Lakers Nation Debate: Why Kobe Should Sit Out The Rest Of The...

Lakers Nation Debate: Why Kobe Should Sit Out The Rest Of The Season


Kobe Bryant 14Topic of Debate: Whether or not Kobe should shut it down for the rest of the season and work his way back to shape?

Context: There’s been some talk lately on whether or not Kobe should take his time in returning back from the fracture on his left knee.

The Lakers currently have a record of 13-16, and are missing three rotation players due to injures. Barring some incredible trade, there is no way this roster is a built to contend in the Western Conference at the moment.

Therefore, a case can be made that Kobe doesn’t need to be so eager to rush back on the court once he is finished recovering from this injury.

And given the rust that would ensue, it might be the best thing for this team, and for his health moving forward.

Verdict: We took this poll question to Twitter to get the fans take on whether they thought Kobe should sit out the rest of the season.

I presented the poll question:

Here are some of the responses:

As mentioned before, while making the playoffs as a 7th or 8th seed for the sake of saying “I told you so!” is inspiring, what good does that do for this franchise moving forward?

$48.5-million dollars is committed to Kobe Bryant over the next two seasons, and it’s important that he is as close to 100 percent as he can be for the duration of that two-year extension.

Let Kobe rest, if not for the entire season, at least a significant portion of it. He can still practice with the team, and get into the best shape possible. Playing games will not be necessary for him once his six-week recovery is complete, as the Lakers are heading toward being out of playoff contention.

Let this young team continue to grow and develop as is, regardless if they’re good or not.

If anything, he can come back and play in late March or early April to test his progress and see how his body responds.

We know the competitor in Kobe will certainly be against this idea, and he’s even gone public in saying that he plans to come back as soon as possible. However, these points only magnify the idea that he should at least consider it.

The last thing we want to see is the Black Mamba looking like a shell of himself. Something like this could prevent that.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Saying now.Kobe will play in 5 weeks and he should play whenever he wants.

  • GM Jack

    this question is best commented by the medical staff!

  • Jay Brodes

    i want mamba back for the all star that selfish of me??

  • Marty Susman

    THERE IS NO WAY THE LAKERS WILL WIN A RING, THIS YESR OR NEXT… Kobe has ZERO reason to come back & play because if he does & if he is hurt again, he is DONE…..

    • hookedonnews

      He has every reason to come back. He doesn’t have that many years left and that’s who he is. If you’ve read any of his comments you know that he’ll be back.

    • richard

      CHampion teams are not build overnight or in one season… there is a thing called “maturation and chemistry”… with that alone… Kobe should come back and start developing that chemistry and team maturity necessary in a championship campaign.

  • GM Jack

    All I have to say is Lakers last two superstar were acquired in 1996. It has been 18 years now.

    Since, 1996, Lakers have not acquired any big name!

    Do we need a new GM?

    • Mark Anthony Guerrero

      Are you serious?!? Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard… those are big names if you ask me… Pau Gasol is declining but that doesn’t take away from the fact he helped take us to 3 straight finals, raising two banners. Dwight was just a Coward but Mitch still got it done. Oh, and Chris Paul… now I’m just pissed off…

  • hookedonnews

    There is no debate. Kobe has no intention of shutting it down for the year, and there’s no reason he should if he’s healthy.

  • Marty Susman

    Kobe will do NOTHING to get a ring with this team & there is ZERO chance getting more older guys will do anything other then STOP them from owing enough games in order to get into the lottery…NOTHING but the lottery should be on their minds now, lose as many as you can & get the BEST possible pick in the first round. Kobe & his rings are history, we need to deal with the future & get off the Kobe kick, Yes he WAS great but now he is older & busted up & if he comes back this season & if he is hurt again, you can kiss off $55,000,000 & Kobe ever playing again.

  • Marty Susman

    Kobe playing with this team is meaningless, they won;t win anything & the more games they win this season, the worse pick they will get in the draft….GET REAL people, we NEED to LOSE and get into the lottery….

  • Matic

    Kobe should shut it down til next season.. that would be the best decision for himself as well as the team..