posted on Mar, 19 2004 @ 11:19 AM
Last month, members of the Los Angeles Lakers' front office met to discuss whether Kobe Bryant should take a leave of absence from the team during the
regular season. The discussion centered on whether the toll of Bryant's ongoing trial in Colorado combined with playing was affecting the All-Star
guard to the point where he needed to rest.
Bryant is facing trial in Eagle, Colo., on sexual assault charges and missed a recent game to attend a pretrial hearing. He claims the sex was
Part of the proposed leave would have been punitive as well, sources told Aldridge, because Bryant had been late for several practices earlier in the
season. However, no consensus was reached on what to do, and the matter was shelved.
Despite missing 17 games this season, Bryant is averaging more minutes played (36.6 per game) and points (22.9) than any other Laker. Currently,
Bryant is the seventh leading scorer in the NBA.