As of Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers are 10 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If that continues, coach Byron Scott admitted that the team might choose to shut down Kobe Bryant.
"If we're nowhere near playoff contention in March. Then we might discuss that,” Scott told the Los Angeles Times.
Over the weekend, Scott had admitted that he made a mistake in giving Bryant too many minutes early in the season. Kobe has struggled with fatigue this season, but he's also not getting any younger.
Kobe's eats bone broth
In an ESPN.com story posted Thursday, the website said that bone broth has become a daily staple of Bryant's diet over the past three years. The soup is produced by simmering bones in soup, the story says, and produces a nutrient-rich food.
"I've been doing the bone broth for a while now," Bryant said. "It's great - energy, inflammation. It's great."
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"You could go into a store and on the shelf you've got this carton of vegetable stock or chicken stock, and that's probably something that's been flavored with salt and chicken-flavored bouillon cubes or something like that," Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco told ESPN.com.
"But there's no actual vitamin, mineral nutrient value in there. It just tastes good because there's enough salt in there. But when you make a bone stock then right way, it's like liquid gold. And the way you know you have real stock on your hand is if you put it in the refrigerator over night and it basically turns into Jell-O."
Rest of the year?
Bryant, at this point, is averaging 22.7 points and 34.7 minutes per game. His career averages are 25.4 points and 36.6 minutes.
Those, however, are expected to go down as the season progresses. On Tuesday, the team said he will sit out one game of every back-to-back that the Lakers play the rest of the year. They also are going to give him a minutes limit, much like a pitch count in baseball.
That means you'll be seeing less and less of Bryant as the year goes on.