Byron Scott Says He Overworked Kobe Bryant

by January 12, 2015

There was talk of resting up Kobe Bryant prior to the start of the season, but Los Angeles Lakers head coach failed to limit his superstar guard’s minutes.

Kobe eventually burned out, and now Scott is trying to make up for it.

Scott allowed that there’s the possibility of shutting Bryant down following the NBA All-Star break.

Per the LA Daily News:

“I’m just trying to make up for all the minutes I played him early to get him more rest,” Scott said. “It was overload. My number was higher and I played to my number. That had a lot to do with him being worn down a little bit.”


“I didn’t take into serious consideration of him missing almost a whole year and him just getting back,” Scott said, referring to Bryant playing only six games last season amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. “I should have figured out that would have taken time. But watching his workouts and watching how great in shape he was in, I took a little too confidence expecting he could handle those kind of minutes. I was wrong.”


Would Scott ever shut Bryant down for the 2014-15 season to preserve him for the final year of his contract? […] “I haven’t thought about that yet,” Scott said. “Maybe after the All-Star break, we’ll talk about something like that if necessary. But right now, that’s something we haven’t discussed.”