Saturday , Jan , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant Prefers Old-School Defensive Rules

When the Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday things are bound to get a little physical between the two bitter rivals who have combined to win 32 of the 62 titles in NBA history.

That’s quite all right with Kobe Bryant. He’d like to raise the stakes and increase the contact.

"I’m old-school," Bryant said after scoring 22 of his 24 points in the second half of the Lakers’ 99-91 win at Philadelphia on Friday.

"I’d like for us to go back to the old rules," Bryant said. "Get rid of the ‘crutch defense,’ known as the zone defense, and have guys guard man-to-man and stuff like that [and allow] hand checking and all that. I think that’s better basketball."