Lakers Nation Roundtable: Should Kobe Sit Out The Rest Of The Year?

The joy and elation that came with seeing Kobe Bryant return to the court in a Lakers uniform was quickly dashed when Bryant crumbled to the floor in Memphis a week ago. The site of Bryant rubbing his knee, much in the same way he rubbed his Achilles months earlier, made every Lakers fan pause and pray for the best.

Bryant staying in the game and hitting a huge three-pointer late in the game calmed the fears of everyone, but unfortunately it will only serve to add to the legend of Kobe Bryant as news would come down that Bryant will miss at least six weeks due to a fractured knee.

Bryant has vowed to do everything possible to return as quickly as possible this season, but is that a good thing? Bryant’s time in the NBA is nearing its end and the Lakers have to start preparing for life without him. And with such a loaded Western Conference, it is unlikely that the Lakers would be able to be much more than a lower seed in the playoffs, even with Bryant playing at a high level.

So with that being said, we asked our experts the question: Would the Lakers be better off in the future if Kobe Bryant sat out the remainder of this season? This is what they had to say:

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner):

The real question here is if the season is truly lost with or without Kobe Bryant. There’s no question that when playing at high level, Bryant is still among the league’s elite class of players, but it remains uncertain that he’ll be able to reach that level once finally back on the floor in February or March.

Not only is there a lot of uncertainty surrounding Bryant’s return, but the Western Conference is extremely competitive this season with little chance the Lakers will be able to make the playoffs let alone compete for a title.

Personally, depending on Bryant’s actual return date, shutting it down for the season might be the best course of action for the superstar. Nothing can be gained from returning in a lost season. Bryant might jeopardize the short time he’s got left in the NBA by coming back.

Certainly not ideal for a player making the salary he’s making for a franchise that takes a lot of pride in contending for titles on an annual basis.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH):

If the question was something having to do with the Lakers being better without Kobe Bryant, the answer would be a resounding no. But in the NBA, you want to either be really good or really bad, and the Lakers are neither. They are stuck in the dreaded ‘No Man’s Land.’

The Lakers are not a championship team even with Kobe Bryant  playing at a high level, so what is the point of bringing back Bryant to put more miles on his body, with no chance of a sixth ring at the end of it all.

Bryant says that championships are all that matters to him and if that is the case, it may be better for him to save some miles on body by resting up during a lost year. The Lakers are too proud and classy of a franchise to ever purposely tank a season, and they should not stoop to that level. But in a draft with the number of future stars as this one is projected to have, it would be excellent if the Lakers were able to pick up a young future superstar to help Bryant during his last two years.

These are Bryant’s last years, and both he, and the Lakers, would be better off in the future if Bryant were to rest for the remainder of the season.

Ramneet Singh (@Ramneet24):

It is hard to argue that the Los Angeles Lakers are better off with Kobe Bryant on the sidelines than on the court. Even though Bryant is near the end of his career, his presence in the lineup is enough to make the team better.

Bryant is currently dealing with a knee injury that will keep him out for four-to-six weeks, and there should be no question that he should return this season. Although no one wants him to rush back from rehab, the Lakers need to have Bryant back in uniform.

The Lakers do have a chance to make the post season and they have not been at full strength once this season. Yes, making the lottery would help them with draft position, but tanking is something the Lakers organization has never, and will never resort to. With Bryant on the court, every player will be pushed to give it their all on a nightly basis and do whatever it takes to help the team win.

Not only will Bryant motivate and be a standard bearer for his teammates, but he will help the coaching staff by giving them the ultimate closer in crunch time.

———————————————————————
VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Speaks To The Media For The First Time Since His Injury (PT. II)

I just want to mention I am very new to blogging and really liked this web site. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You surely come with perfect stories. Thanks a bunch for revealing your web-site.

  • Your article has proven useful to me. It’s very informative and you are obviously very knowledgeable in this area. You have opened my eyes to varying views on this topic with interesting and solid content.

  • Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  • I?m satisfied, I should say. Actually rarely do I encounter a blog that?s both educative as well as amusing, and also let me tell you, you have actually struck the nail on the head. Your concept is exceptional; the concern is something that not nearly enough individuals are speaking smartly about. I am really satisfied that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

  • I am frequently to blog writing and also i actually value your content. The post has really peaks my passion. I am going to bookmark your site and maintain looking for new info.

  • Can I simply state what an alleviation to locate somebody that in fact knows what theyre speaking about on the net. You most definitely know just how to bring a concern to light as well as make it vital. More individuals need to read this as well as comprehend this side of the tale. I cant believe youre not much more popular since you absolutely have the present.

  • Youre so great! I don’t suppose Ive review anything like this before. So good to find somebody with some initial thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this web site is something that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality. beneficial work for bringing something brand-new to the net!

  • Good article. I find out something a lot more difficult on various blogs everyday. It will certainly always be boosting to review web content from various other authors as well as exercise a something from their store. I?d prefer to make use of some with the web content on my blog site whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll offer you a web link on your internet blog site. Thanks for sharing.

  • An outstanding share, I just offered this onto an associate that was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually got me morning meal because I discovered it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! However yeah Thnkx for investing the moment to review this, I feel strongly regarding it and also love learning more on this topic. When possible, as you become proficiency, would certainly you mind upgrading your blog site with even more information? It is very helpful for me. Big thumb up for this post!

  • An outstanding share, I just provided this onto a coworker that was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact acquired me morning meal due to the fact that I located it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to review this, I really feel strongly concerning it and also love finding out more on this topic. If possible, as you become competence, would certainly you mind upgrading your blog with more information? It is extremely handy for me. Large thumb up for this article!

  • After research study a few of the blog posts on your website currently, and also I absolutely like your means of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site checklist and will be inspecting back soon. Pls look into my web site also and let me know what you assume.

  • There are definitely a great deal of information like that to consider. That is a fantastic indicate bring up. I use the thoughts above as basic ideas but plainly there are concerns like the one you raise where the most vital thing will be working in truthful good faith. I don?t know if finest methods have actually arised around points like that, but I make sure that your work is clearly identified as a level playing field. Both boys and also women really feel the effect of just a moment?s satisfaction, for the rest of their lives.

  • Howdy! This blog post couldn’t be written much better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I will send this post to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  • There are some interesting points in time in this article yet I don?t recognize if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity however I will certainly hold opinion until I look into it further. Good short article, many thanks as well as we desire a lot more! Included in FeedBurner as well

  • An outstanding share, I just given this onto a colleague that was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually purchased me morning meal since I discovered it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel highly about it as well as like reading more on this subject. Preferably, as you end up being proficiency, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is very helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this post!

  • A remarkable share, I just offered this onto a coworker that was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually got me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! But yeah Thnkx for investing the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and enjoy learning more on this subject. When possible, as you come to be know-how, would you mind upgrading your blog with even more information? It is extremely practical for me. Huge thumb up for this blog post!

  • Aw, this was a truly nice post. In suggestion I would love to place in creating similar to this furthermore? taking some time and real initiative to make a very good short article? however what can I state? I hesitate alot and also by no means seem to get something done.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.