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Bryant will sit out Lakers’ game at Chicago

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CHICAGO — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will not play Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls because of soreness, coach Byron Scott said before the game.

Bryant, 36, said “old age” was the main factor why he would miss his second consecutive game. He also sat out Tuesday as the Lakers rolled to a 115-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant said the chances were slim that he would return for the Lakers’ next game, Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

This season, Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game while shooting 37.2 percent from the floor. He said he needed to fine-tune his shooting and come to grips with his limitations.

“Now, the challenge for me is really getting my sea legs and kind of figuring out which spots from the floor I should operate from more consistently,” Bryant said. “It’s habit for me to move around and be active offensively from all different spots all over the floor. I don’t think my body can hold up to that anymore.”

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