Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • George: Kobe had advice for injury downtime

    ESPN.com "Paul George said this week he got encouragement from a unique source to deal with his broken leg earlier this year. Kobe Bryant. George, who is likely to miss the entire season for the Indiana Pacers, told the Los Angeles News Group in an interview that Bryant called him immediately after..." December 17

  • Kobe Bryant's more like Mike than ever, passing Jordan on points list

    Los Angeles Times "For all the hardware he'd accumulated in his life — championship rings, MVP trophies, All-Star awards — one peculiar item heralded the imminent appearance of the NBA's third-leading scorer at a postgame news conference. A green plastic bucket filled with ice. It was carried into a warm,..." December 15

  • Kobe Bryant says he sees reflection of himself in Andrew Wiggins

    Pro Basketball Talk "On one side you saw one of the game’s all-time greats reaching a new milestone and not letting up. Kobe Bryant is still performing, still putting up impressive numbers at age 36 (coming off two major surgeries) and in passing Michel Jordan on the all-time scoring list he is a testament to getting..." December 15

  • Who’s better? Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on verge of surpassing Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list

    L.A. Daily News "Kobe Bryant sat on the team bus, offering unmatched confidence as a high school senior on how he would fare against one of his favorite idols. “I remember Kobe saying, ‘Michael Jordan can’t stop me,’” said David Lasman, one of Bryant’s former teammates at Lower Merion, a suburban high school..." December 12

  • Kobe Unhappy At Practice, Calls Lakers ‘Soft Like Charmin’

    Lakers Nation "With the Lakers having an awful start to the season, frustrations are bound to begin boiling over. Even after Tuesday’s victory over the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers still sit at 6-16, well below what they expect. Kobe Bryant is one of the most demanding people in NBA history and he voiced his..." December 12

  • Kobe to start at point guard? 'I'm thinking about it,' Scott says

    Orange County Register "It is no surprise to see Kobe Bryant with the ball in his hands at the end of games. But late in Tuesday’s 98-95 win over the Sacramento Kings, it was by design. Coach Byron Scott opted to eschew a traditional backcourt, playing Bryant at point guard for all but the final 34 seconds of the..." December 11

  • Kobe Bryant as the Lakers' starting point guard? Don't laugh

    Los Angeles Times "It's not comparable to Magic Johnson starting an NBA Finals game at center, but Kobe Bryant might eventually start at point guard. It’s even been discussed in the past. “I’ve thought about starting him at the point and I even talked to him about it,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. “I..." December 10

  • Lakers GM Says Kobe Will Retire at End of Contract: "This Is Going to Be It"

    Complex "At 36 years old, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is reaching the end of his career. However, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak believes that it will be coming even sooner than some of us may think. According to Kupchak, Bryant, whose current contract with the team is set to expire after the 2015-2016..." December 09

  • Sources: Kobe-Rondo breakfast simply social

    ESPN Los Angeles "The intriguing breakfast between Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo on Thursday morning in Boston was indeed just breakfast. The two stars had planned for weeks on meeting up for a meal when the Lakers were in Boston, sources told ESPN.com. While..." December 05

  • Kobe Bryant chases only a brighter future with the Lakers

    Yahoo! Sports "They want Kobe Bryant to rage into the ruins, traffic tantrums and tirades over this lost cause. Just wait, everyone says. Just watch the fury unleash and watch Bryant burn down this franchise. They think that'll be the end of his story, the end of his Lakers life. Only Bryant refuses to give..." December 04

  • Kobe Bryant explains why he's still patient despite Lakers' failures

    SB Nation "The notoriously competitive 19-year NBA veteran is doing his best to stay patient amid a losing Lakers season. The losses have been piling up for the Los Angeles Lakers this year, but superstar guard Kobe Bryant's loyalty to the franchise has not wavered. Addressing speculation that he might be..." December 04

  • 'Exhausted' Bryant sits out shoot around

    Orange County Register "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..." December 02

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    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

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  • Who will save the Lakers from Kobe?

    ESPN.com "After a recent blowout loss, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant talked about crime. Or, more specifically, Bryant talked about fighting crime, about being a hero. His metaphor centered on his team trailing by double digits -- nothing new for the Lakers this season -- and the feeling that it..." November 27

  • Kobe Bryant: “We’re not a 3-11 team. We’re not.”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lenendary NFL coach Bill Parcells once said: “You are what your record says you are.” Kobe Bryant disagrees. Via Baxter Holmes of ESPNLA.com. There are a lot of people who side with Kobe, at least about this Lakers team, which is 3-11 to start the season. A lot of die hards around the..." November 26

  • Lakers aim to get Kobe more rest in practices

    ESPN Los Angeles "Byron Scott said he wants to start resting Kobe Bryant more during practice days to preserve the Los Angeles Lakers star for games, where Scott would like to keep playing Bryant between 30 to 40 minutes. Scott, the Lakers coach, said Bryant did light shooting and little else during practice..." November 25

