Kobe Bryant out due to ankle, flu

Updated: March 18, 2013, 12:32 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant didn't play Sunday night in the Los Angeles Lakers 113-102 victory against the Sacramento Kings as he was recovering from a severely sprained left ankle as well as the flu.

He is considered doubtful for Monday's game vs. Phoenix, according to the Lakers.

"He's still a little bit under the weather, but he'll come and try to go before the game and then he'll decide whether he can go or not," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said after the team's shootaround Sunday.

Bryant did not participate in the shootaround.

"I think the determining factor is whether he feels like he can contribute and feels like, 'I'm good enough to play,'" D'Antoni said. "He's been in the league a long time, he knows his body and he'll have to make that determination."

Jodie Meeks started in Bryant's place and had six points in 28 minutes.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol, meanwhile, saw Dr. Kenneth Jung, a foot specialist, on Sunday after experiencing discomfort in his right foot stemming from a game of 2-on-2 played at the Lakers' practice facility Saturday.

"It was to be expected," Gasol said of the soreness. "As you raise the intensity in the amount of load you put on the foot, it's going to create a little soreness. It's a pretty normal reaction with the injury that I had."

Gasol has been out since Feb. 5 with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Results of Sunday's examination were not immediately available, but D'Antoni said Gasol's timeline to return could be pushed back.

"We were talking about Monday (at Phoenix), that could be in jeopardy, but he's close," D'Antoni said.

Gasol did not play against the Kings and has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Suns.

He has an ultrasound scheduled for his right foot Tuesday.

D'Antoni said it would be possible for Gasol to return Friday when the Lakers host the Washington Wizards.

"You just never know," D'Antoni said. "There's really been no contact yet or 5-on-5, he's working out pretty hard. It's going to be sooner rather than later. Whether it's Friday or not, you just can't tell."

Gasol, who missed his 32nd game of the season Sunday, was noncommittal about when he would be back.

"I don't want to put any date so there are no surprises or disappointments," Gasol said before the Kings game.

Jordan Hill, another Lakers big man who has been out since January and assumed he'd be out for the season after undergoing surgery on his left hip, worked out on an elliptical machine after the shootaround.

Hill said he has been working on the elliptical and the stationary bicycle for the last three weeks in hopes of being able to return this season. He will be re-evaluated by doctors in early April and said he could return to the lineup as soon as late April or early May barring any setbacks.

D'Antoni was less optimistic that Hill would be able to return.

"Even if he could come back, to get back in shape and get in the rotation, that would be tough," D'Antoni said. "That would be a miracle."

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi was used in this report.

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