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Can the Lakers contain Kobe Bryant?

November 07, 2012|By Houston Mitchell

Join us for our Google+ Hangout today at 11:30 a.m., when Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and Clippers writer Brad Turner discuss the two teams. Sure to be a hot topic is Lakers Coach Mike Brown saying he wants to limit Kobe Bryant's playing time. As Bresnahan wrote earlier this week,

"Almost every Lakers coach has said it since 1996, with the exception of Del Harris. He was lucky enough to get a young, vibrant Kobe Bryant.

"Phil Jackson, in his second tour with the Lakers, wanted to limit Bryant's playing time. So does current coach Mike Brown. Rudy Tomjanovich might have wanted the same thing too, but his tenure was, uh, a little short.

"Lakers coaches say they want to curb Bryant's chances of injury and stress on a now-34-year-old body that has logged 51,166 career minutes. They often can't deliver.

"Bryant is averaging 37 minutes a game in four games this season, above his career average of 36.5.

"The one thing I want to try to really do is be conscious of Kobe's minutes," Brown said Tuesday.

"Here we go again."

If you have a question for Bresnahan or Turner, email it to sportshangout@latimes.com and we will try to answer it during the show.

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