Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jayson Tatum: Kobe Bryant ‘didn’t teach me bad habits’

    Boston "Prior to last season, Jayson Tatum had a chance to train with one of his basketball idols, Kobe Bryant. Tatum had just completed a dazzling rookie year, helping Boston to the brink of the NBA Finals, and he was in position to ascend to stardom. And it seemed that working with one of the..." October 12

  • Paul George, Kyrie Irving, And Kawhi Leonard Seen Attending Exclusive Kobe Bryant Training Camp

    Fadeaway World "Kobe Bryant may be retired, but he is still finding the time to pass on some of his skills. In an invite-only mini-camp hosted by the Mamba himself, many of today’s NBA stars are known to be in attendance, including Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Kyrie..." October 04

  • Kobe Bryant Predicted James Harden Would Be Next Following 2011 Pickup Game

    Hot New Hip Hop "Tyson Chandler tells story about how Kobe told him Harden would be the next great player. The Houston Rockets were among the teams who held their Media Day on Friday, and there was plenty of excitement in the building as Russell Westbrook and James Harden put on their Rockets..." September 27

  • Kobe Bryant Reportedly Held an Invite-Only Training Camp With Select NBA Players

    Complex "According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Kobe Bryant handpicked a number of current NBA players to attend a training camp last month at his new facility in California.   Kobe Bryant, I'm..." September 27

  • Markelle Fultz ‘Worked His Tail Off’ With Kobe Bryant This Offseason

    Heavy "The former number one overall pick in a loaded 2017 draft class, Markelle Fultz has barely seen the court due to injuries and somehow losing his ability to shoot the ball. Coming out of Washington, Fultz’s ability to score effectively from all three levels while confidently..." September 26

  • Dwight Howard reacts to Kobe Bryant saying he’s ready to succeed in second Lakers stint

    Clutch Points "Dwight Howard recently joined Shams Charania of Stadium to discuss his return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Amid their discussion, Howard reacted to Kobe Bryant’s confidence in his second stint with the team. Bryant believes his former teammate is ready to succeed in his..." September 26

  • Shaquille O'Neal Addresses Claim He Had 'Secret Code' to Stop Kobe Bryant From Shooting Too Much

    Complex "If there was a knock on Kobe Bryant's illustrious career, it would be that the Mamba would monopolize the offense by shooting an excessive amount of shots. It had been rumored that this was a point of contention during Shaquille O'Neal's tenure in Los Angeles:..." September 24

  • Kobe Bryant on Rob Pelinka's Heath Ledger Story: 'He Got Confused'

    Complex "You might recall a confusing anecdote that made the rounds earlier this year where Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka claimed Kobe Bryant had a dinner with Heath Ledger to talk about his performance in The Dark Knight and channeled that energy into dropping over 60..." September 20

  • Kobe Bryant reveals what Hornets GM told him when he was traded to Lakers

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant recalled what Charlotte Hornets general manager Bob Bass told him when the organization made the decision to trade him to the Lakers on draft day. While brief and inconsequential, Bass’ words had a profound effect on Bryant, which stuck with..." September 18

  • Kobe Bryant admits he wanted to play without Shaquille O’Neal to prove he could win titles on his own

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant spoke at length about the infamous breakup with Shaquille O’Neal after winning three titles together early in their careers. Bryant, a guest of the Knuckleheads podcast, admitted to fellow retired NBA players Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles that..." September 18

  • John Salley: ‘Kobe Bryant Skipped College So He Could Play Against Michael Jordan’

    Hot New Hip Hop "Kobe Bryant is one of only a handful of superstars who successfully made the leap from high school to the NBA, a trend that has since gone extinct with the implementation of the "one-and-done" rule. While countless others have gotten lost in the shuffle in their attempt to..." September 16

  • Kobe Bryant on best NBA duo: “I think it matters what they put around those two guys”

    Pro Basketball Talk "James Harden and Russell Westbrook. LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Eventually there will be Stephen Curry and Klay..." September 16

