Bryant still hurting

Kobe Bryant said today his sprained left ankle was nothing to worry about, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson contradicted him when he said, “It still affects him a lot. This is not going to go away any time soon. We’re just going to have to … monitor it very closely. I think he’ll have a limited amount of practice time. It’s tender to the touch still. He’s still limping when he walks.” Bryant was hurt in Game 4 of the Lakers’ first-round win over the New Olreans Hornets on April 24. He played without complaint in the next two games.