As Kobe Bryant eased his approach to a Lakers‘ dais Wednesday night stylishly dressed in a blue pinstriped suit, a fans inside Amway Center waved during him and chanted “Ko-be! Ko-be!” as he sat down.
It was a second uninterrupted diversion Bryant had been in a suit, incompetent to play since of a bruise back, this time forcing him to watch a Lakers dump a 101-99 preference to a Orlando Magic on Nikola Vucevic’s last-second shot over Roy Hibbert.
Bryant had left to a internal health bar early in a day and carried weights with a hopes of being means to play. But usually like Tuesday night in Miami, Bryant couldn’t go, withdrawal him to contend he will try to play Friday night in Dallas when a Lakers finish their five-game trip.
Though rookie D’Angelo Russell scored 14 points and finally played in a fourth quarter, Hibbert got 15 points and 3 blocks and Lou Williams and rookie brazen Larry Nance Jr. scored 13 points each, Bryant could usually watch a Lakers stutter down a stretch.
“We let a diversion get divided from us, took a eye off a guy, gave them some easy opportunities to stay in a game,” Bryant pronounced after a Lakers forsaken to 1-3 on a trip, 1-7 overall. “He [Vucevic] strike a tough shot to win it.”
The Lakers led by 4 points in a fourth, trailed by 5 after in a entertain and were tied during 99-99 after Julius Randle (12 points, 8 rebounds) scored inside.
They even played good invulnerability to get a round behind with 25.5 seconds left, giving themselves an event to win a game. But Williams’ curtain was an airball and Hibbert’s put-back was after a 24-second time expired.
That gave a Magic a round behind with 1.5 seconds left and set a theatre for a 7-foot Vucevic, a former USC Trojan, to make a 20-foot turnaround over a 7-2 Hibbert as time expired.
The Magic players were jubilant after a win. The inconsolable Lakers fast left a court.
“You’ve got to give Vucevic credit,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott said. “He got it, turned, shot it. All net.”
After it was over, Bryant was a initial to pronounce to a media.
He afterwards took cinema and sealed autographs, maybe another pointer that this will be his final year personification after 20 seasons with a Lakers and that a Magic fans saw a unaccepted Kobe Farewell Tour.
He pronounced he was carefree that he feels improved Thursday and can play opposite a Mavericks Friday night.
“It’s still too tight,” Bryant said. “I stretched it out as most as we can. we iced it out as most as we can. Hopefully by Friday I’ll be ready. It usually has to go away. The behind pain usually has to go away.”