LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson admitted Monday night that Kobe Bryant recently had his ailing right knee drained, saying the procedure is "not unusual" -- but that it's unusual for Bryant.
"I can't remember how many times I've ever heard him having it done before," Jackson said before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Suns. "Maybe one or two."
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that Bryant recently had a "significant" amount of fluid drained from the swollen knee and that he hasn't practice since the Lakers eliminated the Utah Jazz a week ago. Asked if it was a bad omen for the Lakers, Jackson said, "It happened some time ago, so it's kind of old news."
The knee has bothered Bryant consistently throughout the postseason, but he nonetheless has averaged 26.9 points and 38.5 minutes per game in the playoffs.