CSN Washington "This game at the Los Angeles Lakers shouldn't have been this difficult even without Paul Pierce and John Wall ailing, but it was every bit a struggle as they won their second game in a row and have a chance to end this four-game road trip with a winning record. Wall, despite a sore left..." January 28
Nick Young’s ankle will keep him out tonight.
Pro Basketball Talk "Jeremy Lin went from around 15 minutes a game to more than 30 minutes, to a DNP-CD, to almost 30 minutes again — and that was all in the span of two weeks. Ronnie Price used to be the starter, now he’s the third point guard in the rotation. Nick Young has seen his minutes fall (although there..." January 27
Pro Basketball Talk "Sunday night Lakers coach Byron Scott said he was holding out hope Kobe Bryant could still find a way to come back and play this season, even though every medical professional anyone spoke with said he would need surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff — which had detached from the bone — and that..." January 27
Lakers forward Julius Randle has changed representation, hiring CAA's Aaron Mintz and Steve Heumann. Randle was seventh pick in 2014 Draft.
Also Nick Young sprained his right ankle at the end of practice. Lakers luck
Nick Young on what the Lakers must do without Kobe: "Pretty much just give me the ball and get out of the way."
Houston Chronicle "As James Harden toyed with his hometown team, setting up teammates for open looks and taking a few for himself, Harden’s greatest challenge seemed to be deciding between all the ways he had to tear through the Lakers’ defense. He could drive to the rim or pull up. He could set up Rockets big..." January 26
Those around Kobe say he is definitively coming back to play next season. Doesn't want to go out like this.
CSN Washington "When Kobe Bryant made his first public comments after signing a two-year extension in November 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers were in Washington and the future Hall of Famer held a news conference at Verizon Center while a Washington Wizards banner hung behind him and a microphone with the Wizards’..." January 26
Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers returned home to host the Houston Rockets and unfortunately, the losing trend continued. The Lakers suffered their eighth straight defeat, falling 99-87. One thing that stood out was Lakers sixth man Nick Young failing to score in only nine minutes and not taking the..." January 26
Lakers listing Tarik Black as doubtful for tomorrow's game vs Houston. Black out with sprained right ankle last two games
Pro Basketball Talk "The one defining trait of Kobe Bryant’s 19 NBA seasons is the reason there will be a 20th: Put an obstacle in front of the man and he feels he has to overcome it. That latest obstacle is the torn rotator cuff that likely has ended his season (nothing will be official until Monday). Despite..." January 24
Byron is blaming himself for playing Kobe too much early on, wondering if that led to this injury. Byron said he apologized to Kobe.
Kobe Bryant and Lakers will likely wait until Monday to make a decision on treatment for his torn rotator cuff, league sources tell Yahoo.
ESPN.com "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Bryant suffered the tear during the second half of Wednesday night's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, though sources said he has been dealing with..." January 23
Kobe first injured this shoulder in the preseason, according to sources. Has been playing w/ it all year. It just got worse last night
ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will have an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday after tweaking it during a 96-80 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. While Bryant said it's unclear if he'll play Friday at San Antonio, he did try to downplay the injury. "I've played on a torn..." January 22
New Orleans Times-Picayune "For only the second time in his seven-year NBA career, Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon achieved a double-double Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Smoothie King Center. He emerged after finishing with 17 points and 10 assists. It was Gordon's first double-double since..." January 22
On Kobe Bryant, there's "concern" within Lakers this could be season-ending, source says. But nothing definitive until docs examine him.
The MRI on Kobe Bryant's right shoulder showed "a tear of the rotator cuff." Full press release attached: pic.twitter.com/2GAd8Vzw3L
Larry Brown Sports "Lakers fans aren’t used to the kind of losing that’s taking place this year and, rest assured, the organization will do what it can to return to winning ways as soon as possible. Magic Johnson would like to see the Lakers continue piling up losses to increase the chances of gaining a high pick..." January 22
Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant had a very public breakfast with Rajon Rondo during the Lakers trip to Boston earlier this season, in what may have been a bit of a feeling out process. The Lakers were reportedly interested in acquiring Rondo, but lacked the assets to get a deal done before Celtics GM Danny Ainge..." January 21
Forbes.com "What do you get when you combine a massive new $24 billion television contract, a nearly six-year bull market in equities creating tremendous wealth, and cheap credit? You get a massive rise in sports franchise values, with the NBA serving as ground zero for the current boom. The average NBA team..." January 21
Kobe Bryant will play tonight vs. NO, his first game action since last Thursday.
Byron Scott confirmed that after missing the last two games, Kobe (rest) and Ronnie Price (elbow) will start at NOP.
