Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe Bryant calls out President Trump for inspiring 'dissension and hatred'

    CBS Sports "During the Golden State Warriors' media day on Friday, Stephen Curry made it clear that he had no interest in going to the White House in honor of the team's championship, but noted that the team would discuss the opportunity, and make a final decision together. However, just about 12 hours..." September 23

  • Lakers to Retire Both Kobe Bryant Jersey Numbers

    SI "The Los Angeles Lakers will retire former guard Kobe Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys on Dec. 18, according to a report from TMZ and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The ceremony will take place during the game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant will be the 10th Laker player to have his..." September 12

  • Kobe Bryant's Lakers Jersey Retirement Reportedly Set for Dec. 18 vs. Warriors

    Bleacher Report "TMZ Sports reported Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey number on Dec. 18 prior to a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center in L.A. While TMZ Sports noted that the Lakers have yet to confirm, the organization said in a letter to..." September 12

  • John Wall seemingly accepts Kobe Bryant’s challenge to make NBA all-defensive first team

    Washington Post "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall’s latest source of motivation is a personal challenge from five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant. To coincide with the release of his latest Nike shoe, Bryant issued #MambaMentality challenges to five celebrities via social media Thursday. The former..." August 28

  • Luke Walton: Can Lonzo Be The Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

    TMZ "Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball. So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out. Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of..." August 16

  • Michael Jordan Ranks Kobe over LeBron: ‘Five Beats Three’

    SLAM Online "For Michael Jordan, greatness on the basketball court has always been defined by championships. Perhaps this is why MJ still won’t give LeBron James the nod over Kobe Bryant in terms of all-time legacy. At his Flight School camp on Monday in Santa Barbara, CA, Jordan emphatically answered..." August 02

  • Dwight Howard claims he never had beef with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "Revisionist history or not, Dwight Howard wants to set the record straight about his relationship with Kobe Bryant. Responding to a question from a Twitter user on Sunday, the eight-time All-Star center claimed that rumors of him beefing with Bryant in Los Angeles were nothing more than a media..." July 16

  • Paul Pierce Floated Forming A BIG3 Super Team With Kobe Bryant And Kevin Garnett

    Dime Magazine "When the BIG3 made its debut in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, the stands at Barclays Center were packed with fans looking to catch a glimpse of some of their former favorite NBA players back on the court. The marquee attraction for the BIG3 is Allen Iverson, even if he doesn’t want it to be..." June 27

  • Kobe Bryant: I'd 'probably' visit Trump at White House after winning NBA Finals

    CBS Sports "Ill feelings towards the Trump administration has led some professional athletes to declare their intentions to skip a visit to the White House if they win a championship so long as Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, but former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant isn't part of that..." June 08

  • Kyrie Irving sought Kobe Bryant’s advice about avoiding feud with LeBron James

    Sportsnaut "The Shaq-Kobe feud that prematurely ended the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty isn’t lost on Kyrie Irving, who is playing with an all-time great in LeBron James. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal played together eight years, winning three titles before O’Neal was shipped off to Miami in the midst of..." June 01

  • Barkley Stays Dumb with the Rings Debate: "If Lebron can beat the Warriors, I might put him on Kobe's level"

    The Big Lead "Charles Barkley is great television, but if you listen to the words actually coming out of his mouth, it’s mostly buffoonery. Barkley relentlessly bashes the Warriors as soft jump shooters; somebody at TNT needs to show him the offensive and defensive stats from the teams he played on in the 80s..." May 23

  • Kobe Bryant is still clutch, helps student avoid taking final exam

    The Sports Daily "Kobe Bryant may have called it quits as far as his NBA career goes, but he’s still active on social media. And when one particular student sent him a tweet in search of some assistance, Bryant came through in the clutch. The high school student informed Kobe that an agreement was in place..." May 19

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers plan to involve Kobe in decisions

    USA Today "Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson has reached out to former Laker Kobe Bryant for advice since stepping into his new role. Bryant, who retired at the end of last season, had previously said he’s one call away, but didn’t want to have an official role with the organization. Johnson had..." May 19

