Lakers News: Kobe Bryant To Sit Out Against Suns
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Kobe Bryant had his best all-around performance this season as the Los Angeles Lakers picked up their second win of the season over the Detroit Pistons. Kobe nearly tallied a triple-double as he had eight rebounds and nine assists to go along with his 17 points.

Although nearing his first triple-double of the season, Bryant also played a season-high 37 minutes in the victory, which is significantly higher than his season average.

With the Lakers set to play Phoenix on the road in a back-to-back situation, head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe will sit out on Monday according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell:

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Kobe has already rested a couple of games due to some back issues. Even if Kobe had played closer to his season average he would have sat, but after a 37 minute night, it makes no sense for Kobe to suit up against the Suns.

Kobe was extremely effective against the Pistons mainly as a facilitator. He had a number of impressive passes to both Roy Hibbert and Julius Randle, and the ball movement on offense was impressive.

The goal for the Lakers is to make sure Kobe makes it through the entire season healthy and sitting him out in games is going towards that goal. It is likely that Metta World Peace would step into the starting lineup in place of Kobe as he has the last two times.

Game tomorrow is gonna be a blow out game.

      1. That’s part of the maturation process.

        The young guys gotta learn how to play at a high level 82 games and on back to backs. And without Kobe.

        1. That’s part of the maturation process.

          The young guys gotta learn how to play at a high level 82 games and on back to backs. And without Kobe.

  • It’s time for Russell to step up. I wonder why people comparing him with Steph in college. I don’t see consistency in his shots. Luckily JC stepped up and hit very consistent 3s. I hope he scores 25+ points tomorrow.

    1. I’m not sure I’ve heard anyone compare Russell to Curry.

      For me, I want for Scott to give Russell the green light to do anything he wants just for one game.

      I don’t know for sure, but it seems like Russell is being held back from attacking the rim, shooting, and being leashed overall.

      1. He made the comparison between himself and Curry, or I think the quote goes something like: “I see a bit of myself when I watch Curry play.”

        I’m pretty sure Russell has the green light to attack the basket. No way BS is telling him to not to do that. I think he lacks finishing ability at the rim so is hesitant.

        1. He hasn’t shown much quickness or athleticism so attacking the rim will be difficult for him.

  • It’s time for Russell to step up. I wonder why people comparing him with Steph in college. I don’t see consistency in his shots. Luckily JC stepped up and hit very consistent 3s. I hope he scores 25+ points tomorrow.

    1. I’m not sure I’ve heard anyone compare Russell to Curry.

      For me, I want for Scott to give Russell the green light to do anything he wants just for one game.

      I don’t know for sure, but it seems like Russell is being held back from attacking the rim, shooting, and being leashed overall.

      1. He made the comparison between himself and Curry, or I think the quote goes something like: “I see a bit of myself when I watch Curry play.”

        I’m pretty sure Russell has the green light to attack the basket. No way BS is telling him to not to do that. I think he lacks finishing ability at the rim so is hesitant.

        1. He hasn’t shown much quickness or athleticism so attacking the rim will be difficult for him.

  • Kobe’s Lesson for Today –
    Even elite old players can take over a game (and win).

    I am sure Clarkson, Randle, and Russell (and Nance) took notes.

    “That’s how we’re supposed to play one day…. Wow.”

  • Kobe’s Lesson for Today –
    Even elite old players can take over a game (and win).

    I am sure Clarkson, Randle, and Russell (and Nance) took notes.

    “That’s how we’re supposed to play one day…. Wow.”

  • Just for the record because I’m sure Kobe critics won’t point this out.

    Randle, Russell, and Clarkson are all averaging more points in the games Kobe has played in than they are in the games he sits out.

    Now part of that is because they are still young and trying to get a gasp of the NBA. But it is also because Kobe’s energy, presence, and smarts makes players better around him contrary to what his critics want you to believe.

    I hope as they get more comfortable and confident that they will play well in games that Kobe plays in and games Kobe may sit out. Because it is all about improving and winning games. When the team wins Kobe wins too whether he sits or plays.

    Let’s let this victory be the start of a winning streak. One game at a time.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

      1. kb24,

        In my opinion it’s not fair to compare guys who have proven they can play well consistently at home or on the road in the NBA to slightly above average rookie and 2nd year players who have not even helped their team win one significant ‘”regular season” game.