  • Kobe Bryant Explains Why Kawhi Leonard Chose The Clippers Over The Lakers

    Fadeaway World "If there is somebody who can talk about both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, that’s Kobe Bryant. The NBA legend knows these teams very well and how history has developed between them. This time, however, Kobe got to talk about how history can change for the Clippers this upcoming NBA..." September 14

  • Kobe Bryant: Titles no longer automatic for Team USA

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant thinks Team USA might have to get used to a new reality of losing in major events. Bryant was part of arguably the second-most relevant Team USA in history, after the original Dream Team in 1992. The Bryant-led 2008 "Redeem Team" that won gold at the Beijing..." September 13

  • Kobe Bryant on Double-Teams In Open Gym: "You gotta send another one."

    The Big Lead "Devin Booker got some unwanted attention a few weeks ago after he complained about getting some unwanted attention from help defenders during pickup basketball. Video appeared online showing Booker complaining about being double-teamed during open gym. Cool or not, what’s no..." September 12

  • Kobe Bryant’s motivational message to his Mambas youth team

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant continues to spread the Mamba Mentality. Recently, the five-time NBA champion posted a motivational message for his Mambas youth squad. It appears like the Kobe’s girls are drinking in every bit of the mindset that the former MVP..." September 10

  • Kobe Bryant believes Dwight Howard is ‘ready’ to help Lakers win the title

    Lakers Nation "The NBA is widely viewed as the most entertaining league in all of professional sports and it was no different during the 2019 offseason headlined by the Los Angeles Lakers. In a landscape-changing move, the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis and numerous All-Star players teamed up to..." September 10

  • Kobe Bryant Says Rob Pelinka Doesn’t Need His Help To Recruit Free Agents

    Silver Screen And Roll "When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Rob Pelinka — the former agent for Kobe Bryant — to help run the franchise as general manager, there was speculation such a move might signal that the team was back under Bryant’s influence on some level, even in the midst of his..." September 09

  • The Truth Behind Kobe Bryant’s Finals Performances

    Fadeaway World "Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players of all time. His impact on the game is legendary, and everyone all over the world recognizes his name. What makes Kobe particularly special is his 5 championship rings. He has managed to win all five with one team and has etched his name in..." September 04

  • Kobe Bryant Backpedals On 'Lazy' Shaq Comment, 'Tongue-In-Cheek!'

    TMZ "Ever seen a black mamba go backwards???? Now ya have ... 'cause Kobe Bryant just backpedaled completely on his stance that he would've won a ton of rings if Shaq wasn't so damn lazy, saying, "I kinda said that tongue-in-cheek!" Of..." September 04

  • Gilbert Arenas Says Kobe Dropped 55 on Wizards Because He Was Mad at Michael Jordan

    Complex "Gilbert Arenas had a very eventful 12-year NBA career that's left him with a lot of wild stories. He told another one, this time about Kobe Byrant, on his No Chill podcast. Jordan's infamous trash talk didn't lighten up even when he was playing out his last years on..." September 02

  • Why we never got a Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Finals

    Clutch Points "NBA fans will always wonder why the universe never aligned to have Kobe Bryant and LeBron James face off in a blockbuster NBA Finals. It was 2009. LeBron James had established himself as a legitimate superstar in the NBA. He had just won his first MVP and led the Cleveland..." September 01

  • Kobe On Load Management: “It’s Crazy”

    Fadeaway World "The NBA’s newest trend involves the league’s biggest stars taking games off to “rest” despite not being physically or mentally injured. While this practice has become increasingly normalized in today’s league, not everyone likes the idea. Insert Kobe..." August 30

  • Raja Bell: Shaquille O'Neal had a secret code with Lakers teammates to stop passing Kobe Bryant the ball

    CBS Sports "The rivalry between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal never really died, it just lies dormant for brief periods before something unearths it for yet another examination. That is what happened this week, when comments Bryant made in an interview with Patrick Bet-David began to make the..." August 29

  • Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kobe Bryant: Who's Higher on the All-Time Ladder?

