Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe Bryant on Kevin Garnett’s Retirement Announcement: "I Loved Every Minute I Competed Against You"

    Complex "Elite basketball players tend to hold other elite players in the highest regard whenever they speak about or see each other. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett held this mutual respect for 20 years, and both are now on the other side of the game as retirees. After KG officially announced his retirement..." September 25

  • Kobe Bryant congratulates ‘big brother’ Shaq on Hall of Fame

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bryant would’ve loathed calling Shaquille O’Neal his big brother and heaping praise on the center. Shaq didn’t work as hard as Kobe. Shaq didn’t take basketball as seriously as Kobe. Shaq didn’t always play with the ferociousness of Kobe. But, man, Shaq sure could play." September 09

  • Phil Jackson says he briefly considered trading Kobe Bryant for Grant Hill

    CBS Sports "As we know through various Phil Jackson books, there were some real trying times between the Hall of Fame coach and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. As Bryant was coming up in the NBA and learning how to be a superstar, he didn't always buy into the team harmony concept Jackson was preaching..." September 02

  • Jackson clarifies 'uncoachable' claim, says Kobe sensitive to criticism

    Today's Fastbreak "Phil Jackson spent a total of 11 years coaching Kobe Bryant. Here’s PJ’s take on the many twists and turns, as well as the very positive outcome of their long-term relationship. “Kobe showed up at the press conference that introduced me as the new Lakers coach. He came up to my hotel room..." September 02

  • Kobe: ‘A real competitor’ would not be intimidated by Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant wouldn’t be scared of the Golden State Warriors, and he doesn’t think you should be either. Bryant appeared on Thursday’s edition of “The Jim Rome Show” and said he was happy for Kevin Durant, but he wouldn’t be scared of him and his teammates. “I was happy for him. This is..." August 26

  • Kobe has a perfect response for which number Lakers should retire

    CBS Sports "With the retirement of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant official, we now have few things to count down to with Kobe's post-career life. One of those things is his eventual induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The other one is the Lakers' organization..." August 26

  • Kobe Hints That He Wants Lakers to Retire Both of His Numbers

    12 Up "​Happy Kobe Bryant Day, everybody! As difficult as Kobe was to manage in his playing days, the headaches may continue well after he has said his final farewells to the Lakers organization. Bryant's iconic number will be retired sooner rather than later, but thats already now a problem. Los..." August 25

  • Should you film Kobe Bryant eating in a restaurant?

    SI "Here’s a video of Kobe Bryant eating with his family in a restaurant somewhere, probably in California. In the video, Kobe catches the cameraperson filming him and stares angrily into the lens (probably a phone camera but let’s cover all our bases). It’s 19 seconds long and nothing else..." August 24

  • Kobe Bryant starts $100M venture-capital fund

    SI "Retired NBA guard Kobe Bryant announced Monday the creation of a venture-capital fund, investing $100 million in technology, media and data companies. Bryant, 37, will team up with Jeff Stibel, an entrepreneur and investor. The Los Angeles-based company will be called Bryant..." August 22

  • Kobe Bryant gives his scouting report on Brandon Ingram and D'Angelo Russell

    Fox Sports "Kobe Bryant's playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers might be over, but that doesn't mean the Black Mamba isn't closely following the only team he played for during his 20-year career. The recently retired Lakers icon caught a glimpse of the team's No. 2-overall pick Brandon Ingram, and he..." August 17

  • Kobe offers to train young Lakers despite retirement

    The Score "The Black Mamba has retired, but he'll remain an influence on Los Angeles Lakers basketball for some time to come. Kobe Bryant told Mike Bresnahan of TWC Sportsnet that he would make himself available to young Lakers who seek his mentorship. "I would love to come by," Bryant said of helping..." August 17

  • Raja Bell Details Why Manu Ginobili Was Harder To Guard Than Kobe Bryant

    Uproxx "Raja Bell’s battles with Kobe Bryant are legendary. One of basketball’s most aggressive wing defenders and a notorious hothead, the former Phoenix Suns guard went toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Lakers icon on 44 separate occasions from December 2001 to February 2012. The statistics, as you..." August 11

  • Did Gerald Wallace Bet Kobe $500K on a Free Throw?

