PHOENIX — Within a day’s span, the plan for Kobe Bryant already changed.
The Lakers are listing Bryant’s status to play in Wednesday’s game against New Orleans as questionable after the missing Tuesday’s practice on Tuesday at U.S. Airways Center. Bryant originally planned to squeeze in a light shooting session. Instead, he plans to meet the team at a Phoenix airport before flying to New Orleans on Wednesday. Bryant has missed eight of the past 15 games to preserve his 36-year-old body, including Tuesday’s 115-110 loss in Phoenix.
The Lakers’ fluid roster goes beyond Bryant’s playing status as they reel with a 12-30 mark, the NBA’s fourth-worst record.
The Lakers have ruled reserve rookie center Tarik Black out against New Orleans after spraining his right ankle against Phoenix. X-rays turned out negative, though it is currently unclear if Black will play in Friday’s game in San Antonio.
The Lakers also consider veteran guard Ronnie Price doubtful to play against the Pelicans after missing the past two games because of right elbow soreness. Price, however, completed a partial practice that entailed minimizing use of his right arm. Lakers forward Carlos Boozer missed Tuesday’s practice because of a left triceps contusion, but he is listed as probable to play against New Orleans.
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