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Kobe Bryant (soreness) out vs. Bulls on Christmas Day

Guard sidelined for 2nd game in a row

POSTED: Dec 25, 2014 8:06 PM ET


Kobe Bryant Talks With DA

Kobe Bryant talks with David Aldridge before Thursday's game versus Chicago.

Kobe Bryant is sitting out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers' contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant also sat out Tuesday night when the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant says his knees, Achilles tendons, feet and back are all sore. He cites "old age" and says he needs to "reset my body."

He says it is unlikely he will play Friday night at Dallas.

The 36-year-old Bryant, in his 19th NBA season, entered Thursday third in the league in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He passed Michael Jordan for third place on the career scoring list Dec. 14 at Minnesota.