Last week Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott told the media that shooting guard Kobe Bryant wanted to play in all 82 of the Lakers' games this season. Bryant then sat the Lakers next game two days later for what was originally billed as "rest reasons" before Bryant revealed he was experiencing back pain after the game. Bryant then missed the team's next game on the second night of the Lakers' first back-to-back of the season before returning to action against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
The Lakers will host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night before travelling to Phoenix for a Monday night showdown against the Suns, and Scott and Bryant are still undecided on whether or not the 37-year old guard will attempt to play in both games of the Lakers' second back-to-back, even telling the media that the decision could come down to game time on Monday (via Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News):
"Obviously, it will be on how he feels tomorrow," Scott said. "When we get to the arena and if he says, ‘I feel good and I feel great,' let's just try to keep it at the normal minutes and see how he does. If he says, ‘I'm a little tired, maybe get me out a little bit earlier,' I'll adjust the minutes to that. But this is all foreign to us."
"When your body is telling you I feel pretty good in the morning, then that afternoon your body is saying I'm a little tired, things can change," Scott said, chuckling. "It's going to be a lot of playing it by ear. I would think right now. Then we'll go from there."
Despite not attending shootaround Sunday morning, Bryant plans to travel with the team and play in both games of the back-to-back, according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC LA. Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for updates on Bryant's status as this story develops.