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Bryant has torn ligament in wrist

Kobe Bryant grabs his right wrist after injuring it against the Clippers on Monday. The Lakers say he’s day to day.

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Kobe Bryant grabs his right wrist after injuring it against the Clippers on Monday. The Lakers say he’s day to day.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant has a torn ligament in his right wrist and sat out Wednesday's preseason game against the Clippers. The Lakers, who open the season Sunday, said Bryant is day to day.

"I can't speak to Sunday," coach Mike Brown said, referring to the team's opener. "As soon as I figure it out, I will let you guys know."

Bryant sustained the injury to his shooting hand Monday against the Clippers, when he fell after his shot was blocked by DeAndre Jordan. An MRI exam showed a torn lunotriquetral ligament.

"These are tiny little ligaments that keep the multiple bones in your wrist together so that you have movement as well as stability," Robert Klapper, an orthopaedic surgeon, said.

He said wrist injuries of that nature do not typically require surgery but could keep Bryant out 3-4 weeks. "If it's completely torn, you're talking about a month out," said Klapper, who had not seen the MRI exam. "But if it's just showing up on the MRI as bruising in the ligaments or in the bone, then that's a different story."

Rose gets extension

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Bulls point guard and reigning MVP Derrick Rose agreed to a five-year extension worth $94.8 million. The contract, the largest allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, starts next season.

Rose, 23, a Chicago native, averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds last season. He became the fifth player — Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Michael Jordan and LeBron James — with 2,000 points, 600 assists and 300 rebounds in a season.

Rose said he couldn't envision playing anywhere else: "I don't think so unless they trade me. I want to finish my career here."

Blazers: Center Marcus Camby sat out Wednesday's game after tweaking his left knee.

Nets: Forward Kris Humphries, known for his recent short marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, re-signed for one year and $8 million. He averaged 10 points and 10.4 rebounds (fifth in the league) last season.

Rockets: Center Samuel Dalembert has agreed to a deal, the Associated Press reported. He averaged 8.1 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Kings last season.

Warriors: A former employee in the community relations department sued the team and guard Monta Ellis for sexual harassment. Erika Ross Smith alleges Ellis sent her unwanted texts, including a photo of his genitals, starting in November 2010 and her position was eliminated after Ellis' wife learned of the texts and complained to the team. Team president Rick Welts said when the club was made aware of a "consensual relationship" between the two, they were told to stop. He denied all allegations. Ellis declined to comment.

Magic 104, Heat 100: Glen Davis scored 18 and Dwight Howard 15 for host Orlando in the preseason finale for both teams. "It felt good," said Davis, who had 13 in the third. "This is my new home, to come here and kind of show everybody what I can do — because there's a question mark." Sunday against Miami, Howard scored five on 2-for-9 shooting. Wednesday, he made 6 of 8. The Magic played without small forward Hedo Turkoglu, who is day to day with a bruised left hip.

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