Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe to begin program next week

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bryant has been ramping up his activity..." April 17

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    Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

    S*** season. Flush it. Forget it #amnesia Next Season will be epic #blackout #bussfam

  • Bryant says Shaq was 'lazy' during Lakers career

    USA Today "It’s no secret that Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were not on the best of terms for much of their time together with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both of them have said that numerous times over the years, and Phil Jackson recently blamed Shaq’s work ethic for the demise of their early-2000s..." March 26

  • No Phil shows Kobe doesn't run Lakers

    USA Today "With the New York Knicks finalizing their agreement Friday to have Phil Jackson head their front office, a truth was revealed across the country that seemed unthinkable not long ago: Kobe Bryant has lost his clout with the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite all that campaigning with fellow Los Angeles..." March 16

  • Kobe, Magic call out Lakers' brass

    ESPN.com "With the 2013-14 season officially in the rearview window for Kobe Bryant after Wednesday's announcement that his left knee injury will keep him out of the final 18 games, the veteran guard took aim at the Lakers' front office in regards to the team's future. "I think we have to start at the..." March 13

  • Kobe Bryant wants new Lakers coach next year

    Sporting News "With a 22-42 record and little hope of further improvement, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is merely coaching out the string this year in Los Angeles—and likely won’t be back next season. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported on Wednesday morning that he had heard D’Antoni would be out, and that the..." March 13

  • Lakers declare Kobe out for the season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant has maintained all along while rehabilitating from injury that his goal was to make it back to the court this season, despite the Lakers being completely out of playoff contention. But now it appears that won’t be possible, despite Bryant’s best intentions. The recovery process..." March 12

  • Kobe Bryant says rehab “progressing slowly”

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s been clear for a while that Kobe Bryant was done for the season. The Lakers would not say that publicly for the same reason the Bulls would not say Derrick Rose would not come back last playoffs when we all knew he wouldn’t. They don’t want to anger their star player, and if fans want to..." March 11

  • Kobe To Haters: Revenge Is Sweet, Quick

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant plans to use the Los Angeles Lakers' dismal 2013-14 as motivation for next season. And he's hoping his teammates will do the same. Bryant, speaking this weekend during an appearance to promote his new Nike Kobe 9 Elite shoe at Westfield Culver City mall, told Power 106 radio in..." March 05

  • Kobe Bryant on the future for the Los Angeles Lakers: ‘Revenge is sweet and it’s quick’

    Fansided "Without question, you can see with every harsh Los Angeles Lakers loss this season, injured star–and future hall of famer–Kobe Bryant is just relishing at the chance to get back on that court and put his franchise back on the right track. Seeing the Lakers suffer is twice as hard on him having to..." March 02

  • Kobe Bryant praises Allen Iverson after retirement ceremony

    Fansided "It seems like quite a while ago that Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant was battling Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson. The two didn’t match up often given Bryant was a shooting guard and Iverson guarded opposing points (at least generally), but every so often the two would find..." March 02

  • Kobe Bryant Unfollows All His Teammates on Twitter

    Fansided "Kobe Bryant has always seemed to have a love/hate relationship with his teammates. The injured superstar has unfollowed his entire team on Twitter. Now maybe he can say that he was hacked but I doubt it. I’m not even sure how many of his current teammates will be on the team next year since..." February 28

  • Kobe Bryant on Jason Collins: Act of courage will have huge domino effect

    Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Yahoo Sports that the Brooklyn Nets' signing of openly gay center Jason Collins will have a "domino effect" that will impact much more than the gay and sports communities. Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of America's four..." February 24

  • Bryant's season in serious jeopardy

    Orange County Register "Hope that Kobe Bryant will be able to play before the end of the season took another hit Friday when the Lakers said the superstar is still experiencing swelling and soreness in his left knee. Bryant was examined Friday by a team physician, and will be reevaluated in three more weeks, the..." February 22

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    Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

    Not cool with @SteveBlake5 being gone AT ALL One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor GS picked up gem #smartmove

  • Kobe Bryant wants to be an All-Star again

    Fansided "Kobe Bryant has had a frustrating NBA season to say the least. Rehab. Injury. Rehab. Then he received the votes to play in the All-Star game but refused to because he simply hasn’t been on the court enough to earn it – even if he was healthy enough to play. Bryant did attend the weekend..." February 18

  • Kobe says he doesn’t want input on Lakers free agent decisions this summer

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant was voted in by the fans as an All-Star this season, an honor he received for the seventeenth time in his Hall of Fame career. He’s been sidelined with a knee injury since Dec. 20, however, so not only was he replaced in the lineup for the midseason exhibition, but he was excused..." February 17

  • Kobe's Rushmore: MJ, Bird, Magic, Russell

    ESPN.com "LeBron James said he'll be there one day, but Kobe Bryant said Bill Russell is there right now. Four days after it was revealed James said he'll go down as one of the four best players in NBA history, Bryant offered up his Mount Rushmore on Sunday night at the All-Star Game. Bryant's picks?..." February 17

