Bryant to Start

Kobe StartLakers guard Kobe Bryant, who sprained his right ankle in L.A.’s win over New Jersey on Friday night, will start against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon.

Bryant was to be a game-time decision, though he said after the Nets game that he would indeed play in Georgia.

Phil Jackson did say that Bryant missed L.A.’s breakfast/video session at the hotel because he “wasn’t feeling well,” which the coach said could have been a reaction to medication to limit the swelling of his ankle.