Fox Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook took some criticism nationally after taking 43 shots against Indiana on Sunday. He scored 54 points, but the Thunder lost to the Pacers, leading some to say that Westbrook should have gotten his teammates more involved. Coming to his defense was none..." April 16
Uproxx "With 36 year-old Kobe Bryant long ago sapped of the ability that once made him a viable candidate for the title of basketball’s best player, you’d think comparisons between he and LeBron James would be long gone. But Mamba Nation cares not for reality, nuance, or timeliness; rings(s,s,s,s) need no..." April 14
Pro Basketball Talk "While Russell Westbrook has been putting up ridiculous lines and racking up triple-doubles seemingly nightly, his efficiency and the volume of his shooting has come into question. With some reason. Back on April 1 he was 10-of-32 shooting. April 3 it was 5-of-20. April 5 it was 12-of-29. You..." April 14
ESPN Los Angeles "There was a brief moment when Kobe Bryant believed this season, his 19th in the NBA, would be his last. It came right after doctors notified the Los Angeles Lakers star in January that he had suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, meaning he'd face another long rehabilitation..." March 11
Real GM Basketball "Kobe Bryant is optimistic of being physically ready to play at the start of the 15-16 season. “I’ll be ready to go,” Bryant said. “I’ll do my regiment and be ready to go.” Each of Bryant's past three seasons have ended due to injury. Mitch Kupchak recently said the Los Angeles Lakers will..." March 09
Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant opened up in an unprecedented way in his new documentary and even revealed that wife Vanessa suffered a miscarriage during his rape trial in 2004. Bryant was investigated for sexual assault in 2003 after having sex with a woman who worked at the Colorado hotel where he was staying..." March 03
Yahoo! Sports "It has not been a very positive season for the Los Angeles Lakers, a team currently in possession of the fourth-worst record in the NBA at 14-41. The sorry state of the franchise does not stand out just because of their past record of consistent success, but because they seem to have so little..." February 24
The Score "Kobe Bryant cleared things up a little Sunday in regards to a report that said he would retire after next season. "Yeah no, that's not true," Bryant told Grantland's Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose in response to an article last week in The Hollywood Reporter. In the THR piece, which was mostly..." February 23
CBSSports.com "Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest Lakers of all time, right there with Magic Johnson for the most beloved in the most famous franchise's history. But there was a time when Bryant was nearly no longer a Laker. In 2007, frustrated by three agonizingly brutal years after the trade of Shaquille..." February 23
The Hollywood Reporter "The L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant has been contemplating life after basketball since he was 22. Now that he's 36, out due to injury and close to retirement, he says he'll play one more season and finish his two-year contract, which will net him $25 million. But his recent experience as the subject and..." February 21
Fox Sports "Despite the hard times the Lakers have fallen on, Kobe Bryant still seems to believe the team can turn it around and contend for a championship next season, which he expects to be his last. Bryant revealed as much in a recent interview in GQ. Yes, the Lakers are saddled with his $25 million..." February 19
ThePostGame.com "Those who think Kobe Bryant is without a weakness are sorely mistaken. The Black Mamba, who has found time for more introspection recently, admitted in an interview with GQ that one of his greatest flaws is his inability to cultivate great friendships. When asked by interviewer Chuck..." February 19
GQ ""I know who I am," is among the first things Kobe Bryant tells me, which is the kind of statement made only by people who are very, very right or very, very wrong. He tells me this in a breakfast café called Haute Cakes, tucked inside a strip mall in Newport Beach, California. We're fifteen..." February 17
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant is not considering retiring despite his recent injury woes, saying instead that he is seeking a career "rebirth" after drawing inspiration from the San Antonio Spurs' recent success. Bryant acknowledged that he is unsure whether he can return from his latest season-ending injury..." February 17
Yahoo! Sports "Man, a lot of aging Basketball Hall of Famers sure seem to have some strong opinions about Kobe Bean Bryant. Karl Malone was a Laker for exactly one season, participating in an injury-plagued final campaign with Los Angeles in 2003-04 that saw the Lakers fall in the NBA Finals to the Detroit..." February 12
Real GM Basketball "Kobe Bryant is out for the season but he hopes to return next season. "I can’t say this is the end of my era, because I thought (Spurs') was done. They're still there. I’m hoping I can have same rebirth,” said Bryant in an NBATV interview that will air on Feb. 16." February 05
Los Angeles Times "It's been heard before, and quite a bit in recent years: Kobe Bryant will come back from (insert injury here) and prove everybody wrong. It was uttered again by Carmelo Anthony, the latest to predict a productive return for Bryant, whose season ended after only 35 games because of a torn..." February 02
New York Post "It’s a good thing Carmelo Anthony didn’t join the Lakers and bank on the health of buddy Kobe Bryant. Bryant is now sidelined for nine months after tearing the rotator cuff in his left shoulder and will miss Super Bowl Sunday’s not-so-glamorous Knicks-Lakers matchup, which was removed from..." January 31
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant addressed his expectations a day after shoulder surgery Thursday night in a brief interview with ESPN, saying he planned on being ready to play come September for the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp. "Yeah, that's the plan," Bryant said. Bryant said his rehab over the next..." January 30
Fox Sports "When the Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to his two-year, $48.5 million extension in November 2013, he hadn't played in seventh months due to a torn Achilles. Only weeks after signing the extension, Bryant returned to the court -- for all of six games before going down for the season with a broken..." January 30
ESPN Los Angeles "Shoulder surgery performed Wednesday morning will likely end Kobe Bryant's season, but Lakers coach Byron Scott emphasized that he expects the 36-year-old to return next season. “In my mind right now, he’s coming back next year, unless he tells me something different,” Scott said. The..." January 29
Lakers Nation "After his third consecutive season that has ended prematurely due to injury, many questions have surrounded Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Next year will be his 20th season and some wonder if he will be able to come back again. However, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes..." January 29
The Score "Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is expected to need nine months to make a full recovery. Bryant underwent the approximately two-hour procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los..." January 29
Dr. ElAttrache: “I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should be ready for the start of the season."
