Kobe Bryant says “it might make sense” to sit out games

Well, this is kind of surprising.

After Sunday’s loss against the Sacramento Kings, Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he might have to rest Kobe Bryant “for a game of two” in order to get the 36-year-old’s legs back.

Surprisingly, Bryant seemed to agree.

According to Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times and Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News, Bryant said “there’s probably not much of an option” when it comes to sitting out games.

“It might make sense,” Bryant said. “Have to look at the body and see how it responds. I didn’t anticipate having to do so much [this season].”

Bryant is currently averaging 35.4 minutes per game, good for 15th most in the league. The oldest player ahead of him is former teammate Pau Gasol who currently sits at 12th with 35.8 minutes per game. Gasol turned 34 in July.

Still, Bryant says he doesn’t like to sit out games when he’s healthy because so many people travel countless miles and spend lots of dollars just to catch a glimpse of the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer.

“I take a lot of pride in trying to play all 82,” Bryant said, per Medina. “People come and spend their hard earned money to watch us play and hope that I’m out there. I try to take that into account every single night.”

The Lakers’ next game is against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Tuesday. The purple and gold then hit the road and will face Gasol and his Chicago Bulls in the Windy City on Christmas Day.

Written by Ross Pickering

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  • mary

    I think it speaks volumes as to the kind of man Kobe is when he is obviously tired, but doesn’t want to let the fans down, who do come out to see him play. Yes they do Kobe, but they also love you enough that they would rather see you sit a game or two if it will help. Take the time, and come back stronger than ever. The true fan will still be there no matter what.