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Kobe Bryant sits out of Wednesday's practice

March 16, 2011 |  2:38 pm

In what has become a customary exercise to ensure long-term health, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sat out of Wednesday's practice to treat his sprained left ankle.

He did not speak with reporters afterward, but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he hopes Bryant can participate in shooting drills during Wednesday's practice. Bryant injured his ankle in the Lakers' 96-91 victory Saturday over Dallas and described it as his "scariest" left ankle injury. He still played in the Lakers' 97-84 victory Monday over the Orlando Magic, improving from a two-of-10 clip in the first half to five of nine in the second half. The Lakers had the day off Tuesday and don't play until Friday against Minnesota, giving Bryant time for extra treatment.

Thursday "he may come out on the court," Jackson said. "I asked if he can shoot tomorrow to get some shots in. We'll see about that. Today was just about therapy and strength in conditioning with what he can do."

--Mark Medina

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