Foot ailment in early stages

Updated: November 11, 2004, 12:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kobe Bryant had his worst shooting night of the season Wednesday in the Lakers' 110-87 loss to the Grizzlies, and worse yet, he needed nearly 45 minutes of postgame treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Bryant told the Los Angeles Times that he's been struggling with the painful condition, which is caused by connective tissue in the arch becoming inflamed.

"It's one of those things you have to jump on early so it doesn't linger," Bryant said. "My body heals fast."

The Lakers are believed to have caught it early, before it could develop into a chronic condition, according to the Times, and Bryant, who had 20 points on 4-for-19 shooting Wednesday, is expected to play Friday against the Magic.

Bryant is shooting 37.7 percent, far less than his 45.4 career average, but he said his foot has bothered him for only a few days.