Lakers’ Byron Scott undecided on Kobe Bryant’s workload in back-to-backs this week

Lakers coach Byron Scott remains undecided if Kobe Bryant will play on a pair of back-to-backs this week. (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

Lakers coach Byron Scott remains undecided if Kobe Bryant will play on a pair of back-to-backs this week. (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

Kobe Bryant’s goal seems pretty simple.

The Lakers’ 37-year-old star wants to play in as many of the 13 remaining games as sore right shoulder will allow him. But his track record has shown that Bryant will not miss any final appearances in road venues or any home games against marquee teams or opponents.

That left Lakers coach Byron Scott still optimistic Bryant could play both when the Lakers (14-55) host the Memphis Grizzlies (40-30) on Tuesday at Staples Center and in Wednesday’s contest against Phoenix. But after Bryant missing six of the past 10 games because of his injury, the Lakers are still listing him as questionable.

“I hope he feels a whole lot better. That’s the biggest thing,” Scott said. “As much as I understand his priorities in he feels he needs to play, I still feel he has to take care of himself. I’m looking out for him 10 years down the line. I don’t want him to get some permanent damage in his shoulder where they have to do something reconstructive or crazy. That’s the only thing I’m saying to him right now.”

Scott plans to have more conversations with Bryant on Monday and likely on Tuesday leading up to game time.

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