NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2005 – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been suspended for two games without pay for committing a Flagrant Foul Penalty Two by elbowing Memphis’ Mike Miller in the throat, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President Basketball Operations.

The incident, in which Bryant was called for a Flagrant Foul Penalty One and, subsequently, upgraded by the League Office to a Flagrant Foul Penalty Two, occurred with 8:24 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 100-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night at the Staples Center.

Bryant will serve his suspension on Sunday, Jan. 1 when the Lakers host the Utah Jazz and on Tuesday, Jan. 3 versus Utah at the Delta Center.