Rules No Longer Apply to Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers

November 18th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Down by 30 points late in the third quarter of an eventual 136-115 loss to the Golden State Warriors, it hits you: Kobe Bryant has no business being in the game.

This is a scenario that has played out in virtually every Los Angeles Lakers game this season—one that, according to conventional NBA rules of logic and precedent, isn't supposed to happen. But there Bryant is, and there he'll continue to be—still playing, still shooting and still trying to make the Lakers matter in his own rage-against-reality way.

A 36-year-old with nearly 46,000 regular-season minutes, a rebuilt Achilles tendon and absolutely no hope of leading his team to 30 wins (let alone a postseason berth) shouldn't be killing himself to shrink a deficit from 30 to 20 in a meaningless game. There's no point.

For this historically fascinating, convention-flouting Lakers team, there are also no rules.

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