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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lakers Injury Update: Kobe Bryant no longer limping, but will have minutes managed

By on 9/28/2014 07:30:00 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers approach the start of training camp following a dismal 27-55 season.  Numerous injuries were a major factor in the dismal season, none of which were more significant than those to Kobe Bryant, who missed all but six games because of a fractured knee and torn Achilles in his left leg. Bryant appears to be on track for the preseason opener and looks to contribute at a high level during the upcoming season. He may have to do so with decreased minutes, as new Laker head coach Byron Scott and general manage Mitch Kupchak have indicated a minutes restriction for Bryant.

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Janis Carr, who covers the Lakers for the Orange Country Register, tweeted the following on Bryant.
Carr also tweeted a quote by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.
With a minutes restriction in place for Bryant, expect Wayne Ellington and Xavier Henry to play a increased role over a year ago. Ellington averaged 3.2 points in 8.7 minutes per games last season. Henry averaged 10 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game.

Bryant averaged 13.8 points on just 42.5 percent shooting from the floor, in six games this season.  In 1,245 career games, Bryant is averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

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