LOS ANGELES?aNBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant will sit out his fourth consecutive game to rest his bruised shin.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown stated right after the team’s shootaround that Bryant will miss Friday’s residence game against the Denver Nuggets.
The Lakers are 2-1 in Kobe Bryant’s absence going into Friday night’s game against Denver. (AP Photograph)
Bryant hasn’t played since scoring 28 points in the loss to Houston on April 6. He sat out the Lakers’ three-game road trip above the past week.
Bryant is closing in on his third NBA scoring title, averaging 28.1 points while taking part in in each from the Lakers’ first 56 video games. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, who won the NBA’s previous two scoring titles, is 2nd with 27.5 ppg.
Los Angeles is 2-1 in Bryant’s absence, beating San Antonio on Wednesday. The Lakers (37-22) lead the Pacific Division by one particular game.
Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani out for season with calf injury
TORONTO?aToronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani will miss the remainder of the season having a calf injury.
Bargnani left Sunday’s 95-71 loss in Oklahoma City at four:03 of the second quarter with left calf tightness. The Raptors decided to sideline Bargnani for the final seven video games to eliminate further risk on the leg.
Bargnani has averaged a team-high 19.5 points, with 5.5 rebounds and 33.3 minutes in 31 games. Bargnani has currently missed 26 games by using a left calf strain and one particular game with left calf tightness.
Arena deal crumbles, Sacramento’s NBA future shaky
NEW YORK?aThe Kings’ future in Sacramento is uncertain again.
A tentative deal to get a new arena is falling apart, leaving open the possibility the team’s owners could again try to move from California’s capital.
The Maloof loved ones has balked at terms from the deal that was reached final month, and though they say they want to remain in Sacramento, Mayor Kevin Johnson isn’t so sure immediately after meeting with them Friday and hearing their list of concerns he stated hadn’t previously been disclosed.
“It just feels like they had been coming up with reasons of why to not do the deal,” Johnson mentioned.
Commissioner David Stern stressed the deal was “always nonbinding,” and he supported the Maloofs’ decision to say they had been no longer comfortable with its terms.
“I assume it’s fair for the Maloofs to say they don’t desire to do that,” Stern stated for the duration of a news conference right after two days of owners meetings. “If they had done it simpler, earlier or much more straight, it could have saved a lot of angst and trouble.”
The Kings nearly moved to Anaheim right after final season ahead of agreeing to stay this season while the city tried to place together a plan to replace Power Balance Pavilion.
The two sides reached a tentative deal final month to fund the estimated $391 million arena that would open for the 2015-16 season during the downtown Sacramento rail yards. The Sacramento City Council already passed its end of the deal, brokered by the league and tentatively agreed to by the Kings.
Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof had since taken issue with a few of the terms?aparticularly environmental and pre-development costs. Under the agreement, the Kings and arena operator AEG each agreed to pay about $3.25 million in pre-development costs with all the city paying the remaining $6.5 million.
The Maloofs made a presentation to owners Thursday, which they shared at a separate news conference Friday. They were meeting later inside the day with Johnson, leaving Stern “hopeful about its outcome but not optimistic.”
For the duration of their news conference, the Maloofs said they liked Sacramento but insisted the arena project was as well expensive. George Maloof said they had given the city a list of their concerns that essential to be addressed before they could commit to such a major deal.
Maloof even floated the idea of renovating Power Balance Pavilion. Stern stated he did not know if that was possible, but Johnson stated he wouldn’t support the plan.
The Kings are scheduled to play at Power Balance Pavilion following season. Stern wouldn’t speculate exactly where they would play beyond that, and said if they sought to relocate, approval would be left on the relocation committee headed by Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett.