Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Will Not Play, Metta World Peace To Start Vs. Miami Heat

UPDATE (November 10, 2015 at 7:05 PM PST): Kobe Bryant sat out the game due to a sore back according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell:


With the Los Angeles Lakers approaching their first set of back-to-back games this season, many questions have popped up regarding the status of Kobe Bryant and how the team would handle him. Kobe has said that he wants to play in every game this year, but head coach Byron Scott has said his goal is to make sure Kobe makes it through the season healthy. — What will Kobe Bryant make this season? Find out here! — With no one quite sure what to expect, Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell announced that Kobe will indeed rest in the first leg of the back-to-back against the Miami Heat:

In Kobe’s place, veteran Metta World Peace will make his first start of the season according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

This news came as a bit of a surprise as it had been assumed that Kobe would at least play the first game and then the team would decide if he would play on the second day. With Kobe sitting out tonight, his status for tomorrow’s game against the Orlando Magic is unknown.

For World Peace, this has been an extremely quick rise as no one was sure if he would make the roster when he was signed. He was inactive at the beginning of the season, but entered the rotation the last two games and has played very well. Now, he gets a chance to make a huge impact against the Heat.

Great opportunity for the young guys to step up! Let’s hope they can!

  • Go Lakers

    Without G.O.A.T. Kobe, couple of guys, Have to Get Hot – that way Lakes can at least stay in Game, with an opportunity to Steal this Game

    Defense, Defense, Defense

    Beat Miami

  • The internet will explode in anti-Kobe vs pro-Kobe flamewars. I might have to take a few days off myself LOL!

  • Go Lakers

    Without G.O.A.T. Kobe, couple of guys, Have to Get Hot – that way Lakes can at least stay in Game, with an opportunity to Steal this Game

    Defense, Defense, Defense

    Beat Miami

  • The internet will explode in anti-Kobe vs pro-Kobe flamewars. I might have to take a few days off myself LOL!

  • I like Metta starting. Really need rebounding help right now. Roy isn’t a great rebounder for a big man.

  • I like Metta starting. Really need rebounding help right now. Roy isn’t a great rebounder for a big man.

  • This might be the most interesting game of this young season. Kobe has gotten a lot of heat for not running the offense and shooting too much.

    Hopefully we can see if some of the LAL woes are due to his performance or if it’s something more like BS or lack of talent.

  • This might be the most interesting game of this young season. Kobe has gotten a lot of heat for not running the offense and shooting too much.

    Hopefully we can see if some of the LAL woes are due to his performance or if it’s something more like BS or lack of talent.

  • I just don’t think he can give a lot of minutes, and offensive spacing will be an issue.

  • Maybe, but we’re still going to lose. This team is horrendous and Byron Scott is an idiot.

  • I’m pretty sure it’s a combination of the three, but, as you said, we could see internet armageddon tomorrow.

  • What’s interesting to see is the flame wars on this site later after the game from pro and anti kobe fans

  • I just don’t think he can give a lot of minutes, and offensive spacing will be an issue.

  • Maybe, but we’re still going to lose. This team is horrendous and Byron Scott is an idiot.

  • I’m pretty sure it’s a combination of the three, but, as you said, we could see internet armageddon tomorrow.

  • What’s interesting to see is the flame wars on this site later after the game from pro and anti kobe fans

  • Usually, Developmental D’Angelo goes in, comes out with Kobe (not too sure what that may be all about)

    Hopefully, the Second Pick in NBA (Thx Mitch / JBuss / Coach Scott), will play some defense – Developmental Body and Game learning play, can step up on D and Earn Trust of Coach like Veterans Huertas / Sweet Lou has

    Wonder how #7 Pick Winslow, will fair?

    Go Lakers

  • There are no anti Kobe fans…lol. People just want him to take fewer shots. Things will get crazy after the game though.

  • Usually, Developmental D’Angelo goes in, comes out with Kobe (not too sure what that may be all about)

    Hopefully, the Second Pick in NBA (Thx Mitch / JBuss / Coach Scott), will play some defense – Developmental Body and Game learning play, can step up on D and Earn Trust of Coach like Veterans Huertas / Sweet Lou has

    Wonder how #7 Pick Winslow, will fair?

    Go Lakers

  • There are no anti Kobe fans…lol. People just want him to take fewer shots. Things will get crazy after the game though.

  • Take fewer shots-
    Take better shots-
    Pass to the open man-
    Be a better teammate-
    Stop acting like the coach-
    Etc…

  • Take fewer shots-
    Take better shots-
    Pass to the open man-
    Be a better teammate-
    Stop acting like the coach-
    Etc…

  • Byron Scott genuinely believes Kobe and Metta are the team’s best defenders.

  • Byron Scott genuinely believes Kobe and Metta are the team’s best defenders.

  • Cant wait to see how many people blame Byron Scott if we lose since Kobe won’t be in the game to take all of the blame. I just find it funny how they say Kobe is the issue when we still lose games and was still blown out of games last year and preseason with Kobe not in the game thats why i say analytics is ruining the sport of basketball.

  • Cant wait to see how many people blame Byron Scott if we lose since Kobe won’t be in the game to take all of the blame. I just find it funny how they say Kobe is the issue when we still lose games and was still blown out of games last year and preseason with Kobe not in the game thats why i say analytics is ruining the sport of basketball.

