OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he doesn't take charges, and he's got a reason for it.
Bryant said Tuesday that he learned from watching former NBA greats that the price for trying to draw offensive fouls against opponents is injuries that could linger after his playing days.
Bryant says he believes Scottie Pippen and Larry Bird both hurt their backs by taking charges, but Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson never did and both remained relatively healthy through their careers.
Bryant discussed the topic after the Lakers forced only four turnovers against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 119-90 blowout loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The NBA record for fewest turnovers in a game is three.
The Lakers forced the fewest turnovers in the league this season.