Kobe will 'play more than he has all season' in final game - Scott


Those tuning in to the Los Angeles Lakers' season finale hoping for max Kobe Bryant will not go unsatisfied.

Lakers coach Byron Scott is in the business of giving the people what they want.

So, when asked the burning question regarding Bryant's playing time in his final game at home against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Scott said he plans to milk the 37-year-old for every last minute of his career before the five-time NBA champion can ride off into retirement.

"He'll play more than he has all season long," Scott declared after Bryant played just 19 minutes in Tuesday's 112-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"We were down 30 points. I wasn't going to put him in for a minute. At the six-minute mark, or something like that, of the third quarter, he was coming toward the sideline and I asked him how he felt. He was kind of like, 'I'm all right.' I said, 'Well, let's just end this right now and just get you ready for Wednesday.' There was no argument whatsoever. He just knew that at that particular time, he was done."

Bryant maxed out at 37 minutes this season in a November game against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Scott already has gone on record about his desire to let the Lakers star run wild, "I almost just want to play him 48 minutes," he said Friday -- but that seems a tad unrealistic.

Bryant averaged just 27 minutes per game this season, and at some point there is only so much the old man can handle, as evidenced by his sideline Michelin Man impressions.

"No, stop that," Bryant scoffed at Scott's 48 minutes remark. "Unless you're playing on '2K.' That's about it."

A healthy estimation probably falls somewhere in the middle, just enough to give everyone their fill.