Scott, the Lakers coach, said Bryant did light shooting and little else during practice here Monday. Scott added that Bryant would have a similar off-day Tuesday in advance of Wednesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The move to rest Bryant more during practices -- a tactic that Bryant has done several times in previous seasons -- comes after Bryant has mentioned his legs feeling heavy after recent games, which Bryant said had affected his shooting.
Bryant, now in his 19th season, is averaging 35.7 minutes per game, the 13th-most in the league entering Monday.
"You try to kind of work your way through it a little bit, but everything's short," Bryant said after a 6-for-22 night in a loss against Dallas on Friday. "It's just one of those 36-year-old [hiccups]."
Scott said Monday that Bryant “was upset with himself” because many of his shots were short in Sunday’s overtime loss to Denver, when Bryant shot 4-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter and overtime after shooting 6-for-10 in the first three quarters. Bryant tied his season-high with 44 minutes in the loss.
Scott said fatigue is normal, given that Bryant missed all but six games last season after fracturing his knee.
“I said, that’s expected when you haven’t played that long, you miss that length of time, being a year off,” Scott said, “and then you come back basically with a bang because that adrenaline is flowing.
“Then sooner or later, during the season, it’s going to catch up to you. We've just got to rejuvenate and get back there. He will. I think that this week at home, getting a couple days off here and there will definitely help him.”
Henry suffered the injury during practice, and an MRI confirmed it shortly thereafter.
"Results revealed a completely torn Achilles," according to a source.
Lakers coach Byron Scott said Henry suffered the injury during a three-on-three drill.
With four players sidelined in Nash, Randle, Kelly and Henry, it's expected that the Lakers will apply for a hardship exception from the NBA to add a 16th player to the roster, one more than the regular-season maximum. Once Kelly returns, the Lakers would need to trim their roster back down to 15.
LOS ANGELES -- Two of the Western Conference's worst teams played about as ugly as you'd expect, and neither really played like they really wanted to win Sunday's contest. After laying bricks for four quarters, these clubs needed five more brutal minutes to settle it with the Denver Nuggets topping the Los Angeles Lakers 101-94.
Stat of the game: Both teams combined to miss 112 field goals, including 48 from 3-point range. And, for good measure, they combined to miss 24 free throws. Like we said, a lot of bricks.
Turning point: Denver's Danilo Gallinari sank a contested 28-footer to give the Nuggets a 94-90 lead with 1:28 left in overtime. Though the Lakers made it a bit interesting in the final minute, they never came back from that shot.
Player of the game: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson finished with 16 assists, which was one more than the Lakers had as a team. Process that.
Highlight of the game: There wasn't much to choose from, but Wesley Johnson's thunderous one-handed, poster-worthy dunk over Gallinari with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter takes the cake. The crowd went bananas, as did the Lakers' bench, with Robert Sacre hugging everyone within sight. Johnson was fouled on the fast-break dunk and converted the free throw, giving the Lakers an 85-82 lead.
Kobe Bryant update: He shot 6-of-10 from the field in the first three quarters, then just 4-of-14 in fourth quarter and overtime. He missed a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left that could have pulled the Lakers to within one. He played 44 minutes, tying his season-high.
DALLAS -- On one side: a title contender whose star took less money.
On the other: a rebuilding crew, starring the NBA's highest-paid player.
For the traits that Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki share as 36-year-olds among the league's top-10 all-time leading scorers, that stark difference stood out most Friday during the Dallas Mavericks' 140-106 demolition of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Of course, it's not so simple to say that the 3-10 Lakers are struggling just because Bryant accepted a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension last season, a deal that eats a huge chunk of the Lakers' salary cap space.
Other factors are many: deals that never were (Chris Paul, thanks to "basketball reasons") and those that never panned out (Steve Nash, thanks to injuries); players that didn't stay (Dwight Howard) and free agents who never came (Carmelo Anthony).
Indeed, not all has gone the Lakers' way, though they haven't done too shabby historically when you consider the 16 banners hanging in Staples Center.
