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Monday, May 4, 2009
Kobe Bryant's Throat, and More


ESPN's Shelley Smith checks in from the Lakers' practice, where there are concerns about the readiness of Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum. Smith writes:

Los Angeles Lakers' coach Phil Jackson said after the team's shootaround Monday that Kobe Bryant told him that Kobe's sore throat is "fine, and we'll go with that." Kobe got a workout in before shootaround, went through most of the shootaround with the team and, according to Jackson, "seems OK."

"I don't really have any concerns (about Kobe)," Jackson said. "He says he's fine. Obviously, it's a big challenge. The defense will orient around his game."

The last time Bryant played sick was in February against Cleveland, scoring 18 points in 34 minutes and helping hand the Cavs their first home loss of the season.

Luke Walton also participated in shootaround and is a game-time decision. Andrew Bynum's status (starter or not) also is a game-time decision.