Kobe Bryant did not participate in the Lakers’ morning shoot around in suburban Detroit, instead staying at the team hotel after coach Byron Scott said he looked “exhausted” on Monday.

“This is all about trying to preserve his body as much as possible and let him get as much rest (as possible),” Scott said. “Because his recovery time is the most important thing right now. We want him to be as strong as he can be for the games.”

Bryant logged 44 minutes and posted a triple-double in the Lakers’ overtime win over Toronto on Sunday at Staples Center.

The Lakers (4-13) play the Pistons (3-14) on Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills at 4:30 p.m. Pacific.
Bryant did not participate in practices or shoot around last week during a three-game homestand, and, at least for now, appears to be on a similar road schedule.

The Lakers will not shoot around prior to Wednesday’s game in Washington, and will have a day off Thursday before playing Boston on Friday.