Phil Jackson: Maybe Kobe needs to sit
Now it might be time for Bryant to sit a game or two, a thought that crossed the mind of the Lakers' coach.
"It occurred to me yesterday during the course of that game," Jackson said Thursday, a day after Bryant had five points on two-for-12 shooting while fighting though a sprained left ankle against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Bryant did not practice Thursday and wasn't available for comment, but it would be surprising only if he didn't play Friday against Denver.
Bryant initially hurt his ankle last Friday after colliding with Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand. He aggravated the injury Wednesday after Lamar Odom stepped on his foot in the final minute of the second quarter.
The Lakers barely beat the undermanned Bobcats, 99-97, with Bryant a non-factor scoring-wise. He had six assists without a turnover in 37 minutes.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Phil Jackson, right, talks to Kobe Bryant during a playoff game against the Denver Nuggets on May 25. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times