Kobe Bryant needs the preseason as much as he needs a backup—which is to say, hardly.
So it should come as no surprise that just days after missing two Friday practices with a sore foot, the 34-year-old icon skipped a preseason contest on account of a strained shoulder—or so we're told. You get the idea Lakers head coach Mike Brown just might be trying to make amends for playing Kobe nearly 39 minutes a game last season after maintaining that he hoped to do otherwise.
But while Bryant is enjoying the view from the sidelines, most of the guys in this league don't have the luxury of playing it safe. They have to actually, ya know, get better.
Even LeBron James is getting better after adding a new move to his repertoire, and Jeremy Lin is getting better too, albeit in the sense that he's still working himself into form after season-ending knee surgery.
Yes, training camp is about improvement, and a few other things.
We're keeping a close eye on those things and making sure you do too. Here's a look at the very latest buzz emerging from training camps around the league.