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Kobe Bryant says he will play Tuesday against Memphis

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he will play Tuesday against Memphis, ending a five-game absence because of a sore ankle.

"I feel good, like a gazelle," he said after practicing Monday.

Bryant acknowledged that the ankle wasn't fully healthy but wasn't concerned about further damaging it.

"Where I'm at now, I feel confident about playing and, while I play, getting to 100%," Bryant said. "It's about 80, 85 [percent] right now. The rest of the percentage is just made up just from strength."

The Lakers went 4-1 without Bryant, who was sidelined by a sprain in the ankle and a sore peroneal tendon, which runs vertically behind the ankle bone.

The Lakers have a back-to-back set this week, playing in Dallas a night after playing in Memphis.

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
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Good.

When Kobe plays like a gazelle, we win.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hopefully Kobe will stay within the offense and Lakers win.

15-17 shots would be good.

ZAIRA… “Not sure who mentioned about how the Princess walked off the court after her last second shot missed - with a tear in her eye and not shaking hands with anyone.” Yes, this was about LeBron and not our Italian princess. Have not seen you around and was hoping that the trolls didn’t chase you away. I know it’s an uphill battle against the trolls and Fakerholics but if all of us don’t keep up the fight, how can we win? Here’s hoping you haven’t abandoned us and just enjoying a European Holiday. But it’s not August, is it?
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TOM

All Hail the gazelle!!
Yeah, Ko-beeeeeeeee!

Heeee's baaack!

I'll be interested to see if he has his spring back, how he elevates. If he can drive and throw down some dunks without pain, watch out NBA. I have a feeling he may be on a mission for a game or two but will be interesting to see how well he plays D and how he fits in. The bigger test will be Wed vs the Mavs, how healthy he will be after the Memphis game and the Mavs will provide a tougher test.
Let the drama begin. Oh geesh, the games not till tomorrow night.
The anticipation, guess I'll go listen to some Carol King.

Art -FL Laker Fan,

"The anticipation, guess I'll go listen to some Carol King."

Don't forget the Heinz ketchup...or is it catsup?

So I guess now there's a chance LeBron might not play in the next Olympics.

And he mentioned that Lamar Odom might be a good replacement for him on the team.

Wouldn't it be amusing if Kobe + Lamar's Olympic team won a gold just as easily as Kobe & LeBron's?

It's nice to have our leader back in the line-up. GO KOBE!

I'm wishing we had a healthy Luke also, so we can give Ron a lil time to heal his plantar fascitis or whatever it is that ails him. He (Artest) will be a key factor in the playoffs when/if we play Denver in WCF.

“Not sure who mentioned about how the Princess walked off the court after her last second shot missed - with a tear in her eye and not shaking hands with anyone.” Yes, this was about LeBron and not our Italian princess. Have not seen you around and was hoping that the trolls didn’t chase you away.

UMMMMMMMMMM - LAKER TOM????????? That was me that said that, and IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM was I talking about Zaira - our Laker Blog resident princess!!! LOL!!!! I'm certain she knows that - and I am also certain no stinkin' trolls can keep her away!!

Also Laker Tom - you should come on the live chat once in awhile - even if it's just at half time... you'll have fun with us regular looney's LOL!

Todd

"Hopefully Kobe stays within offense" Who died and made you the expert on Kobe's shot taking this is a 4 time champion not your goofy behind!!

Aztronut, indeed, cant forget that, ahh memories, LOL!

LTLF:

LBJ not in the olympics?
I havent heard about that.
Whats 'the rest of the story' (a la Paul Harvey)?
Was he fantastic or what?

JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN… Thanks for the invite but you guys are too brutal and too quick for an old fart like me to keep up. By the time I get my mind around a thought and start to type, the comment I was remarking on has already been bundled up moved to a link. JK. Seriously, I don’t know how you guys do it. There is so much to watch in the game that I would miss. Halftime might be an option but I would have to sign up as LakerTom394905489 to be able to use my blog name. I’ll just read your comments after the fact.
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TOM

this is what i hope and somewhat expect: kobe to play somewhat limited minutes, maybe even split time with Brown. for the first half of the next couple of games, just play within the offense, try to get everyone else, especially Gasol and Bynum, going. pretty much try to save himself for the second half, especially at the end. (not to mention it might be tough on Kobe returning for a back-to-back)

glad Kobe's back, though! def. need him, now more than ever since Sasha's hurt, too. get well soon, Machine & Luuuuke.

Todd,

100% agreed, he should keep himself within our offense. Please take it easy big guy, and pleaaaaase don't ruin our chemistry!!!

C'mon Kob!


Rest your ankle until it is 100% healthy.


Don't play for another 5 games. We miss you, but the team is having so much fun playing and besides 4-1 after five games, odds are if you do not play for another five it will be 8-2. No need to hurry.


