We WANT him to sit!
ESPN: Kobe Bryant won’t be missing any more games this season to rest his legs and swollen right knee. He plans on playing when the Lakers close the regular season with a back-to-back Tuesday against Sacramento and Wednesday against the Clippers to “sharpen up” and said “we want to win both of these games.”
Bryant’s shot could certainly use a little sharpening. Bryant shot just 8-for-23 on Sunday after sitting out the Lakers last two games in hopes of getting back the lift in his legs that was lacking and affecting the trajectory of his attempts. Bryant’s shot total in the last three games he’s played in is an alarming 21-for-70 (30 percent).
While his final line didn’t reflect it, Bryant said the time off made a difference, in his limbs at least, but straddled the line when rest leads to rust.
“It feels pretty good,” Bryant said. “It’s a little rusty, a little stiff from not playing, not being active. I’ll be fine. That’s why it’s important to get out there and play a little bit, loosen up the joints a little bit . . . It’s OK. It feels strong.”
Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who played a big part in convincing Bryant to sit out the two games in the first place, saw improvement in his guard’s legs as well.
“He shot the ball poorly today but I think some of it was more shot selection,” Jackson said. “It looked like at the end of the game he got into it and got in rhythm and got that energy behind his game that he has.”
Jackson said he will not sit any of his players over the final two games the way he sat Bryant.