Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  24 responses

Kobe Bryant to Play Point Guard With Steve Blake Out

With no healthy point guards left on the roster, the Los Angeles Lakers are turning to Kobe Bryant to run their offense, as Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake are all out with injuries. Per the LA Times: “The Lakers announced Thursday that Steve Blake is out with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Jordan Farmar is still grounded with a torn hamstring. Steve Nash is trying to work his way through back issues after playing just six games this season. Westbrook is averaging 21.2 points and 6.4 assists a game. He missed three games at the start of the season after knee surgery, but hasn’t lost much, if any, of his athleticism. Bryant has made just two appearances this season, starting on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors at shooting guard and Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns at small forward. Now he will start at his third position in three tries. ‘Unfortunately, yes,’ said Bryant after practice Thursday on his new role, ‘But we have some guys who will bring the ball up, and just get us into some stuff to save my legs a little bit.’ Asking Bryant to guard Westbrook is nothing new. That’s been a common strategy for the Lakers over the years — but is Bryant up to that challenge this soon into his return? Maybe not, but the Lakers don’t exactly have a lot of options — given they don’t have a single, healthy true point guard.”

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  • Rashaud Blair

    This is why we struggle so much, lack of play from the PG position.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    This is not going to end well.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    This is perfect I have been saying this use kobe to play that kyle anderson ucla SLOW MO PG play get a 8 8 5

  • bike

    Is is safe to say the Nash Experiment was a failure now?

  • ObiWanJaynobi

    Who knows.. at some point last season Kobe had a stretch where he was constantly flirting with triple doubles by being the ultimate ‘team player’. Maybe it’ll work if that’s the Lakers mind set going in.

  • Dfrance
  • uqk

    especially bout kobe defending westbrook…lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    such a classic

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think gilbert arenas has some free time on his hands

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s blackballed out man.

  • berkamore

    Sooner or later, you have to live in the real world. And in the real world, you just don’t play in the NBA when you are 40. Plain and simple, I don’t care how good you look (Some guys can do it, but they are truly exceptional)

  • LakeShow

    Why? He’s not defending the PG’s.

  • LakeShow

    Prepare to be surprised… Again.

    Should be fun.

  • Gomy Noah

    I know and he looks legit. He’s been putting in work for a chance.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i know man. i always liked dude. i heard a report that said he was done playing pro ball. then today a saw something that said he wanted back in

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He definitely still wants to play. But he’s not going to get a fair shake, he plays everyday, and is apparently in very good shape. Plus he’s only 31

  • vannshy

    Bryant guarding Westbrook tonight, we’re all gonna be like:

  • shockexchange

    The “Pass to Horry Jr” offense is now complete.

  • spit hot fiyah

    amazing that he is only 31. i don’t think he was ever truly healthy after washington. he was ok in limited minutes with the grizz but couldn’t move defensively and hollins clearly didn’t trust him on that end. but if he is in shape and healthy he could help a team. that could be said about a lot of players that are not in the league though for one reason or another

  • Ugh

    So in summary: you can’t, unless you can.

  • Ugh

    As long as someone who isn’t D’Antoni is calling the plays I’m all for it.
    “Hey Pau, I remember this thing called ‘a post entry pass’. Shall we see what happens when I throw one?”

  • Olivia Bailey

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    ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉❩ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉Bryant has made just two appearances this season, starting on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors at shooting guard and Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns at small forward.

  • berkamore

    Not quite. In summary, you shouldn’t expect to, although it might happen. (like winning the lottery or something)

  • berkamore

    I am talking about expectations because Nash got a contract that assumed that he would be playing past 40. Which is highly unrealistic.