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LA Lakers rumors: Kobe Bryant minutes to be limited in return to Lakers

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LA Lakers rumors about Kobe Bryant indicate a minutes limit is coming. These LA Lakers rumors stem from comments coach Mike D'Antoni made about Bryant returning to the lineup. According to a report from Saturday (Dec. 7), it might not even be a coaching decision that cuts back on the minutes the former NBA MVP might be getting.

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According to D'Antoni, "I don't think it's a magical number. He's totally well and ready to go. I think he'll be limited by his wind and ability to be able to take the pounding. So, I would be surprised if more than in the twenties. It shouldn't be any more than that." So there you have it. He is expected to be on the court a maximum of 29 minutes in his first game back. That game is Sunday (Dec. 8) against the Toronto Raptors in front of a rabid Staples Center crowd that has been waiting all season for this.

This might finally put an end to LA Lakers rumors regarding Kobe Bryant this season, especially since he already signed that contract extension to keep him with the team two more years. There might be stories about what the team can do to improve the roster, though, as it still appears there are missing pieces when it comes to making a run at the NBA Finals again. The team was 10-9 without him, so it will also be interesting to see if he gives them that needed push.

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