Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says he's not playing Friday vs. Kings

Thursday December 5th, 2013

Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to defend himself against critics calling him "selfish." (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Lakers star Kobe Bryant hadn't played in eight months after tearing his Achilles tendon.  (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant's return to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup won't be coming on Friday.'s Dave McMenamin reports that Bryant has ruled himself out for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Bryant, who has not played this season because of an Achilles injury, has been practicing this week and did not rule himself out for Sunday's contest against the Toronto Raptors. 

 "It feels pretty good. This is the second day now that I've been able to get out there and move around and play and play pretty well and it felt like I could do anything that I wanted to do out there on the floor, so, we progress to (Thursday). On to tomorrow," Bryant said. "Let's see if I can go three days straight and then have another hard workout on Friday and kind of measure it accordingly."

DOLLINGER: Numbers don't lie: Pacers dominating competition

The Lakers have gone 9-9 without Bryant this season, and boasts the league's top scoring bench. The team is 28th in the league in defense giving up 102.9 points a game.

GOLLIVER: Blazers’ Twitter feed mocks weaker Eastern Conference
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.