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Will Kobe sit out the All Star Game?

Feb 8, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

Update: Kobe Bryant will sit out the Lakers game Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, the second consecutive game is has not dressed for the Lakers. The MRI confirmed it is just a sprain, no tears or other serious damage. Phil Jackson said, however, that this will have no bearing on whether or not he plays in the All-Star Game in Dallas this weekend.

“I think if he feels like he can play, he’s going to play,” said
Jackson. “He’s not going to sit out just because that might extend the
duration (for) which he doesn’t have to play.”

From 2/7: Kobe sat out a game.

He did it (or didn’t do it, as it were) Saturday night in Portland. That in and of itself is big news, as Kobe pretty much comes off as the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (“It’s just a flesh wound.”).
But that could be just the start — he may take off a couple more games and the All Star Game.

Phil Jackson said it would be up to Kobe when he plays again but he would let him take off all the time he needs. That’s subtle Phil, he knows from dealing with other highly competitive superstars that telling them what to do isn’t the way you get things done, you need to convince them it is their idea. The fact the Lakers won without Kobe in their own house of horrors — the Portland Rose Garden — may convince him the team can live without him for a few games. And the parties in Dallas will go on with or without him (although Kobe hates to disappoint fans and not play in these types of exhibitions).

Other teammates also don’t know what Kobe is going to do.

Fish said Kobe might play Monday but “he may decide just to push it to the (All-Star) break and really get himself back.”

For a veteran team like the Lakers, what matters is the games in April (and beyond), not a February Monday night game against the Spurs. This team knows what it takes to climb the mountain, and regular season games don’t affect their confidence. What matters in Los Angeles is a healthy Kobe in the playoffs (and the run up to it), and despite his warrior mentality a week off to heal his body may be good for him and the team. Probably would be.

But does he want it? That is another question entirely.

  1. Wondahbap - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Kobe miss the San Antonio and Utah games, but I would like to see him in the All-Star game.
    I look forward to All-Star weekend. I think the LBJ vs. Kobe and Lakers vs. Celtics rivalries can help to restore some sense of competitive spirit in the game.

  2. MN - Feb 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Kobe should say “the hell with the All-Star game, that’s just a meaningless show.” The Laker’s championship run is more important. He should rest until after the All-Star break, or until his injuries have healed.

  3. QC - Feb 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    As a Jazz fan, I hope Kobe plays on Wednesday. Shame to smack the Lakers down without their franchise player.

  4. GeeMoney - Feb 8, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Kobe should rest. We need him for the playoffs. Also who cares about the all-star game, its not even an all-star game anymore its about the most popular. How are T-Mac and A.I. all stars there not even the best players on there team. See all you LAKER FANS at the parade down Figueroa for # 16. LAGUNEROS POR VIDA

  5. IP - Feb 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Kobe has done an exceptional job as a leader of his team but now he needs to heal those injuries and concentrate on the Playoffs. If the Lakers play like they played in Portland they can beat any team including Jazz and Spurs.

  6. Bossman - Feb 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    It is in the team’s interest that he takes time off to heal his nagging injuries. I hope he is ready when money time comes.

  7. Anonymous - Feb 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Kobe ain’t sheet, it’s the shoes, dey hot, u hear dat King.
    Kobe, just chill and let these other cats figure it out, don’t even travel with the team.The other cats need to step up and stop waiting on Kobe to bail them out. O can take 20 shots and fill up the stat sheet, Artest with his D and take 14 shot, hitting 9 and Pau and Drew down low, this team can min a few while the black mamba
    chills for a few.

  8. meg - Feb 8, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    yah! that’s right Kobe… no worries about the all stars game it’s just a show who is the most popular players and the all know that it was you……

  9. meg - Feb 8, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    just chill and heal… ready for play offs!I want to see you in again win the championship!

  10. benjamin Cresswell - Feb 8, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    he is the biggest idiot ever, he was voted into the all-star game, he’s the idiot that is deciding to play injured, if he chooses to not play the all-star game i find that as a slap in the face to the people who voted him in, personally i hope he gets injured enough to end his season

  11. LJAY - Feb 8, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    I dunno what’s more amazing:
    1. The fact that the moderator actually let your comment to be published.
    2. The profound analysis and cleverness that emanate from your comment.

  12. Tripldubl - Feb 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    QC – Keep hopin brotha…..your boys are just on a typical Utah mid-season winning streak. Be sure they’ll be at the bottom of the barrel, or just squeaking in by by April 😦

  13. Jill - Feb 8, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    While I personally think it would probably be better for Kobe and the Lakers in the end if Kobe takes the week to rest and get healthy, I still would like to see him back Wednesday for the Laker/Jazz game since I am a huge Jazz fan. But in the end, he is going to do what he thinks is best. People always do.

  14. Rowena - Feb 8, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Kobe, you already proved so much your greatness and nobody right now can compare it with. We (fans and haters) know how great you are. I want you to sit and rest your body for a while. Forget the All Time because whatever happen, it will be the very very healthy (no injury, no broken fingers) and huge (body) Le bronze will manipulate it. although he is chicken to do the slam dunk contest (gay)…still we now that he could be the all star mvp. Rest your ailing body black mamba and return with a healthy body for the playoff. Also let the other Lakers do their job and make them work hard so that they will know how to play without you. Rest Kobe…we don’t want you at All Star in Dallas. We want you in a playoff and (parade in LA).

  15. LakerfanDean - Feb 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    I’m glad that Kobe has the common sense to know that rest is what he needs right now.It was nice to see the rest of the team pick it up a notch,in his absence,against Portland.I agree that the next couple of games aren’t as important now as they will be during their run to a REPEAT…However,I would like to see him in the All-Star game,if his ankle has healed enough….

  16. smokehouse - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Tell me, who the hell cares. The NBA is a meaningless league filled by rim hangers and corn rows. You can have it.

  17. hoop knowedge - Feb 9, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    lakers look fast,its a new look they will need in the money round.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 11, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    That was a ignorant statement

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