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Number-crunching Kobe Bryant's playing time

57323911As I noted in my analysis regarding the Lakers' 112-100 win Wednesday over Sacramento, there was an incredible twist in that Kobe Bryant's 17th career triple-double coincided with him becoming the Lakers' all-time leader in minutes played, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record. Lately, the commentary regarding Bryant's high basketball mileage, with the odometer reading 37,527 total minutes, has led to concerns about fatigue and the rehabilitation of his surgically repaired right knee. But if the first five regular-season games have indicated anything, it's that Bryant will continue to flourish as long as he stays healthy.

The heavy playing time surely contributes to wear and tear on a body, but Bryant has shown he's found a way to fight through it.

Below are a few numbers regarding Bryant's playing time:

37,527: Total minutes Bryant has played

7,809: Total minutes Bryant has played in 198 postseason games

3,403: Minutes Bryant played in the 2002-2003 season, the most he played in a season

39.4: Minutes Bryant has averaged during the postseason. Since the 2000-2001 season, Bryant has averaged at least 40 minutes per playoff game.

36.6: Minutes Bryant has averaged during the regular season. Since the 2007-08 season, Bryant has played under 40 minutes per game. That partly coincides with the signing of Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol, and with the increased wear and tear on Bryant's body.

32: Minutes Bryant has averaged through five games this season as he's progressing on his surgically repaired knee.

2,932: Minutes Bryant is projected to play this season, figuring his 160 total minutes thus far and Coach Phil Jackson's contention that Bryant will average about 36 minutes per game going forward. That's not even figuring the 40 minutes per game he'll likely play in the postseason, however many games that is.

--Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

 
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MM - but did you calculate how many minutes he's spent holding the O'Brien trophies? Those are the only minutes that count for the Kobester.

I wasn't giving you permission. I was pointing out that your translation is wrong, just like you translated my post incorrectly.
And you should be the last person to complain about name calling..lol
COUCHHHHH.
Posted by: ChicNstu | November 04, 2010 at 10:35 AM

i know were u r coming from after a comment you made months ago. also your "comprehension" and "translation" strength.

lately u have lots of comments regarding my "reading". i'm happy that everyone else "readings" and "translations" are good for you.

and the COUCHHHHHHHH thing is not good enough. but what can you expect from a copy and paste blogger. actually, KB Blitz was not "original" (a word that i kinda despise) when he used first time.

he wanted to outsmart Art-Florida Laker who had SLOUCHHHHHHH.

because i was referring to how Gassy plays the game.

so maybe some new tools and reference materials like Thesaurus, Dictionary of homonym, synonym, antonyms or phrasal verbs will help in future posts if you want to take your posting beyond giving props to MM, shout outs on the live chat and last but not least: copy and paste.

kobe is a beast

MM..............Great post!!


But here is some real number crunching for ya


LUKE WALTON CONTRACT COUNTDOWN CLOCK CONTINUES......


954(days) 9(hrs) 54(min) EST

36.6: Minutes Bryant has averaged during the regular season. Since the 2007-08 season, Bryant has played under 40 minutes per game.

"That partly coincides with the signing of Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol, and with the increased wear and tear on Bryant's body."

MM

first part is obviously correct. (the signing of Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol) or at least supports your claim

but "and with the increased wear and tear on Bryant's body." it's just another regurgitation you read somewhere else BSPN.

isn't Kobe who had a stretch of 280 or how many games that he played CONTINUOUSLY. the most of his career????????

actually till the Lamar stepping on his ankle, he was still playing the same amount of minutes. indeed, less than 40 because "the signing of Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol". but NOT because of the "wear and tear on Bryant's body".

BE NICE PFUNK36

Activator,

I don't recall ever calling you slouchhhhh.
Please show me where I did that.
I don't misuse peoples names regardless of whether or not their posts make any sense.
For example, if I were commenting to you I would just write, Ouchhhhhh, your posts don't make any sense.

Ouchh.

I wasn't criticizing your reading ability. I just stated you translated the comment incorrectly.

When 100% of YOUR post are criticizing players and bloggers, you should be able to take a little criticism yourself. Don't dish it out if you cant take it. It's very simple.

