ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant is sitting out the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason game against Portland on Wednesday night with a strained right shoulder.
Bryant apparently injured his shoulder during practice Tuesday, coach Mike Brown said. The injury isn't thought to be serious, and Bryant wanted to play against the Trail Blazers, Brown said.
Jodie Meeks is likely to take Bryant's spot in the Lakers' starting lineup.
Bryant missed a day of practice last week with soreness in his right foot. The fifth-leading scorer in NBA history is beginning his 17th season in the league.
The Lakers faced Portland without center Dwight Howard, who is cautiously returning from offseason back surgery. Howard is practicing with the Lakers and participated in a pregame workout with his teammates at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Knicks vs. Trail Blazers Prediction Are the Trail Blazers laying too many points to the Knicks tonight at 10:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Grizzlies vs. Spurs Prediction Are the Spurs a safe bet to cover against the Grizzlies tonight at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Mavericks Prediction Will tonight's Clippers and Mavericks matchup fly over the betting total at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Heat Prediction Will the Heat cover as a home favorite tonight against the Raptors when the two teams square off at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Suns vs. Nets Prediction Will the Nets cover the spread tonight as a rare favorite when they host the Suns at 7:30PM ET?

NBA Team Pages