  • Kobe Bryant close to passing Michael Jordan on NBA all-time scoring list

    Los Angeles Times "Despite denying it, Kobe Bryant considers it highly important to pass Michael Jordan's career scoring mark. So says one of Bryant's closest ex-teammates. Bryant is only 218 points from passing Jordan for third on the NBA all-time list after scoring 27 on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. "I..." November 24

  • Bryant says he took large enough discount for Lakers to contend

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant wants the Lakers to contend for championships. Yes, even after he signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension that makes him the NBA’s highest-paid player, though a deal below his potential max salary. There are a few arguments here, and while they’re related, they’re..." November 23

  • Kobe Bryant says he and KD didn't mean comments about Howard

    CBSSports.com "n the Los Angeles Lakers' opening night loss to the Houston Rockets, Kobe Bryant got into a tussle with Dwight Howard, and later had some insulting, and extremely NSFW words for his former teammate. Then last Sunday in a Thunder loss to the Rockets, Kevin Durant called Howard a name as well. On..." November 21

  • Kobe Bryant surpasses 32,000 career point mark

    Los That Sports Blog "Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured a miserable season thus far but the star guard lifted some of the gloom by surpassing the 32,000-point mark during his team’s 114-109 road victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Bryant, who is fourth on the all-time NBA scoring list, notched 28..." November 19

  • Kobe Bryant explains why he shoots so much: 'We can't just sit back and watch crime happen'

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Lakers are 1-9 – the worst start in team history – but Kobe Bryant is still second in the league in scoring. The 36-year-old dropped 44 points on the Warriors Sunday on 15-of-34 shooting, bringing his field goal percentage to 37%. Bryant broke the NBA record for most missed field..." November 17

  • Kobe Bryant admits he’s “jealous” of Tim Duncan’s stability in San Antonio

    L.A. Daily News "They would soon spend over the next decade competing for NBA championships. They would become arguably this generation’s best players at their respective positions. They would demonstrate how two players can share the same competitive drive despite having glaringly different personalities. But..." November 14

  • Kobe Bryant reveals the only missed shots he regrets

    SB Nation "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has never been shy about shooting the ball since starting his NBA career nearly two decades ago. He's a gunner, through and through, and it's why he'll go down in history as one of the most prolific scorers the league has ever seen. That proclivity to shoot..." November 12

  • Kobe Bryant breaks record for most missed field goals in NBA history

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant made history on Tuesday night when he broke the NBA record for most missed field goals of all time. He tallied the 13,418th miss of his career during the fourth quarter against Memphis. Bryant broke Celtics legend John Havlicek’s old record of 13,417 career missed field..." November 12

  • Could Kobe head east for a win-win

    NBA.com "I still think the best move for both sides is Kobe Bryant to the Knicks, although the Lakers are now on a one-game winning streak. But, OK, you don’t like that one? And, no, I still cannot see Kobe riding it out for two more years in L.A. no matter what he says. They could get a little better next..." November 11

  • Kobe Bryant's plans won't change with one Lakers win

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant didn't do cartwheels out of the Staples Center on Sunday night, when his Los Angeles Lakers won for the first time in six tries this season by downing the Charlotte Hornets 107-92. It was Nov. 9, for Magic's sake, meaning a win of any kind this time of year has about as much..." November 10

  • How Kobe Bryant could be traded to team like Knicks, and why trade may never happen

    New York Daily News "Kobe Bryant trade rumors on the Internet are now second only to Kim Kardashian photos with her baby. With each successive Lakers loss, speculation grows that Bryant could spend the twilight of his brilliant career with a championship contender and perhaps even reunite with Phil Jackson and..." November 05

  • Durant taking Kobe's advice to heart

    ESPN.com "After suffering the first significant injury of his career, Kevin Durant got some advice from another superstar forced to grow used to watching his team from the bench -- Kobe Bryant. "Kobe reached out to me at one point right after I got out of surgery," Durant told ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike"..." November 04

  • Kobe Bryant: I don't even think about leaving the Lakers

    Yahoo! Sports "With the Los Angeles Lakers still searching for their first victory of the season, Kobe Bryant's quest for a sixth NBA championship has never appeared more difficult. Bryant, however, isn't ready to start issuing trade demands. "I hear the chatter of Kobe should ask out and he should go and..." November 03

  • Kobe Bryant tells Jeremy Lin 'to run the offense'

    SB Nation "The Lakers' backcourt is already having some chemistry problems just a couple games into the season. Two games into the Los Angeles Lakers' season, Kobe Bryant is already vocalizing his frustrations with the team's performance on the court. Following a 119-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on..." October 30

  • Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

    Real GM Basketball "The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the..." October 30

  • Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to sign another contract in 2016

    USA Today "Know this much about Jeanie Buss and her perspective on the final chapter of Kobe Bryant’s storied career: she hopes it doesn’t end anytime soon. In a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers president and governor said she wants the 36-year-old Bryant to sign..." October 28

  • Lakers’ Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant’s playing time between 30-40 minutes

    Inside Socal "After only playing in six games amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee, it appears that Kobe Bryant finally has a positive health report. “He’s good,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. Bryant averaged 19 points and four assists in 26.7 minutes through six exhibition..." October 28