I'm glad you think your negativity is a contribution to the blog, it shows you are thinking positive for a change.

Peace.

pfunk36

that was 1,374,354 minutes.

VERY SCARRY

now it's only 1,374,345

sorry for the 2 minutes difference between the LA TIMES clock and my computer. i also adjusted 1 minute for the entry to be posted.

Hypothetically speaking: if (and this is a big IF) Gasol manages to win a Finals MVP, will the resulting Thermo-nuclear mushroom cloud be a result of ouchhhhhhh's head exploding? I know Gasol winning Finals MVP this year will never happen (because there is no force in the known universe that will stop the mamba from getting that award), but still, I just want to know what's with the hate man? Kobe and Phil obviously love the guy and what he brings to the team. After three straight trips to the finals can you look us in the eye with a straight face and tell us you'd rather trade him for anybody else?

sorry for the repost:

How many assists would Kobe have if they counted assists like in hockey. The post guy in the triangle offense often makes the pass that leads to the pass that leads to the open shot.

Also, I don't remember the last time I've seen a series of games where we're getting such a high percentage of good looks - even when we miss, most of the time the person taking the shot is getting a good look at the basket.

By the way, I agree with someone's previous statement (sorry can't remember who) that this is going to be an epic season. Not only is it going to be Banner #17, and a record 4th three-peat for Jackson, but I think Phil's gonna want more. Breaking the 72 win record, breaking the 33 game streak record, perhaps even 16-0 in the playoffs.

Put me on all the bandwagons! I've been on the 82-0 bandwagon since day 1!

pfunk36 - "954(days) 9(hrs) 54(min) EST"

Man, I saw that number, and it looked really, really familiar. It gnawed at me how familiar, so I started thinking. Avogadro's number... nope. Planck's Constant. Nope. And then it hit me (and I wasn't wearing my helmet, so it hurt):

It's the EXACT number corresponding to the Incan Apocalypse predicted by reading the hieroglyphs on all the stones in Machu Picchu backwards while drunk on the rare local liquor known as Ardor Nalgas, made from fermented Dragon Fruit with a touch of guano from the almost extinct South American Wombat.

It's uncanny!

Don't dish it out if you cant take it. It's very simple.
Posted by: ChicNstu | November 04, 2010 at 11:11 AM

u never cease to amaze me: i was the first on the blog to TEACH the one and only Mamba24 about the dishing and taking. and about coming to the blog with a THICK SKIN.

anyway this is my last response to You (because usually you never follow up, just throw it out) on this blog. enjoy your Lakers. i enjoy mine

It's the EXACT number corresponding to the Incan Apocalypse predicted by reading the hieroglyphs on all the stones in Machu Picchu backwards while drunk on the rare local liquor known as Ardor Nalgas, made from fermented Dragon Fruit with a touch of guano from the almost extinct South American Wombat.

It's uncanny!

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 11:19 AM


Now that was funny!!!!!!! I busted a gut..... thanks 63

Man, I saw that number, and it looked really, really familiar. It gnawed at me how familiar, so I started thinking. Avogadro's number... nope. Planck's Constant. Nope. And then it hit me (and I wasn't wearing my helmet, so it hurt): i's the EXACT number corresponding to the Incan Apocalypse predicted by reading the hieroglyphs on all the stones in Machu Picchu backwards while drunk on the rare local liquor known as Ardor Nalgas, made from fermented Dragon Fruit with a touch of guano from the almost extinct South American Wombat. It's uncanny! Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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SWEET JESUS!! Give me a slug of whatever you’re drinking and give it to me now!!!! LMAO!!!
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*_______________________________________________________________*
82 WIN – BANDWAGON
*_______________________________________________________________*
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - Excuse me, but my 82-0 bandwagon still
has all it's wheels on and still has plenty of seats. Not to mention plenty of vodka....
(02) FAN OF THE MAMBA – DRIVER1 –
(03) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN – DRIVER2 - By the way, I agree with someone's previous
statement (sorry can't remember who) that this is going to be an epic season. Not only is it
going to be Banner #17, and a record 4th three-peat for Jackson, but I think Phil's gonna
want more. Breaking the 72 win record, breaking the 33 game streak record, perhaps even
16-0 in the playoffs. I've been on the 82-0 bandwagon since day 1!
(04) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – I just follow where the Head of my Family leads folks
(05) MAMBA24BG- RIDING SHOTGUN2 – I just follow my Dad.
(06) SEGEBOY/TALIQ – SHERIFF
(07)

Art,

sorry, maybe it was Mark G. i really did not pay attention and did not take it personally. neither Blitz's couchhhhhhh.

