EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- How many minutes will Kobe Bryant play per game this season? Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said Wednesday that he and his star have, in fact, reached an agreement on the matter, but Scott declined to reveal the exact figure.
"His number was lower than mine," Scott said after Lakers practice. "That surprised me. It helped me as well."
Scott shared no specifics beyond saying the figure would be between 30 and 40 minutes per game. Bryant didn't speak to reporters after practice.
For his career, Bryant has averaged 36.6 regular-season minutes per game.
Scott also said he and Bryant have not talked about whether Bryant would sit out any games, including back-to-back matchups.
"He wants to play every game," Scott said. "He wants to play every preseason game and every regular-season game."
The reasons Bryant would be limited in games are twofold.
First, Bryant played only six games this past season because of a fractured left knee. The season before, he suffered an Achilles injury in the same leg.
But beyond the injuries, the 36-year-old Bryant has also played a whopping 54,208 total minutes (regular season and playoffs) in his 18-year NBA career.
That's higher than all but four other players in NBA history: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (66,297), Karl Malone (62,759), Jason Kidd (56,199) and Wilt Chamberlain (55,418).
Obviously, with such high mileage on his legs, both Bryant and the Lakers realize the need to limit him, especially after his recent injuries.