Archive for Monday, February 5, 2001

Bryant might miss All-Star game

February 5, 2001

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— A beat-up Kobe Bryant might skip the All-Star game, with the full blessing of his Los Angeles Lakers coach.

"Every player I've ever had, I'd rather have sit out of the All-Star game. It's a meaningless game, it's tiring and it's wearing on the players," Phil Jackson said Sunday.

"It's a nice showcase for our sponsors in the NBA, but as far as how much it taxes the players, it takes its toll," added Jackson.

Bryant, often double- and triple-teamed in the five games since Shaquille O'Neal was sidelined by a strained right arch, has been nursing a tender right (shooting) shoulder and has a variety of other aches, including bursitis in his right hip.

He said his health will determine whether he plays in next Sunday's All-Star game in Washington, D.C.

"If I feel like I'm not healthy enough, and I feel like the All-Star game is going to set me back for the second half of the season, then I'm not going to play," he said.

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