffered a sprained right ankle on January
13 against the Cavs and missed 14 games. LA went just 6-8 in his absence and
slipped to eighth in the Western Conference standings.
The All-Star sustained the injury when he landed on the foot of
Cleveland’s Ira Newble while battling for a rebound. Bryant had to be carried
off the court and into the locker room.
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, 2.2 points
behind Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson.
To make room for Bryant on the roster, the Lakers placed rookie guard Tony
Bobbitt on the injured list with a sprained ankle.