LOS ANGELES -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant was placed on the
injured list Friday because of a severe cut on his right index
finger that will keep him out of action for at least a week.
The Lakers said Bryant needed nine to 10 stitches to close the
wound. He was injured Thursday night when he accidentally put his
hand through a glass window while trying to move boxes in his
"I'm doing something where I'm leaning on a window. It doesn't
hold me up. I guess I'm too strong," Bryant said. "Hand went
through and I cut myself."
Bryant said he tried to stop the bleeding, rinsed his finger off
and put peroxide on it to prevent infection. His wife, Vanessa, was
"pretty grossed out. She doesn't like seeing blood," he said,
"I got lucky, though, I missed the tendon, so I'm good," he
Bryant will be eligible to return Feb. 8, when the Lakers play
at Orlando in the fifth game of a seven-game road trip leading up
to the All-Star break. He will not play in the Lakers' annual trip
to his hometown of Philadelphia, where fans have been especially
harsh on him.
Bryant played two games after missing six because of a sprained
right shoulder that clearly bothered him during Wednesday night's
96-82 victory over Seattle. He said the added time off will be an
"Now I have time to really rest my shoulder."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson wasn't frustrated by Bryant's latest
"The reality is that Kobe was playing hurt. Now he's going to
have an ample opportunity to rest his shoulder and get right,"
Jackson said. "He hasn't been able to practice on the days off."
Jackson wasn't miffed, either, that Bryant was moving boxes with
an injured shoulder.
"I don't think using your arm and your biceps in lifting a box
is a problem as far as his shoulder," he said.
Bryant was noticeably upbeat despite his latest injury. He made
two halfcourt shots with his left hand before the teams took the
court for pregame warmups. "That's why God gave us two (hands),"
Bryant was going to have to miss Monday night's game at Indiana
to attend a two-day hearing related to his sexual assault case in
The Lakers said Bryant will meet the team in Cleveland and be
re-evaluated then. They play the Cavaliers next Wednesday.
Bryant is averaging 21.7 points, ranked ninth in the NBA, along
with 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He was voted into the starting
lineup for the Western Conference in the All-Star game, to be
played Feb. 15 at Staples Center.
The Lakers replaced Bryant on their active roster by signing