Laker J - "Now that was funny!!!!!!!"

Funny? What was funny? I was simply giving you the astronomical facts about the end of the world, and how they corresponded to Luke's contract ending. Draw your own conclusions. But it seems a real threat to "life as we know it" to me.

Granted, that helmet I wasn't wearing is made of tinfoil, but... YOU CAN'T DENY THE FACTS!

Ouchhh

I was unaware that u coined that phrase..my bad!

My last post to u 2.

Is that better?

@The Outlaw
"Did you see the way the Kings players were screaming after every "good"
play?"

Yes I did notice this and it made me think that these guys really are young, dumb, and don't understand the power and dominance of our squad. They must not have watched the playoffs last year. I'm pretty sure Kobe and the rest of the team noticed this too and I'm sure it gave them a little more fire.

KOBE IS BACK!!! He looked amazing last night! He even was elevating pretty well. The rest of the league just got nervous.


so much tension! folks, the lakers are perfect and everything is alright with the world. enjoy!!

MM..............Great post!!

But here is some real number crunching for ya

LUKE WALTON CONTRACT COUNTDOWN CLOCK CONTINUES......


954(days) 9(hrs) 54(min) EST

Posted by: pfunk36 | November 04, 2010 at 11:07 AM
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"pfunk..." just keepin' real!!

Also, does anyone agree with me that Bynum should come off of the bench for a few months once he gerts back? I agree with the saying,"If it ain't broke, it don't need fixin'."

I really think the new bench "Killer B's" could greatly benefit from having a go to guy down low. Bynum could be the focus of the offense for the minutes he is out there and L.O. can continue being the rebounding monster with the starting unit.

@mcl...&...outlaw

"...The comraderie amongst these guys is evident on the court and like the new rules or not, they're helping this team stay focused. As the season wears on, and opponents are gettin' spanked by L.A., frustration will surface, the whistle will blow, the team gets to rest all while adding a point to the scoreboard!! You saw what happened with Bryant and Garcia last night. That's a prelude to what's coming all season long..."

Awww you just had to change your name to the Activator....now I can't make fun of your name.

Ouccchhhh!

Kobe is climbing the charts, the greatest Laker of all-time!

Kobe is climbing the charts, the greatest Laker of all-time!

Great to be back on the blog after a mostly 'computer-free' day resting the back.

954 days, 9 hrs, 54 min = coincidentally that's the amount of time princess jimmy plotted to get out of Cleveland and become D-Wade's b.....

- - -

When Kobe gets in a zone it is unlike any player EVER. It is unreal. His talent is so far beyond any player I've ever seen play, he seems to hold back dominating every single possession - because he would be able to get a good shot off if he decided to.

But when he is driving the team like he is, distributing, running it like an orchestra maestro, it is truly an astonishing thing to see. His level of play is so far above all other players on the court, so thoroughly dominating in so many different facets of the game, that it is incredible. He can racks up points so quickly, so efficiently, and in so many ways that the game is seemingly in slow motion for him.

Awesome stuff - we truly are lucky to be able to witness the finest player in the game in peak form on a team that is so loaded there is a chance that they end up breaking many all-time records along the way to Kobe & Fish's second three-peat and Phil's amazing 4th one.

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63 Footer: LOL! I think that several bloggers are drinking from that rare guano liquor before they post... By the way, GREAT posts re:Kobe!
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mamba: 82-0? How about including the playoffs and make it 96-0!!! Well, I might throw in a couple of losses later in the year when Phil is resting starters in back-to-backs, so I'll go with 75-7!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

South Park's HILARIOUS take on LeBron's ridiculous Nike commercial...

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/360451/what-should-i-do

Just wait for the end. It's worth it.