  • Source: James Harden to start NBA All-Star Game in place of injured Kobe Bryant

    Yahoo! Sports "Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star starter by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, a source told Yahoo Sports. Bryant (988,884) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (1,047,281) earned the right to start in the NBA All-Star Game..." February 14

  • Kobe Bryant not pleased Chris Kaman laid down on Lakers’ bench

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant, if you haven’t been paying attention, tends to take basketball somewhat seriously. For years, the Lakers have cast off players who couldn’t near Kobe’s level of competitiveness and focus. (Nobody can match it.) But forced to fill out the roster with low-paid players during a..." February 11

  • Kobe Bryant still planning to play this season

    Long Beach Press-Telegram "The Lakers appear more and more destined for the NBA lottery. Their injury list remains a revolving door. Yet, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reiterated his intent still to play at some point this season after nursing a fractured left knee for the past seven weeks. “My plan hasn’t change,” Bryant..." February 10

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    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Don't expect Farmar, Meeks or Henry back before All-Star break next weekend (two more games after today). Gasol/Kobe also out, of course.

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis will replace Kobe Bryant in All-Star Game

    CBSSports.com "With Kobe Bryant's leg injury keeping him out of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA had to name a replacement for his spot on the Western Conference team. With a bevy of deserving candidates in the West, the NBA will select New Orleans Pelicans' big man Anthony Davis. The NBA announced Friday the..." February 08

  • Even Phil Jackson thinks the Lakers paid Kobe Bryant too much

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant is taking a $7 million pay cut next season. Of course, he’s still going to make $23 million and be the highest paid player in the NBA, which left a lot of Lakers’ fans shaking their heads. They get the business reasons this is a good deal for the Lakers, but how does this really..." January 31

  • Kobe's return to Lakers delayed another 3 weeks

    Chicago Tribune "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's return to the court will not occur for at least three weeks, the team announced Tuesday night. Bryant recently said he would return from a knee injury by the All-Star Game on Feb. 16 but that he would allow someone more deserving to play for the Western..." January 29

  • Bryant Expected to Miss at Least 2 More Weeks

    Bleacher Report "If you’re not accustomed by now to Kobe Bryant sitting out and the Los Angeles Lakers losing, weeks more are still to come. The fractured lateral tibial plateau in Bryant’s left knee hasn’t healed yet, even though the Lakers had initially been pointing to a medical re-evaluation Tuesday as a..." January 28

  • Kobe Bryant willing to advise Carmelo Anthony when Knicks forward hits free agency

    New York Daily News "Kobe Bryant’s phone blew up Friday night with several messages that Carmelo Anthony was “going after” his single-game Garden scoring record. After the Knicks’ All-Star forward eclipsed the mark by one with a 62-point performance, Bryant called Anthony to congratulate him on his historic night...." January 27

  • Kobe says Pau Gasol’s tantrum after Lakers’ loss in Orlando was a good thing

    Pro Basketball Talk "There’s a lot of losing going on in LakerLand these days, and the team’s most recent loss in Orlando to a Magic squad who came into that one with a record of 11-32 on the season was enough to send Pau Gasol over the edge. Gasol threw a postgame locker room tantrum that including throwing his..." January 27

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    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Kobe on if he gets a clean MRI when he sees Dr. this week: "I'll finally do more things then ride a bike. That's killing me. Killing me."

  • Kobe’s just at Garden to watch — and perhaps do a bit of recruiting

    New York Post "Kobe Bryant won’t have a shot at regaining his Garden scoring record Sunday. Bryant visits MSG no longer owner of the arena mark and is a long way off from returning after a left knee injury, following his blown Achilles tendon. He will, however, be in position to sell Carmelo Anthony on the..." January 26

  • Charles Barkley says the Lakers won’t be any better if Kobe Bryant returns

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chuck says Fans worldwide voted Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant an All-Star starter even though he has played just six games this season. Whether he returns in time to play a couple of obligatory minutes in New Orleans remains to be seen. But, believe it or not, TNT analyst Charles..." January 26

  • Kobe Bryant thinks NBA should replace him in All-Star Game

    Yahoo! Sports "If Kobe Bryant plays in the 2014 NBA All-Star game, it will likely be only a cameo appearance. Bryant received 988,884 votes from the fans to land a starting guard slot for the Western Conference in the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans, but has played in just six games this season because of..." January 25

  • Phil Jackson: Kobe told MJ he would kick his 'ass'

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant has never hurt for confidence. And when you’re as accomplished as the Black Mamba, it’s hard to blame him. But despite five NBA championship rings, 15 All-Star appearances, and an MVP award, Bryant is still considered by many to be a lesser player than Michael Jordan. During an..." January 23

