Lakers trainer Gary Vitti wants to shut down Kobe Bryant for a week or two because of injury

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti wants to shut down Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant stands on the court during the second half of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 8.

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There have been interesting developments regarding Kobe Bryant and the injury to his right Achilles’ tendon that forced him out of Tuesday night’s game late in the second quarter.

Lakers Coach Bryon Scott said after practice Wednesday that Bryant said he was “feeling better” and that Scott would list his small forward as questionable, probable and a game-time decision for Thursday night’s game at Golden State.

Then Scott raised some eyebrows when he said Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti wants to shut down Bryant for a week or two to let the injury heal, but Scott said Bryant would be against that idea.

Bryant didn’t practice Wednesday, but he got treatment and will fly with the team to Oakland for his final appearance against the Warriors in a Lakers uniform.


“I know him and I know he wants to play,” Scott said. “If that’s the case, I’ll wait until tomorrow to see how he feels. Then if he says, ‘Coach, I want to play,’ then we have to have another discussion on how long he can play, how many minutes. I’m just going to wait until tomorrow and see how he feels and go from there.”

After Tuesday night’s win over New Orleans at Staples Center, Vitti suggested to Scott that Bryant take some time off. Bryant missed Sunday night’s game against Utah at Staples Center with the injury, which he said first began to tighten up on him Friday night in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma City.

Vitti “would love to shut him down,” Scott said of Bryant. “But that ain’t probably going to happen. He [Bryant] doesn’t want to shut it down.”

Bryant, who was getting a haircut in the media room Wednesday, was asked about Vitti wanting him to rest for a couple of weeks.


He smiled and just laughed and laughed and laughed before walking away.

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