Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant sits in the stands during a practice session in Barcelona October 6, 2010. The Lakers will play against Barcelona in an NBA Europe Live basketball game at Palau Sant Jordi on Thursday. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Kobe Bryant is still burning through the minutes in the preseason but his knee is still disallowing him from logging too much time in preparation for the regular season. The only noise that came from Bryant in London was from the crowds 'WE WANT KOBE' chants and during the trip to Barcelona Bryant looked like the rest of the Lakers beat and burned out. Well now Phil Jackson is planning to limit Kobe to around 16-18 minutes for Wednesdays clash against the Sacramento Kings. The Lakers want to ease Kobe back into play slowly and Phil Jackson doesn't want his star ending up 'bust' due to a dud preseason. On Monday Bryant was Allen Iverson from practice and media talk and Phil Jackson does not want to "push it" with the Lakers star as they start their last preseason run. As the Lakers head for Las Vegas Jackson wont want to gamble on his face card. The Zen believes all will be calm in Lakerland once the regular season is underway, "I think right now there's obviously conditioning and strength factors that are both there. He's working really hard and he's feeling OK about it, but game-shape, not ready quite yet." Once the regular season tips off expect the Lakers to roll the dice straight away to the number s '2' and '4'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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