  • Expected 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters

    CBSSports.com "On Thurday night at 7 p.m. ET, TNT's "Inside the NBA" will announce the 2014 NBA All-Star starters. We've gota pretty good idea of what that's going to look like based on earlier returns. Here are the expected results. The big questions: Will Chris Paul re-take his spot from Stephen Curry for..." January 23

  • Kobe: 'Finesse' NBA games tough to watch

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant said it's been hard to watch the Los Angeles Lakers as they've struggled in his absence, but it turns out he doesn't like watching the NBA in general with the way it is currently being played and officiated across the league. "It's more of a finesse game," Bryant said before the..." January 21

  • Kobe Bryant says he won't play in 2016 Olympics

    CBSSports.com "Lakers star Kobe Bryant told reporters Monday he will definitely not play in the 2016 Olympics for Team USA in Rio. Bryant will be 38 in 2016, and for a shooting guard that needs his elevation to get his shot off, that's going to be an issue at that point. " January 21

  • Kobe Bryant: Record not a factor

    ESPN.com "Kobe Bryant plans to have his injured left knee re-evaluated sometime in early February and has no intention of sitting out the rest of the season, no matter how bad things get for the Los Angeles Lakers in the standings. "The only thing I can afford to consider is getting better, getting..." January 18

  • Kobe Bryant longs for rivalry

    Boston Herald "Were you upset last June when the Celtics traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn? Even though you knew the day was coming eventually, did you shed a basketball tear at the end of the era and loss of a longshot last hurrah? Well, you had company. Across the continent, Kobe Bryant felt..." January 18

  • Kobe Bryant Calls Mostly Dismissed Billy Hunter Lawsuit 'Unfounded' and 'Silly'

    Bleacher Report "The story was irresistibly provocative: In the midst of the last NBA lockout, Kobe Bryant made a late-night phone call to Billy Hunter, the head of the players union, and urged him to accept a 50-50 revenue split with the owners. A side deal had been reached. “You can put this thing to bed,”..." January 18

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    KEVIN DING @KevinDing

    Kobe will be joining Lakers on 7-game Grammy trip, leaving postgame tonight for PHX-BOS-TOR-CHI-MIA-ORL-NY, but is not expected to play.

  • Lakers eyeing Kobe Bryant's return

    ESPN.com "January figures to be difficult for the Los Angeles Lakers, with 10 of their 15 games coming on the road, but there could be a surprise waiting for them at the end of the month in the form of a future Hall of Fame backcourt returning to the fold. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said after..." January 11

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    D'Antoni hopeful Kobe & Nash return Jan. 28 vs Indy. Both will be reevaluated after Grammy trip

  • Kobe Bryant's return is not in the 'near future'

    Sporting News "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has spent most of the season dealing with injury. He came back from a torn Achilles, suffered a fracture in his left knee and is now back on the mend. After coming back as quickly as possible from the original injury, Bryant is well aware that this is not..." January 06

  • Kobe Bryant thinks you should be voting younger guards into All-Star Game

    Pro Basketball Talk "You want Kobe Bryant to start in the All-Star Game… well, maybe not you personally, but people do. Like that guy in front of you in line at Starbucks this morning. Blame him. Fan voting has Kobe Bryant well out in front as a starting guard for the West in the 2014 All-Star Game. Chris Paul..." January 06

  • Lakers point guard just wants Kobe to follow him on Twitter

    USA Today "Kendall Marshall, the UNC grad that just a few weeks ago was playing basketball for the Delaware 87ers, led the banged-up Los Angeles Lakers with 20 points and 15 assists in a huge win over the Utah Jazz Friday night. Marshall, the 14th different player to start a game for the Lakers this..." January 05

  • Kobe: Injury "nothing to do" with his Achilles

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant met the media before the Lakers faced the Heat on Christmas Day, providing the league-mandated update on how he’s recovering from the fractured bone in his knee that currently has him sidelined for an expected timetable of up to six weeks. Many believe that when injuries occur to a..." December 26

  • LeBron, not Kobe, is now NBA’s standard-bearer

    L.A. Daily News "The moment passed with little notice, a brief hand slap and hug between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant near the Lakers bench after a timeout during the Lakers’ Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat. It came and went in an instant, and soon the injured Bryant was sitting back down and James..." December 26

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    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    Injury Update: Kobe Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6 weeks.

  • Lakers' Kobe Bryant out six weeks with fractured tibia

    CBSSports.com "The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that guard Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with a fractured tibia in is left leg. Bryant is only weeks away from having returned from his torn Achilles he suffered last spring, making this the second major leg injury inside of a year. In preseason, he..." December 19

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    KEVIN DING @KevinDing

    Kobe said ankle was "a little stiff on me ... that's the next level of progression. It's just a matter of time, increase the activity."