Kobe Bryant hopes to play Sunday against Trail Blazers – LA Times

By Broderick Turner
Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant “is anticipating” playing Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, Coach Phil Jackson said after practice Saturday.

Bryant, who didn’t speak to the media, sat out the last two games because of swelling in his right knee.

Bryant didn’t practice with the team Saturday but did some shooting and what Jackson called his “normal off-day activity” of icing and therapy.

Jackson said he wouldn’t put a time limit on Bryant.

“It depends on how he feels,” Jackson said. “He may be very live tomorrow and feel great. We’ll see how he plays. He obviously wants to compete in the game, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Jackson and Bryant talked about playing on the team’s flight back from Minneapolis on Friday night.

“He said,