Kobe Bryant “Fine,” Will Start

“He’s OK,” said Phil Jackson on Monday about Kobe Bryant, who missed Sunday’s practice with a sore throat. “He says he’s fine, and we’ll go with that … I really don’t have any concerns.”

Bryant got a workout in early on Monday morning and participated in shootaround, and will start against the Rockets.

Jackson also had positive news regarding Luke Walton’s progress from the partial tear in the deltoid ligament of his left ankle. While the head coach said that Walton remains a game time decision, he acknowledged that his backup small forward did participate in shootaround:

“He’s looking better, we’re hopeful,” he concluded.

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