Bynum may not have a choice... I'm sure he's going to get his PT coming off the bench to start for several reasons, one of which will be lack of confidence that he won't stay injury free. Easier to adjust after the fact coming off the bench then messing with a starting line up. If he holds up and coach feels he won't have to limit his minutes, then he'll eventually become a Starter again. JMO...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3UyHyNIVW0

Puddle, that was hilarious.

@CyberCosmicX
"I think that several bloggers are drinking from that rare guano liquor before they post"

So my friend told me yesterday that the best coffee ever is produced from bats who eat coffee beans, then produce guano that is used as coffee grinds. I'm not joking, but I wish I was. LOL!

puddle - Trey and Matt are the best social commentators out there.

63 Footer -

Couldn't agree more.

mclyne - don't know about bat coffee, but Kopi Luwak passes through the intestinal track of a civet. It is a bit sickening to think about. But in fact, the beans go through the cats and stay whole, but are affected by the gastric juices and "softened." It's all right - I've had better.

mclyne: "So my friend told me yesterday that the best coffee ever is produced from bats who eat coffee beans, then produce guano that is used as coffee grinds. I'm not joking, but I wish I was. LOL!"

I so wish you hadn't mentioned that... lol

I won't be going near that stuff! Until the guano processing method makes it's way to Folgers or Yuban... =P


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Hey 5-0 for the first five games. Excellent while waiting Bynum and Walton to punch on their clock soon. We still need 29 wins to break the record of consecutive wins. If it is not reached, it's OK too as long as we keep on winning. Our objective for the season is simple. Home court advantage from all teams and less injuries and less depreciation of our antique players. Consider the human factor that Superstar bones and cartilages are made out of human flesh not from supernatural species, so time management must be utilized in stretching it beyond its normal use.

There should be a platoon substitution in rotating Barnes, Shannon, Sasha in helping Kobe get a breather and if possible he should no longer come back in the 4th Q.

If i'm not mistaken, womens cosmetics are made of bat guano also..lol

I just wonder what twisted mind would come up with these coffee methods! My god, I could imagine "wow, the cat ate some coffee beans and they're still intact. Hey, here's a great idea, lets grab them out of the litter box, grind em up and make some coffee!" or something along those lines...

o_O


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I believe this season is an arm race among Celtics, Heat, and Lakers. There will be at least one team that matches the Bulls' 72-10 record.

Edwin Gueco - "Superstar bones and cartilages are made out of human flesh not from supernatural species."

I stand amazed; I was sure Kobe had been created from the stem cells of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, a smidge of Magic Johnson, a dash of James Worthy and a teeny-tiny molecule or two of Bob McAdoo, all harvested and cloned, bonded on the sub-atomic level using the latest cyclotron technology, then welded with Unobtainium and Nevermissashotium before being baked in the heart of a star until finished.

You have now burst my bubble.

@puddle
thanks for sharing- that was priceless!

@63 Footer
I guess I will be steering clear of that stuff!

@Cyber
LOL!!!!

Here's the real thing to take away from MM's number crunching and Kobe's great performance last night...we've been blessed to witness one of the greatest (maybe GOAT before its all said and done) bball players ever for all those minutes. Let's fully appreciate his GREAT-ness each minute because like the ole saying goes father time is undefeated!

haha, six footer that's funny and with creative mixture. r u sure there was no Bill Walton arthritic knee there? I was also thinking Mamba snakes don't have bones, they just squeeze in tiny openings.

I stand amazed; I was sure Kobe had been created from the stem cells of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, a smidge of Magic Johnson, a dash of James Worthy and a teeny-tiny molecule or two of Bob McAdoo, all harvested and cloned, bonded on the sub-atomic level using the latest cyclotron technology, then welded with Unobtainium and Nevermissashotium before being baked in the heart of a star until finished.

Posted by: 63 Footer | November 04, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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This statement has trademark written all over it. Apply in a hurry before the talking heads claim it.

Erratum: six three footer instead six footer only, I was think of six pack beer. lol

@nay99 – congrats on RCOTD

@MagicPhil – love Janet. I always considered her a better performer than singer.

