Tuesday , May , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

How Bad Is Kobe Bryant’s Back Injury?

Bryant, listed as day-to-day because of lower back spasms, says he’ll be ready Wednesday for Game 5, though it’s unclear if he’ll be fully healthy, partially healthy, somewhere in between or somewhere the Lakers don’t even want to think about.

"I’ll play. I can’t imagine it being worse than it was [Sunday] night," Bryant said.

If it isn’t better, it won’t be from a lack of trying.

Bryant will be going through an active treatment cycle from now until game time — electro-stimulation, ice, heat, massage therapy, stretching, everything but an actual back transplant. [LA Times]