Updated: April 22, 2003, 10:28 AM ET
Los Angeles Lakers: We know that Shaq took a private jet to South Carolina to attend the wake of his grandfather. What we don't know is when he's returning. "I'm a little bit confused," Coach Phil Jackson said in the LA Times. "I've heard two versions [I'm as] concerned as you can be, provided there's not a weather problem or anything else." Then added, "He'll be here." Here being Minneapolis, Minnesota where the Lakers play the second game of their first round series against the Timberwolves. "We know when he gets here, he'll be ready," Kobe Bryant said. "It's not like he's got to make major adjustments to his game."Said Derek Fisher: "The only unnerving part is the effect it'll have on his play in terms of the travel." He laughed and added, "Definitely, the decibel level around here isn't as high." New Orleans Hornets: Baron Davis' left knee is only bruised, not broken. But you'd have a hard time explaining the difference to him. "It's still sore," Davis said in the Times-Picayune. "I'll take (today) off too, rest it and hopefully some of the inflammation will go down. We'll just hope for the best, but it's extremely frustrating, especially knowing that after I came back I was close to 100 percent, then got it hurt again just before the playoffs." Davis is listed as day-to-day but hopes to return for Wednesday's game against the Sixers. "As far as playing and doing some things, I feel I can contribute," Davis said. "As far as the minutes, I don't know how many minutes I can play. But I'll try to give it as much as I possibly can, five good minutes or 10 good minutes, just give it as much as I possibly can." San Antonio Spurs: If his partially torn left medial meniscus were left up to him, David Robinson wouldn't hesitate one bit. "I want to get back out there fast," Robinson said in San Antonio Express-News. "This being a playoff situation, I would probably be inclined to play with a lot more discomfort. I don't have a choice (now), but when it comes to being my choice, there's no question I'll be out there." Robinson, in the final year of his NBA career, was forced to sit out yesterday's win over the Suns but knows that other players have gone on despite the injury. "I'm hoping I'll be ready by Friday -- and all indications are probably I will be," Robinson said. "Today it's just very disappointing. I felt very good coming into the playoffs. I thought I was going to have a great playoff run, and I still do. This is a little bit of a setback. I didn't expect this."
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