Kobe Bryant sits out another game
Kobe Bryant missed his third consecutive game Wednesday night with a sprained left ankle.
Shannon Brown started for the second game in place of Bryant against the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Bryant still plans on going to the All-Star Game this weekend, but his participation will be a game-time decision.
Because Bryant missed the last three games, he won't be obligated by the NBA to play in Sunday's game.
Bryant is supposed to be a passer for Brown in Saturday night's slam-dunk contest.
If Bryant were to sit out the All-Star Game, he would allow his ankle to rest for 10 days before the Lakers play their next game Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
-- Broderick Turner from Salt Lake City