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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lakers Injury Update: Kobe Bryant to have minute restrictions this upcoming season

By on 9/10/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers gave their fans very little to cheer about during their 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 has indicated a minutes restriction for Bryant.

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Lakers head coach Byron Scott indicated in an interview with A Martinez of KPCC radio Take Two, that
Bryant will be in a minute restriction during the 2014-2015 season.
Yeah it’s going to be easy, but it’s going to be hard to probably have that happen! [Laughs] But again, he’s so competitive, he wants to win, and I do too. But I don’t want to win at the expense of having my one of my guys get hurt. And sometimes, like I said, we’re going to sit down, me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season.  And I have to stand fast on that. I have to make sure that when he’s up to those minutes, that’s it, no matter what the game situation is, as much as I want to win, as much as he wants to win, I’m not going to sacrifice his health to try to win games.
During the past month of the season, Bryant was rarely seen with the team or appeared in public because of his intense focus on his rehab. He's been determined to move forward and have a successful 2014-2015 for himself and the team.

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 assist
s per game.

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