LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant Says He 'Should Be Fine' For Lakers' Opener Against Bulls On Christmas

Kobe Bryant has a torn ligament in his right wrist. The Los Angeles Lakers have listed him as day-to-day while saying that there is a chance he could play on Christmas Day.

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Kobe Bryant Says He 'Should Be Fine' For Lakers' Christmas Opener Against Bulls

Kobe Bryant, who has been listed as day-to-day by the Los Angeles Lakers due to a torn ligament in his right (shooting) wrist, told the media on Thursday that he "should be fine" to play in the team's opening game on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant missed the Lakers' second and final preseason game on Wednesday after receiving the diagnosis that day. He fell on his hand after having a layup blocked by DeAndre Jordan in the Lakers' Monday preseason loss to the L.A. Clippers

Kobe said that the central problem with the injury is the associated swelling; Bryant has dealt with finger and knee issues in the recent past and, as he told the media, he always finds a way to play. He has played in at least 70 games in each of the past six seasons, and a full 82 in three of the past six.

For more on the Lakers heading into opening night, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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Kobe Bryant Injury: Mike Brown Says Lakers Star Is 'Day-To-Day'

Kobe Bryant injuries don't happen often, but the Los Angeles Lakers superstar will start the 2011-12 regular season a bit banged up. Bryant's wrist injury originally had him listed as day-to-day by the Lakers' training staff, but head coach Mike Brown indicates his status is still up in the air for the beginning of the regular season.

Bryant is dealing with a torn ligament in his right wrist after he was sent tumbling to the ground by Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan earlier in the preseason. It didn't look terrible at first glance, but Brown gave an update following Wednesday night's game.

"He's day-to-day. As soon as I figure it out, I will let you guys know," said coach Mike Brown, who took over this season after the retirement of Phil Jackson. "The doctor has to clear him. Guys will go through the year and get hurt, obviously. Sometimes they'll get hurt and can't play, sometimes they'll get hurt and still can play. It just depends on the situation. Come Sunday, we'll see how it is. There's a chance, though, that he could play Sunday."

Bryant sat out the final preseason game, but he's apparently planning on being ready for the Lakers game on Christmas day. That obviously doesn't jive with what Brown said, as he still needs to get cleared by a doctor, but it seems as though the All-Star plans to play.

"He came up to me in practice yesterday and said: `My wrist is a little sore, but I'm good to go,"' Brown said. "And when it got to competitive stuff, where it was 5-on-5, he scored runners over defenders with his left hand. So he was playing a game within himself, I guess."

For more on Bryant and the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll.

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