  • Kobe sends jersey, shoes to brother of teen killed by police

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant sent a special birthday gift to Kevon Edwards, the brother of Jordan Edwards, the unarmed 15-year-old who was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer while leaving a party last month. The former NBA star mailed Kevon a signed Lakers jersey and two pairs of his signature shoes, to..." May 16

  • Paul George to work out with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to acquire Paul George at some point over the next year or so, and Kobe Bryant may be in the best position to start the recruiting process. In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week, George was asked about the abundance of rumors..." May 16

  • LaVar Ball back at it again, says Lonzo doesn't need any advice from Kobe

    CBS Sports "If you had Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the "Which NBA star will LaVar Ball take a shot at next?" pool, congratulations my friend. In an interview on ESPN Radio 710 in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, the outspoken father of former UCLA point guard and future NBA Draft lottery pick Lonzo Ball,..." May 11

  • Kobe: Cavs-Warriors III wouldn't be bad for NBA

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest to ever play basketball. As the winner of five championships, an MVP and many other accolades, it would make sense people give weight to his basketball opinions. In an interview with ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, Bryant talked about the negativity surrounding the..." May 10

  • Kobe happy to aid Isaiah Thomas; says he's open book for NBA's players

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant might be retired but he hasn't stopped watching game film. He tells ESPN.com he keeps his personal laptop handy at the offices of Kobe Inc. and continues to make it readily available when he arrives home in the evening. "You never know who might call," Bryant chuckles. Celtics..." May 10

  • Kobe Bryant helping Celtics' Isaiah Thomas with playoff preparation

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant reached out to him after Thomas' sister passed away last month and has been helping him break down playoff game film. Thomas said he emailed game clips to Bryant after Boston fell into a 2-0 hole against..." May 03

  • Kobe says Jackson-Melo feud not beyond reconciliation

    New York Post "Phil Jackson attended the premiere Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival of the animated movie Kobe Bryant made from his poem “Dear Basketball.’’ Considering the wars Bryant and the Knicks president waged in print and in public back in their Lakers days, maybe there is hope for the Zen Master and..." April 27

  • Kobe Bryant says he doesn't miss playing in the NBA: 'No, I don't ... It's crazy'

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is known as one of the fiercest competitors the NBA has ever seen, so you would think that now, with the playoffs heating up and competition reaching its peak, Bryant would miss the game more than ever. But apparently, he doesn't. That's what he said Monday on "Good Morning..." April 24

  • Kobe Bryant, Known AAU Hater, Is Starting His Own Youth Basketball League

    Complex "Kobe Bryant has the same perspective on AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball as seemingly every other former baller out there. Former greats watch youth basketball today and comment on it like Uncle Drew: “Back in my day…we got buckets.” So, what’s wrong with it? Primarily, kids seek their..." April 22

  • Kobe Bryant Studied How Sharks Hunt Seals to Guard Allen Iverson

    SLAM Online "After Allen Iverson torched him for 41 points early on in their respective Hall of Fame careers, Kobe Bryant became obsessed with trying to slow down The Answer. Bean’s search for a solution led him to study “how great white sharks hunt seals off the coast of South Africa”, because, of course..." April 18

  • Lakers want Ingram to work with Kobe this summer

    L.A. Daily News "For a player determined to keep his aggressiveness and become the Lakers’ next leader, Brandon Ingram will soon consult a key figure that once fulfilled that role for nearly two decades. Kobe Bryant. When Ingram met on Thursday with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson..." April 15

  • Jim Buss Tried To Give Shares Of Lakers To Kobe Bryant

    Real GM Basketball "Jim Buss tried to offer Kobe Bryant shares of the Los Angeles Lakers in show of appreciation last season. Dr. Jerry Buss had done the same with Magic Johnson in the 1990s. But Jim Buss didn't research or understand that the trust doesn't allow that kind of transfer of ownership. The thought..." April 12

  • Kobe Bryant Reveals Why He Never Missed Games for Rest

    Obsev "Kobe Bryant came to LeBron James' defense over the mini outrage that Brons' resting for a game a week and a half ago spawned—but that doesn't mean Bryant himself would do the same. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers came under fire after he and fellow stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat out..." March 30