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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  10 responses

Lakers Limiting Kobe Bryant’s Minutes to Start Season

Hope you’re ready to carry the load, Pau Gasol. Because Phil says Kobe won’t be ready to go full tilt once the season kicks off. The LA Times reports: “Kobe Bryant’s minutes will be monitored closely at the start of the regular season, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday, another sign that Bryant still hasn’t fully recovered from off-season knee surgery. Bryant is shooting a woeful 27.3% and averaging 11 points in six exhibition games. He had surgery last July. ‘I don’t anticipate he’s going to be playing heavy-minutes games to start the season,’ Jackson said without specifying how many minutes he might play. ‘We’ll have to find a pattern out there so he has the greatest influence in the amount of minutes he can’ play. Bryant probably will not play Thursday against Golden State but will probably play in the Lakers’ exhibition-season finale Friday against the Warriors, Jackson said. The regular season begins Tuesday against Houston.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Age and nagging injuries are a bit*h. Perhaps the SLAM Top 50 should take note of this and adjust accordingly.

  • CoachWalt_W

    Kobe not being full strength could be a blessing in disguise. Fresher towards end of season, and he can realize that Lakers can dominate teams with interior play allowing him to conserve energy until 4th quarter if the Black Mamba is needed to close out the game.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    who cares about the next 82 games?we only need him for the 16 wins after those games!

  • T-Money

    It’s not true that the regular season doesn’t matter because HCA in the playoffs in CRUCIAL. Lakers fans should know that.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares, Kobe will be Kobe in the playoffs ask the league the last two years. BOOK IT!!

  • http://yahoo.com eboyhater

    @ eboy yup after 15 seasons i’ll bet i would start seeing some injuries to

  • KB2412345

    ^^^ i dislike Eboy as much as the next guy, but git off it dood. good thing Shannon Brown, whom i recall everyone telling me is just an athlete, has been nailing daggers all preseason. looking forword to him getting a little more PT.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    You play to win the game and Kobe doesn’t care how much he scores now, as long as he can hoist up another trophy. Kobe would feel like the greatest player ever to himself. 6 rings as a shooting guard, playing a BIG part in 3 with Shaq and being the truly number one LEADER of his next 3. Kobe might retire, nevermind I think Kobe wants 8 rings. BOOK IT!!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Kobe’s knees are screaming.

  • KB8toSG8

    @IAMORANGE4EVER……yeah, and DWade’s body too. When you guys get into the post season, LBJ’s elbows will do the same too. If that was sacrcasm, it didn’t quite translate that well… :|

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