Scott said the decision had nothing to do with Bryant shooting two for 12 from the field while scoring only four points in the Lakers' 114-89 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
"No, just rest," Scott said before the Lakers (11-25) played the Magic (13-25) at Staples Center.
"Talked to [Bryant] a little bit today, asked him how felt, he said he felt OK, I said, 'OK, you’ll rest tonight,' " Scott said, adding he wanted to hear "conviction that [Bryant] feels great and I didn't feel that today."
"He didn’t fight me on it," Scott said. "He stuck to his word as far as allowing me to make that decision for him, and I just thought tonight would be another good night for him to rest.”
This will be the fifth game Bryant has missed under Scott's plans to give the 36-year-old Bryant more rest.
Bryant missed three consecutive games from Dec. 23-26 and also sat out last Monday's game against Portland. The Lakers were 1-3 in the previous four games he missed.