Although it will be his final All-Star Weekend as a player, Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he plans to get a lot of rest during the break.
After the team’s loss against the Cavaliers on Wednesday, Kobe said (according to ESPN) that his body aches all over… and is looking forward to a break. “[I] feel horrible,” he said. “My ankles, knees, everything. This stretch couldn’t come at a better time. My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. So, I’m looking forward to having a complete week where I just do nothing.”
After three seasons cut short by injury, Kobe announced his plans to retire this summer… after what will be his 20th NBA season.
Due to his stardom, fans selected him to start for the West in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on Sunday, giving him his 18th selection to the All-Star Game, the second-most behind fellow Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19.
Lakers coach Byron Scott said he trusts San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is coaching the Western Conference All-Star team, to play Bryant sparingly. “I know Pop is good,” Scott said. “So I know he’ll handle it.”