Kobe Bryant starts vs. Magic

Updated: March 14, 2011, 10:41 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- When Kobe Bryant limped out of the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday night after spraining his left ankle against the Mavericks, he said the swelling on the outside of his ankle was the size of a baseball.

But Bryant made progress in rehabbing in the two days since then -- Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said Monday after his team's shootaround that the swelling was now only the size of a squash ball -- and he was in the starting lineup against ...

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