Kobe Bryant is looking to make an impact this season having missed out on much of the Los Angeles Lakers' 2013-14 campaign through injury.
He has reiterated on several occasions that he feels back to 100 percent, and has made the franchise aware that he plans to feature in as many games as possible as the Lakers look to recover from a disastrous couple of seasons.
But while Kobe's ambition and competitive spirit is admirable, the 16-time All-Star is now 35-years-old and coming off of two major injury lay offs in quick succession.
Even Bryant cannot outrun father time, and with that in mind he and new head coach at the Lakers Byron Scott have reached an agreement on just how many minutes the Black Mamba will be playing on a nightly basis when the 2014-15 season gets into full swing.
"I just sat down with Kobe and we talked about minutes, we don't even talk about games - he wants to play every game," revealed Scott when speaking to reporters at the Lakers' facility.
"He wants to play ever preseason game. He wants to play ever regular season game so all we did was talk about, minute wise, what he felt he was good at and what I kind of felt and we came to an agreement on that."
Kobe knows his place
Scott was pressed by reporters as to what number the two men agreed upon but, unsurprisingly, the former Showtime star wasn't willing to give away too much information.
He did reveal one surprising thing about the talks however.
"We were pretty close (on minute expectations) but his number was lower than mine which surprised me, but it also helped me as well...It is between 30 and 40."
Those who have watched Kobe play at the top of the league for the better part of two decades may find it hard to believe that he was actually the one to suggest a more limited role.
Over the past few months however it has become clear just how seriously Bryant is taking his role as mentor and experienced head of a fairly unsteady ship down at the Staples Center.
Whether it is one on one tuition for Jeremy Lin, or taking himself out of games when his veteran body has simply run out of gas, Bryant has a very important role as the leader this season.
And that will come on and off the court, after 30 minutes or 48. You can count on that.
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