Kobe Bryant’s status for the Lakers’ game against Sacramento on Sunday at Staples Center will be a game-time decision, Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni said after the morning shoot-around.
Bryant did not participate in the shoot-around and has been dealing with cold symptoms in addition to the severely sprained ankle that limited him to one quarter Friday in the Lakers’ victory over Indiana.
“I don’t know if it’s the flu or not,” D’Antoni said, “but it’s hacking and all that.”
Lakers forward Pau Gasol was examined by foot specialist Kenneth Jung as scheduled Sunday, D’Antoni said, though the outcome was not immediately known. Gasol had hoped to return Monday against Phoenix from a tear inside the bottom of his foot before experiencing soreness Saturday while playing two-on-two at the team’s practice facility.
“That could be in jeopardy,” D’Antoni said of Gasol playing against the Suns, “but he’s close.”
D’Antoni said he was not more inclined to rest Bryant and Gasol this week considering the Lakers are playing Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington, teams that are a combined 62 games under .500.