BRYANT,SHAQ NOT READY TO PLAY(knee not problem;conditioning delay bryant)

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LOS ANGELES -- Just 24 hours after saying he wanted Kobe Bryant to get some playing time Friday night, Lakers coach Phil Jackson pushed back the timetable for Bryant's return by several days.

"He's not ready to play. I think it's more conditioning than (his surgically repaired) knee," Jackson said prior to the Lakers' exhibition game against the Phoenix Suns.

Shaquille O'Neal, hampered by a bruised heel, also sat out against Phoenix.

"We are listing them as day to day, but the chances of them playing Sunday are slim and remote," Jackson said.

A Colorado judge is to decide Monday whether to order Bryant to stand trial on a sexual assault charge. A 19-year-old Eagle, Colo. woman accused the Los Angeles Lakers' guard of raping her June 30 at the mountain resort where she worked. Bryant has said the two had consensual sex.

Bryant has not scrimmaged or taken part in a full practice with the Lakers, yet Jackson said Thursday that he'd like to get Bryant on the court for five to seven minutes in Friday night's exhibition game -- the Lakers' last appearance at the Staples Center prior to their regular season opener against Dallas on Oct. 28.

The Lakers play the Cavaliers in Bakersfield on Sunday night, then have three days off before playing the Clippers next Thursday in Anaheim and the Sacramento Kings next Friday night in Las Vegas.

"The fact that he hasn't been able to practice, we'd just as soon not have a player -- unless he's pretty much up to speed with who we are -- just jump on the floor and play rather than practice and get himself acclimated to the team," Jackson said.

"We have practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday where I'm hoping he gets on the floor and starts to practice with us then, and that'll open the opportunity for him to maybe play during the last two exhibition games. We'll just wait and see."


  • thehitmanthehitman The best there is ✭✭
    Payton and Malone can hold the fort while the two are out, methinks.

  • yrrejboyyrrejboy Member PExer
    Originally posted by thehitman
    Payton and Malone can hold the fort while the two are out, methinks.


    iagree!!!!!! :handsdown:

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