EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Kobe Bryant said he jammed his right ankle rather than rolling it after crashing into Devin Harris of the New Jersey Nets, spraining it late in the second quarter of the Lakers’ victory tonight. He said his ankle “burned” after the game. He also vowed to play in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the fifth stop on the Lakers’ seven-game trip.
Bryant suffered a dislocated right pinkie when he jammed it on the body of former Nets guard Jason Kidd during the Lakers’ victory last season over New Jersey at the Meadowlands. He was supposed to have surgery on it, but declined in order to participate in the Beijing Olympics. He put it off again in order to join the Lakers for the start of training camp.