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Three Lakers haven't had chicken pox: Bryant, Bynum and Artest

April 12, 2011 |  8:20 pm

Steve Blake
has chicken pox. The Lakers hope he's the only one who gets it.

Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest have never had the contagious illness. It takes about two weeks for signs to show. It was not immediately clear if they have had vaccines for the illness.

The rest of the Lakers have had chicken pox. It is rare for people to get the illness if they've already had it.

Blake, a reserve guard, was diagnosed Tuesday and will miss  one to two weeks. He did not play Tuesday against San Antonio. He had a fever Monday and sat in with the team on a video session.

His wife, Kristen, provided some background on his condition with some updates on her Twitter account.

"And before anyone asks NO my kids didn't give it to him," she wrote. "They were vaccinated and are healthy. No clue where or how Steve got chicken pox.... I'll have him healthy and back in no time."

The Blakes have three young sons.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: (left) Kobe Bryant. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters. (middle) Andrew Bynum. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times. (right) Ron Artest. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times