Long after the NBA Finals ended in mid-June, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol took center stage in an international theater, helping their respective countries to gold and silver finishes at the Beijing Olympics. Has there been a carry-over effect from almost two months' worth of overtime? Gasol seems to be faring fine on the court this month, but Bryant has looked fatigued at times, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. Bryant sat out a few practices the first week of training camp and was sidelined for the second part of Friday's practice after feeling a twinge in his back. He is not expected to miss preseason games tonight and Sunday at Staples Center. Bryant's shot has been somewhat flat in preseason play. He is shooting 36% (nine for 25) in three exhibition games.
Edited by magicbalala245, October 18, 2008 - 12:03 PM.