Bryant played a team-high 38 minutes in a 108-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. He is averaging 35.4 minutes a game this season and his 957 total minutes played this season are the 10th most in the NBA.
"I don't have much of a choice if the body is feeling the way it's feeling right now," Bryant said to Yahoo Sports. "You got to be smart. You got to make sure you get enough return on your investment. With the amount of work that I do and put into my body and to get my body ready, for it to be sore as it is right now, sometimes you do have to consider sitting down."
"You got to look at the body," Bryant said. "You make the call tomorrow and see how my body feels and go from there. I'm still trying to figure it out. This is uncharted territory."
Lakers coach Byron Scott said he planned to sit down with Bryant and discuss the situation and try to come up with a solution on how to handle this week’s games.
Bryant is fourth in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 24.6 points a game. He also averages 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists on 37 percent shooting for Los Angeles (8-19).
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