Despite having flu-like symptoms since Tuesday morning, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play in tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
“He told me it’s not going to bother him,” said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. “He seemed okay. I don’t really want to know. He’ll play and he’ll play hard. He’ll be good.”
Not that this is entirely surprising. This is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about after all. Yet, Bryant’s illness affected him enough to miss the Lakers’ morning shootaround. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Bryant also detailed how he had to take extra precautions Tuesday afternoon.
“Laid up in bed.. I’m under the weather,” Bryant wrote on his Facebook profile “Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers.”
Still, D’Antoni said Bryant’s illness won’t prompt him to limit him. Nor does he expect Bryant’s play to drop off. That’s a scary thought considering Bryant leads the NBA in scoring, averaging 26.9 points per game. The Lakers guard has posted those numbers on a career-high 51 percent clip.
“I see him playing better now than he ever has,” D’Antoni said. “One thing you’ve seen in Kobe is his intensity. That comes a long way. As his body gets older, you lose it mentally. You don’t want to train and you got a lot of money. It’s hard. Kobe is not going to let that happen to him. He’s too intense and too much of a champion.”
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