Pro Basketball Talk "Nick Young scores and – that’s about it. He doesn’t defend much. He doesn’t rebound. And he doesn’t pass. Here’s the NBA leaderboard for shots per assists (minimum: 500 minutes): Brook Lopez: 22.4 Andre Drummond :19.6 Enes Kanter: 19.2 Jonas Valanciunas: 18.7 Timofey Mozgov:..." January 20
Arizona Republic "For anyone back East bothering to stay up to watch a bad Lakers team that was resting Kobe Bryant, some reintroductions to the Suns were in order for the Thursday night NBA viewing crowd. The Suns were playing on TNT for the first time in two years and they would prefer that nobody recalls that..." January 20
Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has found himself at the center of some unfortunate gossip rumors, and they may have cost him a pretty penny. Last week, some photos surfaced that appeared to show Swaggy P hanging out with two ladies who were not Iggy. He was seen escorting them from his..." January 20
ESPN Los Angeles "Lakers coach Byron Scott said he's not surprised that Kobe Bryant has thought about retiring after this season even though he has one year remaining on his contract. "I'm sure it's probably crossed his mind more than once, but we haven't talked about that one bit," Scott said after the Lakers'..." January 19
Kobe Bryant came in and got treatment today. He'll make the 3-game road trip with the team but Byron hasn't determined how much he'll play.
As of now, Lakers are listing both Kobe Bryant (rest) & Ronnie Price (right elbow) as doubtful for Monday's game in Phoenix.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers got a must-needed 109-102 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, breaking a six-game losing streak. Before the game head coach David Blatt said the true component to turning things around is winning. "We got to win, more than anything else and we have..." January 16
ESPN Los Angeles "If the Los Angeles Lakers ultimately decide to shut down Kobe Bryant at some point this season, the 36-year-old Lakers star won't be happy with the decision but said he will comply. "I will do what they ask of me, but it's very, very hard for me to miss one game," Bryant said Thursday after..." January 16
USA Today "Of all the problems facing Byron Scott in his job as Los Angeles Lakers coach these days, earning respect from his players is not one of them. Such is life when you're a longtime NBA head coach who won three championships as a player with the same storied organization for which you now coach...." January 15
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Kobe Bryant couldn't hit a shot. Dwyane Wade couldn't take one. That made Tuesday night's 78-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center of far greater concern for the Miami Heat. Rewarding. But still of concern. "This may have been our most tough-minded win of the season,"..." January 14
Pro Basketball Talk "Right now, the Lakers are 10 games back of the eighth seed and the final playoff spot in the West. The Suns are on a 46-win pace with the Thunder and others chasing them, while the Lakers are on a 25-win pace. It’s safe to say the Lakers are not making the playoffs. With that reality, and..." January 14
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant has sat out three of the Los Angeles Lakers' past four games and six of their past 11 -- all in the name of rest after playing far too many minutes earlier this season. Lakers coach Byron Scott admits Bryant's heavy work load was his fault, but he's trying not to dwell on the..." January 13
Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers are not content to just play out their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. (Yes, even worse than last year.) They’re going to talk trade – and make sure you know they’re talking trade. There was the pursuit of Rajon Rondo, an offer just good enough to look serious but..." January 13
Oregonian "As the highlights unfolded one after the other, the pretty layups, the are-you-kidding me dunks, the three-point bombs, LaMarcus Aldridge found himself longing to be away from the court, soaking it all up with the rest of the Hollywood starlets. "I wanted to get some popcorn and just have a..." January 12
Los Angeles Times "Last week was a solid one for Wayne Ellington, one of few feel-good moments since his life was jolted by the murder of his father two months ago. The boost he felt last Wednesday was financial, his contract with the Lakers becoming fully guaranteed, but in such confounding times for Ellington..." January 12
SB Nation "Bryant sat out Sunday for the sixth time in 11 games and Byron Scott says he wants to make sure the team's star is healthy for next year. While there are no plans to do so right now, Lakers head coach Byron Scott acknowledged Sunday that the team may consider sitting Kobe Bryant down at some..." January 12
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game and third in the past four on Sunday as his Los Angeles Lakers fell 106-94 to the Portland Trail Blazers. "I talked to him this afternoon and told him he didn't even have to come tonight but he wanted to come anyway," Lakers coach Byron Scott said..." January 12
Wesley Johnson is a go for tonight's game against Portland. He'll start. Kobe Bryant's availability will be determined closer to game time.
Los Angeles Times "Tarik Black does something few other NBA players do. He thanks people around him. Continually. His coach. Reporters. Probably the cashier at the gas station for giving correct change. It's refreshing in a league where the average salary is nearly $5.5 million and athletes often expect the..." January 11
Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant began this season on a tear for the Lakers, logging heavy minutes and taking a ton of shots on what wound up being a nightly basis. Most believed the effort on Bryant’s part was an attempt to prove the doubters wrong; after suffering two major injuries over the past two seasons, he..." January 11
Kobe Bryant's status for Sunday's matchup still hasn't been determined. Byron will talk with him after shootaround and make a decision.
Byron on Wesley's availability tomorrow vs. Portland: "Probably 50/50, but what I saw today he looked pretty good." pic.twitter.com/0k5lmJLaDC