Lakers Steve Blake out with elbow injury; Kobe Bryant in the spotlight

By Greg Stiller: The Los Angeles Lakers got some bad news on Thursday that their point guard Steve Blake suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow in the Lakers 114-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns last Tuesday. An MRI on Blake’s elbow showed that he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The prognosis is that Blake will be out of action for the next six weeks for the Lakers. But in the meantime, it’s going to negatively affect Laker star Kobe Bryant, who will be asked to switch to point guard for the team. This is a position that Bryant doesn’t want to play right now with him coming off of a torn Achilles from last season.

The point guard is expected to do a lot of shifting and moving around on the court, and will need to cover the highest scoring guard on the opposing teams. It’s not an easy take to play this position even for a young guard, but for aging one like the 35-year-old Bryant, who is coming off of a major injury to his left Achilles, it’s going to be a really difficult thing for him. If Kobe doesn’t outright refuse to take the spot, we could see him getting burned a lot by the younger, quicker point guards in the NBA.

The Lakers are 10-11 and already well behind the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Clippers (15-9), and the Lakers have lost their last two games against the Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns. The injury to Blake comes at the wrong time for the Lakers because they don’t have a healthy point guard to take Blake’s spot, they’re losing games left and right, and Kobe still doesn’t have his sea legs under him yet after having played in just 2 games this season.

The Lakers are already down one point guard with Steve Nash out with injuries, but now Blake’s injury really hurts the team.