Bryant should play if he can

Lakers fans and pundits need to start trusting Bryant on his injuries

Updated: February 9, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Lakers have now won two straight games against tough opponents without Kobe Bryant in the lineup.

Does that mean the Lakers can handle their business without Bryant? Sure, for a little while.

Does it mean the Lakers are better without Kobe Bryant? Of course not.

Bryant listened to what his body was telling him in sitting out the last two games. The move interrupted his streak of 235 consecutive game played and denied him the joy he gets from playing in a hostile ...

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