Friday December 26th, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott announced that Kobe Bryant will not play against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day.

Bryant sat out Tuesday's win over the Golden State Warriors to rest.

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When asked why he was sitting out on Thursday, Bryant reportedly said, "Old age." He also said that his back, knees and both Achilles were bothering him.

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"I'll get back to being healthy like I was at the beginning of the season," Bryant said.

Over 27 games this season, Bryant has averaged 24.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Bryant, 36, is in his 19th season with the Lakers. He missed most of last season due to multiple injuries.

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The Lakers (9-19) face the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday.

- Chris Johnson

 

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