Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will sit out the team's final two preseason games in order to rest.
The Lakers regular season opener is on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.
Bryant averaged 19 points during the preseason, which is currently tied for third-highest among all players. He also averaged four assists and shot 39.6 percent from the floor in 26.7 minutes per game.
Last season, Bryant played just six games due to a knee injury. Los Angeles coach Byron Scott said he and Bryant have already decided how many minutes the 36-year-old will play this season. He would not reveal the number, but said it is between 30 and 40 minutes per game. In his last healthy season, Bryant averaged 38.6 minutes per game.
Scott said last week that Bryant "wants to play every game," whether it is preseason or the regular season. The Lakers have 16 back-to-back games in 2014-15, tied for the fewest in the NBA along with the Miami Heat.
- Molly Geary