Kobe Bryant: ‘I should have stayed in bed’
The Lakers hoped (Kobe) Bryant could bail them out the way he did early in the season, when (Mike) Brown told Bryant the team was still learning the offensive system: “Go get it. I’ll take care of the defense, and we’ll go from there.”
But Bryant, dealing with ongoing neck pain, made a rare admission after the game that he was “definitely fatigued.”
“I should have stayed in bed like I’ve been doing instead of coming to shoot-around,” he said.
Bryant said all the Lakers “played tired,” and Brown saw players “going through the motions.” Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey took advantage of Derek Fisher, Steve Blake and slow weak-side help defense for 34 points.
“It was very disappointing,” Brown said. “Just watching the body language of our guys, it wasn’t good.”