    Black Sports Online "I’m not a lip reading specialist, but I have watched this several times and it looks legit. Since this is Kobe Bryant, it’s totally believe that he would stake a half-million dollars on a crucial free throw attempt, just for the fun of it." July 30

  • Team USA double-checks with Kobe Bryant about not competing in Rio

    CBS Sports "Team USA practice started this week, and for the first time in nine years Kobe Bryant was not part of the team's Olympic preparation. Bryant told reporters in January he'd decided to decline to participate following his retirement last season. However, that didn't stop Team USA and Coach K from..." July 20

  • Kobe pens cryptic letter warning his younger self not to give money to family

    Fox Sports "With his NBA career over, Kobe Bryant has moved into a new era in his life as a storyteller -- and his latest tale is an emotional roller coaster. Bryant, who's the Editorial Director for player-centric website "The Players' Tribune," wrote a rather vague letter to his 17-year-old self on..." July 20

  • Coach K asked Kobe about availability for Rio: 'He's still part of our program'

    The Score "Kobe Bryant could scarcely have closed out his NBA career in more fitting fashion, but the Team USA brass still reached out to see if he wanted to chase one more gold medal this summer. "When we were going through the pool, we did check to make sure he had retired, and he said to (USA..." July 20

  • Kyrie Irving FaceTimed Kobe From The Locker Room After Game 7

    ThePostGame.com "It all fell into place for Kyrie Irving. In the final minute of Game 7 of the NBA Finals, he broke a scoreless tie with a fadeaway 3-pointer over two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry. The Cavs proceeded to win the game and the series, and Irving etched his name in NBA glory forever. The dream..." July 15

  • Details on Kobe Putting Together Meeting w/ BLM, LAPD, Actors & Activists

    Black Sports Online "Has Kobe Bryant found one of his callings after basketball? According to Dave Zirin — Bryant did some post ESPY activism — reportedly meeting with reps from the Black Lives Matter movement, the LAPD, some actors and several activist in L.A." July 15

  • Kobe 'didn't want people to be sad' during final game

    The Score "It was a touch over three months ago when Kobe Bryant graced the Staples Center with his presence on the hardwood one final time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. In a finale befitting of his legendary career, Bryant torched the Utah Jazz to the tune of 60 points on 22-of-50 shooting..." July 14

  • Vanessa Bryant Pregnant With Third Child, See Kobe's Wife's Adorable Baby Announcement

    E News "And a baby makes five! Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are expecting their third child and the expecting mother took to Instagram to announce the happy family news. "Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!! #blessed #babymamba #thankful," the..." July 13

  • Snoop Dogg gives Bryant a Lakers car

    TSN "Kobe Bryant has received a one-of-a-kind retirement gift from rapper Snoop Dogg: a Los Angeles Lakers-themed convertible. Bryant retired from the Lakers in April after 20 seasons in L.A. He posted a picture on Twitter of him and Snoop standing by the purple and gold car Wednesday. Snoop Dogg..." July 07

  • Kyrie Irving Talks About the Time He Challenged Kobe Bryant to a Game of 1-on-1 for $50K

    Complex "Do you remember the time a young Kyrie Irving challenged Kobe Bryant to a game of 1-on-1 back in 2012? Irving does! During a Team USA workout in Las Vegas, Irving—who had just been drafted by the Cavaliers—started talking trash to Kobe and told him that he could beat him in a game of 1-on-1...." June 29

  • Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

    Sportsnaut "Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the..." June 23

  • LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 10th on all-time Finals scoring list

    CBS Sports "Rising to the occasion, LeBron James was brilliant in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. With 32 points Wednesday, James not only led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory, he made Finals history again. After Game 1, James broke Robert Horry's record for 3-pointers in the NBA Finals. Wednesday, James..." June 09

  • Kobe Bryant Wants To Shorten The Season So That Games Will Be ‘Worth A Sh*t’

    Uproxx "There’s an injury epidemic in the NBA. So far this postseason, the number of games missed due to injury is at a 20-year high. In the past five seasons alone, the number nearly doubled from the previous five seasons. So in this age of sports technology and with all the attention paid to diet and..." June 07

