KOBE BRYANT: The Los Angeles Lakers guard wasn’t happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help his struggling team.

It’s a place he’s unaccustomed to being on the holiday. Bryant leads the NBA with a record 15 appearances on Christmas Day, but he’s out an expected four to six weeks with a fracture in his left knee.

“It’s strange to be coming in on Christmas and not playing,” he said before the Lakers’ 101-95 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. “It’s a foreign feeling, but I’m here to support my guys.”

The Lakers have dropped three straight.

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Bryant’s injury was diagnosed last week, his second major one of the season. He didn’t play his first game until Dec. 8, nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

The Associated Press