REPORT: Kobe Bryant To Receive More Minutes In Career Finale
It has been quite the journey for Kobe Bryant to arrive at this point. After 2o seasons and a flurry of major surgeries over the last few years, it wasn’t certain that Bryant would be able to complete his final season in the NBA.
In fact, Bryant himself had doubts that his health would hold up from start to finish.
Kobe’s had to sit out on a number of nights in order to preserve his body, but he hasn’t missed an extended period of time. In the 64 games that he’s played, Bryant has averaged a team high 17 points as well as 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
In his career finale on Wednesday, head coach Byron Scott is letting the wild horse run as long as he can.
Byron said for Kobe's finale Wednesday he will play more minutes than he has all season.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 11, 2016
In those 64 games played on the year, Bryant has logged an average of 28.2 minutes per night. That number isn’t small by any means, but Lakers and basketball fans alike have to be stoked that they’ll get to see even more of Bryant during his last hurrah.
Bryant will certainly receive a burst of adrenaline after the tribute videos and ceremonies before the opening tip. The Mamba is one of the game’s all-time great competitors; despite the Lakers’ terrible season, you know he’s going to do everything in his power to go out with a victory on that night.