Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe Bryant on playing small forward next season: 'I can do that'

    The Score "It's the dawn of a new era for the Los Angeles Lakers. The end is near for Kobe Bryant's legendary career. As Bryant fades into the background, the focus now turns to the future. Bryant will do his part to help the transition. He'll log time at small forward to make way for Lakers prospects,..." July 27

  • Kobe Bryant: I learned triangle offense in two days

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the ways Phil Jackson was supposed to rescue the New York Knicks was through the use of his acclaimed triangle offense. The team’s performance proves that it has not worked out just yet. Kobe Bryant must have a hard time understanding why. While speaking at his basketball camp..." July 14

  • Bryant reveals all-time favorite teammates ('It's not Shaq')

    Fox Sports "Kobe Bryant is not exactly known as a team player. So it may be surprising to discover, during a Q&A with the Kobe Bryant Basketball Academy at UC Santa Barbara, that the five-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP had more than one favorite teammate of all time. "There is two," the Los..." July 14

  • Lakers, Kobe Bryant meet with LaMarcus Aldridge

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their highly aggressive approach to free agency Tuesday night, meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after midnight before flying to Detroit to meet with Greg Monroe. They'll meet with DeAndre Jordan sometime Wednesday. As for Aldridge, he's been their top target..." July 01

  • Kobe Bryant called DeAndre Jordan to recruit him to Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in being courted during free agency, and is expected to meet with the Lakers, Mavericks and Bucks in addition to considering a max offer to remain with the Clippers. A rift reportedly exists between Jordan and Chris Paul, and that would undoubtedly need..." June 30

  • DeAndre Jordan recruited by Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony

    Larry Brown Sports "When DeAndre Jordan was drafted in the second round in 2008, how many people would have envisioned that he’d be one of the most sought-after free agents in the NBA seven years later? Very few, but alas, here we are. And Jordan is such a hot commodity that the who’s who of NBA stars are trying to..." June 30

  • Larry Nance Jr. says he was 'terrified' of Kobe Bryant's reaction to tweet

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers first-round draft pick Larry Nance Jr. said he was "terrified" of his new teammate Kobe Bryant's potential reaction to a tweet Nance sent in 2012 that referred to a sexual assault case involving Bryant. "You hear all the stories about how Kobe, or Mr. Bryant, is so intense..." June 30

  • Larry Nance called Kobe Bryant ‘Mr. Bryant,’ apologized for rapist tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Larry Nance Jr., who was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 27 overall pick in the NBA Draft last week, must be terrified for his first workout with his new teammates. I’m sure all rookies are nervous to meet Kobe Bryant for the first time, but Nance has a bit more history with the..." June 29

  • Ice Cube Kobe Bryant's the Best ... He Can't Be Replaced

    TMZ "People who are saying Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell will replace Kobe Bryant need to "stop that s**t" -- 'cause Kobe Bryant is irreplaceable ... so says Lakers superfan Ice Cube. Cube says he's a fan of Russell -- and says he's exactly what the Lakers need -- but claims all the talk about..." June 28

  • Kobe Bryant: 'Friends come and go but banners hang forever'

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant appeared at the BET Awards on Saturday for an interview with ESPN's Jemele Hill. During the conversation, he dropped what I would consider one of the Kobiest -- yes, that's totally a word -- quotes of all-time. Rings > friends, everybody. Got it? If you..." June 28

  • Kobe Bryant on Larry Nance Jr. tweet: 'We've all done things we regret'

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he has talked with first-round draft pick Larry Nance Jr. about a tweet Nance posted in 2012 that referred to a sexual-assault case involving Bryant. Speaking at the BET Experience held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night during a..." June 28

  • Brian Shaw to Lakers Rookie: Might Need to 'Bow Down' to Kobe ... Over 'Rapist' Tweet

    TMZ "How should newly drafted Lakers rookie Larry Nance Jr. deal with the fact he called Kobe Bryant a "rapist" on Twitter back in 2012?? He might need to "bow down" and beg for his forgiveness ... so says Bryant's former teammate Brian Shaw. " June 27

  • Lakers’ draft pick in hot water for Kobe Bryant ‘rapist’ tweet

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team has spoken to one of its first-round draft picks about a tweet the player sent out in 2012 that referred to a sexual assault case involving star guard Kobe Bryant. The tweet was published May 1, 2012, on the account belonging to..." June 26

  • Lakers in tough spot navigating Kobe Bryant's uncertain future

    CBS Sports "In a Q&A with Sports Illustrated, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the team is trying to balance its No.2 selection in next week's draft between the long-term needs of the franchise and the goal of putting a contending team around Kobe Bryant before he retires. Kupchak also says there haven't been,..." June 20

