Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant will face a minute-cap in his twentieth season with the Lakers, according to an OC Register report.
Scott did not clarify what the minute limit would be for Bryant. Nor did he clarify if the veteran would play back-to-back nights. However, Scott said he and Bryant will agree on a minute and limit and stick to it.
The news comes after Scott blamed himself for playing Bryant too much. Last season, Bryant averaged more than 34 minutes a game. He also played more than 40 minutes on three occasions.
Scott admitted Bryant is a competitor, but he said he wants to see Bryant end the season standing. Bryant’s last three seasons were cut short due to injury.
It is unclear whether or not Bryant will continue playing for the Lakers after his contract expires at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. Yet, Scott does not want Bryant to end the season hurt.
Bryant was recently cleared to resume basketball activities. The Lakers head coach said Bryant resumed his work out regimen closer to Newport home, rather than at the Lakers facility.
Scott maintained that he and Bryant are in Contact. Bryant is expected for training camp barring any setbacks or further injuries.
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