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Are the Lakers a better team without Kobe Bryant?

I keep hearing this one in the media, and frankly I just don't get it.

It really seems like one of the most asinine things that I have ever heard. 

Without a doubt the Lakers are not a better team without Kobe Bryant on the floor.

Considering all his injuries this year, he has been playing superb.

It really is a testament to his amazing skill that he is still considered either the best or second best player in the league despite having multiple health issues this year.

Even with the injuries, Kobe is averaging 28 PPG, 4.6 APG, 5.3 RPG, and shooting 46.1% from the field.

All of those numbers are on par or better than his career numbers.

Kobe has sustained a dislocated ring finger, broken index finger, sprained ankle, back spasms, sprained elbow, pulled groin, and 4 stitches in his right eye this year. Plus he has a lingering pinky issue that required surgery in the off-season that has yet to fully recover.

Once he gets rested and his body recovers, the Lakers are absolutely a better team with him on the court.

By: Morgan Spokny

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