Kobe Bryant won't play tonight in Sacramento

Dave McMenamin has the news.

In a nutshell, Kobe Bryant will sit out the regular season finale tonight in Sacramento, ceding this year's scoring title to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. Kobe has said repeatedly over the last few days the scoring crown isn't important to him, and certainly anyone who didn't believe him before ought to now. Had he decided to strap 'em up and make a run at K.D. I would have understood, and this poll on the official Lakers Facebook page suggests Lakers fans wanted to see him go for it. Still, Kobe is unquestionably making the safer choice, and more than a few fingernails around town will probably be preserved.

With that, tonight becomes all about extended run for seldom used players like Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, along with everyone's first look at Christian Eyenga in a Lakers uni.