The Los Angeles Lakers will seek their first victory since Kobe Bryant has returned from his achilles injury, and his arrival could not have been more timely. Since the Lakers do not currently have a healthy point guard on the roster with Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake all sidelined with injuries, coach Mike D’Antoni has turned to his team’s leader, Bryant, to guard one of the NBA’s quickest players – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
It will certainly be a tough task for a 35-year-old who is still shaking off the rust from an achilles injury to guard Westbrook, but D’Antoni has trust in the Black Mamba.
Kobe will start defensively against Russell Westbrook. D'Antoni: "I trust Kobe…"
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) December 13, 2013
In his season debut, Bryant scored just 9 points on 2-of-9 shooting, turning the ball over 8 times as well in Los Angeles’s loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Bryant seemed to be more Bryant-like on Tuesday, dropping 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
The Thunder host the Lakers on ESPN at 8:00 P.M. ET.