Bryant's knee was operated on in late July for the third time since 2003. He had to have the knee drained in between Games 4 and 5 of L.A.'s first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder last spring. After the Lakers beat the Celtics to capture the championship in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Bryant claimed that removing the excess fluid in the knee improved his health for the rest of the post nfl jersey season.
"I drained my knee, and all of a sudden reeling off 30-point games like they're 10-point games and everybody said how young I looked," Bryant said. "I was hurt."
After Monday's loss, Bryant revealed just how hurt he was, even after having the knee drained.
"During the NBA mlb jerseys Finals, it was extremely, extremely, extremely painful," Bryant said. "Now, not so much."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Los Angeles Times over the weekend that he expects it to take the first two weeks of the regular season for the knee to continue to strengthen before Bryant is back in top form.
Bryant wore a yellow protective sleeve over the knee and played only six minutes against Minnesota, missing his three shots to finish with zero points, two assists, one steal and one rebound after checking out for good midway through the first quarter.
Jackson said he had originally planned to play Bryant for an additional 6-8 minutes to start the second half, but Bryant decided to "ice down" at halftime.
"A lot of people were calling for Kobe to go back in the ballgame," Jackson said. "We had plans to hopefully play him two segments, but one was enough nfl jersey."
The pro-Lakers sellout crowd of 18,689 inundated O2 Arena with cheers of "Ko-be! Ko-be!" in the second half, tempting Bryant to abandon his plan and go back in the game.
"I wanted to get up [off the bench] and get in, but ... the shoes were unlaced, ice on the knees, knees were frozen and at that point I couldn't get back in," Bryant said. "But it felt good to still get out there and play and run around a little bit."