But in the end, they're bound for the lottery, under construction until further notice, and Bryant and his huge deal are targeted as a key reason for their plight.
"Did I take a discount? Yeah," Bryant said after a morning shootaround here, when he discussed his contract more than at any point since signing it.
"Did I take as big a discount as some of you fans would want me to? No.
"Is it a big enough discount to help us be a contender? Yeah.
"So what we try to do is be in a situation where they take care of the player and the player takes care of the organization enough to put us in a championship predicament eventually."
Bryant almost certainly didn't mean to use the phrase "championship predicament." But if it was a Freudian slip, well, it sure was fitting.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated the obvious about his squad: Nowitzki's deal made a huge impact in helping shape the roster, giving them the financial flexibility to add the high-profile and, more important, promising young free agent in Chandler Parsons that they had been chasing for so long.
"To me, it's not about money, it's about winning," Cuban said. "Different players have different attitudes."
Could a player make $24 million in the NBA's current punitive financial climate (as Bryant does this season) and legitimately say they’re interested in winning?
"Yeah, of course, as long as you can convince everybody else that you need to come play for the minimum," Cuban said with a laugh.
Cuban has long been poking fun at the Lakers on this topic, once calling them Shaq, Kobe and the "band of merry minimum [-salaried players]" in 2000 during Cuban's first season as an owner.
Nowitzki echoed Cuban's point that his deal was about winning, not money.
"I wanted to be on a good team," Nowitzki said. "I wanted to compete my last couple of years at the highest level. Ever since after the championship, we had a couple of rough years. We missed the playoffs one year, were the eighth seed twice I think, so that was really the main decision. I wanted to play at a high level my last couple years, and it kind of worked out with getting Parsons, with getting Tyson [Chandler] back here. We feel like we've got a good group, and hopefully we can make it work."
Bryant argued that Nowitzki's deal meant the German forward "wasn't playing in Los Angeles," and that difference matters.
After all, the Lakers have a 20-year, $3 billion deal with Time Warner Cable that hinges on ratings. They need Bryant, not only for that, but to justify ticket prices, to keep interest high during lost seasons. His value goes far beyond the court.
Yet the high cost of paying their cash cow what he legitimately might be worth ultimately hurts the Lakers' efforts to build around him, to be a contender.
Nowitzki will spend his golden years chasing another ring, while Bryant, for now, is only chasing personal records. Other factors are many, of course, but that stark difference is what rose above all else Friday, as two legends headed in opposite directions, their teams following suit.
ESPNDallas.com reporter Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.
Turning point: The Lakers had been allowing 110 points per game, and they gave up that in three quarters. It all went away from them in that third frame, when they were outscored 42-24, and it was all downhill from there, with the fourth quarter turning into lopsided garbage time during which many fans filed out to find a better way to spend their Friday night.
Stat of the game: 140. The Mavericks’ final point total tied for their most ever at the American Airlines Center. They also scored that much April 5, 2009 against Phoenix.
More fun with numbers: The Mavericks hit 18 3-pointers, the Lakers hit 5. The Mavericks had three players score 20 or more points, the Lakers had none.
Kobe Bryant update: He scored 17 points on 22 shots in 31 minutes. Not his finest outing. On the other side, Dirk Nowitzki had a tidy 23 points on 10 shots in 21 minutes.
"I think it means he's not playing in Los Angeles," Bryant said with a laugh.
The Mavs are being mysteriously elusive about details of Harris' lower right leg injury.
Harris declined to speak to the media after the Mavs’ shootaround, saying he had been told not to say anything and deferring questions to coach Rick Carlisle.
“He’s doing a little bit better,” Carlisle said. “We’ll have an announcement probably later in the day.”
About a half hour later, Carlisle sent reporters a text message saying Harris was out against the Lakers.
Carlisle declined to answer any follow-up questions about Harris, including how much the veteran guard participated in the shootaround.
Harris, who is averaging 8.6 points and 4.4 assists per game, did not play in the second half of Monday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets and sat out Wednesday’s win over the Washington Wizards. He said during the road trip that his leg had been bothering him for about a week before the decision was made for him to rest.