Sitting Kobe is good for Lakers

Benching Bryant makes sense -- and should have been the plan all season

Updated: March 13, 2014, 2:17 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Kobe Bryant, Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman, Robert SacreKirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsSitting has been tough on Kobe Bryant, but it's actually good for the Lakers.

In what might be the least shocking news of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday that Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the season due to his still unhealed knee injury.

While the injury (a tibial fracture in his left knee) is not necessarily directly related to the torn Achilles tendon on the same leg, it is the kind of complication that should have been anticipated when dealing with a 35-year-old guard who has a ton of mileage and one of the reasons I suggested in April why the Lakers should have used the amnesty clause on Bryant.

Still, Lakers fans can derive some utility out of their star guard's absence. Here's how: