Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

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    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    Kobe Bryant will play tonight at New Orleans.

  • Byron Scott Says Kobe Wouldn’t Make A Good Coach Because He’d ‘Kill Somebody’

    Uproxx "Byron Scott’s mouth has gotten him into a lot of trouble over the last few days. Between his thoughts on keeping the minutes of rookie guard D’Angelo Russell limited in an attempt to help his development as a player to his, um, “hacked” Instagram account, it’s been a weird stretch for the..." February 03

  • Sam Mitchell hates Kobe: 'If I don't ever see him again, it will be too soon'

    The Score "Sam Mitchell and Kobe Bryant have a bit of a history. That history mostly consists of Bryant playing extremely well against teams Mitchell is involved with. Following Tuesday's 119-115 Los Angeles Lakers win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mitchell put it quite succinctly, albeit tongue in..." February 03

  • Why Abdul-Jabbar says Duncan, not Kobe, has had the 'better' career

    Fox Sports "This is why sports exists, so we debate questions that might not have a right or wrong answer, but are never short on opinions. Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar chimed in with one of his own when asked recently if Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan has had the better career. Abdul-Jabbar's..." February 03

  • Kobe: Lakers snapping 10-game skid wouldn't make 's— season less s—'

    Sporting News "The Lakers lost their franchise record-tying 10th straight game Sunday night and listened to perhaps the loudest boos of a nine-win season during the Staples Center setback against the Hornets. But Kobe Bryant says the team hasn't circled Tuesday's home game against the Timberwolves. Because,..." February 01

  • Kobe Bryant will rest vs. Clippers

    The Score "Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant won't play in Friday night's contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News." January 29

  • Kobe Bryant said Pau Gasol felt disrespected by Lakers’ front office

    L.A. Daily News "Moments before tipoff, Pau Gasol turned his head and saw Kobe Bryant walking onto the court. The two then shared a hug before Bryant slapped Gasol on the back multiple times. It symbolized the strong partnership through 6 1/2 seasons with the Lakers that spanned three NBA Finals appearances and..." January 29

  • Mark Cuban says he and Kobe Bryant could be future business partners: 'He'd listen to me'

    Dallas Morning News "Though Kobe Bryant sat out his final meeting with the Mavericks because of a sore shoulder, owner Mark Cuban said he fully expects to see more of Bryant in the future. Maybe even as partners. Cuban said he would not have any problem teaming up with Bryant in the business world. "Yeah, of..." January 28

  • Kobe Bryant says Lakers fans didn't appreciate Pau Gasol

    SB Nation "The Lakers welcome Pau Gasol and the Bulls to town on Thursday, which put Kobe Bryant in a nostalgic mood. Bryant made a strong statement when asked about Gasol's Lakers career in a Tuesday morning media session. "I think the city of L.A. didn't really appreciate what he did and what we had,"..." January 28

  • Dirk calls Kobe the Michael Jordan of his generation

    The Score "Add Dirk Nowitzki to the long list of NBA greats who have referred to Kobe Bryant as the preeminent player of his era. "Like I said, this entire time, he's our Michael Jordan, for our generation," Nowitzki said to ESPN's Baxter Holmes. "He's one of the best to ever lace 'em up. It's been a..." January 27

  • Kobe Bryant comments on continued difficulty with shoulder

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant missed his ninth game of his 20th and final season Tuesday, sitting out with a sore right shoulder as his Los Angeles Lakers fell 92-90 to the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. Bryant's right shoulder has bothered him virtually all season and figures to be an issue the rest of the..." January 27

  • Ex-Teammate Claims Kobe Sucker Punched Him Once Over $100 Gambling Debt

    Complex "f you ever lose a bet to Kobe Bryant, you better pay up. Immediately. Or else… That’s apparently the lesson that Kobe’s former teammate Samaki Walker learned more than a decade ago after he lost a $100 bet while playing a game that involved a bunch of different Lakers players shooting..." January 27

