Kobe Bryant Injury: Updates on Lakers Star’s Leg and Return

Kobe Bryant suffered a leg injury in the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason clash against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 13, when he took a knee to his calf in the third quarter.

Though he left under his own power, NBA.com's Mike Trudell reported Bryant was diagnosed with a left lower-leg contusion. He has yet to play since suffering the injury.

Continue for updates.

Bryant Out for Preseason Game vs. Trail Blazers Sunday, Oct. 18 According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Bryant is listed as out for Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Bryant's Practice Status Ahead of Regular Season Friday, Oct. 16 Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Bryant did not practice, as his left leg injury remains an issue.

Scott Comments on Bryant's Injury Thursday, Oct. 15 Lakers head coach Byron Scott said the injury is "not serious," though the team continues to hold Bryant out of practice, per Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.

"He just bumped knees," Scott told reporters following the game, per ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes on Oct. 14. "He's all right." 

How Bryant's Injury May Impact Lakers  Ever since 2013, injuries have dogged Bryant. As the 2012-13 regular season drew to a close, he suffered a torn Achilles. Then after he rehabilitated tirelessly, disaster struck during the 2013-14 campaign. Six games into his supposed comeback season, Bryant suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. 

That string of bad luck carried over into last season, when he made just 35 appearances before suffering a season-ending tear to his right rotator cuff. 

The 37-year-old may not be the dominant force he once was at the center of the L.A. offense, but he's still the team's most dynamic presence on the wing.

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