Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant “probably” will have to manage shoulder pain through 2015-16 season

first_imgSaid Huertas: “I have no worries about it. They’re happy with me and they like me as a player and to tutor the young guys.”After playing the past 11 years in Spain, the 32-year-old Brazilian native is playing his rookie season of the NBA, where he has averaged only 3.1 points on 43.4-percent shooting and 2.8 assists in 12.6 minutes. Yet, Scott argued Huertas’ lack of playing time has more to do with the Lakers’ loaded backcourt of D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson.Though World Peace has not played the past 14 games because of a coach’s decision, Scott still gushed about World Peace’s mentorship role. Scott said he “talked briefly” with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on whether they will keep World Peace ($1.5 million), Black ($845,059) and Huertas ($525,093), all of whom have contracts that will become guaranteed after next Sunday. The Lakers will decide by Friday so the players have time to clear waivers. The throng of season-ticket holders filled up some of the seats at Staples Center at morning shootaround eager to see the Lakers’ main attraction. More fans sat down later that evening for the same thing.But Kobe Bryant wasn’t there.Bryant missed Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center because of continued soreness in his right shoulder. Bryant had also missed Friday’s game against Philadelphia and against Oklahoma City two weeks ago because of the same injury. He had surgery on that same shoulder last January to repair a torn rotator cuff.“That’s wear and tear and 20 years of life in the NBA,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t know how much. But that’s probably something he’ll have to manage for the rest of the season.” Scott reported Bryant feeling better after missing Friday’s game against Philadelphia. But Bryant had treatment about 75 minutes before tipoff. Bryant had reported feeling more soreness in his right shoulder in Boston last Wednesday after shooting 5 of 18 from the field. But he pledged to play through his final game in Boston and made a key 3-pointers that gave the Lakers a 107-102 lead with 1:40 remaining. Bryant also grabbed 11 rebounds.“We were talking and he said it was hurting, but it wasn’t that bad,” Scott recalled Bryant saying in Boston. “He said, ‘Coach, I can do other things.’ I said, ‘I know.’ Then he hits two big shots. I don’t know. He finds a way when the game is on the line to get some things done. I hope it’s not to that extent when he was hurting.”UncertaintyA looming decision awaits the NBA future of Metta World Peace, Tarik Black and Marcelo Huertas. But Huertas and World Peace both downplayed uncertainty on whether the Lakers will retain them after this week to make their contracts guaranteed.Said World Peace: “I haven’t even thought about it. It’s not a concern.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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