BOSTON - JANUARY 31: Kobe Bryant #24 the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during the closing minutes of a game against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on January 31, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Lakers won 90-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash /Getty Images)
Bryant told the Orange County Register he cannot push off the ankle which limits his ability to run and shoot.
“I’m not an idiot. I’m not going to run through a wall just to run through a wall. Injury-wise, if I feel I can play through it, I will. If it can heal while I’m playing, I’ll play. But if it’s the type of injury that playing will make it worse, I won’t play.”
The Lakers next game is Wednesday at Utah and Bryant said any decision on his playing in that game will make moments before tipoff.