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Bryant Active vs. Nuggets
Wednesday, March 2
Bryant will start on Wednesday against Denver, per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, who added his minutes will be "decreased a bit."
Injury-Plagued Bryant No Longer Essential to Lakers
Bryant is in the midst of his last NBA season and has a history of toughing his way through injuries.
But the Lakers have little to play for other than pride, so Bryant took his time before returning to action. It's been a tough 20th season for Bryant, who is shooting a career-low 35 percent from the field this year.
The Lakers gave rookie D'Angelo Russell more minutes to gain experience amid a maiden season in which his role has been inconsistent.
Volume shooter Nick Young filled Bryant's role on the perimeter, while Lou Williams provided steady backcourt scoring alongside Jordan Clarkson.