Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni recently moved Kobe Bryant on the ball defensively, asking him to spend tremendous energy guarding younger, athletic guards like Kyrie Irving and Brandon Jennings.
Will D'Antoni stick with that plan with Bryant, even if it wears him down?
"How many more games do we have?" joked D'Antoni. "Unless he dies before ... like an old mule, you've got to shoot him. No, he can do it; and you know what? There will be games where we take him off and put him on Dwyane Wade for example," laughed D'Antoni.
Naturally, if Bryant is guarding the point guard, Steve Nash is going to have to defend a bigger player. In some cases it will be the opposing shooting guard or a small forward.
D'Antoni isn't worried about Nash getting exposed often on the cross match.
"Well, he doesn't get hurt down there and he's always in the right position," said D'Antoni. "We do have Dwight Howard behind him."
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