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#1 magicbalala245

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:00 PM

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Long after the NBA Finals ended in mid-June, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol took center stage in an international theater, helping their respective countries to gold and silver finishes at the Beijing Olympics. Has there been a carry-over effect from almost two months' worth of overtime? Gasol seems to be faring fine on the court this month, but Bryant has looked fatigued at times, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. Bryant sat out a few practices the first week of training camp and was sidelined for the second part of Friday's practice after feeling a twinge in his back. He is not expected to miss preseason games tonight and Sunday at Staples Center. Bryant's shot has been somewhat flat in preseason play. He is shooting 36% (nine for 25) in three exhibition games.


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:20 PM

I'd sit him out until opening night imo.
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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:22 PM

when the seson starts 24 will be ready to go.
Kobe is smart, Kobe saves energy and even effort. For example d-wade plays all out all the time and it has had mixed results thus far. He was great all olympics, until he was needed, whereas kobe was mediocre offensively until the one and done games. Just watch.

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:23 PM

I'd sit him out until opening night imo.


Seriously. I don't even know why he's playing any of the preseason games. We need to have a fresh Kobe opening night and especially because he has an ailing pinky.

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:30 PM

play him about 8-9 mins, just to see how rotations are.

But the 20+mins he's been playing, ehhh

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:37 PM

do any of you realizes that if you dont play Kobe he's going to prolly work out harder, run longer and maybe pout. This is the most mportant season of his life, he's not going to sit out, the olympics was over for like two weeks b4 he played. also he has sitten out of practices which according to coaches, are more intense physically than a game.

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:39 PM

Why does he need to play rigorous minutes during PRE-SEASON^^??

It's nonsensical to me.


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM

I'd sit him out until opening night imo.


I agree.

At this rate, I'm worried Kobe will be extremely fatigued by the end of the season.
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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM

He'll be ready by the time the season starts.

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM

Why does he need to play rigorous minutes during PRE-SEASON^^??

It's nonsensical to me.


So Phil can play his boy, Luke, at SG.
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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:44 PM

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:49 PM

Kobe is playing this much b/c he wants to. He'll rest in practice, thi is the MVP. If kobe is tired than Lebron should be exhausted, he's been playing every year sinc the 2004 olympics, including the summer. This guys are in peak condition.

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:51 PM

That's why their limiting Lebron's Mins too right^

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:54 PM

Kobe is playing this much b/c he wants to. He'll rest in practice, thi is the MVP. If kobe is tired than Lebron should be exhausted, he's been playing every year sinc the 2004 olympics, including the summer. This guys are in peak condition.


You also have to look at the amount of minutes and games Kobe's been playing throughout his career. The guy is 30 and has racked up some serious mileage whereas LeBron is virtually a kid in NBA terms pertaining to age. I think if LeBron and Kobe were equal in the amount of minutes and games they've played there'd be some serious fatigue on both fronts.
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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:54 PM

Ever since the olympics, he's been fatique. of course.

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 01:04 PM

Well lebron is so BIG(he weighs more tha THE BEAST D-Howard), he has to be judged differently than others.
And the Olympics weren't heavy minutes for Kobe, he actually didnt play that much. and he didnt use his legs like he would in a reg. season. Also, the alternative is him sitting and coming outta shape like LO. kobe is the best conditioned guy in the league along with Rip Hammy, sostop worrying like concerned mothers

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Posted October 18, 2008 - 01:28 PM

let the mamba rest


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Posted October 20, 2008 - 04:29 PM

Fatigue eh :wub: time to panic


Oh he just put a show on in front of Staples two nights in a row, okay hes alright

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 05:07 PM

May be too early to tell, but if Kobe said he's good, he's good.




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Posted October 20, 2008 - 05:53 PM

well, it's possible, but i think that since we have a deeper roster this year, Kobe wouldnt have to work as much as he usually does.. which helps. but if we're winning, i think Kobe will be fine. not too much pressure on him. ya know? & he isnt THAT young anymore.




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