Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to play a little in Europe

Kobe Bryant will play limited minutes in the Lakers' two European preseason games as he rests his knee following offseason surgery, coach Phil Jackson said Saturday.

The NBA champion Lakers will take on the Timberwolves in a sold-out game Monday night at London's O2 Arena, then play FC Barcelona in the Spanish city on Oct. 7.

"He's not going to play a whole lot," Jackson said. "His playing time will be limited, maybe 6-7 minutes in his first run, then we'll see if he can play another set.

"He's not doing anything too explosive, but he looked good and shot the ball well."

Bryant had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July a month after winning his fifth NBA championship and helping the franchise to its 16th title.

Tamika Catchings scored 14 points to lead the United States to a 106-70 victory over Spain and into the gold medal game of the women's basketball world championship in the Czech Republic.

The Americans will face the host nation in Sunday's final.

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