  • Kobe Bryant rips into Lakers after team’s sixth straight loss

    Inside Socal "After spending the past two months basking in endless praise, thoughtful gifts and nostalgic video tributes, Kobe Bryant experienced something that seemed more natural during his accomplished and drama-filled NBA career. Bryant became the villain again during the Lakers’ 121-103 loss to the..." January 24

  • Kobe Bryant leads league in votes to earn his 18th and final All-Star nod

    The Score "If Kobe Bryant can avoid the injury ward for another month, he'll get to participate in his first All-Star game in three years, and the last of his NBA career. Bryant - who had to sit out the last two midseason showcases despite being voted in by the fans - was awarded a starting spot on the..." January 22

  • Kobe Bryant wants to go skiing, surfing, skydiving in retirement

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant will finally have a lot of spare time on his hands for the first time since he’s been an adult once he retires from professional basketball in a few months. While he’ll undoubtedly be busy with his family and potential business pursuits, the future Hall of Famer expressed interest in..." January 21

  • Kobe Bryant recalls Michael Jordan as final All-Star Game honor approaches

    Yahoo! Sports "A nearly 40-year-old Michael Jordan told Kobe Bryant not to take it easy on him during Jordan’s final NBA All-Star Game in 2003. Now nearly 13 years later, Bryant has the same message for his NBA colleagues before his All-Star Game swan song. "One thing that Michael said was, ‘Just because it’s..." January 20

  • Byron Scott: Coaches would vote Kobe an All-Star 'out of respect'

    Yahoo! Sports "NBA coaches, infamously, don’t usually take All-Star Game voting very seriously. They’re charged with determining who stands in as reserves, once the fan voting for starters ends, but the group of 30 usually leave it to their assistants to pencil in roster spots six through 12. Kobe Bryant, as..." January 19

  • Kobe, DeMarcus Cousins, other NBA stars reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.

    Pro Basketball Talk "As it does every Martin Luther King Jr. day, the NBA is celebrating with a full slate of broadcast games running through the day, beginning with the Sixers at the Knicks at 1 ET and highlighted by the Golden State Warriors at the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s all meant as a tribute to Dr. King. To..." January 18

  • Kobe left game vs. Jazz with Achilles injury; refuses to take weeks off

    The Score "Kobe Bryant was forced out of Saturday night's contest against the Utah Jazz after dealing with a sore Achilles, and didn't return. The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard has been playing through an Achilles injury for the past week, despite advice from team trainers to rest for two weeks. He..." January 17

  • Kobe Bryant to support players, watch Rio Games 'from afar'

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant revealed Saturday that he has no interest in playing in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Bryant, who plans to retire this summer after his 20th NBA season, discussed the Olympics before the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. "I think as beautiful as..." January 17

  • Kobe Bryant played key role in Klay Thompson’s development

    KNBR "Mychal Thompson knows a thing or two about how important mentoring can be. Thompson, who played the last four years of his 14-year career with the Lakers, backing up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, frequently credits the NBA’s all-time leading scorer for instilling a championship attitude in him. So when..." January 16

  • Vitti Recommends Lakers Rest Kobe Bryant's Achilles Injury For 1-2 Weeks

    Real GM Basketball "Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors due to an Achilles injury. Gary Vitti has recommended the Los Angeles Lakers shut down Bryant for one to two weeks to rest the injury." January 13

  • Kobe Bryant's sore right Achilles leaves availability in question

    Sporting News "Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who missed Sunday's loss to the Jazz because of a sore right Achilles tendon, left Tuesday's win against the Pelicans with the same problem, according to multiple reports. Bryant, 37, played only 16 minutes Tuesday, and left the Staples Center without speaking to..." January 13

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant hiding frustration ‘a lot better’

    L.A. Daily News "The losses have usually piled up by the game. Kobe Bryant also has spent nearly every waking hour receiving treatment on his 37-year-old body. But even with the Lakers (8-30) entering Sunday’s game against the Utah Jazz (15-20) on Sunday at Staples Center on pace for their worst record in..." January 10

