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Bryant late because of intestinal issues, Artest on time with new haircut

March 7, 2010 | 10:41 am


Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the team bus and showed up 18 minutes late for pre-game activities Sunday because of intestinal issues, according to the team.

He is still expected to play against Orlando, though it is unclear when he fell ill.

"I have no idea," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "I wasn't in his room last night at all. I wasn't there with him. I didn't eat dinner with him either. So maybe he had something that wasn't good at dinner."

In totally unrelated news, Ron Artest arrived with a new dye job and several inscriptions in his hair. He declined to talk about it before the game, though Jackson said he thought it said "defense" in three different languages. Artest will presumably talk about it after the game.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: All-Star guard Kobe Bryant brings the ball up court against Charlotte on Friday night. Credit: Sam Sharpe / US Presswire