LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant has been playing a lot of minutes for a 34-year-old NBA veteran in the last six games five of them Lakers wins. As they fight for their playoff lives, their heart, soul and conscience has been getting in an average of 45 minutes per game including 48 in Wednesday night's victory over Portland -- the Lakers biggest win of the season.
He poured in a career high 47 points as the Lakers took a full game lead over Utah for the last Western Conference playoff spot. It even over-shadowed the return of Metta World Peace to game action, just 12 days after arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee an incredible feat in itself. But Bryant has now been doing the superlative for 17 years.
Remarkable only begins to describe Bryants recent efforts, considering his basketball age is much older than his 34 chronological years.
With all the playoff games Bryants played in during his 17 seasons, the All Star games, the Olympics and its qualifying tournam...