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NBA: Lakers disjointed since Bryant's injury comeback

Published on Dec 15, 2013 7:37 AM
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (left) dribbles the ball as he is defended by Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013. Like a jigsaw puzzle where a new piece has been inserted that does not seem to fit, the Los Angeles Lakers have been decidedly disjointed since Kobe Bryant's long-awaited return from injury. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Like a jigsaw puzzle where a new piece has been inserted that does not seem to fit, the Los Angeles Lakers have been decidedly disjointed since Kobe Bryant's long-awaited return from injury.

After delivering a surprise 10-9 start to the season with a makeshift lineup amid assorted injury problems, the stumbling Lakers have gone 0-3 since their star player's comeback against the Toronto Raptors on Dec 8.

A smooth return was never likely for the rusty Bryant, who was sidelined since mid-April after a torn left Achilles' tendon that required surgery, but his presence in the Lakers' lineup appears to have jolted the youthful synergy established earlier this season.

Shooting guard Bryant, a 15-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion, is averaging 11 points and shooting only 38.5 per cent in his first three games.

 
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