Kobe Bryant’s Sore Knee: Should the Los Angeles Lakers Rest Him until Playoffs?

January 7th, 2011 by Joshua Sexton Leave a reply »
According to a recent interview ran by the New York Post's Peter Vecsey, Kobe Bryant has rarely practiced with the Lakers this season to preserve his surgically repaired right knee. According to the report, Bryant has very little cartilage left under his right kneecap.

However, after the Christmas Day game against Miami, Kobe felt it was necessary he started practicing at full speed again to light a fire under his unmotivated teammates. While I am sure the presence of Kobe during practice has been beneficial, it has also had its consequences.

Due to Kobe going full speed in practice the last couple of weeks, he has a puffy right knee to show for it. Obviously, the team cannot win a third straight championship without a fully healthy Kobe. So. in light of the recent report, should the Lakers sit Kobe until the start of the playoffs?

Last Season, Kobe sat out five games towards the end of February. In that span, the Lakers played spirited basketball, going 4-1 in the five games. The team had quality wins against the Spurs, Jazz and Blazers, and most importantly, the team's overall offense and defense was very consistent.

However, when K ...

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