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Bryant injured in Lakers' win over Bobcats
SAN DIEGO, (AP) Jordan Farmer scored 17 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-98 exhibition win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night as the Lakers' Kobe Bryant hyperextended his right knee.
The extent of Bryant's injury is not known. The Lakers said that last season's NBA Most Valuable Player will be re-examined on Wednesday.
Bryant suffered the injury with 3:08 left in the second quarter under the Lakers' basket when he jumped for a rebound. Bryant motioned to the bench to come out and coach Phil Jackson called a 20-second timeout as Bryant limped off the floor.
Bryant scored four points in 14 minutes and came out in street clothes for the third quarter.
Farmer came off the bench and scored 15 of his points in the final quarter as Los Angeles (3-2) kept Charlotte (0-7) winless in the preseason.
Andrew Bynum scored 16 points, Trevor Ariza added 14. Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher scored 12 points apiece for the Lakers in limited playing time.
Jason Richardson and Gerald Wallace each had 16 points for the Bobcats, who close out their preseason schedule on Thursday against the Lakers.
BOBCATS - LAKERS PREVIEW
by Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
In taking a look at the Charlotte Bobcats, who L.A. plays twice this week, I thought it prudent to ask someone who’s seem them a few times a year for the last several seasons. As such, Derek Fisher joined me after Monday’s practice to talk ‘Cats, which you can listen to in full right here.
Derek Fisher previews the Charlotte Bobcats
Tuesday’s game takes place at the San Diego Sports Arena, set to tip off on KCAL HD and AM 570 KLAC at 7 p.m., and we’ll be courtside as usual with a live blog.
The Bobcats are the only NBA team without a preseason win (0-5), whatever that means. They have been starting Emeka Okafor, Sean May and Gerald Wallace in the frontcourt, with Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton at the guards, and giving minutes to D.J. Augustin, Jared Dudley, Matt Carroll and Adam Morrison off the bench. On paper, it’s not a bad NBA rotation.
Here are some bullet points from Fish’s mind:
- It’s a completely new look in Charlotte with Larry Brown there: “You know they’re going to play hard, you know they’re going to play defense, and you know they’re going to execute on the offensive end.”
- Fisher talked about the team having a lot of young talent, which is true, but the Bobcats have had trouble actually turning that talent into a cohesive basketball team. Can a demanding Larry Brown tie it together?
- I asked Fish how he thought a young guard like Felton would take his team spending a high first-round pick (No. 9) on a fellow point guard (Augustin). He gave the standard yet accepted “You have to realize it’s a business” answer.
- We talked about how Brown asks a lot of his team, which Fisher said should be expected, but says he heard that Brown respects players as long as they give full effort. “He’s hands off everywhere else. He lets you do your thing and be yourself.”
- Fisher said he’s not focused on anything in particular at this point, but just continuing to find his rhythm. He thinks he’s getting stronger, just as the team is.
Los Angeles Lakers
Sasha Vujacic (avulsion fracture, left ankle) is out.
Luke Walton (right ankle surgery) is probable.
Adam Morrison (F) Knee (Day-to-Day).
+20 - for Andrew Bynum who led the Lakers with sixteen points, eight boards and five assists.
17 - points scored by Jordan Farmar who was again elemental for the win, adding four assists and two steals.
+14 - from a healthy looking Luke Walton that contributed five points, two boards and two assists.
+13 - Odom has been playing great coming off the bench and leading the fast running second team for the Lakers.
5 - Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar are Lakers who were in double figures for this game.
50 - perecentage shot from beyond the arc from the Lakers.
---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
NOTES & CONNECTIONS
The Lakers split their season series with Charlotte 1-1 in 2007-08 after losing their
2006-07 season series with the Bobcats 0-2 for the first time in Charlotte’s existence.
The two teams have met eight times in all with the Lakers splitting the all-time series 4-
4 with Charlotte. In 2006-07, the Lakers and Bobcats played a triple-overtime game
with Charlotte taking the contest 124-133 in the third overtime. It was the Lakers third
ever triple-overtime game in the Los Angeles era and the team’s longest game since a
four-overtime contest in January of 1980 at Cleveland. At STAPLES Center, the
Lakers are 2-2 all-time against the Bobcats while in Charlotte, the Lakers have gone 2-
2 as well. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 2-4 against Charlotte. In
seven career games against Charlotte, Kobe Bryant is averaging 34.9 points with a
high-game of 58 points coming in the triple-overtime contest 12/29/06. Additionally,
Bobcats center Ryan Hollins was a teammate of Jordan Farmar on the Bruins 2006
Pac-10 Champion and Final Four Team. Michael Jordan, Managing Member of
Basketball Operations for the Bobcats, won six NBA Championships with the Chicago
Bulls under current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson.
LAKERS vs. BOBCATS IN THE PRESEASON
While the Bobcats enter just their fifth season in existence, the Lakers will face Charlotte for the fourth and fifth times in the preseason when the two teams meet October
21 in San Diego and again October 23 in Anaheim. The Lakers and Bobcats most recently met during the preseason at last year’s STAPLES Center Shootout, with the
Lakers defeating Charlotte 113-97. Additionally, the Bobcats and Lakers have met once before in San Diego, with the Lakers defeating Charlotte 98-97 October 23, 2005.
LAKERS IN SAN DIEGO
Last season, the Lakers were forced to cancel their preseason game scheduled for Thursday, October 25 vs. Utah in San Diego due to the devastation caused by wildfires
burning throughout San Diego County. Tickets for the game were refunded at the place of purchase with the Lakers also announcing that they would make a $100,000
donation to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts. The cancellation snapped the Lakers streak of eight consecutive preseason games in San Diego (1999-
2006). Over that stretch, the Lakers went 5-3 and have won three straight games in San Diego overall. While preseason records are incomplete, in exhibition games on
record, the Lakers are 10-6 all-time in San Diego with trips down the coast dating as far back as 1968 versus the then Seattle Supersonics.
For the NINTH consecutive season, the Lakers will host a four-team shootout at STAPLES Center from October 18-19. This season, the Toronto Raptors will face the LA
Clippers in the first game Saturday, October 18 at 4:30 pm followed by the Lakers taking on Regal FC Barcelona at 7:30 pm. The following day on Sunday, October 19,
the match-ups will be determined by the outcome of Saturday’s games, winners playing winners, losers playing losers. Regardless of outcome, the Lakers will play in the
second game at 7:30 pm. Since the inception of the STAPLES Center shootout, the Lakers have gone 10-6, 4-4 in the FIRST game and 6-2 in the SECOND.