Could the Los Angeles Lakers’ be considering benching first-ballot Hall of Fame guard Kobe Bryant?
Off to a 8-19 start to the season and with Bryant shooting just 8-of-30 in the Lakers 119-108 Sunday night lost to the Sacramento Kings, USA Today Sports is reporting first-year coach Byron Scott is weighing if he should sit Bryant for some games to allow his 36-year-old body ample opportunity to recover.
Bryant toiled nearly 38 minutes against the Kings and with the Lakers facing a stretch of three-games in four nights the time for such a move might not ever be more opportune.
“When I get on the plane and get home, he will think about it a little more and then go from there,” Scott said of the possibility of having Bryant sit out for some games. “I’m going to think about it tonight. I’m going to sit down with Kobe and we’ll talk about it and we’ll come up with a solution and try to figure out the next few days what we want to do.
Though fourth overall in the league in scoring at 24.6 points per game, Bryant has struggled to less than fifty percent shooting in each of the Lakers’ ten games this month. It all has some speculating the Lakers should sit him for some games to preserve his energy for the yet remaining long and grueling season.
“The biggest thing is I’ve got to take the basketball part out of it, to be honest with you,” added Scott. “Because I think at times he does look exhausted, and I know he’s trying to do so much, so like I said I’ve got to talk to him and I’m going to take what he says with a grain of salt. I know him, and I know he wants to play, but I’ve got to think about him as well. Maybe it is a game or two that he rests. I don’t know yet.”
Hobbled by an assortment of injuries, Bryant played in just six games last season, prompting even more to speculate the Lakers should allow him more early on this season to get more acclimated with such a heavy work load.[Photo Credit: MyNameIsCedric]