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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  26 responses

Kobe Bryant Stops Practicing Again

After helping to light a fire under his team, Bean is back to his regular schedule of watching the Lakers practice, in an effort to preserve his knee. The LA Times reports: “It feels good,’ Bryant said after practice Monday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. ‘I’m not going to answer questions about my knee every damn day. I said what I had to say. My knee feels fine. The key is to make it stay fine.’ With the Lakers (27-11) winning four consecutive games entering Tuesday night’s contest at Staples Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-29), Lakers Coach Phil Jackson argued Bryant’s return to staying off the practice court came at an appropriate time. ‘It’s not an issue,’ Jackson said regarding Bryant’s decision to sit out of practice. ‘He has to work with what sustains the effort he can put on the court. He’s tried to balance that off with strength straining and conditioning and not do too much activity on the court that are wearing and tearing activity. He got out for a week and a half to practice. It’s time for him to come back and do the strength thing.’”

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  • slamfan4life

    he doesn’t need to practice anyway…..

  • http://www.imdb.com TheBigL

    Wichever way you look at it, the guy is getting older. I’m a fan and I’m not worried for my Lakers. He’ll be potent for three more years, at least.
    Like he says, key is to keep the knee (and the rest of his body) fine.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KRod

    Bring Sasha back!!! the Lakers need a practice player!

  • J.C.

    Allen Iverson is spinning in his grave.

  • T-Money

    Kinda odd that he almost seems pissed off that journos are asking about the knee when he’s the one that voluntarily leaked the info.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    If someone asked you the same question every single day, wouldn’t you be annoyed? Give the guy a break, T-Money.

  • robb

    what are we talking about here?

  • Scu11y

    We talkin bout PRACTICE?!

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Voluntarily leaked? That’s a cynical way to word it, when he simply answered some questions about his knee. Which is what he has to put up with daily. Give him credit for constantly maintaining it is fine, whilst he could easily use it as an excuse, if one was ever needed.

  • 2KInsider

    Wait. This whole article is not about the actual game?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @ 2kinsider…Nope, we talkin bout practice. Practice!!!

  • SylvioMac

    Not the game, not the game…we talkin bout PRACTICE!!!

  • T-Money

    AllBall, BC: Actually, that’s fair.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hes been in the league forever, in la, and hes getting annoyed at reporters doing their job asking about the health of the teams best player?. Id think he would be more than used to this. Why is he acting like he just got to la?

  • LA Huey

    I hate it when I agree with Bryan Crawford. But yeah, give the man a break.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Y’all gotta understand the job.
    You constantly have something new roughly every day of the season to go in the paper, not to mention constant info for updates on the blog.
    And Lord forbid if you get scooped on the status of Kobe’s knee by a competing reporter who does ask him the same stupid question everyday. You are in trouble with your boss, who wonders if you are slacking.
    I’m not a beat writer, but they have pressure on them that results in them behaving the way they do sometimes. I’ll be most of y’all didn’t realize that they have to have a version of their story about the game written within typically 30 minutes after the game ends, and they still have to find time to get post game quotes and whatnot.
    How many of y’all could bang out 700 words in 30 minutes in a concise manner?
    So asking the same question makes sense as sportwriter because you never know when an athlete is going to finally give you some news.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Cawford

    Actually, Allen, I understand it’s the job. I also understand from the players perspective how annoying it is to be asked and have to answer the same question over and over again.
    I also understand the concept of deadlines, but that 30 minute window thing is way false.
    I’m not sure how it is in the NO, but here, you’re waiting at least 15-20 minutes after the game to get quotes from coaches, then you have to go into the locker room and wait until the player you want to get quotes from is ready to talk. Then transcribing what everyone says takes a few minutes as well.
    Most beat guys have a version of their story already written by the time the game is over and they just tighten it up with post game quotes. And I know for a fact that almost all of them — at least here — don’t leave the arena until at least 3 hours after the game has ended due to working on their copies.

  • rashado

    not a game…

  • LakeShow

    practice..

  • LakeShow

    Practice?? sorry but it does not get old to me lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Allen, your a NO guy? wow.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Allenp & Cawford: great info up there. i was an editor for the sports section in high school yearbook, and i often wonder how i’d do as a real sports journalist. that’s a much tougher job than people realize.

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bryan
    That’s true. Most of them write during the game, getting a chunk of the story done at halftime, and almost all of it done by the time the game ends.
    But that’s the first edition story, the one that either goes on the web or gets sent to the outlying suburbs with the earliest deadlines. Even with late deadlines, they don’t have a bunch of time to write their story and Lord forbid if the game goes to overtime, or you have something happen late the changes the entire complex of the game.
    Most of the time, the first story is in the 400-500 word range, and later stories get up to the 700 word range.
    I’ve watched the beat writer here works, and he’s rushing to finish and send his story immediately after the game, then once he gets something posted online, he then goes back and tries to get quotes. Usually his first story uses the quotes from the coaches during the pre-game media session more than player quotes. And we both know that certain players take hella long to finish up in the locker room, which creates another time crunch.
    However my real point was that you have to ask these “dumb” questions because it’s like protecting your butt. If you don’t take the protection, you can easily get screwed.
    ALLBALL
    Yep, raised here, went to college elsewhere, and then came back to settle down.
    And I don’t consider the Hornets a true New Orleans team. Lol.

  • SylvioMac

    We (still) talking bout practice?

  • Justin

    Can you idiots PLEASE stop with the Allen Iverson practice thing? That’s been old for YEARS now and you just look like fools. Nobody laughs when you write it, nobody thinks it’s funny. Get over it…move on…its’ DONE ALREADY!

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