        The guys you are comparing our youngsters to have helped their teams win not only a regular season game but a few significant regular season games and they have made it into the playoffs.

        I get all the excitement people have over our 3-7 promising young players but they are still not even consistently good NBA players. I am optimistic as anyone but I like to let players prove what they can do “consistently” at home and on the road for atleast a half season before comparing them to players who have played well for entire seasons.

        Some even have the nerve to compare our young players to Kobe who has proven to be the best of this generation IMO.

        I will be pulling for our young guys but I think I would have to give Bledsoe,Knight, and Morris (all experienced young vets) the edge at this point.

        Go Lakers !

        Paytc

      2. Bledsoe > Clarkson
        Knight > Russell
        Morris > Randle

        This Suns team is better than the Lakers at practically every position.

    1. Kobe’s problem this year has been shot selection — too many wild threes. Last night was the first time he didn’t jack them up and the offense looked better as a result.

      1. Boom Shaka,

        I can agree with that. Although if you check Kobe’s last couple of games he’s calmed down on what he started the season out doing. But in Kobe’s defense I think he was attempting to see what he still had, and trying too hard to do too much. I think as games have passed and he has seen he has to let his game and shooting come back to him and not force it he’s improved. Now of course we hope he will continue to take the same approach. When the shots don’t drop from outside he has to take a few chances going to the hole. And continue to throw out assist. He is still the best player on the team, team leader, and only player outside of MWP that knows anything about winning at the highest/championship level. That experience, desire, and champion’s heart is what separates Kobe from most others. And you can bet the so call hot shots that are hot today won’t be as hot in their 19 or 20th season playing.

        What he is doing is amazing ! And as I have said Kobe has not been the Lakers problem. He has been the best thing they have had. And Kobe “with help” meaning others stepping up has been (and will continue to be) the key to Lakers championships. He can’t do it alone, but will try to if no one steps up.
        No one likes to win more than he does.

        No excuses ! Don’t look to point fingers, look to make the difference.

        Go Lakers !

        Paytc

        1. I’m sure that’s exactly what happened. Bryant has made a career out of hitting impossible shots and the concern is that he would continue in a year when it’s better for the team that he doesn’t. He’s a smart player, so he should realize his doing well from 2pt range (nearly 45%) and should take more from that distance.

          1. He may still have to hit those incredible shots on nights when he is hot or the team needs that from him because no other player can hang with say one of the games other top super stars. So he just needs to work himself back into shape. And know when he is needed to pull out the incredible stuff, not force it when it is not there or not in the best interest of himself or the team.

            Kobe is still the team’s only super star. But he is not a 28 year old super star. So he must know when to turn on the incredible stuff and when to just let the game come to him.

            Mean while it would be nice to see the youngsters being more aggressive on both sides of the ball. That is the help that will keep Kobe from feeling like he has to do it all by himself.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

          2. I’m a “sink or swim with the kids” kinda guy, but I hear you. Unless somebody steps up as a closer it will have to be Bryant.

          3. Ima a championship or bust kind of guy. And I think Kobe “with help” has been proven to create the most fear and championships. It’s why the league wouldn’t give an aging Kobe Cp3 even though the Lakers were giving up Odom and Gasol in the process.

            Hey as good as Clarkson, Russell, and Randle ever become they may never win a championship. It’s not that easy. And Jabari Brown or Larry Nance Jr. may end up being better than all three of them.

            I am a seize the moment because nothing else is real or guaranteed kind of guy. Step up or step side kind of guy.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

    2. Very impressive indeed his passing and rebounding really stood out to me.
      he didnt need to score 2 points to help us win.
      what other guy at 37 can influence a game so much?
      MJ had big scoring nights but did he take over?
      Kobe was impacting plays like the 1 where he fouled drummond on an easy dunk.
      to me that was an underrated play.
      and critics will always say its Kobe’s fault.
      who cares about the haters though!
      We know whats really up here….
      and if you dont know what they are trying to do and make Kobe into some bad guy go back to school folks!
      me and my buddy paytc know the under lining and can see right through all the BS.

    3. i like how russell’s passing ability rubs off on players you can see it in ben simmons his exteamate you can see kobe making those hard chest passes that he’s never really been known for. I’ve also seen clarkson and randle start passing ala DLO cant wait till russell is a finished product he’s going to be something special.

