Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 3/26/12
Observing the closing minutes of the Lakers 102-96 loss to Memphis on Sunday night, it was hard to figure out. Why was Kobe Bryant anchored to the bench with the outcome still in doubt? A healthy Kobe sitting on the sideline in crunch time is pretty much unthinkable. Not on Sunday night, though. Coach Mike Brown pulled Bryant with 5:45 left during a timeout he called after watching his superstar miss a jumper, then stand around looking for a call while the Grizzlies raced down for an easy bucket and a 93-79 lead. Bryant, who didnt check back in until the 1:51 mark, with L.A. trailing 98-91, was visibly perturbed as the game wound down, but he wasn't about to question Brown after the game. If you guys are looking for a story, I'm not gonna give you one, said Bryant, who finished with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. I can't sit here and criticize the decisions (Brown makes). As a leader of this ballclub that's something I can't afford to do. I have to have his back; I've had hi...
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