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Kobe questionable for Game 6 Thursday due to stomach virus

May 10, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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Look, it’s Kobe Bryant — he deals with injuries like Monty Python’s Black Knight (’tis just a flesh wound). But even he can be felled or at least slowed by illness.

Kobe did not take part in the Lakers’ shootaround in Denver on Thursday and might not play in a crucial Game 6 because of gastroenteritis, the team announced. Bryant is a game-time decision and will be re-evaluated by the team medical staff after a day of rest and treatment.

Gastroenteritis is what you or I would call a stomach virus or stomach flu (even though it’s not actually related to the flu virus). We’ve all been there — vomiting, diarrhea, the inability to keep food down and feeling very tired. All of which are not conducive to good basketball.

Kobe is averaging 31.2 points a game this series along with 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Without him the Lakers lack a real threat on the perimeter and Denver would do more of what it did last game — collapse in the paint, double-team Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, and dare anyone else on the Lakers to beat them. The Lakers were already going to need their role players to step up in this game. If Kobe cannot go or is slowed that need grows exponentially.

  1. eureca323 - May 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Hes played well with flu like symptoms in past seasons. Im sure he will play its questionable how well, but yea I won’t be surprised if he plays great.

  2. rushbacker - May 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Ball hog musta gotten the swine flu.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM


  3. rexismybff - May 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Jordan’s “flu game” line: 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block

    If you don’t play and light it up for 38 Kobe, you ain’t no Jordan.

  4. franchiseplaya - May 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    of course he’ll play. he’s just setting it up so that if he plays poorly and they lose theres an excuse. if he plays well then he can compare himself to jordan and his “flu game”.

    • cdog0o7 - May 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Why would Kobe subject himself to missing his pre-game routine and taking IV fluids if he wasn’t really sick. Basketball players are creatures of habit on game day, missing shoot around does affect their rythm.

      Your logic is that he’ll use it as an excuse? – When’s the last time’s he’s ever made excuses? And Denver’s a solid team, but do you really think he’s so scared of Denver that he needs an excuse to explain why the Lakers didn’t win (if they don’t) – as opposed to honesty, like the shooters refuse to shoot.

    • mytthor - May 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      So is this the kind of comment where you make it and if people tell you you’re an idiot your excuse is “Jeeze, learn how to take a joke,” but if people laugh you can act like you were serious all along?

      • loungefly74 - May 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        i don’t get how this is getting “thumbs down” when you are absolutely right?

  5. blahblah1000 - May 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Forget Kobe…what about Birdman’s house getting raided.

    Cops were searching for kiddie porn.

    Nasty bastard!

  6. sellahh - May 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    stomach bug? seriously?

  7. 4thquartermagic - May 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Kobe will play. And he will play great (everyone knows this).

    LA’s bench will play. And they will play awful (LA is starting to realize this).

  8. pastortodd78 - May 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I had gastroenteritis 3 summers ago and it was worse than anything else. I would drink a glass of water and throw it back up. All I wanted to do was sleep. So if Kobe can play with that illness I will have to give it up to him.

  9. wfon1 - May 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    ok, isnt this the second time he has gotten the stomach flu during the playoffs in Denver?! (or was it Phoenix?)

  10. loungefly74 - May 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Kobe could be at 85% (a jab at Lin) and still be better than 95% of the league. He could be puking like McNabb or sick as a dog like MJ was during the “Flu” game…he will be on the court tonight. (hope i don’t eat crow…)

    Go Lakers!

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Second time with the stomach virus in Denver during the playoffs over the years.

    Anyone who thinks he won’t play and drop a ‘within-the-context-of-the-offense’ 35 tonight needs their head examined.

    • wfon1 - May 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      i was the first to mention this but wasnt sure if it was also in denver. back then it was suspected that someone gave him bad food in his hotel on purpose. nice call on the points, he had 31 i think last night.

  12. dal24la - May 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Jordan had the Flu game…Kobe is about to have the Stomach Flu game!…I hope lol

  13. toosano - May 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Kobe sick? That’s good for 50. They should make him lick doorknobs before playoff games.

  14. omniusprime - May 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Denver can go fishing tomorrow as Kobe will have a monster game tonight. How many times do we hear about an athlete having stomach flu right before he has a monster game? As always some dimwitted sports pundit bites on this kind of non story for an easy story, silly Kurt Helin falls for this one so easily. Kobe and the Lakers will be finding their golden nuggets tonight as they wrap up this series so they can move on to beating the OKC Blunder. Go Kobe!!!! Go Lakers!!!!

  15. zblott - May 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Why is every injury/ache/illness of Kobe’s covered in major detail before games in a way that is clearly done to create a hero narrative during games (and built-in excuse when he shoots poorly) when we often find out how injured other players were after the fact? We didn’t know how terribly injured Ginobili and Duncan were in last year’s playoffs until after – funny those weren’t leaked and discussed forever like every single ailment Kobe ever has.

    • malcom1985 - May 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      That’s because Kobe is still a mega superstar in the league. Not taking anything away from Duncan of Ginobili because they’re both great players, but I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone there’s a difference between being a superstar and being a SUPERSTAR in the NBA. Anything Kobe is going to generate news. If he tripped and fell, there would be a blip in the media about it. It’s very much akin to a popularity contest. People love to talk about Kobe. 16 years in the league and he’s still one of the top 5 players today. He is still the biggest fish in the sea and it’s fascinating. That’s just the way it is.

  16. vikingsteve84 - May 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Kobe is a legend this ain’t nothing to him. He’s still gonna drop 35… Duh

  17. lakerluver - May 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Kobe, questionable?! If anyone thinks he ain’t playing they’re crazy!!

  18. fouldwimmerlaik - May 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    You know, I’m getting to like your sense of sarcastic humor. Very witty if one looks beyond its seemingly juvenile jab… Nice one!

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