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.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.