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Kobe Bryant sits out of Monday's practice

After the Lakers huddled together to conclude practice, Kobe Bryant broke away from the scrum wearing a black T-Shirt featuring the Eagles' logo and the word "HEART" as well as sweatpants. It served as visual reminder that he's returning to his normal routine in sitting out of practice in favor of resting his surgically repaired right knee and working on individual strength work.

Bryant had spent the past week-and-a-half practicing with the team, as well as select days before and after the Lakers' Christmas Day loss to Miami. Bryant, who recently told The New York Post's Peter Vecsey that he has "very little cartilage under my right knee cap" and that "it’s almost bone on bone." insisted to reporters not to read his absence from practice as an indication that his knee has worsened

"It feels good," Bryant said after practice Monday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. I'm not going to answer questions about my knee every damn day. I said what I had to say. My knee feels fine. The key is to make it stay fine."

With the Lakers (27-11) winning four consecutive games entering Tuesday night's contest at Staples Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-29), Lakers Coach Phil Jackson argued Bryant's return to staying off the practice court came at an appropriate time.

"It's not an issue," Jackson said regarding Bryant's decision to sit out of practice. "He has to work with what sustains the effort he can put on the court. He's tried to balance that off with strength straining and conditioning and not do too much activity on the court that are wearing and tearing activity. He got out for a week and a half to practice. It's time for him to come back and do the strength thing."

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Benching Fish is NOT an option for Phil. Fish needs to play with star players who attract all the defensive attention to be effective (i.e. in Golden State, he was a complete flop). That is why Phil will rarely, if ever, play Fish, unless Kobe or Gasol (usually both) are in the lineup. If he were on the second unit, his liabilities would be magnified. He HAS to stay on the first unit and Phil knows it. That being said, I would love to see Phil reduce his minutes, and give more minutes to Blake and Brown, especially alongside Kobe and Gasol. Blake and Brown are still pretty new to the system, and need the minutes more than Fish. Fish can rest up for the playoffs, and I believe the team would also benefit, record wise, in the regular season with Fish playing less minutes.

Benching Fish is NOT an option for Phil. Fish needs to play with star players who attract all the defensive attention to be effective (i.e. in Golden State, he was a complete flop). That is why Phil will rarely, if ever, play Fish, unless Kobe or Gasol (usually both) are in the lineup. If he were on the second unit, his liabilities would be magnified. He HAS to stay on the first unit and Phil knows it. That being said, I would love to see Phil reduce his minutes, and give more minutes to Blake and Brown, especially alongside Kobe and Gasol. Blake and Brown are still pretty new to the system, and need the minutes more than Fish. Fish can rest up for the playoffs, and I believe the team would also benefit, record wise, in the regular season with Fish playing less minutes.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | January 10, 2011 at 03:19 PM
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Derek Fisher is, and always has been, a role player who has developed a bond with Kobe Bryant, in particular, and I agree that he would be useless coming off the bench and he would get precious little playing time on almost any other NBA team at this point in his career. His biggest and best role in his NBA career has been as Kobe Bryant's backcourt mate. I agree that he does need star players around him to thrive because it is not his role on this team, nor was it with the Warriors or Jazz to be a star. So while you talk about him flopping in Golden State without star players, I would also mention how he excelled in Utah as the starting shooting guard next to Deron Williams. Because that role was tailor-made for him, he helped lead the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals in 2007.

As for reduced minutes, I think we'll see that in February and March as Steve Blake becomes more and more comfortable playing alongside Kobe. The problem is that Blake normally plays alongside Shannon Brown. Also, it's always a match up thing as to whether Brown plays the lead guard position. Unless it's D-Wil, Westbrook, Billups or some of the other bigger, stronger lead guards, Phil will rarely play ShanWow at that position. Whether the Lakers' regular season record would improve with Fish playing fewer minutes is pure speculation unless it happens. In reality, we're all stuck deferring to Phil Jackson on this issue. Thank God.