  • Get some “Rest” Black Mamba – I’m disappointed to not get to see KB, but Realize even “God” rested on the 7th day, lol

    I bet Kobe is “Sick” of question, “uumm will u be playing next year?” or “is this your last season?”

    Kobe is a competitor, and has missed alot of games: I totally understand, wants to play every game

  • Thank God. Now we can see if they play better without him. This should be interesting.

  • Get some “Rest” Black Mamba – I’m disappointed to not get to see KB, but Realize even “God” rested on the 7th day, lol

    I bet Kobe is “Sick” of question, “uumm will u be playing next year?” or “is this your last season?”

    Kobe is a competitor, and has missed alot of games: I totally understand, wants to play every game

  • Thank God. Now we can see if they play better without him. This should be interesting.

  • They are TEAM losses. There are a lot of guys not playing well in terms of shooting and defense on this team.

  • They are TEAM losses. There are a lot of guys not playing well in terms of shooting and defense on this team.

  • They might play better for one game and I hope they do but every team has won games without their best player. Clippers have won games without Chris Paul and LeBron’s teams have won games he sat out so I don’t know what point you’re trying to make.

  • I much rather watch him play against Miami and take off for the Orlando game.

  • They might play better for one game and I hope they do but every team has won games without their best player. Clippers have won games without Chris Paul and LeBron’s teams have won games he sat out so I don’t know what point you’re trying to make.

  • I much rather watch him play against Miami and take off for the Orlando game.

  • Yeah, Heat might let their guard down knowing Kobe’s not playing. Happens all the time.

  • Yeah, Heat might let their guard down knowing Kobe’s not playing. Happens all the time.

  • He makes a really good point actually, have you not been watching games? Kobe is putting up bad shots that are not going in and before you know it we’re down by 10(beyond our defensive flaws) and he just keeps chucking let’s see what happens if he’s not doing that and other players can take More and better shots

  • He makes a really good point actually, have you not been watching games? Kobe is putting up bad shots that are not going in and before you know it we’re down by 10(beyond our defensive flaws) and he just keeps chucking let’s see what happens if he’s not doing that and other players can take More and better shots

  • Kobe isn’t the best player on the team anymore so not sure what point you are trying to make or what games you have been watching.

  • Kobe isn’t the best player on the team anymore so not sure what point you are trying to make or what games you have been watching.

  • That’s because Russell is the most non-aggressive starting pg in the league and we’ve gotten below average pg play which leads to Randle and Clarkson doing a lot of 1-on-1 and Kobe getting very few easy looks. Russell has no clue how to involve Hibbert either. That kid needs to turn into a man real quick if this starting 5 is ever gonna get a good rhythm.

  • That’s because Russell is the most non-aggressive starting pg in the league and we’ve gotten below average pg play which leads to Randle and Clarkson doing a lot of 1-on-1 and Kobe getting very few easy looks. Russell has no clue how to involve Hibbert either. That kid needs to turn into a man real quick if this starting 5 is ever gonna get a good rhythm.

  • LOL Kobe worshipers will be depressed. If they stink, snd we lose miserably, they’ll pop champagne.

    So goes the Kobe Lakers fan rivarly.

  • LOL Kobe worshipers will be depressed. If they stink, and we lose miserably, they’ll pop champagne.

    So goes the Kobe Lakers fan rivarly.

  • I didn’t say Kobe was the best player on the team. I said OTHER teams win games without their best player. LeBron’s teams have played well without him but that doesn’t mean they’re better without him.

  • I didn’t say Kobe was the best player on the team. I said OTHER teams win games without their best player. LeBron’s teams have played well without him but that doesn’t mean they’re better without him.

  • I want see that. If we lose badly i will be here to joke with you guys. Because i know how Kobe hurt the team right now, but i know he’s not so far the only problem of the team

  • I want see that. If we lose badly i will be here to joke with you guys. Because i know how Kobe hurt the team right now, but i know he’s not so far the only problem of the team

  • sorry but yall said we was better without kobe last year, but we were still bum

  • sorry but yall said we was better without kobe last year, but we were still bum

  • No Kobe to blame tonight so all the minutes can go to development. Should be interesting.

  • No Kobe to blame tonight so all the minutes can go to development. Should be interesting.

  • why start artest? he can only play good defense for only a couple of minutes a quarter at his age. start bass.

  • why start artest? he can only play good defense for only a couple of minutes a quarter at his age. start bass.

  • dont need a scorer with clarkson, russell and randle starting. need a hustle guy with experience.

  • dont need a scorer with clarkson, russell and randle starting. need a hustle guy with experience.

  • You were inferring that he is the best player and that Lakers too could win without their best player. Don’t insult my intelligence. Lebron’s team may be fine without him for one or two games but long-term during the season they will need him. This old broken down Kobe would not be missed during the entire season, he is not adding wins anymore.

  • You were inferring that he is the best player and that Lakers too could win without their best player. Don’t insult my intelligence. Lebron’s team may be fine without him for one or two games but long-term during the season they will need him. This old broken down Kobe would not be missed during the entire season, he is not adding wins anymore.

  • I think if the lakers end up with 2-8 or 3-20 start to the season, there is no reason why Scott won’t be shown the door.

  • I think if the lakers end up with 2-8 or 3-20 start to the season, there is no reason why Scott won’t be shown the door.

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