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Kobe Bryant plans on playing against Memphis

February 20, 2010 |  1:10 pm

Kobe Bryant, who has missed the last five games with a sprained left ankle, practiced Saturday and said he plans on playing Tuesday when the Lakers play at Memphis.

Bryant will have been out for 18 days since he last played in a game.

He said the ankle was still sore after practice Saturday.

Still, when asked if he was playing on Tuesday, Bryant smiled.

"I should be. If not I'm firing everybody," Bryant said. "It's been long enough."

Sasha Vujacic suffered a sprained right shoulder during Thursday night's game and will be out for several weeks, the Lakers said.

-- Broderick Turner