We’ve seen the reactions from the likes of Pau Gasol and LeBron James to Kobe Bryant’s most recent injury, so now it’s only right to see what his former coach has to say about the situation.
Phil Jackson chimed in on Bryant’s fractured left knee after the Zen Master’s personal trainer revealed that, in his opinion, the Lakers played Kobe too many minutes way too soon:
Who knows if Phil is being sincere here or just trying to give Mike D’Antoni and the Lakers’ training staff a break.
The same thing happened back in April after Bryant tore his Achilles’ tendon, with many people insisting the Jackson wouldn’t have played Kobe the same amount of minutes that D’Antoni did.
However, Jackson again claimed that Bryant’s will is so strong that even he would’ve had a hard time restricting his minutes as the Lakers battled to claim a playoff spot.
When Kobe fractured his knee, the Lakers were closing out there fourth game in five nights.
Of course, in retrospect, people will say that the Lakers should have given Bryant a strict minutes restriction and rested him on the second night of back-to-backs.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.