D’Antoni: We Need Kobe Playing Big Minutes
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni knows the risk of playing guard Kobe Bryant as many minutes as he has during the past four games. He also knows the risks of not using the Lakers’ best player as much as possible as the team frantically tries to make the playoffs.
“We’re playing a little bit with fire,” D’Antoni said of Bryant, who has played 46 minutes a game the past four games. “We wouldn’t like to, but we put ourselves in the position where we have to.
“We’re short-handed right now and we’re playing it very tight. Normally this wouldn’t happen but we put ourselves in a hole and Kobe is our best bet going forward to win games. He said he’s going to retire after a year so we’re going to get our money’s worth for two years. I don’t know what to tell you.”