Phoenix -- Kobe Bryant will not play every game this season.
He was sidelined Saturday against Phoenix because of a condition called "tenosynovitis" in his left shin. There is no timetable for his return, though he will be re-evaluated Monday in New Orleans before the Lakers play the Hornets that night.
Bryant was kicked in the shin last Saturday against New Orleans and the sensitivity in the area became progressively worse. The Lakers tried putting him in a walking boot earlier this week, and he felt better between games, but he would feel pain again in the area after a game.
Tenosynvitis is a condition in which a tendon sheath becomes inflamed, causing pain whenever the tendon slides in and out of the sheath.