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Jackson: Kobe 'fine' after sore throat

Updated: May 4, 2009, 7:11 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Monday that Kobe Bryant told him he's "fine, and we'll go with that" after the star shooting guard missed practice Sunday with a sore throat.

Bryant got a workout in and went through most of the shootaround with the team and "seems OK" for Monday night's Game 1 against the Houston Rockets.

"I don't really have any concerns [about Kobe]," Jackson said. "He says he's fine. Obviously it's a big challenge. The defense will orient around ...

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