Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe: If a player needs convincing to play for Lakers, 'he ain't the one'

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant didn't mince words when he told ESPN's Jalen Rose that only a "special" kind of player can be a Los Angeles Laker. The future Hall of Famer, who played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, was asked whether he would help the team recruit free agents this summer, given the..." February 16

  • Kobe says he would be protesting the anthem if still in NBA

    Sporting News "Before the season, the NBA sent a memo to its teams emphasizing the rule requiring players stand for the national anthem will be enforced. If Kobe Bryant were still in the league, he would take the Colin Kaepernick approach to the rule and protest during "The Star-Spangled Banner." "Yeah, I..." February 12

  • Kobe Bryant: Lakers need to retire Pau Gasol’s jersey

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol shared one of the closer teammate brotherhoods in recent NBA history, and now Bryant is calling for the two to be reunited once again, this time in the Staples Center rafters. Bryant, whose short film “Dear Basketball” is up for Best Animated Short at this year’s..." February 06

  • Kobe Bryant Danced With His Baby And Dropped Excited F-Bombs After The Eagles Won The Super Bowl

    Dime Magazine "The Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday night in a thrilling 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Minnesota. Nick Foles won MVP honors after an incredible showing, carving up the Pats defense, and the emotions of years of coming up short poured out of Eagles fans..." February 05

  • Oscars Called Out for Double Standard on Kobe Bryant Rape Case

    Complex "As Oscar nominations flooded timelines Tuesday morning, people reacted with the usual mixture of praise and disappointment. Award shows are never perfect, as the Golden Globes reminded us earlier this month. While the Oscars may have attempted to rid themselves of controversy by giving Get Out..." January 23

  • Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball earns Oscar nomination

    Fanrag Sports "Kobe Bryant‘s “Dear Basketball” has officially earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film, according to ABS-CBN Sports. Created and narrated by Bryant himself, the film depicts the future Hall of Famer’s journey from a dreaming child to a five-time NBA Champion as he waxes over his..." January 23

  • Here’s How Kobe Bryant Helped Nike Create the Black Mamba Lakers Jersey

    Complex "Everyone knows Kobe Bryant’s nickname: The Black Mamba. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Nike, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to take honoring the recently retired athlete one step further — by designing an entire jersey based on his nickname. The Lakers revealed their new snakeskin themed..." December 29

  • Steve Kerr credits Kobe Bryant for establishing ‘carry’

    Clutch Points "NBASteve Kerr credits Kobe Bryant for establishing ‘carry’by Victor GalvezDecember 24, 2017kobe bryant During his stellar NBA career, Kobe Bryant established himself as an all-time great and was known best for being a fierce competitor with the ability to hit clutch baskets with ease. With his..." December 25

  • AEG Sold $824,000 In Kobe Merchandise On His Retirement Night Because Of Course

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony on Monday was the hottest ticket of the NBA season, as people forked over thousands of dollars to watch the Mamba’s numbers 8 and 24 get hung in the rafters at Staples Center. If people were willing to put up a few thousand for a ticket, what was another..." December 21

  • Kobe Bryant Says He’s Completely Stopped Playing Basketball Since His Retirement

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant was known for his legendary drive and competitiveness during his playing days. The theory was always that no one would work harder than Bryant, before or after a a game. That era of Los Angeles Lakers basketball was celebrated on Monday night when Kobe’s numbers were retired for..." December 20

  • Kobe Bryant has most games shooting 8-24 in NBA history

    Clutch Points "Kobe Bryant hung up his sneakers for good over a year ago, but people’s memories of the legendary Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard were brought back on Monday when the team retired both his jersey numbers, No. 8 and No. 24. From now on, no Lakers player will be allowed to sport those numbers...." December 19

  • Magic Johnson Hints at Kobe Bryant Having Political Career

    TMZ "Kobe Bryant's next move should be running for political office ... at least that's what Magic Johnson intimated Monday night at Staples Center. Magic gave a rousing speech to honor his fellow Lakers great during Kobe's jersey retirement ceremony. Besides giving props to the Mamba's..." December 19

