Kobe Bryant: Should Phil Jackson Rest His Ankle or Let Him Play?

March 14th, 2011 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is listed as day to day after twisting his ankle in the third quarter of a road win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Conventional wisdom says that Lakers coach Phil Jackson should take the time to rest Bryant for the postseason, which is a little more than a month away, but can the Lakers afford to be without the services of Bryant for that long?

The Lakers win over Dallas pulled them within one half of a game from the Mavericks for the West's second seed, and they begin a seven game home stand tonight against the Orlando Magic.

The prospects of catching the West-leading San Antonio Spurs are slim, but how badly do the Lakers want home court advantage in a potential second round matchup against those same Dallas Mavericks?

The Lakers have proved they can win on the road, with victories over both the Spurs and Mavericks in the last two weeks, and the experience of players like Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher means the team could probably hold onto the No. 3 seed without Bryant.

Center Andrew Bynum is finally completley healthy and since the All-Star break, Bynum has been gra ...

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