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Kobe did not go to Germany this summer, Lakers want to limit minutes

Oct 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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In 2010-11, Phil Jackson cut back Kobe Bryant’s minutes by five a game over the previous year. Coincidentally, Kobe Bryant’s PER jumped from 21.9 to 23.9.

Last season, rookie coach Mike Brown leaned heavily on Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, with Kobe’s minutes jumping back up to 2011 levels — he was fourth in the league in minutes per game at 38.4. Kobe’s PER returned to 21.9. (Gasol played the second most total minutes of any player in the league, behind only Kevin Durant.)

But this summer Kobe Bryant did not return to Germany for the blood-spinning procedure he has promoted in the past. Playing (and winning gold) in the London Olympics as well as other commitments didn’t leave time.

Which has Brown saying he plans to keep Kobe’s minutes down this year. He swears. Here is what official team Lakers reporter Mike Trudell tweeted:

Brown needs to treat the regular season like Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers do — sacrifice games in the short term if you need to so players get rest. What matters with an older team — and this means Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison and others as well — is being rested and healthy when the playoffs start. A top seed is nice, but a number two seed with a healthy, rested team is better.

Brown is saying the right things, but we’ll see if he does them.

  1. papichulo55 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Lets get real. Mike Brown is not gonna sit Kobe, against his will. Kobe will be trusted to ask for his rests. Coach is just tryin to influence the situation, planting the seed. But minutes-on-the-court will be Kobes decision, and Coach knows that Kobe always plays to win. Kobe will never accept being a well rested loser. Coach Brown has been blessed with a great roster. No more excuses. Good Luck, Coach.

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      …….Did you even the article, where it clearly said that Phil Jackson rested Kobe by cutting back his minutes?

      So apparently, Kobe is willing to be rested…since it happened 2 years ago, and Kobe didn’t complain.

      Ugh. Kobe Bryant could come out tomorrow and say, “I want more rest to be ready for the post-season,” and some people would still type in the comments, “That’s vintage Kobe, he would NEVER accept rest to prepare for the post-season, he’s too tough and driven, suck it haters!”

  2. papichulo55 - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    @eventhorizon, You saying Mike Brown is equal to Phil Jackson? You dont know much about BBall, or management! To break it down for you: Who is talkin is often more important than what is being said!

  3. lakerluver - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    With Meeks the LAKERS have a talented sg off the bench to rest Kobe. Also, I’m hoping CDR makes the team…he’s another sg/sf that can give the LAKERS a few minutes.

  4. papichulo55 - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    The LAKERS have done a great job of putting together a team, on paper. Managing those pieces to a championship cannot be overstated. Coach Mike aint got no Rings, the new key pieces aint got no Rings, but their prideful, head-strong future HOFer has a handful. The Buss Family needs to swallow their pride and bring back Phil in an advisory capacity. Phil speaks, everybody listens. Do it now, not mid-season..

    • badintent - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Truth. After the terrible AUDI TV commercial Phil needs to ZEN again.

  5. lakerluver - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Guys, Coach Spo didn’t have a ring either until last season. P. Jackson, IMO, is the greatest coach ever but I think MB will be just fine.

  6. papichulo55 - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Like Pat Riley just sat there, never offering advice to Coach Spo or the players? Really?

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