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Kobe Bryant will be in the starting lineup Friday against Pacers

Mar 15, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

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Despite being ruled “out indefinitely” by the Lakers after suffering the ankle injury at the end of the team’s loss in Atlanta on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant warmed up this afternoon and is expected to be in the starting lineup when L.A. faces the Pacers on Friday.

Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Indiana that Bryant would try to play, but as the questions persisted, it seemed as though he expected that Bryant would be as much of a factor as ever.

From Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:

It’s at least a little bit surprising that Bryant will play, given the pictures of his extremely swollen ankle that were floating around yesterday. But it’s by no means a total shock, considering the high volume of severe injuries he’s played through over the years.

Bryant’s toughness is beyond reproach, but we’ll have to wait and see just how much he’ll be able to contribute while being limited by the injury. If he tries to do too much and struggles through a high-volume, low-percentage shooting night, for example, instead of being lauded for playing through the pain, he’ll be criticized for hurting his team while doing so.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    man, the guy is something else. Its like he doesn’t have a pain threshold.

    That said, if the injury limits his effectiveness, I’d prefer for him to sit. If he comes out cold and slow (especially defensively), D’Antoni needs to sit him.

  2. sellahh - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    ISO injured Kobe vs. the best defense in the league. Wonderful. As a Laker fan I actually wanted Kobe to miss the game to see how they look as a team not just 1+4.

  3. lakerluver - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Kobe is part Black Mamba part cyborg. Let the “trolling” begin.
    Sincerely yours,
    the ZEALOT.

    • bougin89 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Thumbs up only because you admitted you were a ZEALOT. I can respect that from you lakerluver.

  4. lkasprzak - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    He is a true warrior, im impressed…

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Yawn.

  6. soflasfinest - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Drama. Queen. And/or Attention. Whore.

  7. BigBeachBall - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    kobe – 1
    dumbtay – 0

  8. acdc363 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Kobe is the definition of beast!

  9. rj2323 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Warrior

  10. losanginsight - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Everyone saw KB24 roll his ankle and All the haters came out in swarms. Hopefully it was worth your time writing to pile on. Too bad everyone can’t just sit back and watch this man work and appreciate it.
    “On to the next”
    #countonwill

  11. bigred12 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    wonder if he still wants to get “revenge?” what a douche.

  12. florida727 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Wow! Amazing. When the game was in the balance, it was such a horrible foul, Dahntay Jones should have been suspended because, you know, his dirty play put Kobe out “indefinitely”. What a load of crap. All of sudden he’s healthy enough to start? Yeah, give him an Oscar. Great acting job. No wonder so many people hate him.

  13. northstarnic - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    For all the crying and gnashing of teeth, his ankle tweak was as bad as it looked if you watched the replay 1 or 1,000,000 times (roughly 1/4 of the number of times it has been shown on espn since it happened). Not a big deal. The fact that there was such an uproar and discussion of suspension for that “dirty” play shows just how soft these NBA clowns are.

    • BigBeachBall - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      steve nashing of teeth…

  14. timcast12 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Haha someone’s mad . The joy it gives me

  15. Jeff - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Go Pacers!

  16. lakerluver - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Of course the picture of his sprained ankle was a fake. Idiots.

  17. larrybrown43 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    OMG! This is an amazing story! Thank you Kobe. I’m off to tell my neighbors about it.

    If this were some guy named Jim Shorts we’d never have heard about it. ESPN has their weekend storyline now.

  18. lucifershuttlesworth - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Flopper.

  19. sunsation3413 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Shocking…..please. Was there really any doubt. Just something for Brett to squeeze a few more Kobe stories out of. I’m sure they’ll be an in game article, then another after the game, and then one more after that…..tonight. You would think Kobe and the Lakers were on a 20 game win streak or something. How about covering the teams that are going to matter in the post season!

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Says the guy who clicked on then commented on the Kobe story.

      Why do you think we write so much about Kobe/LeBron/Durant…..

  20. sampulls - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Oh ya…out indefinitely and he’s back the next game. Kobe is a drama queen!

  21. trollaikman8 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    G.O.A.T

  22. leogatlin - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Hows thw man a drama queen when he obviously sprained his ankle?

  23. mgscott - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Meanwhile the Heatles are dealing with the smallish Bucks

  24. deavn - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    I’m not impressed. He should have just sat instead of going out there.

  25. omniusprime - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Of course Kobe played last night, or tried to. After all he’s not like that sissy Derrick Rose. Kobe is the greatest of all time! Look how he shamed the rest of the team into winning a road game against a quality opponent, the #2 seed in the Eastern Creampuff Conference.

    Go Kobe!!!

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