Kobe will play despite stomach bug

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a stomach illness but is

expected to play against the Orlando Magic.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before Sunday’s game that

Bryant would likely play despite being a little late to the game

because of the illness. Bryant was not in the locker room while it

was open to the media.

It was unclear how Bryant contracted the illness, although

Jackson speculated that the All-Star likely ate something that

didn’t sit well.

The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference.

They are trying to avoid three straight losses for the first time

since acquiring All-Star forward Pau Gasol in February 2008.