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D’Antoni says Kobe “probably” plays on Friday vs. Wizards

Mar 19, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

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The Lakers caught a break with the schedule this week.

Kobe Bryant was out of Monday night’s ugly Lakers loss due to a sprained ankle, but the team is off until Friday when they face Washington (in Los Angeles). Then they are off again until the next Monday.

So will Kobe Bryant play Friday or sit out and give his foot a whole week to rest? Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com asked coach Mike D’Antoni.

The Wizards are not a pushover right now — John Wall was just named NBA player of the week because his jump shot is falling, he averaged 24 points a game last week and the Wizards have won three in a row. (Since Wall returned around the same time as Nene, the Wizards are 18-15.)

Even so, at home that is a game the Lakers should be able to win at home without Kobe. The troubling thing about ankles is once they sprain they are more susceptible to re-injury until they heal. This isn’t just a matter of pain tolerance. Kobe has to be careful so this is not a chronic issue the rest of the season.

Still, it’s Kobe. Just expect him to play.

  1. baymac408 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Dear editors,
    Please stop writing about the lakers!! Is it really necessary for every third article to be about this downward spiraling bandwagon franchise!! Lets talk more about real contenders and surprising good teams!! Thank you!
    Eat dookie Faker fans!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Is it really necessary for you to comment on every Lakers article?

    • mytthor - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Downward spiraling in that they have one of the best records in the league since the all-star break? Just checking.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      Come down to SoCal. Tell us the time and place so you can say that to us straight to our faces.

      Oh, wait. Tell us where. Doesn’t matter if it’s in SoCal. Afterall we “bandwagoners” are everywhere, right?

      You just speak that way in the safety of anonymity behind your monitor.

      That being said, who are you to dictate what should be posted here or not? Last I heard, this is a democracy. Now if you understand i-net economics then you’d realize that a number of hits and internet traffic profoundly determine the potential income of a website.

      Now bugger off and convince your fellow fans to add more numbers so that your franchise would get the exposure you want.

      Otherwise, STFU, and deal with the fact that Lakers stories sell while your team’s don’t.

  2. baymac408 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Just letting you all know your bandwagon organization is over rated and I hate y’all!! Straight up every other article is fakers its ridiculous

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Awesome, thanks for letting us know. We appreciate your originality in coming up with the nickname “Fakers” and calling LA fans bandwagoners.

    • ron05342 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Then don’t patronize the site, moron.

      Only a mentally-challenged fool keeps visiting a site they hate.

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Definition of insanity: Do the same thing the same way over and over and expecting different results. So one could conclude that baymac is nuts. But I think he just comes on here to vent because his dominatrix won’t let him speak.

  3. rodge1 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Hey just because most Laker fans don’t live in LA or have never been to LA doesn’t make them Fakers… Oh wait, yes it does…

    • ron05342 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      One really has to wonder about an individual who calls a team as successful as the Lakers’ franchise has been in terms of winning, popularity, and financially, the “Fakers.”

      It really doesn’t speak well of that individual.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      I guess those Chinese don’t have the right to be Houston fans when Yao Ming was playing…

  4. dmcannon99 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Funny how sometimes it just seems that the majority of people that post on Lakers articles are complaining about too many Lakers articles. First of all, explain how you are unable to ignore articles about the Lakers if you detest them so much. Next, why, if it bothers you so much to see these articles, are you compelled to increase traffic on those articles thereby increaing the likelihood of even more of these awful articles? I have an idea for your poor folks…if you don’t want to read articles about the Lakers, try ignoring them. I know, that is probably too much to ask, right?

    And why is it necessary for one to live in a location to be a fan of its teams? Is that somehow a prerequisite in your peculiar way of thinking? I grew up in LA but no longer live there…do I have to quit being a fan of the teams? I am also a fan of many artists and have never been married to, or even lived with, any of them. I guess that is wrong in your book as well, if you go with that bogus definition of a fan. Unfortunately for some, I will continue to be a fan of LA teams and whoever else I choose to – sorry to disappoint you. I suppose if you live in a city you have to be a fan of their teams, using your logic – now, explain that terrific thinking to Cubs and White Sox fans.

    But you folks just keep posting – all it does is prove that you have issues of your own to deal with, and sometimes it’s really fun to read your rants. Quite enlightening. Maybe somebody will call you a WAAAAHHHHmbulance if you choke on too much of that whine.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Well said.

      One word: ENVY.

  5. omniusprime - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Of course Kobe will try to come back Friday night. I just hope he doesn’t push himself too much and aggravate his injured ankle. This just shows how competitive and tough Kobe is, so unlike that sissy Derrick Rose. I hope Pau Gasol makes his comeback soon so he has time to get back into playing shape for the playoffs.

    I hope the rest of the team steps up after laying a big egg Monday night. Friday there won’t be any excuses about being tired so the team had better get it’s collective behinds in gear to beat the lowly Wizards. Let’s hope Dumbtoni comes up with a better game plan as well.

    Go Kobe!!! Thanks Dr. Buss, Rest in Peace!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!!

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