Kobe Bryant Illness: Updates on Lakers Star's Status and Recovery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant sits on the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Kobe Bryant has been battling an illness but is expected to play Sunday vs. Golden State.

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Kobe Bryant made just a single shot out of 14 attempts and finished with nine points during the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Now it appears a likely viral illness played a role in the shockingly poor shooting night for the superstar guard.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports the team isn't exactly sure what the issue is, but believe it's a viral infection of some kind. He also passed along comments from head coach Byron Scott about the situation.

"He wasn't feeling too well. I don't know what it is," Scott said. "I don't know if it's a cold. I don't know to be honest with you. But I know he's not feeling well."

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers on November 14, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and ag
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The report also included remarks from Bryant about his body not being able to recover quite as quickly at this stage of his career.

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"Tonight was one of those nights where it really makes me remember the challenge of being 36 and 19 years in and your body won't respond," he said. "You're used to fighting through those things and this helps me really remember exactly what I'm facing. It's tough."

The good news for the Lakers is that it doesn't sound like an ailment that's going to keep Bryant sidelined for any type of extended stretch. But with three games over the next five days, the amount of recovery time will be limited.