Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  17 responses

Mike Brown Wants to Reduce Kobe Bryant’s Minutes

The plan was similar last season, and it completely backfired. Kobe Bryant ended up playing more minutes than the previous year. This time around, Lakers head coach Mike Brown is hoping things are different. Kobe Bryant’s knees feel good, and the team wants him fresh for a deep Playoff run. Per the LA Times: “Bryant said he did not feel drained after playing in the Olympics; he said the competition actually helped prepare him for the NBA season, which starts Oct. 30 against Dallas. ‘Sometimes it’s harder if you have the summer off,’ he said. ‘You get out of shape and then it takes more toll on your body to actually get back in shape as opposed to never really being out of shape and you kind of pick right up and you’re already at that level, so it’s actually a little less strenuous.’ The Lakers will be monitoring Bryant’s minutes closely heading into his 17th NBA season. He averaged 38.5 minutes per game last season, an uptick of nearly five minutes from the preceding season. Coach Mike Brown acknowledged that he doesn’t want a repeat. ‘If I can, I’d definitely love to keep his minutes down and not have them up to 38,’ Brown said. ‘But I’m sure he’ll tell you he can play 48, which is probably true if he needed to. But we feel like we have a deep team this year and hopefully at the end of the day it leads to reduced minutes for him.’ Shannon Brown’s departure before last season left the Lakers without a quality backup shooting guard, leading to increased minutes for Bryant. Enter sharpshooter Jodie Meeks, who made 37.1% of his three-point shots in his first three pro seasons before signing with the Lakers in August. ‘I think that’s one of the reasons they got me,’ Meeks said, ‘to keep his minutes down and keep him fresh.’”

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  • Mike

    Mike Brown is in over his head. If he doesn’t win a ring, his coaching career is finished.

  • shockexchange

    Let’s make Mike Brown the scapegoat. This is great for Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ___ time, Horry Jr et. al. When they underachieve this season, and they will ’cause Horry Jr has his own agenda, it will never be their fault.

  • spit hot fiyah

    this will work very well, until kobe tells him to put him back in the game and brown nods without saying a word

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    He said that last season. Not going to happen.

  • bike

    If they can’t get his minutes down on this team, it will never happen

  • LakeShow

    Meeks, stand up.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I have a bad feeling that all this talent on this roster will implode thanks to Mike Brown.

  • LakeShow

    I really don’t man.
    Mike Brown isn’t a very creative offensive coach, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good coach. I still have allot of respect for him. He has shown a good ability to communicate with and befriend his players. Liking your coach is a big PLUS. The guys like Mike B. They don’t revere him for his coaching ability like they do and did with PJax, but he is admired by them for his ability to listen and change his game plan if he feels someone else has a better idea.
    Nash and Kobe will be the floor leaders and the coaches on the court. Eddie Jordan will be calling allot of offense and Mike B will be fine letting everyone get in on the action. That’s my opine anyway.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Don’t get me wrong I don’t say he’s putrid like a lot of people do. What I was saying and I should have been more clear is I think he’ll have a hard time managing egos. It’s a possibility and I’m rooting for him I like the guy. I’m hoping that Nash and Kobe do a majority of the leading in the locker room and on the floor. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds I suppose.

  • 1982

    Kobe Bryant has more of a say in Mike Brown’s minutes than Mike Brown has a say in Kobe’s.

  • nick

    Unbelievable they got Jodie meeks…..on paper this is probably the best team I have seen…

  • nick

    Unbelievable they got Jodie meeks…..on paper this is probably the best team I have seen…

  • shutup

    you can actually right out the word “damn” , i mean if you wanted too….

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    shut the damn up.

  • Mike From Spain

    I don’t think you have to be very creative to be effective with this team on offense. High P&R with Nash and Pau or DH12, the other big does indirect block to free up Kobe or Meeks , there you go.

  • post

    kobe is going to his 17 but you all have to remember that he had his first 2 years under the bench he came out of the bench 1998 With starting guards Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones traded, Bryant started every game for the lockout-shortened 50 game season.. those 2 yrs he didn’t play a lot of minutes mi point is tha’t its like kobe having 15 seasons if you know what im trying to say.