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Kobe Bryant not expected to play Thursday; Coach Phil Jackson too sick to make trip

October 21, 2010 |  4:54 pm

Besides guard Kobe Bryant not playing Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors, Coach Phil Jackson didn't make the trip to San Diego because of flu-like symptons.

Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw will be in charge of the team because Golden State is one of the teams that he scouts during the season.

The Lakers aren't sure whether Jackson will join the team for Friday night's exhibition game against the Warriors again in Ontario at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

If Jackson doesn't make it, Shaw will be the head man again.

Bryant, still recovering from right knee surgery, is expected to play Friday night.

It will be the Lakers' last exhibition game before they start the regular season Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from San Diego