i love kobe, and i love watching him in the game, it wont be the same with out him, but... id rather him rest and be able to carry us into the playoffs.. 1 nite of of a little more fun is not worth any risk let him have a nice 5 days fully off to rest..
Stern knows if Kobe doesnt play, ratings will go down. He wants as much NBA promotion as he can get, even if it risks injury to players. He really shouldnt be playing. Im just glad he doesnt have to play the 3-point contest. Hopefully kobe just starts and plays only a little bit.