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Lakers list Kobe Bryant (right shoulder) as probable and D'Angelo Russell (right ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game vs. Utah

  • Kobe Bryant joins Kareem, Malone in 33,000-point club

    The Score "Only three players in NBA history have scored more than 33,000 career points: Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and, as of Thursday, Kobe Bryant. The "Black Mamba" dropped 18 points (including an honest-to-goodness alley-opp) in the first half against the Sacramento Kings to wade into rarefied..." January 08

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Kobe will start tonight vs. Sacramento.

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    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    Kobe Bryant will fly with team to@Sacramento today. Still is questionable for game Thursday.

  • Mitch Kupchak: Lakers' season about celebrating Kobe Bryant

    ESPN "For much of the 2015-16 season, the Los Angeles Lakers have been trying to balance the development of their younger players while also celebrating Kobe Bryant, who is retiring after his 20th campaign in the NBA. Although the season isn't over, the Lakers sit at 8-28, and general manager Mitch..." January 06

  • Bryant, Russell Expected for Thursday

    NBA.com "After both players sat out Tuesday’s loss to Golden State, Kobe Bryant and D’Angelo Russell will make the flight up to Sacramento and are optimistic about playing in Thursday’s contest. Bryant has been hampered by his sore right shoulder, which was surgically repaired over the offseason. He has..." January 06

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe Bryant is also out tonight against Golden State with sore right shoulder

  • How Vlade Divac almost killed the Lakers' trade for Kobe Bryant

    Yahoo! Sports "Almost 20 years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers had one of the greatest offseasons in NBA history when they acquired Kobe Bryant and signed free agent Shaquille O'Neal. But former Lakers center Vlade Divac, now the Sacramento Kings' general manager, almost prevented the team from forming one of the..." January 05

  • The Lakers May Retire Both Of Kobe Bryant’s Numbers

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant is in the middle of his well-deserved retirement tour, and he’ll be playing his final games in certain cities throughout the season’s second half. Opposing teams are making sure that Kobe goes out in style by awarding him with gifts, while cheering for him even though he’s playing for..." January 04

  • Jordan Clarkson Says Kobe Told Him to Stop Taking the Ball to the Basket “Like a Light-Skin Dude”

    Complex "Jordan Clarkson unleashed a vicious dunk during the Lakers' win over the Suns on Sunday, one that was so violent that it caused Nick Young to pretend that he needed CPR to be revived on the sidelines. When asked what he remembered about the play afterward, Clarkson recalled some odd advice that..." January 04

  • Kobe Bryant “probably” will have to manage shoulder pain through 2015-16 season

    L.A. Daily News "The throng of season-ticket holders filled up some of the seats at Staples Center at morning shootaround eager to see the Lakers’ main attraction. More fans sat down later that evening for the same thing. But Kobe Bryant wasn’t there. Bryant missed Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at..." January 04

  • Lakers GM Kupchak: “We cannot move on as a team until Kobe leaves”

    Los Angeles Times "After Kobe Bryant retires, the Lakers will eventually hang his jersey in the rafters at Staples Center. Which of Bryant's two numbers will the Lakers honor? "I don't know the answer. Obviously it's going to be 8, 24 or it could be both," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak at a..." January 04

  • Kobe Bryant’s advice to Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas: “Be a lion”

    Boston Globe "Before facing the Lakers on Wednesday, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas contacted one of Kobe Bryant’s confidants to request a brief meeting with Bryant, who was making his final appearance in Boston. Thomas hoped to simply say hello and perhaps have him sign a jersey. “But he came and sat down and..." January 03

  • Kobe Bryant will not play vs. Sixers with sore right shoulder

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers' quest for back-to-back victories for the first time this season will go through a Los Angeles Lakers squad missing its leading scorer. Kobe Bryant will be sidelined Friday night at the Staples Center as he nurses a sore right shoulder, according to the Los Angeles Daily..." January 01

