Jan 22, 2014; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant attends a game between the Duke Blue Devils and Miami Hurricanes at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant plans to play this season

Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant has played in just six of the Lakers’ 51 games this season.

Many pundits believe that with Bryant’s injuries, age (35) and the Lakers’ poor 18-33 record, Bryant should shut it down for the rest of the season and prepare for the 2014-15 season.

However, that isn’t what Bryant plans to do.

“My plan hasn’t changed,” Bryant said Sunday at an event to promote his newest signature sneaker, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Masterpiece via Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “I’m just going about it every single day just trying to get better. That’s my job. My job is to get my butt back out there on the court when I’m healthy enough to play and that hasn’t changed.”

As for just when Bryant will get back on the court?

“That I don’t know,” Bryant said. “It’s completely out of my control. I really got to sit here and just wait until this thing heals up and then go out there and do what I do.”

In his six games this season, Bryant averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game.

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