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Lakers could shut down Kobe Bryant before end of season
Lakers could shut down Kobe Bryant before end of season

Don't be surprised if it happens after the All-Star break, maybe in late February or March. The Lakers haven't yet talked about shutting down Kobe Bryant later this season, but it makes sense. They're terrible with him. Terrible without him. And there's the unspoken importance of keeping the top-five protected draft pick they owe Phoenix for the Steve Nash trade. The Lakers are already thinking big picture and have had internal meetings to determine how to "preserve" Bryant over the final 11/2 years of his contract, Coach Byron Scott said Tuesday. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has also been part of the discussions, along with Bryant, who had another rough...

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