@Mamba – YES SIR a beautiful double shot of Tempts and Teena is always a good thing.

@FEARless – good response on picking nits

@Zaira – I don’t see the sky falling anytime soon.

@Corner J – Ferrari indeed.

ChicNstu – United and standing tall!

@Justa – yes that works on all levels including the most important one. FYI…1999 HOF class.

@63 Footer – I like your “slow hand” analogy. Kobe definitely made it look effortlessly or shall we say “Clapton-esque”. Maybe Kobe can change his number again next season. That way he can have 3 different numbers hanging in the rafters ala Clapton – the ONLY person inducted in the Rock & Roll HOF 3 times (Yardbirds/Cream/Solo). As far as the 3 Tenors…they can sang!

@utz – Good to know you appreciate Paul talents so much. He was so magnificent. He choreographed most of the Tempts classic dance routines and well as some for the Supremes. I don’t know if you heard the live version of Don’t Look Back from the Tempts 1967 Live Album…if not be sure to You Tube it. The crowd is going absolutely nuts for Paul. Also he did great on a lot of their early stuff like Mother of Mine and I Want a Love I can see.

@Lew-Rocking the Romantics is always good (A little “D” love) and I was just talking about A-Ha yesterday…man you’re good.

Edwin Gueco - six footer is my son's handle until he grows more.

And I'm always thinkin' 'bout beer!

@63 Footer – You’re right we all Jones for our bball here. Cheek & Chong perfected the parody way before Weird Al (Okay I know its others before C&C like Dr. Demento…but y’all know what I’m saying).

Anyway here's the song C&C parodied (if that's a word)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elvfx4eqU9E

This is scary but the blogs musical minds are starting to me meld...the Horror. Utz & I both posted "You Haven't Done Nothin" as a dedication to the Heat a few weeks ago - like you did...and Mamba and I did the same with BBall Jones/Love Jones when we were jonesing for the season to start...like you did. It's getting kind of scary!

MM: Coincidence, yes. Irony, no. Irony is often confused both with coincidence and (especially) with sarcasm. But they're not the same thing.

It was ironic that I coincidentally used the word "irony" in a sentence where in fact I meant to say "coincidence;" I was sarcastically parodied for my mistake, and then mocked with cynical derision before being acerbically put down.

Such is life.

LRob - I think we're just running out of music, and we've lost so many brain cells along the way we can't remember who posted what!

Or at least that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it.

63, the Guardians of the Language have long withstood mockery. Stand tall.

Allnet - "63, the Guardians of the Language have long withstood mockery. Stand tall."

I can't type when I'm standing, so I'll have to sit tall.


It's been a loooooooooog morning.

The Killer B's need LO off the bench when Bynum comes back. Playing 8 minutes in the first 3 Qs would be the best strategy for Bynum's warm up & cool down routine...LO playing the entire 4Q. The earlier the rotations get set the better the team O&D. Heat & Celtics are going to set a very high bar for home court. LO has become a good team leader & can help the bench accelerate their understanding of the triangle "automatic/dynamic options". The starters need to make the inside out game a habit. The more Bynum & gasol are on the floor with the starters, the more in-synch the automatic dynamic options are likely to be!!

@63

Here's somethin that will get you rockin in your chair:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xESbJEybZb8&feature=related

mclyne - The Raconteurs... yeah baby! Great call!

Since we're talkin' 'bout the rich, back at ya with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCIdzFHXh0E

@63
wow, "The Tubes" are very entertaining and hilarious. A bit before my time, but I can still enjoy them on youtube.

Coming back at you with one of the most talented bands out there today:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwp5iZD8wQ&feature=related

mclyne - Love the Keys. I get all their stuff before it's released through their manager. Great stuff.

And speaking of numbers, there are 1352 guitar pickers in Nashville.

Confirmation of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4p7prURvIk

It's the EXACT number corresponding to the Incan Apocalypse predicted by reading the hieroglyphs on all the stones in Machu Picchu backwards while drunk on the rare local liquor known as Ardor Nalgas, made from fermented Dragon Fruit with a touch of guano from the almost extinct South American Wombat.

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Ardor Nalgas. ROFLMAO

Kobe is fine


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