Bryant helps Lakers' starters prepare
LOS ANGELES--There was a rarity at Los Angeles Lakers practice Thursday: Kobe Bryant played with the second team. No, the arrangement did not involve a demotion. Bryant joined sixth man Nick Young and other reserves so that the starters who will play Friday against the Sacramento Kings would not experience a disruption in their game preparations. "He was fodder today," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni joked. "Don't tell him I said that. Attribute that to Steve Blake or somebody, would you?" Bryant could be back with the first team soon enough. After practicing for a third consecutive day, Bryant said his ankle felt stronger than it had following the previous day's practice. Could he make ...