          1. LOL…You Did…”i like how russell’s passing ability rubs off on players you can see it in ben simmons his exteamate you can see kobe making those hard chest passes that he’s never really been known for. I’ve also seen clarkson and randle start passing ala DLO cant wait till russell is a finished product he’s going to be something special.”

            Not a drama queen…just glad you provided some comic relief for today.

          2. you just rewrote my comment and i still dont see where i said “russell is teaching kobe” if you dont get comments tell your mom to explain them to you

          3. My mom is no longer with me…thanks for making an ignorant idiotic comment!

            As for your post, you stated…”I like how Russell’s passing ability rubs off on players….and then you listed Kobe as one of those players. Perhaps using the word “teaching” is where you have an argument with my reply, but remove that word and replace it with influencing…and I still find your overall comment funny!

      1. Yes Russell has some talent for sure. Not as sure he is impacting Kobe’s play as much as Kobe is impacting his though. I think Kobe proved he can throw out dimes when he had to play point guard when Nash and others couldn’t hold down the position.

        But if Russell can brig some excitement to the table with his play atleast on the offensive side of the ball he will lift players around him (Kobe included) to play at a higher level. Players do feed off of energy, momentum, and excitement. I would like to see Russell be a lot more assertive on offense shooting outside, driving to the basket, and throwing out dimes.

        Go Russell ! Go Lakers !

        Paytc

        1. no of course not, kobe is the mentor and russell the student but imo russell passing ability does rub off on players.

          1. but Paytc replied like a man and you sound like a lil B. See the difference?

          2. yup thats all i meant but apparently my comment got JJLAKERSFAN”S panties wet

  • Just for the record because I’m sure Kobe critics won’t point this out.

    Randle, Russell, and Clarkson are all averaging more points in the games Kobe has played in than they are in the games he sits out. And like a true leader, Kobe led the team in assist and points in their only two victories.

    Now part of that is because they are still young and trying to get a gasp of the NBA. But it is also because Kobe’s energy, presence, and smarts makes players better around him contrary to what his critics want you to believe.

    I hope as they get more comfortable and confident that they will play well in games that Kobe plays in and games Kobe may sit out. Because it is all about improving and winning games. When the team wins, Kobe wins too, whether he sits or plays. They’re all team mates and Kobe is a part of the “team.”

    So I will continue to cheer for Kobe “and” the Lakers, not Kobe or the Lakers.

    Let’s let this victory be the start of a winning streak. One game at a time.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

      1. kb24,

        In my opinion it’s not fair to compare guys who have proven they can play well consistently at home or on the road in the NBA to slightly above average rookie and 2nd year players who have not even helped their team win one significant ‘”regular season” game.

        The guys you are comparing our youngsters to have helped their teams win not only a regular season game but a few significant regular season games and they have made it into the playoffs.

        I get all the excitement people have over our 3-7 promising young players but they are still not even consistently good NBA players. I am optimistic as anyone but I like to let players prove what they can do “consistently” at home and on the road for atleast a half season before comparing them to players who have played well for entire seasons.

        Some even have the nerve to compare our young players to Kobe who has proven to be the best of this generation IMO.

        I will be pulling for our young guys but I think I would have to give Bledsoe,Knight, and Morris (all experienced proven young vets) the edge at this point. Hopefully our more experienced players step up to make the load lighter for our young inexperienced players.

        Can we win? Yes,

        But we have to “step up” and play well on both ends of the floor. And do not disappear in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter.

        Go Lakers !

        Paytc

      2. Bledsoe > Clarkson
        Knight > Russell
        Morris > Randle

        This Suns team is better than the Lakers at practically every position.

    1. Kobe’s problem this year has been shot selection — too many wild threes. Last night was the first time he didn’t jack them up and the offense looked better as a result.

      1. Boom Shaka,

        I can agree with that. Although if you check Kobe’s last couple of games he’s calmed down on what he started the season out doing. But in Kobe’s defense I think he was attempting to see what he still had, and trying too hard to do too much. I think as games have passed and he has seen he has to let his game and shooting come back to him and not force it, he’s improved. Now of course we hope he will continue to take the same approach. When the shots don’t drop from outside he has to take a few chances going to the hole. And continue to throw out assist. He is still the best player on the team, team leader, and only player outside of MWP that knows anything about winning at the highest/championship level. That experience, desire, and champion’s heart is what separates Kobe from most others. And you can bet the so call hot shots that are hot today won’t be as hot in their 19 or 20th season playing.

