Stunning news: Kobe Bryant will play despite fighting flu


When it was announced that Kobe Bryant was a game-time decision on Tuesday for the Lakers, we dutifully reported it. He had the flu, that can wipe people out and keep them in bed, and it was news. We passed it along.

But did anybody really think Kobe wasn’t going to lace them up and play?

Nope. And in his pregame press conference coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed that Kobe would play and start against the Pacers. D’Antoni would be wise to keep his minutes in check, but with Steve Nash still out the Lakers are not exactly flush with playmakers. Kobe is pretty much it.

Kobe playing sick is not good news for the Pacers, when challenged Kobe unusually rises up with a quality game. And he’s already been very efficient this season.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.