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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lakers Injury Update: Coach thinks Kobe Bryant will play all 82 games

By on 10/01/2014 12:46:00 PM

At the Los Angeles Lakers media day, head coach Byron Scott declared that superstar Kobe Bryant will play in all 82 games this season. The first-year coach of the Lakers has high expectations for the former MVP.

I'm expecting him to play 82 games and play well. To be honest with you, he's a guy who's going to still probably average 23, 24 points (per game). Our biggest thing is making sure he stays healthy, and keeping his minutes to a minimum where he can play those 82 games.
Scott went on to say he was impressed with what he saw of Bryant on the court recently. On September 22, Kobe played in three five-on-five games, and his former-teammate-turned-coach liked what he saw.
He did better than I expected. I know he hadn't played ball in a long time, and when he got out there he said, 'Coach, this is the first time I've played in (what) feels like a year. He played that day, and I was shocked. And, obviously, I felt very good after he left that day, playing three games. I felt very good with where he is at this particular point. The way he moved, the way he shot the ball, the way he posted up—mid-post. The way he rebounded. I mean he just played like he had been playing all summer long.
That's quite a compliment since Bryant has only played in six NBA games since before the 2013 playoffs.
The 18-year veteran has career averages of 25.5 points, 4.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game over a grand total of 1,245 regular season games.

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