Lakers GM Won’t Blame D’Antoni for Injury
As he marveled at Kobe Bryant willing himself to carry the Lakers into the playoffs, something still irked general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Concerned over the consequences Bryant could face by playing heavy minutes, Kupchak spoke with the Lakers’ star about it.
“His message to me was, `Mitch, I hear what you’re saying, but we got to get into the playoffs,”‘ Kupchak recalled. “`I’m playing and there’s nothing you can do about it.’”
Despite Bryant playing an average of 45.6 minutes per game in the last seven contests, Kupchak doesn’t hold Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni responsible for the injury.
“I don’t think Mike is at blame here,” Kupchak said. “Even if you take Kobe out of a game, there’s a lot of times where he’ll just get up and put himself back in.”