        What he is doing is amazing ! And as I have said Kobe has not been the Lakers problem. He has been the best thing they have had. And Kobe “with help” meaning others stepping up has been (and will continue to be) the key to Lakers championships. He can’t do it alone, but will try to if no one steps up.
        No one likes to win more than he does.

        No excuses ! Don’t look to point fingers, look to make the difference.

        Go Lakers !

        Paytc

        1. I’m sure that’s exactly what happened. Bryant has made a career out of hitting impossible shots and the concern is that he would continue in a year when it’s better for the team that he doesn’t. He’s a smart player, so he should realize his doing well from 2pt range (nearly 45%) and should take more from that distance.

          1. He may still have to hit those incredible shots on nights when he is hot or the team needs that from him because no other player can hang with say one of the games other top super stars. So he just needs to work himself back into shape. And know when he is needed to pull out the incredible stuff, not force it when it is not there or not in the best interest of himself or the team.

            Kobe is still the team’s only super star. But he is not a 28 year old super star. So he must know when to turn on the incredible stuff and when to just let the game come to him.

            Mean while it would be nice to see the youngsters being more aggressive on both sides of the ball. That is the help that will keep Kobe from feeling like he has to do it all by himself.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

          2. I’m a “sink or swim with the kids” kinda guy, but I hear you. Unless somebody steps up as a closer it will have to be Bryant.

          3. I’m a championship or bust kind of guy. You respect and play the game to win every time IMO. And I think Kobe “with help” has been proven to create the most fear and championships. It’s why the league wouldn’t give an aging Kobe Cp3 even though the Lakers were giving up Odom and Gasol in the process.

            Hey as good as Clarkson, Russell, and Randle ever become they may never win a championship. It’s not guaranteed, and it’s not that easy. And Jabari Brown or Larry Nance Jr. may end up being better than all three of them. There are no guarantees.

            I am a seize the moment because nothing else is real or guaranteed kind of guy. Step up or step side kind of guy. Why should the “team” suffer pulling dead weight? Step up or support a team mate who does. And work hard to prepare yourself to take full advantage of your opportunity when it comes. Playing time should be earned in AAU and CYO so why in the world should the NBA be any different? What is best for the “team” should always come first, not two or three individuals.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

    2. Very impressive indeed his passing and rebounding really stood out to me.
      he didnt need to score 2 points to help us win.
      what other guy at 37 can influence a game so much?
      MJ had big scoring nights but did he take over?
      Kobe was impacting plays like the 1 where he fouled drummond on an easy dunk.
      to me that was an underrated play.
      and critics will always say its Kobe’s fault.
      who cares about the haters though!
      We know whats really up here….
      and if you dont know what they are trying to do and make Kobe into some bad guy go back to school folks!
      me and my buddy paytc know the under lining and can see right through all the BS.

    3. i like how russell’s passing ability rubs off on players you can see it in ben simmons his exteamate you can see kobe making those hard chest passes that he’s never really been known for. I’ve also seen clarkson and randle start passing ala DLO cant wait till russell is a finished product he’s going to be something special.

          1. LOL…You Did…”i like how russell’s passing ability rubs off on players you can see it in ben simmons his exteamate you can see kobe making those hard chest passes that he’s never really been known for. I’ve also seen clarkson and randle start passing ala DLO cant wait till russell is a finished product he’s going to be something special.”

            Not a drama queen…just glad you provided some comic relief for today.

          2. you just rewrote my comment and i still dont see where i said “russell is teaching kobe” if you dont get comments tell your mom to explain them to you

          3. My mom is no longer with me…thanks for making an ignorant idiotic comment!

            As for your post, you stated…”I like how Russell’s passing ability rubs off on players….and then you listed Kobe as one of those players. Perhaps using the word “teaching” is where you have an argument with my reply, but remove that word and replace it with influencing…and I still find your overall comment funny!

      1. Yes Russell has some talent for sure. Not as sure he is impacting Kobe’s play as much as Kobe is impacting his though. I think Kobe proved he can throw out dimes when he had to play point guard when Nash and others couldn’t hold down the position.

        But if Russell can bring some excitement to the table with his play atleast on the offensive side of the ball, he will lift players around him (Kobe included) to play at a higher level. Players do feed off of energy, momentum, and excitement. I would like to see Russell be a lot more assertive on offense shooting outside, driving to the basket, and throwing out dimes. Playing with more heart and confidence.

