Superstar Kobe Bryant spent four of the last six minutes of the Lakers' 102-96 loss to Memphis on Sunday sitting on the bench, a move that Times reporter Mike Bresnahan tells CineSport's Noah Coslov was "very surprising."
Bresnahan, who has covered the Lakers for eight years, says he cannot remember Bryant spending that much time on the bench during a competitive game.
Bryant was taken out of the game with 5:45 to play and the Lakers down, 93-79. He remained on the bench with his left hand tucked under his chin while Coach Mike Brown left Metta World Peace on the floor. Even fans took notice, with one yelling, "Where's Kobe?!" and others chanting, "Ko-be, Ko-be."