Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Wade calls Jordan, Kobe the 2 greatest SGs of all time

    Total Pro Sports "Ask any basketball fan and you might get the same answer when you ask them who the greatest NBA player of all time is and 9 times out of 10, it will be Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Since his retirement, every new big talent has been dubbed the second coming of Jordan and every single..." October 16

  • Kobe Bryant told Kristaps Porzingis he has 'a bright future ahead'

    USA Today "Of all the moments that New York Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis experienced during his rookie season, there's one in particular that he won't soon forget. In an article published in The Players' Tribune on Thursday, Porzingis recalled "a lot of cool moments" from his first NBA season, from..." October 13

  • Luke Walton recalls an amazing Kobe story

    USA Today "Lakers head coach Luke Walton was a guest on the Uninterrupted's Open Run podcast recently, along with Cavaliers vet Richard Jefferson. Toward the end, Jesse Williams, who's one of the podcast hosts, asked Walton if he had a good Kobe Bryant story to share, since everyone who played with Kobe has..." October 13

  • Kobe's 2012 face mask up for auction

    CBS Sports "From winning championships to clutch shots to scoring 81 points in a single game, Kobe Bryant's Hall-of-Fame worthy career was filled with more than several iconic moments. However, one of the more under-the-radar moments from Bryant's career is when he had to wear a mask for 11 games during the..." October 11

  • Which NBA legend will you miss the most: Kobe, Duncan or Garnett?

    SI "Each new NBA season brings excitement and optimism around the league, but it also brings difficult goodbyes to retiring stars. This off-season was particularly cruel, as the NBA lost three of its best players in league history: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Each star became a..." October 08

  • Lakers give rookie Brandon Ingram Kobe Bryant's locker

    CBS Sports "The Lakers are opening a new era. Kobe Bryant is gone. The team believes it has the young core that will include at least one new star to lead them forward and back to the championship contender they feel they should be every year, given their storied history. Part of that is making the transition..." October 08

  • 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


    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