That’s how badly he sprained it, landing awkwardly after trying to create a foul against Shawn Marion while rising for a jump shot.
“I thought I was done,” said Bryant in the locker room. “I was just praying that when I stood up, that my foot was lined straight.
“All jokes aside, that really scared me. I wasn’t really sure how it was going to respond, jogging around back here then going back out to the floor and playing was a little different. It felt okay.”
Of course, he is Kobe Bryant, known perhaps more than any current player for pushing through injuries, so the Lakers aren’t counting him out of Monday’s game against Orlando. As expected, Phil Jackson called him a “game-time decision.”
Jackson was then asked if the fact that L.A. has three days between the Magic game and a Friday contest against Minnesota would factor into the decision, since Bryant could potentially have five days to rehabilitate the ankle were he to miss Monday’s action.
“Yes and no,” Jackson responded. “It’d be great to have him get three days off to get better, but if he’s capable of playing, he’ll play.”