Kobe’s teammates expect him to play on Christmas Day

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Of course Kobe Bryant is going to play on Christmas Day. He is essentially the Black Knight of Monty Python fame — cut off his arm and he says it’s a flesh wound.

So while he sat in street clothes wearing a splint Wednesday night, his teammates were not buying it.

Check out these quotes from the Lakers, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

“He’ll cut his wrist off and play with one before he misses Sunday,” Fisher said late Wednesday night….

“I think Kobe will play,” Andrew Bynum said. “It takes a lot for him to miss a game.”

Does anybody really expect Kobe to sit the nationally televised opener out? Now, if he keeps shooting even though the torn ligament in his wrist has thrown his shot off is another thing all together. But he will play.