    Bleacher Report "Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant? It's the debate that never dies. And this week, Kobe himself breathed new life into it, whether he wanted to or not. "I wish he was in the gym," he said of Shaq in an otherwise complimentary answer to..." August 29

  • Kobe Bryant Was Quick To Push Back Against Any Chatter That He And Shaq Are Beefing Again

    Dime Magazine "The year 2019 is so odd that it makes sense it gave us an apparent minor flare up in the long-dormant rivalry between for Los Angeles Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. It all stems from a sit down that Bryant did with Valuetainment in which the Laker legend told..." August 28

  • Shaq fires back at Kobe Bryant over latest work ethic criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal seem to have smoothed things over a bit since their falling out with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that has not stopped them from pointing the finger at one another. In an interview with Patrick Bet-David at the PHP Agency Convention in Las Vegas..." August 28

  • Snoop Dogg looks back on Lakers great Kobe Bryant’s farewell game

    Clutch Points "In light of the third annual Mamba Day, Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant fans shared the story of how it felt like being at Staples Center during the Black Mamba’s final regular-season game. Snoop Dogg said that everybody at Staples Center knew..." August 25

  • Long-time Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says ‘there’s nothing really special’ about Kobe Bryant physically

    CNBC "If anyone knows Kobe Bryant well, it’s the guy who helped keep him in shape for two decades.  Throughout his NBA career, which spanned 20 years and garnered five championship rings before he retired in 2016, Bryant worked alongside long-time Lakers head..." August 24

  • Ice Cube shares which players are on his BIG3 wish list

    Larry Brown Sports "Ice Cube has done a tremendous job of growing the BIG3 basketball league since it was founded two years ago, and he still has visions of attracting some of the biggest names in the sport going forward. Appearing as a guest on a recent episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with..." August 07

  • Kobe Bryant fans furious over NBA All-Decade teams

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA TV released its three All-Decade teams this week, and you knew fans would have plenty to say about which players were chosen. But if you were wondering which ones would be the loudest, we now have our answer. The idea of the All-Decade team was to pick a First, Second and Third..." August 06

  • Incredible Stat Shows Just How Important Kobe Bryant Was To The Lakers

    Fadeaway World "LeBron James is on a mission this upcoming season to take the Los Angeles Lakers back to not just the NBA playoffs but the NBA Finals with a new-look roster that includes former Pelicans star, Anthony Davis. Even if he does manage to lead the franchise to a championship, LeBron is still a long..." July 28

  • Kobe Bryant now producing, creating young adult book

    The Sports Daily "Lakers legend Kobe Bryant appears to be enjoying life after basketball, and also expanding into other business ventures off the court, apparently. Kobe’s multimedia company, Granity Studios, will be producing two young adult books, according to TMZ Sports. Bryant created the..." July 26

  • NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant committed to signing with Clippers in 2004

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Clippers signing Kawhi Leonard was enormous for the history of their franchise on several levels. It obviously vaulted them into championship contention, as the pairing of Leonard and Paul George is one of the best in all of basketball. But it also..." July 25

  • Dwight Howard Thanks Kobe Bryant for Calling Him 'Soft'

    Complex "Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have a checkered past. As a member of the Magic, Howard went head-to-head against Bryant in the 2009 NBA Finals. Although they made great competitors, when Howard was traded to the Lakers years later, it was clear that their personalities didn't mesh as..." July 17

  • Kobe Bryant Issues New Challenge to Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Heavy "Almost two years after Kobe Bryant issued his public challenge to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Giannis finally came through and brought home basketball’s most prestigious individual award. Coming off a year that saw him post career-highs in nearly every major..." June 26

  • Kobe Bryant's Wife Gives Birth to Baby Girl With 'Kobe' As Middle Name

    TMZ "Kobe Bryant has a new lady in the family -- his wife, Vanessa, gave birth to daughter #4 ... and her middle name is "Kobe." "So thankful for our newest baby blessing," Vanessa said in a statement ... "Capri Kobe Bryant." Yes! Baby..." June 21

  • Kawhi Leonard ties LeBron James, Kobe Bryant for most 30-point games in one postseason the last 10 years

