Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant engage in an unlikely war of words

    Crossover Chronicles "It is no secret Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets has not been all that great in the past few seasons. He was consistently one of the few best point guards in the NBA throughout his time in Utah, and after a decent start with New Jersey/Brooklyn, injuries have claimed a lot of his..." September 30

  • Kobe Bryant: 'When I leave, it's because I choose to'

    Yahoo! Sports "Kobe Bryant watched on television as Derek Jeter walked off the field at Yankee Stadium for the last time last week. The Los Angeles Lakers guard hopes to eventually walk away just like Jeter did. But he also hopes to delay that day by a couple years. "The biggest key for anybody in retirement..." September 30

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Kupchak says there will be "management" of Kobe's minutes, maybe even games played. Says Byron Scott will have the final call.

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Asked Byron Scott on if Kobe checks himself into the game against his wishes. Scott joked, "I might have to tackle him and hold him back"

  • Tracy McGrady works out with Kobe Bryant as test for possible comeback

    Yahoo! Sports "Retired seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady worked out with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant late this summer in a Southern California gymnasium, testing the preparedness of his body for a possible NBA comeback attempt. "Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body..." September 03

  • Kobe Bryant concedes he will have to offset diminished athleticism

    Inside Socal "Grab a seat and gather around Kobe Bryant. The Lakers’ star will answer any question posed by any of his fans in China. Really, anything. Bryant held a fireside chat recently during his promotional Nike tour in that region, touching on everything. His mental focus. How he stays motivated. What..." September 03

  • Examining Kobe Bryant's legendary pain tolerance and road to recovery

    SI.com "For a recent SI Longform story, I spoke with Judy Seto, the longtime physical therapist for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The excerpts from our conversation focus on Bryant, his recovery and his singular pain tolerance. Quotes edited for clarity. Kobe's medical expertise "He's the kind of guy..." August 29

  • Kobe Bryant studying how Paul Pierce adjusted his game as a veteran

    CBSSports.com "Kobe Bryant is looking to follow an old rival's example. Preparing to make his comeback from a knee injury, the Los Angeles Lakers star has been studying how Paul Pierce adjusted his game as his athleticism faded away. From Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard: In preparing for this..." August 27

  • Kobe Bryant's text to LeBron James after The Decision was so Kobe Bryant

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant is supremely confident. This is a secret to no one. And because of that confidence, there is no doubt in his mind that he is the best player in the world, even at age 36. In one of a series of untold Bryant stories, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report provides details that explain who..." August 26

  • Kobe Bryant: ‘I’m 70 in basketball years’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant has two years left on his contract with the Lakers, and most expect those to be the final two seasons that he plays professionally. Injuries limited him to just six games last season, and though he’s expected to be back to 100 percent for the start of the 2014-15 campaign, no one..." August 20

  • Kobe Bryant doesn't get the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant has joined the ranks with James Harrison of athletes who don't quite understand the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of getting a bucket full of ice and water dumped on him, Bryant is instead sitting in a 48 degree recovery tub. After nominating, among others, USWNT player Sidney..." August 18

  • Byron Scott Predicts Kobe Bryant's Production For Upcoming Laker Season

    ThePostGame.com "Kobe Bryant will be 36 by the end of this month, and injuries to his knee and Achilles limited him to six games last season. So it would be understandable if expectations were low heading into this season. But new Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't buying into that line of thinking. In fact, Scott..." August 16

  • Kobe reveals he’s ‘afraid’ of post-basketball life

    USA Today "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is gearing up for his 19th season in the NBA, and at the age of 35, he’s starting to brace himself for what comes after his playing career is over. Bryant has two years left on his contract with the Lakers (set to pay him 48.5 million), but only played six games..." July 21

  • Phil Jackson says Dwight Howard left Lakers because of Kobe Bryant

    New York Daily News "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. — George Moore * * * My first thought was to hit the road. Once I got my body back in shape, I figured I’d get a dog and head across the country in a van, à la John Steinbeck. It was the perfect time to..." July 18

  • Kobe back from Europe for Melo pitch

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant flew in late Wednesday night from a European vacation so he could play a key part in the team's pitch to free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony on Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Bryant has a long history and friendship with..." July 03

  • Kobe Bryant recruiting Carmelo Anthony, according to report

    Silver Screen And Roll "Carmelo Anthony is preparing for free agency on July 1 and has meetings lined up with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Lakers are not scheduled to meet with Anthony, but Kobe Bryant has already reached out to the star free agent and intends to personally..." June 25

  • Lakers' Kobe Bryant claims he's 100% healthy

    Toronto Sun "Two leg injuries later, Kobe Bryant said he is 100% healthy and ready to get back on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, who suffered a season-ending left knee fracture back in December, gave a brief TV interview Wednesday in Brazil, where he is taking in the World Cup. "Oh, yeah...." June 20

  • Bryant laughs off Jurgen Klinnsman’s criticism on contract extension

    Inside Socal "Kobe Bryant has dazzled so many people over so many years with his countless highlight reels, his ability to play through injuries and his steely competitiveness. Yet, the Lakers’ star is currently in Brazil showing the same giddy enthusiasm over the soccer landscape as most Lakers fans do when..." June 16

  • Even US Soccer coach is bashing Kobe Bryant’s $48M contract

    New York Post "It’s official: No one is a fan of Kobe Bryant’s contract. In explaining his decision to leave Landon Donovan off the US soccer roster for the World Cup, German-born coach Jurgen Klinsmann took the opportunity to mock the Lakers for giving Bryant a two-year, $48 million extension last..." June 05

  • Kobe Bryant on D'Antoni: I didn't care, wants say in next Lakers coach

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant, speaking publicly for the first time since Mike D'Antoni resigned from the Los Angeles Lakers, expressed apathy about the turn of events, while saying he would, however, like to have an active role in choosing a new coach. "Honestly, I didn't care," Bryant said Thursday during a..." May 10

  • Kobe begins new training regimen

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant began an intense six-month training program with an early-morning workout Monday, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bryant has been cleared for running and shooting as he returns from a broken bone in his left lateral tibial plateau that..." April 22

  • Showtime set to produce in-depth documentary on Kobe, 'MUSE'

    CBSSports.com "A lot of NBA players have tried their hands at documentaries. Chris Bosh had one or his 2010 free agency that to my knowledge never reached the light of day. Dwight Howard has done them. Carmelo Anthony. Amar'e Stoudemire, but all on personal levels, never with a big production. Steve Nash..." April 18

  • 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 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 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