  • Report: Kobe shoots down idea of run at Rio Games

    The Score "Kobe Bryant doesn't appear willing to go back on his decision to skip the Rio Summer Olympics. Despite Stephen Curry and LaMarcus Aldridge already opting out, sources close to Bryant shot down the idea of the 37-year-old playing in Rio, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Bryant already..." June 07

  • Kobe on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson: 'Those guys are stone cold killers'

    USA Today "ESPN’s Cari Champion asked Kobe Bryant which players in the league now have the same killer instinct that he did. The recently retired five-time champ thought about it for a moment, then decided to single out the Warriors duo, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Kobe said to Champion (at the 4:00..." June 04

  • Kobe tells Durant to approach free agency 'holistically'

    The Score "Kobe Bryant played for one team and one team only in his 20 seasons in the league. But don't confuse permanency with inexperience when it comes to free agency. Bryant notoriously flirted with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and other notable destinations during his various negotiations..." June 02

  • Kobe still can't believe he scored 60 in final game

    Fox Sports "Kobe Bryant's final game was equal parts historical, legendary, emotional and insane. And nearly two months later, the recently retired Los Angeles Lakers icon still can't believe that he scored 60 points (on 50 shots, no less) against the Utah Jazz in his career finale." June 02

  • Kobe once warned Iguodala he would drop 50 points on him

    San Jose Mercury News "Andre Iguodala registered one of the most memorable, clutch defensive performances in Western Conference finals history. Yet, he doesn't consider it his best defensive performance. Saturday, he harassed Kevin Durant into 10-for-31 shooting, Phase I in the Warriors' timely defensive stand. Then..." May 30

  • Rick Fox: Kobe offering to mentor Shaq's son 'warmed my heart'

    The Score "Now that he's retired, Kobe Bryant plans to use some of his spare time this summer to train with Shaquille O'Neal's 16-year-old son, Shareef. Rick Fox, who was a part of the championship winning Los Angeles Lakers teams with Kobe and Shaq, told TMZ Sports Sunday that he was touched by the..." May 29

  • Kobe texted Draymond Green advice after Warriors' Game 4 loss to Thunder

    Fox Sports "Earlier this season, the Golden State Warriors suffered a loss far more embarrassing than their back-to-back beatdowns by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. An overconfident Warriors squad strolled into Staples Center on Sunday, March 6 expecting to..." May 26

  • Kobe Bryant Is Getting Storytelling Advice From Steven Spielberg as He Develops Kobe Studios

    Complex "Early in his retirement life, it seems Kobe Bryant is doing just fine. Kobe wakes up and gets a workout in early, then heads to the office of his Kobe Studios production company in Newport Beach, California. He and his 10 full-time employees spend a lot of time "kicking around ideas," then he..." May 21

  • Kobe Bryant not interested in ‘Inside the NBA’

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant has reportedly been courted by TNT to join the cast of “Inside the NBA,” but the five-time champion is not interested in the position. TMZ spoke with Kobe as he was leaving a Hublot watch event in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, and he had a very simple response when asked if he is..." May 19

  • FLOOR PANELS FROM KOBE BRYANT’S FINAL GAME GO FOR $179,100

    Campus Sports "Per the NBA’s auction website, a portion of the floor paneling from Kobe Bryant’s swan song at the Staples Center was just sold for 179,100 dollars at a recent auction. The piece the lucky bidder received was autographed by Bryant himself after the game in mid-April where he scored a grand..." May 18

  • It Looks Like Kobe Bryant Finally Got Around To Filing A Trademark On ‘Black Mamba’

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant dubbed himself with the somewhat ungainly nickname “Black Mamba” several years ago after seeing Kill Bill, the time at which basically everybody learned that black mamba snake is a thing that exists. When he retired earlier this year, he punctuated his farewell speech with “Mamba out,”..." May 16

  • Kobe Bryant sees himself in Green — the jerky part

    San Francisco Chronicle "Weary of long discussions about knees, ankles and adductors, I got Kobe Bryant on the phone for a chat about the semantics of “jerk.” Bryant, who just wrapped up his brilliant 20-year NBA career, has become a leadership mentor to Draymond Green. The two have formed a Brotherhood of the..." May 16

  • Jazz forward Gordon Hayward breaks down Kobe Bryant's final game

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant's final game was the perfect ending to a 20-year Hall of Fame career, as the Los Angeles Lakers legend scored 60 points on 50 shots to give his team a come-from-behind win in his last hurrah. For Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward — who guarded Bryant for the majority of the game —..." May 13

