Jeremy Lin’s Playing Time Will Continue to Suffer After Kobe Bryant Injury

January 24th, 2015 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t care about your conventional wisdom. 

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the removal of an injured Kobe Bryant from the lineup would free up more playing time and shooting opportunities for fellow backcourt mate Jeremy Lin considering Bryant’s 22.3 points per game and, most importantly, 20.4 field-goal attempts per game.

That is a lot of scoring and shooting that has to go to someone on Los Angeles.

Lin was the only other guard on the roster (Nick Young is listed as a small forward) outside of Bryant averaging double-figures scoring entering Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, so the ball would likely be in his hands even more so than usual after Bryant’s injury.

After all, Bryant may be one of the greatest players of all time, but he’s not exactly someone who is known to willingly give up shots on a consistent basis.

Conventional wisdom was wrong Friday.

Lin didn’t just miss out on that increase of usage, he missed out on the entire game against San Antonio. Lin received a "Did N ...

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