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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 10:10 am  |  17 responses

Mike Brown Looking to Lower Kobe Bryant’s Minutes


Kobe Bryant is playing 37 minutes per game so far this season, which is a tad higher than what his coach Mike Brown is comfortable with. From the OC Register: “Lakers coach Mike Brown said he will try to decrease Kobe Bryant’s minutes in the future. ‘I do want to get it down,’ Brown said Tuesday. Bryant, 33, is averaging nearly 37 minutes this season, about a four-minute increase from last season with a sore right knee under Phil Jackson. Given Bryant extremely high usage rate with the Lakers’ possessions, he’s doing more than Brown wants.”

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  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Kobe will decide how many minutes he plays.

  • Michelle

    To lower Kobes minutes you need a bench who can score some points. Without Blake and with a terrible Ron Artest your not going to get enough scoring off the bench to rest Kobe!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Good luck with that.

  • robb

    Mike Brown: “Kobe I was thinkin perhaps you should play fewer minu…” Kobe: “I’ll play 38 minutes per game” Mike Brown: “Yeah Kobe, that’s what I was going to say, play some more minutes buddy”

  • DerekG

    Kobe plays less and it all comes to a grinding halt. Stop talking Mike Brown!!

  • Jer dawg

    Kobe would like that, but he’s out to prove nay Sayers wrong over and over again. Heck, I think Kobe went team basketball vs. Mavericks just to prove, “hey, you want ME to tone down my game watch what happens tonight” just to prove a point. Come on, start down at post first and work your way out? Bynum played stellar, Gasol did very well and Kobe just proved to everybody else that without him going F you mode this team will struggle.

  • Riggs

    “Kobe looking to lower Mike Brown’s coaching minutes”

  • ClydeSays

    /\ Riggs!

    I wonder if Brown is even allowed to speak to Kobe directly? Or does he have to issue ‘requests’ through the media?

  • AQWORD

    ^^ true dat ^^

  • c.a.

    This reminds me of the book ‘One Last Shot’ about MJ, when Doug Collins was talking about lowering his minutes for the Wizards. It never happened.

  • Conor O.

    They are extremely close, apparently. Thanks to the compression of this year’s schedule, more time is dedicated to basketball than there has been in years past. Bryant, a disciple of the game, has found some one as dedicated and eager as he is to review & perfect in Brown. Having said that, if Bynum was to be given a larger role, teams would be consistently decimated by Los Angeles.

  • Heals

    Came to this conclusion after watching the LAL recent games; I may critique Kob for taking a particular shot, but his volume of shots this year on the whole (about 100+ then the next player) is solely on MikeB. He strikes me as a guy who rides the hot hand, sticks with something until it just doesn’t work or he gets fired. I know some of it is due to the lockout, etc., but their O is awful this year. Phil helped put together a very efficient O, but MikeB seems more hands off (see Cle). It works against lesser opponents, but may be exposed come playoff time. Rather than go thru the struggles (win-loss and ego wise) of playing inside out mixed in with Kob freelancing/getting streaky, he’s content to ride his meal-ticket into the ground (lucky for him Kob is the type to take that challenge head-on). If you’re going to get a coaches salary you outta at least try to do some coaching, or maybe he was hired precisely to with this approach in mind. Kinda weird for a GM to view Bynum as the bridge from one era to another, but hire a coach who doesn’t use him…

  • http://slamonline house

    Methinks Kobe is wearing the pants in this relationship.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Seems like people think Kobe has the control in this situation. What’s the basis for this? It’s not like in Cleveland where the Mike Brown and the Cavs were ‘worried’ about trying to keep LeBron in Cleveland. It’s not like Lakers management consulted Kobe prior to making Mike Brown the head coach (which says a lot IMO). So, If Brown wants to reduce Kobe’s minutes, what rationale is there to say he can’t/won’t. I get that if the team isn’t performing that Brown will ‘have’ to keep him in the game, but outside of that I don’t see how/why Kobe would have such a significant influence on a coaching decision.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    “Kobe looking to increase shots per minute” will be the next article.
    Pfftthahaha at like 85% of these comments.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe was later found laughing.

  • bike

    What was Mike Brown’s response when Kobe said “I would rather play a few more minutes”?
    Yassuh!, yassuh!,YASSUH!

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