Mike Brown won't limit Kobe Bryant

Updated: March 31, 2012, 12:51 AM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

In a perfect world, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown would love to reduce Kobe Bryant's minutes.

But with the playoffs approaching and the Lakers still working out kinks and jockeying for position in the standings, that's a luxury Brown simply doesn't have.

"All of our guys, if I can get any of our guys rest of any given day or any given night, I would love to do that," Brown said Friday afternoon at Lakers practice in El Segundo. "But right now, we can't afford to do that."

Brown didn't appear particularly concerned about any ill effects of Bryant playing high minutes, given the superstar's fitness level.

"His body's in great condition," Brown said. "But he's kind of a freak of nature. When he's 52, his body might be in peak condition."

The 33-year-old Bryant leads the NBA in total minutes (1,968) and ranks third in minutes per game (38.6).

Andy Kamenetzky covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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