Kobe Bryant’s Ankle: Just What The Doctor (Buss) Ordered

February 17th, 2010 by Lou Martin Leave a reply »
Don't look now, but the Los Angeles Lakers are showing just how deep their talent really runs. And they're doing it without Kobe Bryant in the lineup.

The Lakers have taken it to some of the top teams in the West over the past 11 days and have gone 4-0 with Bryant injured and on the bench.

Wins over Portland, Utah, San Antonio, and Golden State are giving the rest of the league an idea of just how talented the defending champs truly are. Of those four teams, only the Warriors aren't in a position to make it to the postseason.

Kobe's injury may be just what Dr. Buss ordered.

Each win without him is bolstering the rest of the Lakers' confidence as they realize that they are deservedly one of the best teams in the NBA, with or without Bryant.

Maybe winning without Bryant shouldn't come as much of a surprise after all.

Maybe, just maybe, Bryant's presence in the lineup is a double-edged sword that hurts as much as it helps. Sure, he can light up the scoreboard, hit the clutch shot, and can carry the team almost every night he's suited up.

But at what expense?

While Bryant is racking u ...

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