The Lakers are awaiting a final decision on the treatment plan for Kobe Bryant and his torn right rotator cuff.
Season-ending surgery remains an option, if not a likelihood, but before a decision is made Bryant will be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday.
On Saturday, the All-Star guard posted a video clip, above, on The Players' Tribune, of which he is editorial director, showing his diagnosis by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, also with the Kerlan Jobe clinic.
"There are four muscles for your cuff," Lombardo says to Bryant. "Unlike this previous MRI, and your ultrasound you had a couple of months ago, this is pulled off. Torn, [muscle] No. 3."
"It's pulled off the bone?" Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak asks off camera.
"Yes," Lombardo answers.
Bryant was injured on Wednesday in a 90-86 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, although the veteran had previously complained of shoulder soreness.
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With Kobe Bryant missing the game with a potentially season-ending injury, Coach Byron Scott opted to shuffle his starting lineup against the NBA's reigning champion San Antonio Spurs.
Rookie Jordan Clarkson made his first start for the Lakers, finishing with 11 points and four assists in 29 minutes. Veteran Ronnie Price moved to the bench, dishing a team-high six assists in less than 19 minutes.
Jeremy Lin was the only available Laker not to play, via a coach's decision.
The Spurs dominated the first quarter, building a 16-point lead. The Lakers actually won both the third and fourth quarters, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 17 points. Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard both scored 15 while Tim Duncan added 14.
The Lakers closed to within 10 points in the fourth quarter on a Wesley Johnson three-pointer with 10 minutes left, but the Spurs answered with seven points in a row and the Lakers never recovered.
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Coach Byron Scott made wholesale changes to the Lakers' starting lineup, benching Wesley Johnson, Ed Davis and Ronnie Price in favor of rookie Jordan Clarkson, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Sacre had racked up a slew of DNPs in recent weeks, while Clarkson had been firmly behind Price and Jeremy Lin in the point guard rotation.
Clarkson had played sparingly after being a second-round draft pick last June.
"I just thought it was time, to be honest with you," Scott said. "He’s been out here for 40-something games now…I just want to see him in a bigger role."
Clarkson is from San Antonio and several of his friends and family members were expected to be at the game.
The Lakers' other starters Friday will be Wayne Ellington and Jordan Hill, who will move to power forward so Sacre can play center.
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The Lakers are preparing for the worst-case scenario of Kobe Bryant missing the rest of this season because of a torn rotator cuff, according to person familiar with the situation.
“It doesn't look good,” the person said in a brief interview Friday morning. An official decision, however, will wait until at least Monday.
On Friday, Bryant saw team doctor Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles and the physician reiterated that the Lakers star had a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the Lakers said. It was decided that Bryant should get another opinion on Monday from celebrated sports-medicine specialist Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, the team said.
“Yeah, I'm worried, acknowledged Lakers Coach Byron Scott at the team's shootaround Friday. “I think we all are in the organization.”
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Kobe Bryant's season may be over as he's evaluated by doctors in Los Angeles on Friday following a rotator cuff injury.
Visiting the Clippers on Thursday night with the Brooklyn Nets, guard Darius Morris said his thoughts are with his former teammate.
"I hope that it's just a minor one," said Morris, of Bryant's rotator cuff tear. "It's really unfortunate when that happens."
Morris spent two seasons with the Lakers, as the team's 41st overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
The 24-year old guard said he expects Bryant to return strong from the injury, whether it's this season or next.
"He's been playing at a really high level, for however many years he's been in the league. That dude is mentally tough, man, so if he wants to come back and play he will," said Morris. "Mentally he's so much more advanced than players who are playing today."
Bryant helped to mentor Morris, who has since moved on to play with the Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, Clippers and Nets.
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The Lakers awaited news on Kobe Bryant’s status Friday afternoon, completing their shootaround without a definitive answer on the severity of the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Bryant was scheduled to consult with team doctors in Los Angeles after the tear was revealed Thursday by an MRI exam in San Antonio. He was injured while dunking in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game against New Orleans.
“Yeah, I’m worried,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott said Friday. “I think we all are in the organization.”
If the tear is a complete one, Bryant will almost surely opt for season-ending surgery. If it is partial, he could conceivably play if the pain isn’t too intense, though he might need to sit out a couple of weeks while the inflammation decreases.
Bryant played 37.1 minutes a game in November before becoming a part-time player last month, sitting out eight of the last 16 games so he could rest. He was also limited to 32 minutes a game.
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