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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Is Ill

May 22, 2002

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) _ Kobe Bryant vomited several times and left practice Wednesday to see the team doctor, two days after nearly missing a playoff game because of what was believed to be food poisoning.

Fortunately for Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Sacramento Kings isn’t until Friday night at Staples Center.

Bryant was stricken early Monday, but scored 22 points in 40 minutes that night in a 96-90 loss at Sacramento that evened the series 1-1.

Bryant seemed fine, albeit weak, after the game, and was upbeat on the plane flight home, coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday.

It was a different story Wednesday.

Team spokesman John Black said Bryant left practice several times to vomit, and finally went to see Dr. John Moe.

Black said it was his understanding that Bryant slept most of Tuesday and ate breakfast Wednesday before heading to practice. Apparently that didn’t sit well.

``He was back and forth between the court and the locker room,″ Black said. ``He wasn’t feeling great, but he wasn’t vomiting.

``We still think it’s food poisoning.″

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