Kobe Bryant is being held out of the Lakers' final two preseason games due to a sore right foot and will be evaluated over the weekend, according to a team spokesman. Bryant's injury is classified as a strain, and he is out indefinitely. However, Bryant reported some improvement in his foot to team officials prior to Wednesday's shootaround.
The injury happened when Bryant tripped over Thomas Robinson's foot in the third quarter of Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Lakers center Dwight Howard will also miss Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers so he can rest his sore back. Jordan Hill, who hasn't played the first 6 games of the preseason with a herniated disk, is expected to play.
Bryant told reporters Tuesday that he was experiencing a lot of pain from the injury and doubted he would play in Wednesday's game, even if it was a regular-season contest.
Jodie Meeks will start at shooting guard in Bryant's place. Meeks is averaging 4.8 points per game in the preseason, shooting just 26.7 percent from the field overall, but 46.7 percent from 3-point range.
With all the injuries, Lakers starting five has played one game together and the next time we get to see them again will be in their season opener at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30.
The Lakers are 0-6 in the preseason, their worst preseason start in franchise history and play Clippers Wednesday and Thursday against the Kings to close out the preseason.