  • Melo: Would love to play with Kobe

    ESPN New York "Carmelo Anthony heard "MVP" chants from the Madison Square Garden crowd as the New York Knicks held an open practice Sunday afternoon. So yes, it's good to be back in New York after a summer of free agent visits to Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston. Anthony ultimately chose to remain in..." October 27

  • Jeanie Buss thinks you're a loser if you don't want to play with Kobe

    CBSSports.com "The scuttlebutt around the league this week has been whether or not the assertion that Kobe Bryant is the cause for the downfall of the Los Angeles Lakers is a fair one. Following an article in ESPN The Magazine about Bryant being blamed for the reason Jim Buss and the Lakers have been unable to..." October 24

  • Lakers shut down Kobe for rest of preseason

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will sit out the team's final two preseason games, coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. The Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and Sacramento Kings on Friday. "I just think he needs some rest," Scott said. "I think he's shown me enough. I..." October 23

  • Kobe shrugs off critical article, cites 'cycle'

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he has learned the ebb and flow of the media cycle over the course of his 19-year career and that it has given him the perspective to decide when he wants to react to criticism and when he wants to let it go. In his first time speaking to media after an..." October 22

  • Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Lakers downfall?

    ESPN.com "NOT LONG AFTER the final horn of Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Champagne-soaked Lakers captain Derek Fisher, who carries a reputation as an NBA stoic, screamed with glee. "We just gettin' started, baby!" he bellowed from beneath his freshly minted back-to-back-title cap. In case anyone missed it, he..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant believes Lakers will play “smashmouth basketball”

    Inside Socal "The NBA championship trophies sitting near the window in Jeanie Buss’ office may greet the Lakers every time they step foot on the practice floor. The celebrity starpower that still watch the Lakers at Staples Center may seem captivating. Even Byron Scott’s presence as the Lakers’ coach may spark..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you f*** this up

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle had one of his better games of the preseason on Sunday night against the Utah Jazz. The 19-year old scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. There will likely be some growing pains for Randle throughout the season, but Kobe Bryant..." October 20

  • Kobe Bryant calls ESPN a 'bunch of idiots'

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant doesn't sugar coat things and in his 19th season in the NBA it's doubtful he's going to start. ESPN released their annual rankings of NBA players and named Bryant as the 40th best in the league. Hard to believe but according to the "worldwide leader in sports" there are 39 players..." October 18

  • Kobe, Scott talk about limiting minutes, but no specifics are revealed

    ESPN Los Angeles "How many minutes will Kobe Bryant play per game this season? Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said Wednesday that he and his star have, in fact, reached an agreement on the matter, but Scott declined to reveal the exact figure. "His number was lower than mine," Scott said after Lakers..." October 16

  • Kobe Bryant urges NBA players to fight for market value

    Inside Socal "Kobe Bryant went on the offensive. But it had nothing to do with going on a scoring binge. It had everything to do with challenging NBA players both to fight for their market value and expose the hypocrisy surrounding NBA owners. “We are overpaid,” Bryant said Tuesday, shortly less than a year..." October 15

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant mentoring Jeremy Lin on defense

    L.A. Daily News "The workload for Jeremy Lin seems as heavy as any advanced course he took at Harvard. “Jeremy’s biggest challenge, which he loves, is I’m really going to challenge him to be a great defensive player because he can,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “He has the speed. He has the length. He has the..." October 11

  • Kobe, Nash to start in preseason home opener

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will start in the backcourt again for the Los Angeles Lakers in their second preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Both started together Monday for the first time since March 30, 2013, and Thursday will mark the first time since March 23, 2013..." October 09

  • Kobe Bryant lashes out at the new NBA TV deal

    SB Nation "The Lakers' star doesn't want to hear about players having to sacrifice while owners make bank on the league's $24 billion television contract. The new NBA TV deal is worth a whopping $24 billion over the next nine years, which will make owners very rich. As Wizards head man Ted Leonsis said in..." October 07

  • Chris Paul On Kobe Bryant's Return: 'I Think He's Going To Be Great'

    ThePostGame.com "The Clippers' second game of the upcoming NBA season will be Halloween night against the Lakers. Kobe Bryant didn't face the Clippers last season as injuries limited him to six games, and question marks linger about how effective he might be, given his age and health. But Clippers star Chris Paul..." October 03

  • Kobe Bryant says Mike D'Antoni thought differently about winning

    CBSSports.com "The Los Angeles Lakers are not an organization that acts as one of the doormats of the league, but following the worst season in the Los Angeles era for the franchise, they sort of look just lik that. While they've improved the roster of their team from last season, even the return of a healthy..." October 01

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Lakers coach Byron Scott said Kobe plans on playing in all 8 preseason games to get the rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready.

  • Kobe Bryant unloads on former coach Mike D'Antoni, again

    SB Nation "It's pretty well known that Kobe Bryant wasn't a big fan of former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, and Bryant said as much Monday. "D'Antoni and I didn't have the same philosophy on winning. For me, it's winning and no in between...it's championship or a waste of time," Bryant..." September 30