Scott says Bryant has shown him enough to suggest he is ready…
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will sit out the rest of the pre-season schedule in order to rest ahead of the new season according to coach Byron Scott.
Bryant didn’t play in the 94-86 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night while the Lakers face the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
However, Scott has revealed that he will now bench Bryant for the rest of the pre-season as he has seen enough from him over the past few weeks to suggest that he is ready to make his comeback.
“I just think he needs some rest,” Scott said before Wednesday’s game. “I think he’s shown me enough. I think we’re all pretty happy with where he is.”
“I think each game I wanted to see if he just got stronger,” Scott added.
“That’s why the last couple games I’ve been playing him more in the second half — later in the second quarters and later in the fourth quarters, just seeing how his body would react. From what I saw the last couple games, he’s getting that lift. He just looked strong down the stretch, and I thought that was important.”
Scott dismissed any suggestions that his decision would cause friction between him and Bryant, as he insisted that his star guard is content with his choice and he will now continue to practice in order to prepare for the new season. However, he did concede that if it had been during the regular season, then he would have expected a different reaction.
Nevertheless, Scott is pleased with what he has seen from Bryant, and by benching the veteran he will also have the opportunity to hand rookie Jordan Clarkson some key minutes as he returns from a sprained calf.