Bryant Has Stomach Ailment, But Plans to Play

What would it take for Kobe Bryant NOT to play?

More than an avulsion fracture to his finger. More than “gastroenteritis,” which is a stomach bug of sorts that’s not related to the flu.

Though he arrived late to EnergySolutions Arena and took IV fluids in the locker room, Kobe is expected to start for the Lakers.

In his pregame media session, Phil Jackson called Bryant the best he’s ever seen at playing through injuries and ailments of all kinds, and we’re about to see why yet again.