Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I haven’t thought about that yet,” Scott said. “Maybe after the All-Star break, we’ll talk about something like that if necessary. But right now, that’s something we haven’t discussed.”The Lakers resume play after the All-Star break on Feb. 20. Until then, Scott downplayed any concerns about Bryant’s health despite his recent absences. “We both have a real good feel now,” Scott said. “He’s proven he still has a lot left in the tank.” Once he accepted his dream job to coach the Lakers last summer, Byron Scott sounded fully aware his success would partly hinge on how well he managed Kobe Bryant’s workload in his 19th NBA season.“One thing I’ll never do is sacrifice a player’s health for a basketball game,” Scott said before the season started. “If it can hurt him in the long run, I won’t do it.”A little more than four months later, Scott conceded he has failed to live up to that standard. Bryant sat out of Sunday’s game against Portland at Staples Center in what marked the third game he has missed in the past four games. “I’m just trying to make up for all the minutes I played him early to get him more rest,” Scott said. “It was overload. My number was higher and I played to my number. That had a lot to do with him being worn down a little bit.” Scott initially played Bryant between 30 to 40 minutes per game and even exceeded that threshold. Scott justified the move because the Lakers went into overtime in two games and they also had a four-day window between games in another scenario. But Scott conceded he should have restricted Bryant all season to around 31-32 minutes per game and sat him at least one night on all sets of back-to-back games. Scott also repeated that Bryant suggested a more conservative approach, though Scott reported the Lakers’ star remained willing to take on the heavy workload. Bryant has averaged 23 points on a career-low 37.5 percent shooting. So what prompted Scott still to play Bryant more than even the Lakers’ star suggested?“I didn’t take into serious consideration of him missing almost a whole year and him just getting back,” Scott said, referring to Bryant playing only six games last season amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. “I should have figured out that would have taken time. But watching his workouts and watching how great in shape he was in, I took a little too confidence expecting he could handle those kind of minutes. I was wrong.”Scott has since scaled back Bryant’s responsibilities. After sitting for three consecutive games last month, Bryant averaged 17 points on 40.9 percent shooting and eight assists in 31.4 minutes per game as a facilitator. Scott plans to rest Bryant on one night of the Lakers’ eight sets of back-to-back games, and will choose the first or second game depending on the schedule. Would Scott ever shut Bryant down for the 2014-15 season to preserve him for the final year of his contract?