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Kobe Bryant to play Monday despite missing shootaround

Feb 14, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE 5:43 pm: Like we didn’t all know this is how the story would end. Kobe was the first Laker to the arena Monday and was putting up shots, according to the twitter account of Dave McMenamin with ESPNLosAngeles. He’s going to play.

Of course he’s going to play. Did you really expect anything else?

2:07 pm: He’s Kobe Bryant. He’s Monty Python’s Black Knight and we expect him to play through everything — ‘Tis but a flesh wound. But out of duty we report this anyway.

Kobe missed the Lakers shootaround Monday in Charlotte with “aches” and “chills,” according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell. He does not have the flu, so apparently just flu-like symptoms (which when I used to use that excuse meant hungover, but I seriously doubt that is the case here). He is officially a game-time decision.

With the Lakers loss in Orlando they are 4-1 on their Grammy road trip — which was well worth it, to get to see Lady Gaga come out of an egg alone. They play the Bobcats Monday and the Cavaliers on Wednesday. They have a real chance to finish the road trip 6-1.

And Kobe’s going to play through anything to make that happen. Black knight.

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