Phil Jackson ponders resting Kobe

I’m sure I speak for all Laker fans when I say “Let the Mamba rest!”

L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant has ignored his ever-thickening medical file, playing through a broken finger, strained elbow, back spasms and, most recently, a sprained left ankle.

But it might be time for him to sit a game or two, a thought that crossed Phil Jackson’s mind while the Lakers’ coach watched him hobble around the court Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

“It occurred to me yesterday during the course of that game,” Jackson said a day after Bryant had only five points, his lowest total since a January 2005 game against Cleveland in which he scored two points before being carried off the court because of a severely sprained ankle.

This ankle injury isn’t nearly as bad, but it’s the latest in a line of maladies that have plagued Bryant since he sustained a broken right index finger Dec. 11.

Bryant was unavailable for comment Thursday. He has not missed a game because of injury since Dec. 6, 2006, against Atlanta (sprained right ankle) and is not expected to sit out Friday night against Denver.

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  • berkyberks

    If I will be ask of course he need to rest even until all star and give give pau he’s chance to prove for his statement game specially during big teams. Let us all see if they can win more games w/out him. KOBE get some rest!

  • Popcorn

    I can only dream and hope.
    I’ll explain; The Wizards (might) get on rebuilding mode soon. So, if they do and they’re willing to trade, assuming they will trade with teams far away from their conference aka the Lakers. lol (we all know that normally teams trade players thinking about their competition (good teams from the east); then and again is more like a dream lol. What about Jordan Farmar and AMO plus couple draft picks for Caron Buttler. He will help Kobe and the whole team a lot imo. The guy can play the 2 helping Kobe to reduce his PT or even replace Kobe while he gets healthy. I don’t doubt Kobe’s will to play hurt but at this point him resting and getting healthy is key for the Lakers. Kobe’s health is much more important than a starting PG imo. PJ will let Shannon Play a PG/SG combo role from the bench, Caron the 2, Walton the 3, Lamar the 4 and Gasol or Bynum the 5 and depending on the score in games rest Caron and insert Sasha and the same with Josh Powell and DJ Mbenga.

    The Wizards will get 2 expiring contracts and couple of rookies and if Farmar does good he will probably get a new contract with them. Sorry Farmar.

    Mitch please do something. Kobe’s health is the most important issue right now.

  • Popcorn

    BTW, about my comments ^. The Wizards will get an OK PG in Farmar. Since they lost Javaris for the season and with Mike Miller they can move him to the 3 and Nick Young to the 2 for their starting lineup. If the Wizard go into draft picks hun fort the rest of the season I think is possible.

    I can only hope. Lol

    • Popcorn

      I made a mistake in the word hunt.

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Dude that would be great. Rest Kobe . Mitch you need to get a guard fish is to old . D harris for farmar ,Sasha ,or luke