Looking worn and surrounded by bodyguards, Bryant showed up at
Staples Center 26 minutes before the opening tipoff after the third
and final day of pretrial hearings in his sexual assault hearing in
Bryant received a loud ovation when introduced with the other
Lakers starters before the game.
Bryant missed practice Monday and Tuesday along with a
shootaround Wednesday because of the pretrail hearings. He is
expected to enter a plea at the next set of pretrial hearings May
The Lakers held a 3-1 lead over the Rockets entering Game 5 of
the best-of-seven series.