Sunday , Oct , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant Looks Tired

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant Looks TiredAfter all Kobe Bryant’s talk of feeling younger than ever, you’d expect him to have come out stronger in the preseason.  According to Phil Jackson, however, the reigning MVP isn’t looking quite right.

Gasol seems to be faring fine on the court this month, but Bryant has looked fatigued at times, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

"Kobe still looks to me like his legs might be a little bit tired," Jackson said. "So I constantly ask him if he wants to take a day off or if he needs a day off. I check in with him." – LA Times

Is this just another motivational tactic from Phil Jackson or could Kobe still be recovering from his Olympic experience?  Would it have been wiser for him to get his finger repaired and take a couple of weeks off?  Let us know what you think in the comment box.