  • Kobe Bryant says 2012-13 season was when he was at his best

    247 Sports "In Kobe Bryant's view, the 2005-06 season was not his best campaign. Despite scoring 81 points in a single game and averaged 35.3 points per contest, the 2005-06 season is not what Bryant considers his greatest year—it's the 2012-13 season that marked the beginning of the end of his career, via..." December 18

  • Double number retirement fitting for Kobe Bryant

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant’s career truly occurred in two acts. He was Shaquille O’Neal’s super sidekick for three championships. Then, Kobe led the Lakers to another two titles himself after Shaq departed. He was an athletic, high-flying slam-dunk-contest champion. Then, he became known for his cerebral..." December 18

  • Phil Jackson unable to attend Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement

    ESPN "Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is unable to attend Monday night's jersey retirement for Kobe Bryant, league sources told ESPN. Jackson has been in touch with Bryant in advance of the ceremony to congratulate him, sources said. But he was unable to travel from his Montana home for..." December 18

  • Kobe Bryant once planned to ‘destroy’ Michael Jordan in first meeting on court

    The Sports Daily "Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan had some epic battles on the court over the years. The two NBA legends combined to win 11 championships, six MVP awards and 12 scoring titles. They were two of the best scorers the game has ever seen, and both used a killer instinct to wreak havoc on their..." December 17

  • Kevin Durant reveals details from secret dinner with Kobe Bryant during final season

    Yardbarker "Kevin Durant once received sage advice from a Lakers legend, and didn’t even divulge that the dinner between the two players took place — until now, that is. Durant revealed that he had dinner with Kobe Bryant in Oklahoma City during his final season in the league, and added that the two..." December 17

  • Kerr: Warriors will be on court to watch Kobe's jersey retirement

    ESPN "When the Los Angeles Lakers hang the jerseys of Kobe Bryant in the rafters during halftime of Monday night's game against Golden State, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the defending champs will be on the court taking in the festivities. "Just the experience in seeing one of the greatest players..." December 16

  • UConn already recruiting Kobe Bryant's daughter?

    Sportsnaut "The UConn women’s basketball team is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to college sports. Here’s a program that has won 10 national titles since the 2000 season. Head coach Geno Auriemma could coach any men’s college team or even in the NBA if he wanted to. On the other side of the..." November 22

  • Kobe Explained How Wearing Two Numbers Showed He Was ‘Two Different People’ During His Career

    Dime Magazine "Kobe Bryant hasn’t stopped providing interesting insight in his post-playing career and, this week, he was up to his old tricks yet again. This time, the future Hall of Fame swingman was prompted on the difference between when he wore No. 8 with the Lakers in his early years and when he wore No...." November 07

  • Kobe Bryant Wants Phil Jackson or Michael Jordan to Present Him at Hall of Fame

    Bleacher Report "Kobe Bryant is still four years away from being eligible to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but the Los Angeles Lakers legend already knows who he wants to present him. Bryant told Liz Levy of Complex he would like to have Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson induct..." October 27

  • Kobe gives thoughts on LaVar's Big Baller Brand: 'I'm all for doing things differently'

    CBS Sports "Whether he's ready or not, Lonzo Ball has become the face of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, a position that Kobe Bryant left open when he retired after the 2015-16 season. Unlike Kobe, however, Lonzo comes as a package deal with his outspoken father, LaVar, whose controversial statements have..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant Offered Gordon Hayward Poignant Advice For His Road To Recovery

    Uproxx "Gordon Hayward and the Celtics had such high hopes for his first season in Boston. With Kyrie Irving joining the squad, the Celtics planned on once again competing for the East’s top seed and hoped this year they had the star power to get past the Cavs in the playoffs. The opener against..." October 18

  • Draymond Green reveals the best advice Kobe gave him

    USA Today "Draymond Green revealed that he turned to Kobe Bryant for advice when he was feeling down after the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals in a GQ feature story by Clay Skipper. Green says he didn't know how to deal with everyone thinking he was kicking other players on..." October 13

  • Kobe Bryant said he would kneel for national anthem if he were still playing

    USA Today "Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant says he'd kneel during the national anthem if he was still playing in the league today. Bryant was asked on The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast what he would do before a game — in light of the current political statements being made in the sports..." October 05

  • 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