  • When the Celtics picked Antoine Walker over Kobe Bryant

    ESPN "BY 1996, M.L. CARR served as both head coach and executive vice president/director of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics. Red Auerbach had ascended to become the team's president and presiding living legend. Not every decision merited a visit to Auerbach's office. But this wasn't just..." December 31

  • Kobe on Hornets drafting him: 'Charlotte never wanted me'

    ESPN "There's more than one side to every story, and that axiom felt especially true Monday night, when Kobe Bryant played his final game in Charlotte against the organization that drafted him 13th overall in 1996. Bryant never played for the Hornets, as he was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for..." December 30

  • Dave Cowens disputes Kobe Bryant’s memory of draft trade

    Boston Globe "Celtics legend Dave Cowens was hired to coach the Charlotte Hornets less than a month before the 1996 NBA draft, and he said general manager Bob Bass mostly kept his draft-night plan under wraps, even among staff members. But Cowens was aware of one looming trade: If Lower Merion High School..." December 30

  • Evan Turner heard horror stories, but Kobe Bryant killed him with kindness

    ESPN "Before the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers met on New Year's Eve 2010, Evan Turner had teammates telling him horror stories about playing against Kobe Bryant for the first time. Philly's veterans implored the 22-year-old rookie, "Don't look at him in his eyes! Just leave him alone!"..." December 29

  • MJ congratulates Kobe on 'unbelievable career'

    ESPN "Like many teams have done in arenas Kobe Bryant is visiting for the final time before retiring, the Charlotte Hornets aired a video tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers icon before Monday's game. But the Hornets' tribute video was different. Instead of showing highlights from Bryant's 20-season..." December 29

  • Kobe (knee) plans to play vs. Hornets in final visit to Charlotte

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant played with a sore right knee in Sunday's 112-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, but he said he plans to play Monday when the Lakers face the Hornets in Charlotte, North Carolina. Monday will be Bryant's final game in Charlotte. He has announced his plans to..." December 28

  • Kobe Bryant shares advice on leadership

    ESPN "Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of a remarkable 20-season NBA career, but if he could go back in time and offer advice to himself as a rookie, what would he say? "It's hard to tell somebody -- a player at that age -- to understand compassion and empathy, but that would be my..." December 28

  • Kobe Bryant takes big lead in All-Star voting

    ESPN "After the first returns of 2016 NBA All-Star voting, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is leading the pack by a wide margin. Bryant already has 719,235 votes -- well ahead of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (510,202), the next highest vote-getter, and more than twice as many as..." December 26

  • Kobe Bryant: 'Shocked doesn't do it justice' over All-Star voting lead

    ESPN "After the first returns of 2016 NBA All-Star voting, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is leading the pack by a wide margin. Bryant has 719,235 votes -- well ahead of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (510,202), the next-highest vote-getter, and more than twice as many as Cleveland..." December 26

  • Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant Traded Sneakers After Last Night's Game

    Complex "Kobe Bryant is in the middle of singing his NBA swan song, and it's resulted in getting special treatment at every arena he goes. Players who grew up watching and facing off against Bryant want to show their admiration for the NBA legend, and the latest to do so is Kevin Durant. After the Los..." December 24

  • Kobe after 31-point game: 'I can still play a little bit'

    The Score "Don't look now, but the "Black Mamba" is starting to round into form. Kobe Bryant dropped a vintage 31-point performance - including 11 in the fourth - to guide his Los Angeles Lakers to a road victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. After the game, Bryant was in a celebratory..." December 23

  • Kobe Bryant Names Top 5 Players He Faced: Jordan, Hakeem, LeBron, Durant and Drexler

    SLAM Online "In a conference call Monday with 146 reporters from 24 countries and territories, Kobe Bryant was asked to name the top-five players and teams he’s played against during his illustrious 20-year career. The Black Mamba also dismissed the possibility of playing overseas once his NBA days come to..." December 22

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