FISH BREAK DOWN LAKERS DEFENSE.HE IS TOO SLOW AND SOMEBODY LEAVES THEIR MAN TO HELP HIM ANND THAT MAN ROTATES TO THE BASKET FOR EASY BASKET OR OFFENSIVE REBOUND.I DONT KNOW WHAT PHIL IS THINKING BUT BLAKE SHOULD START AND BROWN SHOULD GET MORE MINUTES.GIVE FISHER 10 TO 12 MIN AND LET HIM LIFT WEIGHT TO LOOK LIKE OUR GOVERNOR.YA YA HE HITS THOSE GREAT SHOTS BUT EVERY TIME HE GETS INTO THE GAMES I CAN SEE OTHER POINY GUARDS SAYING ALL RIGHT IT IS TIME TO BREAK DOWN LAKERS DEFENSE ANG GO TO THE BASKET.
PHIL I LIKE TO WATCH PLAY PLEASE KEEP THIS SLOWASS GUY ON THE BENCH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TILL PLAYOFFS.

"Derek Fisher is, and always has been, a role player who has developed a bond with Kobe Bryant, in particular, and I agree that he would be useless coming off the bench and he would get precious little playing time on almost any other NBA team at this point in his career. His biggest and best role in his NBA career has been as Kobe Bryant's backcourt mate. I agree that he does need star players around him to thrive because it is not his role on this team, nor was it with the Warriors or Jazz to be a star. So while you talk about him flopping in Golden State without star players, I would also mention how he excelled in Utah as the starting shooting guard next to Deron Williams. Because that role was tailor-made for him, he helped lead the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals in 2007.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 10, 2011 at 03:53 PM "

I agree with the first part of your post that Fisher needs to play around better players to be effective, but Fisher actually shot very poorly for Utah. I can only imagine what this blog would look like if he was shooting 30% from 3. He did well at times in the playoffs, which is when his popularity increased, but was absolutely awful in the WCF.

As far as leading them to the WCF, he was the 7th or 8th best player on the team, just like he is now. He contributed to a team that went to the WCF, but he didn't lead them there.

Kobe-You Da Man!

You earned the right to never have to Practice or play a worthless preseason game or on any away Games or Back to Back nights. And for just us fans, play the Allstar game, but if you decide to sit out the first round of the playoffs, that's OK with us Super Fans!

Kobe will Rehab his Knee, Elbow, and heal his finger! He will always be fresh and playing into his forties if he wants. I can just dream how many Championships the Lakers will win! Kobe If you want you can be player/coach after PJ leaves next year and insert yourself to start the game and at the end of close fourth quarters! You can and will call your own shot!

Mamba you have done so much for this organization, that you deserve this and so much more!!

Long live the K O B E experience
and PLEASE,
Because it's obvious reading this Blog and following the Lakers for so long, that NBA and some Laker fans,

Don't

Know What They Have Till It's Gone!

Benching Fish is NOT an option for Phil. Fish needs to play with star players who attract all the defensive attention to be effective (i.e. in Golden State, he was a complete flop). That is why Phil will rarely, if ever, play Fish, unless Kobe or Gasol (usually both) are in the lineup. If he were on the second unit, his liabilities would be magnified. He HAS to stay on the first unit and Phil knows it. That being said, I would love to see Phil reduce his minutes, and give more minutes to Blake and Brown, especially alongside Kobe and Gasol. Blake and Brown are still pretty new to the system, and need the minutes more than Fish. Fish can rest up for the playoffs, and I believe the team would also benefit, record wise, in the regular season with Fish playing less minutes.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | January 10, 2011 at 03:19 PM
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Precisely the reason PHIL has 11 rings and we have NADA!!!

all i can say is lakers still have some dead weight on this team. like fisher and walton they could get a big power forward to keep Labron, Carmelo, garnet and some of the big forwards in check and then get a point guard. fisher is lost, no assist, points or rebound. when i look at the celtics, they are better in the Guard and Center Position.


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