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Stunning news: Kobe Bryant will play despite fighting flu

Nov 27, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT


When it was announced that Kobe Bryant was a game-time decision on Tuesday for the Lakers, we dutifully reported it. He had the flu, that can wipe people out and keep them in bed, and it was news. We passed it along.

But did anybody really think Kobe wasn’t going to lace them up and play?

Nope. And in his pregame press conference coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed that Kobe would play and start against the Pacers. D’Antoni would be wise to keep his minutes in check, but with Steve Nash still out the Lakers are not exactly flush with playmakers. Kobe is pretty much it.

Kobe playing sick is not good news for the Pacers, when challenged Kobe unusually rises up with a quality game. And he’s already been very efficient this season.

  1. sf49ers4 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Can’t Kobe afford the flu shot even if its not part of the NBA healthcare package?!?!

  2. changeup39 - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    He definitely got the flu shot. i.e. this was just kobe with a cold and people dramaticized it. As usual.

  3. rubberinnertube - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    The flu shot is generally only going to immunize the individual for 3 or 4 strains; not all of them. Also, the flu shot does not protect you from the stomach flu/gastroenteritis/puking.

  4. allthewaylive1 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Gotta keep up with the Jordan…

  5. magicbucs - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Kobe probably has a head cold. He’s trying to be like MJ playing with the “flu”

  6. fruitcovejag - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Kobe’s back is hurting too. Carrying Dwight! Get in his a– Kobe. Show him what it takes to win a championship!

    • dko83 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:39 AM

      I’m pretty sure you mean.. “on” his a-

  7. Jeff - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Go Pacers!

  8. paulhargis53 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    dko: I don’t know if he meant on or not.
    You never know with a laker fan. Look at lakerluver/bozosforall. I’m sure he’d like to be “in”.

  9. cosanostra71 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    He looked like he was struggling last night, sweating before the game even started,

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