Feb 24, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers won't push Kobe Bryant back

May 12, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and and point guard Steve Blake (5) react in the final seconds of game seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center. Lakers won 96-87. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On a day where the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t make as many moves as expected, Mitch Kupchak was asking on if the team will pressure Kobe Bryant to be back this season.

The Lakers (18-36) are tied for the worst record in the west, so it should come to no surprise that they would not pressure their star to come back.

It is to be seen if the Lakers will try to pursue Bryant to sit out the rest of the season when he’s closer to a return.

Bryant, 35, has endured probably endured one of his toughest seasons as a pro.

Playing in just 6 games, averaging 13.8 points, and the Lakers dropping down the standings, this will be a season for Bryant to forget.

With the Lakers in mid-rebuild and tank mode, they were looking to acquire assets and free up money for key players.

Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, and little used center Chris Kaman’s names were all brought up in rumors.

Steve Blake was sent to the Golden State Warriors for two young reclamation projects last night, a move that Bryant was not happy about.

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