  • Kobe Inc. files to trademark Bryant nickname 'Black Mamba'

    ESPN "Kobe Inc., the business arm of recently retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, has filed to trademark his familiar nickname "Black Mamba." The company filed for the trademark May 2, a record with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows, with intent to use the nickname on everything..." May 12

  • Kobe Bryant, Sports Illustrated to partner on Dear Basketball project

    SI "Kobe Bryant’s production company, Kobe Studios, Sports Illustrated and Believe Entertainment Group have announced their partnership on a multi-platform video project based on Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” poem, which he used to announce his retirement from the NBA this year. The animated short..." May 05

  • This is not the end of Kobe Bryant in the NBA, Adam Silver says

    Sporting News "Millions of people watched as Kobe Bryant rode off into the sunset, metaphorically speaking, when he dropped 60 points (on 50 shots) against the Jazz. If that was Bryant's last hurrah, it was an unforgettable one. But league commissioner Adam Silver hinted in a meeting with a group of sports..." April 21

  • Tim Duncan doesn't want to go out like Kobe Bryant

    The Sports Daily "You can say that again. Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs are in the playoffs and one of the year’s best stories, but Kobe Bryant’s retirement extravaganza outshined Duncan and Co. at every turn this year. While a fun spectacle for the Black Mamba, Duncan has made it pretty clear about one..." April 21

  • Could Kobe Bryant become ESPN's answer to Charles Barkley?

    Sporting News "Could Kobe Bryant finally be the answer to ESPN solving the challenge of Charles Barkley at Turner Sports? Over the weekend, ESPN confirmed that they're interested in the Black Mamba for their NBA TV coverage now that he's officially retired after 20 seasons. "We are always interested in..." April 20

  • Kobe Explains Why He Hasn’t Spoken to His Parents in 3 Years

    Black Sports Online "One would hope that one day Kobe and his parents will get past this, but in this profile on ESPN.com, Kobe gives a specific reason he hasn’t talk to his parents in three years. Kobe hasn’t spoken to his parents in nearly three years. Not since 2013, when they tried to auction off his high..." April 19

  • Kobe Taught Himself How to Play Piano in an Effort to Stop His Wife From Divorcing Him

    Complex "Yesterday was Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s 15th wedding anniversary. Looking back now, it’s kind of crazy that Kobe and Vanessa got married just four days before the start of the 2001 NBA Playoffs, which ended with the Lakers winning the NBA championship. But that’s when they decided to get hitched,..." April 19

  • You might see Kobe Bryant on TV very soon -- as an NBA analyst

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is going to have options on what he wants to do now that his NBA playing career is over. The Los Angeles Lakers star can paint, he can produce movies, he can become a foodie, he can travel, or build a media empire or a Lego house with his girls, whatever he wants, basically. But if..." April 19

  • My 12 years covering Kobe Bryant and moving in and out of his 'circle of trust'

    Los Angeles Times "The big delivery of newspapers was stacked neatly outside the hotel door. It was October 2004, when the paper product was still more important than anything online, the assemblage of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and San Diego Union-Tribune obviously for..." April 18

  • ‘Air from Kobe’s last game’ hits eBay

    SI "Several ‘bags of air’ from Kobe Bryant’s final game hit eBay on Saturday, with bidding starting at the low price of $1. There’s a 99.9% chance this isn’t the real air from Kobe’s final game, but who cares? It’ll cost you one measly dollar to bid on. Maybe five in the end." April 17

  • EBay removes listing for 'air' from Kobe's last game after bidding reaches $15K

    The Score "Fans are clamoring for any piece of memorabilia they can get their hands on to commemorate Kobe Bryant's epic, 60-point NBA finale in Los Angeles on Wednesday. In the run-up to the game, before the Lakers even had any inkling Bryant would sniff 20 points, let alone 60, they were selling..." April 17

  • Lakers GM struggled to erase Kobe Bryant's name from roster board

    L.A. Daily News "There is a white board inside the office of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, on which the Lakers’ current roster is written in custom marker. In the natural course of sports business, players come and players go. And when they leave the Lakers, Kupchak takes out an eraser and wipes their..." April 16