Pro Basketball Talk "Sunday night Lakers coach Byron Scott said he was holding out hope Kobe Bryant could still find a way to come back and play this season, even though every medical professional anyone spoke with said he would need surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff — which had detached from the bone — and that..." January 27
Those around Kobe say he is definitively coming back to play next season. Doesn't want to go out like this.
CSN Washington "When Kobe Bryant made his first public comments after signing a two-year extension in November 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers were in Washington and the future Hall of Famer held a news conference at Verizon Center while a Washington Wizards banner hung behind him and a microphone with the Wizards’..." January 26
Kobe Bryant and Lakers will likely wait until Monday to make a decision on treatment for his torn rotator cuff, league sources tell Yahoo.
ESPN.com "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Bryant suffered the tear during the second half of Wednesday night's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, though sources said he has been dealing with..." January 23
Kobe first injured this shoulder in the preseason, according to sources. Has been playing w/ it all year. It just got worse last night
ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will have an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday after tweaking it during a 96-80 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. While Bryant said it's unclear if he'll play Friday at San Antonio, he did try to downplay the injury. "I've played on a torn..." January 22
On Kobe Bryant, there's "concern" within Lakers this could be season-ending, source says. But nothing definitive until docs examine him.
The MRI on Kobe Bryant's right shoulder showed "a tear of the rotator cuff." Full press release attached: pic.twitter.com/2GAd8Vzw3L
Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant had a very public breakfast with Rajon Rondo during the Lakers trip to Boston earlier this season, in what may have been a bit of a feeling out process. The Lakers were reportedly interested in acquiring Rondo, but lacked the assets to get a deal done before Celtics GM Danny Ainge..." January 21
Kobe Bryant will play tonight vs. NO, his first game action since last Thursday.
Byron Scott confirmed that after missing the last two games, Kobe (rest) and Ronnie Price (elbow) will start at NOP.
ESPN Los Angeles "Lakers coach Byron Scott said he's not surprised that Kobe Bryant has thought about retiring after this season even though he has one year remaining on his contract. "I'm sure it's probably crossed his mind more than once, but we haven't talked about that one bit," Scott said after the Lakers'..." January 19
ESPN Los Angeles "If the Los Angeles Lakers ultimately decide to shut down Kobe Bryant at some point this season, the 36-year-old Lakers star won't be happy with the decision but said he will comply. "I will do what they ask of me, but it's very, very hard for me to miss one game," Bryant said Thursday after..." January 16
Pro Basketball Talk "Right now, the Lakers are 10 games back of the eighth seed and the final playoff spot in the West. The Suns are on a 46-win pace with the Thunder and others chasing them, while the Lakers are on a 25-win pace. It’s safe to say the Lakers are not making the playoffs. With that reality, and..." January 14
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant has sat out three of the Los Angeles Lakers' past four games and six of their past 11 -- all in the name of rest after playing far too many minutes earlier this season. Lakers coach Byron Scott admits Bryant's heavy work load was his fault, but he's trying not to dwell on the..." January 13
SB Nation "Bryant sat out Sunday for the sixth time in 11 games and Byron Scott says he wants to make sure the team's star is healthy for next year. While there are no plans to do so right now, Lakers head coach Byron Scott acknowledged Sunday that the team may consider sitting Kobe Bryant down at some..." January 12
ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant sat out his second straight game and third in the past four on Sunday as his Los Angeles Lakers fell 106-94 to the Portland Trail Blazers. "I talked to him this afternoon and told him he didn't even have to come tonight but he wanted to come anyway," Lakers coach Byron Scott said..." January 12
After resting Monday & Tuesday, Kobe was at this morning's shootaround and will play tonight against the Clippers.
Lakers list Kobe (rest) and Ronnie Price (fractured nose) as probable to play tomorrow night against Clippers.
Orange County Register "In these parts, “back-to-back” used to be an aspirational credo, chanted at downtown parades. Now, the term is just another reminder that Kobe Bryant is old, and that preserving his aching body for not just this, but another, season of basketball is an evolving, imperfect process. Bryant will..." January 05
The Score "Kobe Bryant has looked spry and effective in two games since returning from a three-game respite, and the Los Angeles Lakers are encouraged that their ever-evolving preservation plan for their superstar is finally working. After playing each of the team's first 27 games and carrying a heavier..." January 02
Kobe: "If you asked me if I’m going to play beyond that, right now the answer is no."
Kobe Bryant didn't do anything for shootaround beyond getting treatment & stretching. Good to go for tonight
Lakers Nation "Kobe Bryant sat out of Monday’s Lakers practice to rest after playing just 32 minutes in the Lakers loss to the Phoenix Suns Sunday night. Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Bryant told him this morning that he felt good, which gave him more confidence to stick to Bryant’s minute restriction..." December 30