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By Darnell Mayberry Published: October 1, 2008
News out of L.A. today says Lakers coach Phil Jackson is considering holding out Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol from a preseason game or two because the Olympics may have worn them down.

The Thunder will travel to California to play the Lakers in what will be the final preseason game for both teams on Oct. 24. Will Bryant and Gasol sit out that game? We'll have to wait and see.

"This week I'm just seeing how they feel, how's their energy level, and then we'll adjust," Jackson told "I was told not to say that I wasn't going to play Kobe in exhibition games. So I'm not going to say Kobe's not going to play in this exhibition game or that exhibition game. But there is a chance they may not play in an exhibition game."

The game will be televised nationally by ESPN at 9 p.m. central time.


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