How Many Games Played Would Be a Good Season for Kobe Bryant?

According to a report via Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant is currently sidelined with a foot injury. The injury occurred when Bryant tripped over rookie Thomas Robinson in the third quarter of the Lakers' 99-92 preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings.

As a result, Bryant will miss the Lakers' final preseason game and may be sidelined for the regular season opener.

I don't know if he'll be ready, [Lakers head coach Mike] Brown said after the Lakers' 97-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. So yeah, I guess there is question. I'm just going to wait for [Lakers trainer] Gary Vitti to tell me he can play, because there's nothing I can do about it until they release him anyway.

Chances are, this injury won't have as severe an impact on Bryant as most have projected. Even if he misses a few games throughout the regular season, Bryant has proven to be one of the most competitive warriors in NBA history.

Fighting through injuries is routine for The Black Mamba. The question is, how many games should Kobe Bryant be subjected to playing?


Discovering the Proper Balance

There is no greater task for Mike Brown in 2012 than finding the proper balance of rest and playing time for one Kobe Bean Bryant. Although this appears to be an easy task considering Bryant's will to fight, it is not.

An improper treatment of this situation could be severely detrimental to the Lakers' title chances.

Clearly the postseason is all that matters for Bryant and company. Such a fact suggests that rest would be beneficial for the 16-year veteran, as he prepares for the long stretch of fighting through a deep Western Conference.

With that being said, resting Bryant too often during the regular season could lead to his lacking the necessary momentum or energy to thrive come the postseason. There isn't much time to get t...

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