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Last season, Kobe Bryant averaged almost 39 minutes per game (38:47 to be exact), and ranked 7th in the NBA in minutes per game.

Phil Jackson has definitely put an emphasis on playing his bench more, and resting his starters this season.

According to Lakers Reporter Mike Trudell, this season will be the fewest Kobe has played since 1997-98.

Bryant is playing only 33:53, by far his fewest minutes since his second NBA campaign back in 1997-98 (26:00). He’s not even in the top 50 in the league, yet still ranks sixth in scoring (25.1 points per game).

Phil Jackson acknowledged prior to the team’s Friday evening game in Portland that this is no accident, as the season splits suggest.

Bryant ranks first in points per 48 minutes at 35.6.

In the last three games in particular, Phil Jackson has decided to rest his stars. Bryant, has averaged 32.6 minutes per game, Gasol 30.6, and Fisher 29.3.

  • bbz62

    id sure like to keep the bad losses to sh!tty teams down.

  • Luke Sucks

    Kobe can no longer consistently take over games. Many times him trying to will the team to win back fires and expedites a loss. It doesn’t matter how many minutes he rests. What matters is that his time on the court is productive.

    The players surrounding Kobe needs to play better. Yes I am talking about Pau, Ron and Derek. The only ones that seem to come ready to play are Andrew, Lamar and of course Kobe. Even Phil looks like he is half asleep.

  • Luke Sucks