  • Kobe Bryant: 'Cleveland and LeBron, it seems like they want it a lot more'

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is serving as a guest analyst for Sina Sports throughout the NBA Finals, and he's not shying away from expressing his opinions about what's happening on the court. After Game 3, as well as praising Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, he spoke frankly..." June 12

  • Kobe says he hopes to be able to shoot within 2 months

    The Score "Good news, Lakers fans: Kobe Bryant is making progress in rehabbing his shoulder injury. Bryant's comeback season was cut short in January by a torn rotator cuff. Prior to his injury, Bryant averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 34.5 minutes per game. He also managed to surpass..." June 11

  • Jared Dudley: Players don't want to play with Kobe, Carmelo is overrated

    CBS Sports "Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley is a refreshingly candid interview subject, and he didn't pull any punches when he appeared on ESPN's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Wednesday. Dudley, who has played with guys like Steve Nash and Chris Paul, said what most players won't say on the record..." May 28

  • Story About The Time Shaq Threatened to Murder Kobe During 2004 Season

    Black Sports Online "There are many great stories about the back and forth relationship Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had as teammates. This is one of the more violent and sinister plot lines. The Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant feud reached its tipping point during the 2004 season, after Bryant publicly called..." May 26

  • GM: Kobe says next season is last with Lakers

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last with the Lakers. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Bryant is scheduled to..." May 23

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    Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

    My thoughts on next season being my last season are the same as the last time the media asked me last season #nadanew

  • Kobe Bryant: Only right Lakers get No. 2 pick after playing like crap all season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Lakers finished with the fourth-worst record in the NBA this season. However, they will have the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft thanks to some good fortune in the lottery, which was held Tuesday evening. Shortly after the announcement was made, Kobe Bryant said, via his Twitter account,..." May 20

  • Kobe to Lakers: Don’t Draft a Player That Sucks

    Black Sports Online "Kobe has spoken again…. Sounds simple enough, but sadly you never know until they actually get on the court. " May 20

  • Fan Shouts “KOBE” as Dwight Howard is Being Ejected

    TMZ "Kobe Bryant continues to haunt Dwight Howard ... at least judging by video of a heckler who used The Mamba to taunt D12 after he was ejected from a playoff game ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Moments after Howard was (mercifully?) booted from Sunday night's beatdown at the hands of the..." May 12

  • Kobe Bryant's fight against Father Time

    Silver Screen And Roll "Kobe Bryant has spent nearly two decades mesmerizing us with his tenacity, athleticism, and iron will. While he will always be known for his ability to score the basketball and win championships, it might be his knack for playing through pain that has been most impressive. Throughout his hall of..." May 11

  • Is Kobe trying to recruit Westbrook to Lakers ... and is it working?

    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

  • ‘We All Had Great Teammates': Kobe Bryant Defends LeBron James Joining Heat

    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

  • Kobe Bryant takes to Twitter to defend Russell Westbrook

    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

  • Kobe still unsure of post-2016 future

    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

  • Kobe Bryant Pledges To Be Ready For 15-16 Season

    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

  • Kobe Bryant: Wife Vanessa suffered miscarriage during rape trial

    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

  • Kobe Bryant did not enjoy Lakers' silly celebration after win vs. Celtics

    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

  • Kobe on report he's retiring after next season: 'Yeah no, that's not true'

    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

  • Kobe Bryant talks about rejecting a trade to the Pistons

    CBS Sports "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

  • Kobe Bryant Confirms He's Quitting Basketball After One More Season

    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

  • Kobe still haunted by vetoed CP3 trade, believes Lakers can contend

    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

  • Kobe Bryant Doesn't Have Time For Friends

    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

  • Kobe: 2011 Lockout was Designed to Restrict the Lakers

    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

  • Kobe eyes career 'rebirth,' cites Spurs' title

    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

  • Did Karl Malone just challenge Kobe Bryant to a fight?

    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

  • Kobe Hoping For 'Rebirth' Similar To Spurs

    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

  • Knicks' Carmelo Anthony predicts another comeback for Kobe Bryant

    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

  • Carmelo and Kobe decided they wouldn’t work as teammates

    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

  • Kobe 'sore' but eyeing return in September

    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

  • GM: Kobe extension '100 percent' right move, 'worth every penny'

    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

  • Scott expects Bryant to be back next season

    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

  • Mitch Kupchak On Kobe Bryant: ‘I Don’t Think He’s Retiring’

    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

  • Kobe expected to be out 9 months following rotator cuff surgery

    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

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    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    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."

  • Kobe Bryant to have surgery on shoulder, is done for 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

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Those around Kobe say he is definitively coming back to play next season. Doesn't want to go out like this.

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