The Los Angeles Lakers have been trying to do different things with star man Kobe Bryant already this season.
Head coach Byron Scott has experimented with playing Kobe at the point thanks to the failures of Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price as well as the injury to Steve Nash.
The Kobe at point guard experiment is obviously over now but there is a new one on the go, with Scott deciding to limit his best players' minutes in order to cut down on the injuries limiting the now 36-year old.
After resting Bryant for three of the Lakers' games last week, Scott wanted to see how Bryant would perform with the added rest and playing about 32 minutes per game, down about five minutes from what he averaged the first month of the season.
Bryant responded with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in his first game back Sunday, then with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists Tuesday, reaffirming to Scott that his plan is working.
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“So far, the experiment is working," Scott said to ESPN. "We're just going to keep at it and see how it turns out. The experiment is working extremely well. The days off and 32 minutes or lower in games has been working well, and we're going to stick with that right now."
Kobe had been averaging around 35 minutes per game this season before his three game rest last week and came back refreshed. So far this year Bryant is averaging 24.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season for a Lakers side that is 2nd worst in the West.