        Go Russell ! Go Lakers !

        Paytc

        1. no of course not, kobe is the mentor and russell the student but imo russell passing ability does rub off on players.

          1. but Paytc replied like a man and you sound like a lil B. See the difference?

          2. yup thats all i meant but apparently my comment got JJLAKERSFAN”S panties wet

  • i know it won’t happen, but i’d love byron to give anthony brown a shot in the starting lineup when kobe is out. metta hasn’t been shooting well at all these last couple of games and brown is a floor spacer for the other players.

    1. I wonder what is and isn’t happening with him in practice that he can’t get off the bench? And if he can’t, why not send him to the D-fenders?

      1. Nance didn’t get min the first couple of games, BS has funny ideas about who to play. We’re pretty stacked at guard and I think it hard finding min for everyone. I wouldn’t be surprised if given a chance A Brown would preform well though.

        1. I wouldn’t want the responsibility of trying to find guys minutes. With not having anyone that is clearly an established superstar on the team aside from Kobe, while also having many guys that show promise and potential, it is difficult balancing minutes.

    2. i ranted and raved for MWP and nance to get mins.
      to get anthony brown mins is impossible with Kobe and MWP and nick young also.

    3. Just 3 games ago, MWP shot almost 100% from 3-point line. Now, you are already saying he isn’t shooting well? You’re tough man!

    4. I just hope Huertas don’t play. We are playing very good D in the last 6 games. Lets keep it up

  • i know it won’t happen, but i’d love byron to give anthony brown a shot in the starting lineup when kobe is out. metta hasn’t been shooting well at all these last couple of games and brown is a floor spacer for the other players.

    1. I wonder what is and isn’t happening with him in practice that he can’t get off the bench? And if he can’t, why not send him to the D-fenders?

      1. Nance didn’t get min the first couple of games, BS has funny ideas about who to play. We’re pretty stacked at guard and I think it hard finding min for everyone. I wouldn’t be surprised if given a chance A Brown would preform well though.

        1. I wouldn’t want the responsibility of trying to find guys minutes. With not having anyone that is clearly an established superstar on the team aside from Kobe, while also having many guys that show promise and potential, it is difficult balancing minutes.

    2. i ranted and raved for MWP and nance to get mins.
      to get anthony brown mins is impossible with Kobe and MWP and nick young also.

    3. Just 3 games ago, MWP shot almost 100% from 3-point line. Now, you are already saying he isn’t shooting well? You’re tough man!

    4. I just hope Huertas don’t play. We are playing very good D in the last 6 games. Lets keep it up

  • the plan was 32 mins restricted and no back to backs anyways.
    so Kobe played 37 mins.
    and with the suns again tonight i didnt expect him to suit up.
    this isnt a story we knew this months ago….
    why repeat old news?
    cmon lakersnation i expect better than this.

  • the plan was 32 mins restricted and no back to backs anyways.
    so Kobe played 37 mins.
    and with the suns again tonight i didnt expect him to suit up.
    this isnt a story we knew this months ago….
    why repeat old news?
    cmon lakersnation i expect better than this.

  • wrong to move to sit out kobe tomorrow because need young players help and just need less play minutes on kobe in play on suns game

    1. Unfortunately, it’s too late now — after 37 minutes he might miss two games. I would prefer to see him capped at 25 so he can play all year, but that’s just me…

      1. What if they decide to play him at home the rest of the way and only every once in a while on the road? The best chance for the Lakers to win games is at home. Young teams tend to play their best at home. The Lakers would then be maximizing their win potential for those home games.

        Then he could afford to play 30 plus minutes a night.

  • wrong to move to sit out kobe tomorrow because need young players help and just need less play minutes on kobe in play on suns game

    1. Unfortunately, it’s too late now — after 37 minutes he might miss two games. I would prefer to see him capped at 25 so he can play all year, but that’s just me…

      1. What if they decide to play him at home the rest of the way and only every once in a while on the road? The best chance for the Lakers to win games is at home. Young teams tend to play their best at home. The Lakers would then be maximizing their win potential for those home games.

        Then he could afford to play 30 plus minutes a night.

  • Ok to me. We just have to continue defend well. And try cut our turnovers. Maybe we play another competitive game. They have a very good back court. Will be tough

  • Ok to me. We just have to continue defend well. And try cut our turnovers. Maybe we play another competitive game. They have a very good back court. Will be tough

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