Will Kobe Bryant play Thursday against the Nuggets in Game 6 of Western Conference Playoffs? He’s suffering from stomach issues serious enough he missed pregame shootaround this morning.
Let me answer that question with a question:
Are you kidding me?
Bryant would play tonight if he underwent quadruple-bypass surgery two hours before tipoff. The Toughest Man in NBA History is not going to let stomach trouble prevent him from a playoff game. He’s not going to allow anything to prevent him from launching 30 shots – about a dozen of which will be ill-advised – against the Nuggets.
Sure, I could be wrong. Maybe Bryant is so sick he will fail to compete tonight. And maybe the sun will rise in the west tomorrow morning.
I’ll be reporting from the Nuggets-Lakers game at Pepsi Center tonight. Look for a column tomorrow on gazette.com and in Saturday’s Gazette print edition.