: The right ankle Kwame Brown had surgery on still was swollen Monday, leaving the 6-foot-11 center in the precarious state of not wanting to push things.
Coach Phil Jackson said Brown could possible play tonight when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors in their first exhibition game.
Brown, however, was of a different mind-set.
"I just think it's going to take a little time," Brown said.
Jackson held Brown out of practice Monday and said "he wouldn't be surprised" if he played tonight.
"He was kind of aggressive and active enough that he really wants to play," Jackson said.
Jackson said he would make a decision today at the team's shootaround on whether Brown will play.
Brown didn't sound as if he would be suiting up.
"Would that be the smart thing to do? No," Brown said. "If this was a playoff game and I had to just soldier through it, yeah, I could play. That's kind of the position that we're in. I just want to get healthy so I don't have to play one game and then the next day I'm all sore."
The goal, Brown said, is to be healthy for the season opener, Oct. 30 against the Rockets. "That's my goal," Brown said. "I hope that's their goal. I hope we're all on the same page. But I do understand that preseason gets you in some type of rhythm."
Jackson explained what he wanted to accomplish tonight.
"Just get a feel for the court, see where their conditioning is," Jackson said. "Hopefully, entertain the fans a little bit."More Lakers Notes
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