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Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  18 responses

Kobe Bryant Wants to Play Less Minutes Next Season


Lakers superstar guard Kobe Bryant will soon turn 35. With age and injuries catching up to him, Bryant says he hopes to play a few minutes less next season. Per the LA Times: “With an Achilles’ injury, it’s just one of those freak situations,’ said Bryant, who didn’t want to blame his April season-ending tear on playing too many minutes. Will he accept a reduced role next year? ‘That’s the goal,’ Bryant said. ‘We got a little younger and picked up a couple of wing players who I really think will help us tremendously next year — Nick Young and Wesley Johnson. I really look forward to them easing the load.’ … ‘Yeah, we’ll see when you get on the court,’ (Jimmy) Kimmel said.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    d’antoni be like: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Jay cutler

    Can we not make memes on Slam a thing?

  • Anthony

    Dear Basketball Fans, I know you’ve loved him. He’s really been the closest thing to MJ since I took him (MJ) away. Bet y’all thought I’d let him play forever too. But now its time for me to check this now aging fella too. HE’s HUMAN….He will play this season…but he WON’T be like he was…he won’t win another ring. Be happy w/ 5….AND if he pushes it I’ll have Jerry Buss trade’em in his last year for 1 young borderline phenom, couple of role players, & cash considerations. Sincerely…. at times your friend, and at times not really your friend…..REALITY!

  • underdog

    He said less minutes, not less shots!

  • i_ball

    Probably the meds he takes after the surgery talking…

    But then I read the article and he said he is looking forward to Swaggy and Wesly Johnson to reduce his load so if they don’t perform on an acceptable level for Kobe he will have to take the load again.

  • CoolTalk

    Kobe is fierce and will come back strong. Seems most people equate medicinal recovery with PEDs. Doesn’t seem right to me. http://jawzone.com/jaws/j52011eb2880bc/do-you-think-kobe-bryant-using-ped%25E2%2580%2599s

  • kc

    So he couldnt take less shots for Dwight Howard but he can take less for Wesley Johnson and nick young!!!!!????? Yeah that makes a lot of sense Kobe…….That 6th ring should be a piece of cake now smh.

  • 24

    Stfu

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    22.4 PPG, 41% FG, 3.2 Ast, 3.8 RBS, 33% 3pt Fg.

  • CKLOH

    Mostly because Howard’s robotic non-offence couldn’t handle a greater role.

  • patrick

    lol, and kobe thinks they can win a championship this upcoming year?? I bet that Kobe on the Lakers will never even make the Western Conference finals again

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    But then I read the article and he said he is looking forward to
    Swaggy and Wesly Johnson to reduce his load so if they don’t perform on
    an acceptable level for Kobe he will have to take the load again.

  • Jay Brodes

    we shall see what he looks like..37 would be fine depending on what he looks like..48 was pure insanity!! nuff said!

  • grgeblck

    yeah, blame it all on Howard.

  • Shooting Guard

    and the heat want to win less games

  • jay jay

    Sad part is he controlled his own mins last season and he will do it again. Which is why I doubt he “limits his minutes”.

  • Conor

    Offence is one half of the game. I never questioned his defence (though his effort was not there all the time.

  • Conor

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