Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

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

    CBSSports.com "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 27

  • 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.com "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

    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

  • 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.

  • Kobe wanted to sign with Wizards, join Michael Jordan

    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

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Kobe Bryant and Lakers will likely wait until Monday to make a decision on treatment for his torn rotator cuff, league sources tell Yahoo.

  • Kobe's season expected to be over

    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

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    Kobe Bryant @kobebryant

    This is what happens when I pass too much! #ShoulderShock thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers #team @DrinkBODYARMOR @Lakers #oneluv

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    Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

    Kobe first injured this shoulder in the preseason, according to sources. Has been playing w/ it all year. It just got worse last night

  • Kobe to have MRI on injured right shoulder

    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

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    Ken Berger @KBergCBS

    On Kobe Bryant, there's "concern" within Lakers this could be season-ending, source says. But nothing definitive until docs examine him.

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    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    The MRI on Kobe Bryant's right shoulder showed "a tear of the rotator cuff." Full press release attached: pic.twitter.com/2GAd8Vzw3L

  • Kobe on efforts to recruit Rajon Rondo to Lakers: ‘I’m not stopping until he signs an extension’

    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

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Kobe Bryant will play tonight vs. NO, his first game action since last Thursday.

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    Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

    Byron Scott confirmed that after missing the last two games, Kobe (rest) and Ronnie Price (elbow) will start at NOP.

  • Scott: No Kobe Bryant retirement talk

    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

  • Kobe Bryant says he would accept a shut down

    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

  • Byron Scott: “If” Lakers out of playoff contention in March Kobe could get shut down

    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

  • Scott is not dwelling on Kobe minutes mistake

    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

  • Lakers will consider shutting down Kobe Bryant after All-Star break

    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