Sitting Kobe is good for Lakers

Sitting has been tough on Kobe Bryant, but it's actually good for the Lakers. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

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: