Imagine if there was 5:45 left in the game, the Lakers were down by 14, and Mike Brown decides the Lakers are better off with Kobe Bryant on the bench.
Well it happened.
Mike Brown went with Metta World Peace over Kobe Bryant at the 5:45 mark in the 4th quarter. Kobe sat next to Josh McRoberts until 1:51 left in the game.
The Lakers ended up losing the game to the Memphis Grizzles 102 to 96.
Former Laker, and current Fox Sports Net analyst, Norm Nixon mentioned on FSN’s postgame show that Mike Brown may have forgot Kobe was on the bench. As Mike Brown was working with different rotations.
However, that was simply not the case as Mike Brown had this to say when asked why Kobe was on the bench down the stretch:
I just decided to make a sub.”
When prodded, and asked for more clarification Brown would not elaborate much:
At the time I just felt I needed to make a sub, so I did. It wasn’t one particular thing.”
Kobe Bryant was asked postgame if he was upset with the benching (via Mark Medina):
Of course I was…If you guys are looking for a story, I’m not going to give you one. I can’t sit here and criticize his decisions.”
The Lakers have lost three of their last five. Two of those losses being at home where the Lakers are now 20-4. The Lakers next game is Tuesday at Golden State, and then they come back home to host Derek Fisher and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Here is video of Kobe’s full postgame comments via Lakers.com: