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Coach wants to play Kobe Bryant less

Updated: January 18, 2012, 12:07 PM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's offseason featured a trip to Germany for PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy treatments on his right knee and left ankle, and is currently playing with a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist. These factors, plus his age (33) and the compressed season's rigorous pace, provide head coach Mike Brown all the reason in the world to reduce the superstar guard's minutes.

But the opposite has taken place so far. Bryant is averaging 37.7 ...

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