By the way Kobe, Lebron is already the runaway MVP, therefoe if you really really itching to play tonight, there is no need for you to do too much, like you always do. The MVP race is over, just play teamball and join your teammates winning games by a margin of 15 points, so you do not have to save and make heroic baskets. We all knwo you are capable of making the last shots, but winning easy is more preferable the last 5 games.


Chuck,


"Hopefully Kobe stays within offense" Who died and made you the expert on Kobe's shot taking this is a 4 time champion not your goofy behind!!"

Well if not 15-17 shots, how many shots you want Kobe to take and how much will be left for others? Kobe's normal shots are 24-30. How about Gasol, Bynum, Odom, Artest, Farmar, Brown. Fisher alone already takes 9-12 shots a game.


Are you not concerned about how many shots the others get? Don't you want ball distribution, ball movement, everybody getting invloved. It is what the triangle offense for. The opponent having the hardest time not knowing who to guard. Or do you want the opponent to just focus on gurading Kobe the whole time. Do you want to win or loose?


Todd was just saying it will benefit the team. So, what are you saying?

gazelle? if he plays like one, wouldn't james be more a resemblence of a cheetah? life's hell i'll settle for the gazelle though.
laker fan 4eva

Guys, I really dont like the Dallas Trade. How did they get a Center and a quality player like Caron. This deal is as almost as good as the Pau Gasol Deal the Lakers got a couple years ago. Everyone around the league was complaining. I thought Dallas was old and about ready to rebuild. Now they have Dirk, Caron, Matrix, Kidd, Haywood, and Terry. Not that bad of a team. How do we stack up with our week bench? I wish we would of made some kind of move. Any thoughts?

CrzyFan

We all love Fish in a special way he is a true laker. But he needs to walk into phils office and give up his starting spot , he can not guard the other teams starting guard and sometimes that puts us in a whole can he bring some shooting and experiance to the bench ,yes can he make a big shot at the end of a game , yes . LET SHANNON START . Com

crzyfan,

To make matters worse, Dallas is about to sign Von Wafer.

The horror... the horror.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

crzyfan- I agree that Dallas significantly improved their roster, but I think the Lakers match up very well against them. Odom usually does a great job on Dirk, Fish does okay against Kidd(Kobe does even better when he guards him), Artest can keep Caron under control, and Haywood has no chance against Pau or Bynum in the post. Terry usually scorches our perimeter players, so maybe Shannon would be a good choice to guard him. Matrix isn't half the player he used to be- testament to how great Steve Nash is.
Overall, in a playoff series, we should only lose one maybe two to Dallas. I still think even with their upgrades, the talent of Kobe, Pau, Odom, Artest, Shannon, Farmar and Bynum are still superior to any team in the league.

Von Wafer, huh? Not scared of him- he's waaay too streaky to do any real damage. He might get hot one game out of seven in a series.

staples 24

Kobe knows how to pace his shot taking! Kobe is what he is a alpha baller aggressive at all times not Lebron who looks great for 41/2 qtrs then shrinks in the clutch not Kobe he has taken us to 6 finals with his style. Phil was out coached both times we lost in the finals because he refused to make adjustments
or because of his Luke, Chris Mihm fetish. Kobe is capable of playing with all of his teammates the question is can they play with him? Recall Olympics as a point of reference Coach K entrusted Kobe to use his skill sets to bring them the gold and he did that!


Blending in: Do you think Kobe is going to fit in and adjust to that group. Now we won 4 out of 5 games. But the guy that's complaining is the biggest and timid player that I have ever seen. So what you guy's are saying let Gasoft be the man for 3 and halve quarters and pray that Kobe save his butt, so that he can praise him self. Get a grip on it Gasoft. We are not paying you that big contract to pass the ball when you are open. This is not the Spanish team that cater to you softy, be careful you maybe a sign and trade baby to Canada for Bosch, at the end of the season. Gosoft is afraid to step up at the end of a game, and until he dose put a lid on it Moe.


Posted by: crzyfan | February 22, 2010 at 04:25 PM

Guys, I really dont like the Dallas Trade. How did they get a Center and a quality player like Caron. This deal is as almost as good as the Pau Gasol Deal the Lakers got a couple years ago. Everyone around the league was complaining. I thought Dallas was old and about ready to rebuild. Now they have Dirk, Caron, Matrix, Kidd, Haywood, and Terry. Not that bad of a team. How do we stack up with our week bench? I wish we would of made some kind of move. Any thoughts?

CrzyFan
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Ok crzyfan I'll bite. I also think the Mavs got a steal in acquiring Butler and Haywood, especially in light of the injury to Josh Howard last night against the Bulls, now he's out for the remainder of the season. What a tough break for him and the 'zards, and he was playing so well.

I definitley think Haywood in particular, is going to help them tremendously, especially on the defensive end. The Mavs stated as much after the trade saying that it was Haywood they coveted all along. So far he seems to have been a great addition to the team.

Whether he'll be enough to get them past the Lakers should they meet in the playoffs remains to be seen.



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