SACRAMENTO — Kobe Bryant missed the Lakers’ morning shootaround on Friday, but it hardly elicited concerns about the 37-year-old’s durability. He simply had a sore throat.
The Lakers (0-1) will not determine Bryant’s availability for tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings (0-1) at Sleep Train Arena until prior to tipoff. But Lakers coach Byron Scott believes Bryant will “be all right.”
“He’ll play, we know that,” Scott said. “But he might be a little under the weather.”
That hardly compares to what Bryant experienced in recent years, including season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon (April 2013), left knee (Dec. 2013) and right shoulder (Jan. 2015).
Said Scott: “He’s gone through a whole lot worse than a sore throat and a little bit of a cold.”