UPDATE 6:47 pm: Kobe Bryant put this on his Facebook page, which doesn’t really answer the big question of if he plays or not:
Laid up in bed.. I’m under the weather. Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers.
Big game for us tonight.
2:09 pm: We could finally see the Lakers backcourt their fans have been dreaming of starting against the Pacers Tuesday night — Darius Morris and Jodie Meeks.
That’s because Kobe Bryant has the flu, skipped shootaround Tuesday morning and is a game time decision for Tuesday night, the team announced. (Steve Nash remains out with the small fracture in his leg, which is healing at the pace one might expect of a 38 year old.)
Granted, this is Kobe Bryant. He plays though just about everything and you can’t bet against him being out there after a day of rest and fluids. But if he does go then Mike D’Antoni might want to limit his minutes. Which has not been a traditional D’Antoni strength and certainly hasn’t been since he took over the Lakers.
Kobe has been the best Lakers playmaker with Nash out, the Laker best suited for coming off picks and being the playmaker or creating a shot for himself. He’s not Nash, but he’s light years ahead of everyone else on the Lakers roster. Kobe has the court sense and vision to make it work. Without him their already unsteady offense could get ugly.
The good news for the Lakers is the Pacers are bringing a plane load of their own problems to Los Angeles.