Kobe Bryant has bone spur in foot, Steve Nash has ‘hip spasm’


MILWAUKEE -- Just what the Lakers needed, more injuries to their aging backcourt.

Kobe Bryant was seen limping badly in the Lakers’ locker room after yet another loss, bothered by a bone spur in his left foot. He will be evaluated by doctors in Sacramento when the Lakers arrive there Friday, a day before they play the Kings to complete a four-game trip.

Bryant was icing the foot on the bench in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 113-103 loss Thursday to the Milwaukee Bucks. He re-entered the game with 6 minutes 47 seconds to play and finished with 30 points on six-for-17 shooting.


He did not speak to reporters immediately after the game.

Unlike Bryant, Steve Nash couldn’t even finish, leaving for good with 5:13 left in the third quarter.

“I got a spasm in my hip and a [sore] hamstring,” Nash said, adding that he initially felt pain in the hip during the Lakers’ loss Monday to Golden State.

Nash said he wanted to keep playing against Milwaukee but Coach Mike D’Antoni and Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti advised against it because it could “cause long-term damage.”

Nash, though, said he hoped to play Saturday.

Bryant recently missed two games because of a severely sprained left ankle. It is not thought to be related to the bone spur in that foot.


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