No need for him to play now, he should take the game off.
ESPN: “He’s anticipating [playing],” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said after his team’s practice Saturday.
“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 wanted to compete, so we’ll see how he plays.”
“We talked about it on the plane last night and [Bryant] said “I have every intention of playing, I just hope it progresses as well as its going,'” Jackson said.