As expected, Kobe Bryant will not play tonight in the first of two tilts with the Golden State Warriors. What’s unexpected is the absence of Phil Jackson.
PJ has come down with the flu meaning Brian Shaw will take the reigns tonight in San Diego. Perhaps an audition for his shot at taking over for Jackson on a full-time basis in the near future, there’s a good chance B-Shaw will be filling in again for Jackson on Friday night as well when the two teams meet in Ontario.
Both Sasha Vujacic and Luke Walton are expected to go tonight in Bryant’s absence.