Kobe Bryant is OK for All-Star game, not sick anymore

Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum share a laugh during a break at All-Star practice on Saturday in Orlando.
(Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Reporting from Orlando, Fla. -- Certainly there was no alarm when Kobe Bryant skipped Friday’s mandatory media session because he was “ill.” No further explanation was offered and probably none was needed.

Bryant met with the media for nine minutes on Saturday and quickly dismissed Friday’s sickness.

“I feel all right,” Bryant said. “Something I ate.”

And that was the total time spent on Bryant’s illness.

But, perhaps, he was telling the back story later in the interview.


“I’ve been through this now 14 times,” Bryant said. “You know what to expect. You know the time to get to things. You know what time to really show up at events. You let all the young guys run around and do all the events.”

Michael Jordan was infamous for skipping media events, instead choosing to play a round of golf. The consequences? None.