33.4. What is that? What does that number represent? Why is it important?
33.4 is the average number of minutes played per game by one Kobe Bryant. That is on average, 5.4 fewer minutes per game #24 is playing this year in comparison to last year.
There is plenty to like about that number.
It means that we will have a fresher Kobe Bryant come June. It means that the Lakers are taking care of business in games and allows Phil Jackson to pull Kobe early. Fewer minutes means a reduced risk of injury.
Last year Kobe was plagued with a various assortment of ailments. An f’ed up finger on his shooting hand. A bum ankle. An achy knee. Not to mention back spasms.
There are going to be times this season when Kobe will want to play and should sit. There are times that Kobe should just not play at all. Take a day off. He doesn’t need to be Cal Ripken. He doesn’t need to be AC Green. Just be ready for June.
On the flip side, Pau is playing 39 minutes a game. The most in his career. This is a trend that has to change. With or without Andrew Bynum.
There are times when I am watching a game and wonder “What is Phil’s problem? Get Pau out of there!”
I don’t get it sometimes. For example, the Lakers were up 17 to start the 4th quarter versus the Warriors and there was Pau out there on the floor.
It makes no sense to me. Pau has played a lot of basketball over the past 3 years. If there is a way to reduce his minutes, make it happen.
If 33.4 makes me feel good as a Laker fan, 39.2 makes me sick.
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Written by Donovan Williams
32 year-old sports fan who has the audacity to think that he could be good at this sports writing thing. I'll be honest. I'll be snarky. I'll be sarcastic. Maybe not in that order. It is my goal to ensure that my opinions will generate a response from you, dear reader. Good, bad or indifferent, I welcome your replies.