Friday, November 12, 2004 - Bryant has plantar fasciitis in left foot - Bryant has plantar fasciitis in left foot: "After the Lakers' 110-87 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday night it was revealed Kobe Bryant has been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said Bryant received 45 minutes of treatment after the game for the condition in which connective tissue in the arch of the foot becomes inflamed and painful.

The condition can become chronic. The Lakers, however, feel they caught it early enough for Bryant to play Friday against the Magic.

Bryant had his worst game of the season as far as shooting is concerned - just 20 points on 4-for-19 shooting. For the season, he is shooting just 37.7 percent, which is well below his career average of 45.4 percent.

Bryant said that his foot has only been bothering him for a few days, and he is confident about his body's ability to heal quickly.
'It's one of those things you have to jump on early so it doesn't linger,' Bryant said. 'My body heals fast.'"

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