With a shortened season that has proved demanding on the players, especially the older ones, is coming to an end with many teams resting their star players for the playoffs.Kobehas not played since April 6 and has only missed 100 games in his 16 year career, but are the Lakers resting him or is he actually hurt?
As I was watching ESPN today, one of the announcers explained it best saying it just isn’tKobe’s style. Bryant has displayed both his physical and mental toughness throughout his career by playing hurt. Not only has he played while being hurt, but he has also performed very well when he did. He said if Kobe wasn’t hurt he would throw down a couple forty point games just so everyone knew he was the scoring champ.
Some may even make the argument that the Lakers are better without him in the line up based on the team’s success during his current injury. The Lakers have managed a 4-1 record without Bryant and have key players stepping up, including Andrew Bynum and Metta World Peace. However, no team is better of without Kobe Bryant and that’s just fact.
What this will do for the Lakers is make them very dangerous come playoff time, and I’ll tell you why. Kobe Bryant will get some rest who is probably feeling the affects of the shortened season. You also get key players getting key playing time that will help with confidence and getting the team playing well together. It’s just all happening and the right time.
Bryant said in a halftime interview that his shin is feeling much better and he expects to be back playing before the playoffs. This will make sure he is in some sort of a rhythm come playoff time.
Bynum put out a 23 and 16 performance; Ramon Sessions added another 22 points and 5 assists, and Pau Gasol with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gasol also answered two late 3-points that seal the game for the Lakers in OT. The Lakers are going to be very dangerous come playoff time so don’t count them out of make a run for a championship.