    Clutch Points "Kawhi Leonard continues to cement his legacy as one of the best players in the league today. He just led the Toronto Raptors to a 105-92 win in Game 4, and with another 36-point outing, he is now tied with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for the most 30-point games in the playoffs over the last 10..." June 08

  • Darius Garland hasn’t been lobbying LeBron James to get drafted by Lakers, says Kobe Bryant

    Clutch Points "Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland says he hasn’t been lobbying LeBron James to get drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, adding that Kobe Bryant was his favorite player growing up. Garland is part of the same sports agency as James, Klutch Sports. The Lakers have the fourth overall..." June 08

  • Kobe Bryant denies attending Lakers practices last season

    Sportress of Blogitude "Lance Stephenson recently mentioned that Kobe Bryant routinely attended Los Angeles Lakers practices last season, but the franchise icon has denied doing so, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. Stephenson, currently a free agent after signing a one-year deal with Lakers ahead..." June 04

  • Kobe Bryant Is The Lakers Biggest Mentor, Says Lance Stephenson

    Hot New Hip Hop "Over the last few weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers have been an absolute disaster, especially when you consider the problems they have had with their front office. Magic Johnson recently called out general manager Rob Pelinka for being a backstabber, all while it was revealed that some..." June 04

  • Lamar Odom calls former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant a father figure

    Clutch Points "Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom recently released an autobiography that details all the ups and downs of his rather colorful life. Surely, it will be filled with stories depicting his darkest days, especially during his bouts with drug addiction. However, one of the more..." June 02

  • Rapper and BIG3 founder Ice Cube jokes that Lakers legend Kobe Bryant ‘has a restraining order on me’

    Clutch Points "Rap legend and BIG3 founder Ice Cube jokes that Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant “has a restraining order on me.” Ice Cube says he’s been trying to get Bryant to play in the BIG3, but Kobe says no every time the two stars cross paths. May 30

  • Kobe Bryant Trying To Recruit Kyrie Irving To Lakers

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving has been linked with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks throughout the season, but there has been more speculation of late that he will also consider the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. Irving has reportedly been recruited by Kobe Bryant to the Lakers...." May 29

  • Kobe Bryant said to be livid over getting dragged into Lakers drama

    Sportress of Blogitude "Kobe Bryant was tangentially mentioned in a bombshell piece from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes that chronicles the Los Angeles Lakers’ stunning organizational dysfunction, and Stephen A. Smith reports that the legend is not happy about it. During Tuesday’s edition of..." May 28

  • Here’s Video Of Rob Pelinka’s Infamous Kobe Bryant-Heath Ledger Story

    Dime Magazine "There’s a lot to digest in ESPN’s bombshell feature on the Los Angeles Lakers dysfunction that dropped Tuesday morning. Multiple members of the Lakers coaching staff in disbelief over the “basket case” free agents the team signed in the offseason. LeBron..." May 28

  • Why did Lakers GM Rob Pelinka lie about Kobe Bryant meeting Heath Ledger?

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant's brand is all about determination. He created what he calls the Mamba Mentality, described as an ability "to constantly try to be the best version of yourself ... It's a constant quest to try to better today than you were yesterday." So it's not..." May 28

  • Stephen A. Smith: Kyrie Irving has been talking to Kobe Bryant

    247 Sports "Kyrie Irving is the biggest wildcard of free agency. Players like Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant are tied mostly to two possible destinations. Leonard will either stay with the Toronto Raptors or leave for the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant will either stay with the..." May 23

  • Dwyane Wade reacts to idea of him, retired stars Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki joining forces in Big3

    Clutch Points "Recently-retired Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is mulling over the possibility of forming a team featuring himself, Kobe Bryant, and Dirk Nowitzki. A fan by the name of Tyler Allred tweeted Wade on May 19, saying the three of them “should form a team.” Wade responded with..." May 20

  • Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna has amazing highlight video

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant may not have any children who will be eligible to play in the NBA one day, but you didn’t expect The Black Mamba to procreate without producing at least one baller, did you? Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna has clearly been putting in work on the court with..." May 20