Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe Bryant might be changing positions

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is considered by many to be the second-best shooting guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan. However, with the Los Angeles Lakers getting younger and with a talented backcourt tandem of Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, both of whom can play combo guard, it makes sense for..." October 04

  • Will Kobe Bryant Actually Turn Into A Spot-Up Shooter This Season Like He Says?

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant has missed most of the past two seasons as he’s suffered both a ruptured Achilles and a torn rotator cuff, and his head coach, Byron Scott, has absorbed no small amount of criticism for the heavy minutes he played last year prior to his latest injury. Something will have to give in..." October 01

  • D’Angelo Russell Has Already Learned That Kobe Bryant ‘Likes To Shoot The Ball’

    Uproxx "D’Angelo Russell is coming into Los Angeles with some pretty major expectations this season. The No. 2 overall pick is expected to help make the Lakers more competitive right away, perhaps even bumping them into playoff contention with help from a healthy Kobe Bryant. Russell, however, will..." September 30

  • Kobe doesn't plan to play for anyone but Lakers if he continues his career

    Yahoo! Sports "Kobe Bryant has a message for Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers fans and anyone else who thinks he will finish his NBA career elsewhere. "A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships," Bryant told Yahoo Sports at the conclusion of the Lakers' media day on..." September 29

  • Kobe Bryant: 'I've got enough to think about' other than retirement

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant will face the question on an almost daily basis over the next seven months. Will this be his final NBA season? It's the most dominant storyline surrounding the team and Bryant, who at 37 is entering his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers, an NBA record for the most seasons a..." September 29

  • Phil Jackson thinks Kobe may not finish his career with the Lakers

    SB Nation "Kobe Bryant will turn 38 this season and is clearly nearing retirement, but no one is assuming this will be his final season, not yet. Phil Jackson added fuel to the fire with recent comments about Bryant's future, even suggesting that he could join another team to finish out his career. "I..." September 26

  • The Sinking Legacy Of Kobe Bryant

    Real GM Basketball "When Bill Simmons wrote the Book of Basketball he ranked Kobe Bryant as the eighth best player of all-time. Bryant was behind Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Tim Duncan; just ahead of Jerry West and Oscar Robertson rounding out the..." September 23

  • Jerry West sad to see Kobe nearing end of career, wants him to leave on own terms

    The Score "Kobe Bryant and Jerry West are inextricably linked. "Mr. Clutch" resides near the top of multiple all-time Los Angeles Lakers' statistical rankings, right alongside "The Black Mamba" - a historical pairing for which West has himself to thank, since he was the man responsible for acquiring the..." September 21

  • Shaquille O'Neal encourages Kobe Bryant to play beyond this season

    CBS Sports "Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley disagree about Kobe Bryant. While Barkley said he hopes Bryant retires after this season because "I don't like seeing great players just out there," O'Neal wants his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate to play as long as he wants. From the New Orleans Times..." September 20

  • Scott: Kobe to have 'hard cap' on minutes this season

    ESPN Los Angeles "In an effort to help preserve Kobe Bryant in what could his final NBA campaign, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said the 37-year-old Bryant will have a hard minutes cap this season, a move that both parties hope will help Bryant avoid injury after having his past three seasons cut short by..." September 19

  • Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski heaps praise on Kobe Bryant

    Pro Basketball Talk "Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a special bond with Kobe Bryant. These are two men who bring something special to the basketball court, and part of that is a fighting spirit. They were friends before, but that bond grew during the Olympics when for a few years (particularly in Beijing in 2008) it was..." September 19

  • Lakers' Kobe Bryant cleared to resume basketball activities

    SI "Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has been cleared to return to basketball activities, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. Bryant underwent surgery in April to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The recovery was expected to take six to nine months. Last..." September 18

  • Lakers GM Kupchak says Bryant will be ready for camp

    CBS Sports "As Kobe Bryant prepares for what may be his final NBA season with the Lakers and his third attempt at finishing a season without a major injury, it looks like he'll at least be ready for camp. While GM Mitch Kupchak did a media tour as the team sought to tout their fancy "secrets" analytics..." September 13

  • Could Kobe, Durant end up joining Carmelo in New York?

    CBS Sports "Kevin Durant is going to be a free agent next summer, and he said recently that he's not thinking about that. He doesn't want anyone to believe any rumors about his future unless he, his agent or his manager are directly quoted. Keep that in mind, then, as we look at what was said on "First Take"..." September 04

  • Shaq: Kobe and I are 'most dominant one-two punch in Laker history'

    Fox Sports "It's the stuff of dreams for NBA fans: Shaquille O'Neal. Kobe Bryant. One room. One (or possibly more) microphone(s). And one on-the-record conversation that clears the air, puts all the relevant details out there and buries the hatchet one final time between the former Los Angeles Lakers..." August 31

  • Kobe Bryant receives his lowest player rating ever in NBA 2K16

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 season will be Kobe Bryant's 20th season in the NBA. With his last few seasons ending in injury, Bryant has contemplated retiring after next season but hasn't officially made a decision yet. Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss is not going to force Bryant to retire..." August 30

  • Lakers' Jim Buss says it's not his decision when Kobe Bryant retires

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers start training camp in just over a month and there are still many unknowns. How will Kobe Bryant play? Was rookie guard D'Angelo Russell the right pick? Can the team make the playoffs? On Thursday Jim Buss, part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations, spoke to..." August 28

  • Kobe Bryant: ‘I Was An Idiot When I Was A Kid’

    NESN "You know when people say, “We’ll look back 10 years from now and laugh about this?” Well, in the case of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, that’s exactly how everything has played out. Shaq and Kobe won three NBA championships together with the Los Angeles Lakers, but a rift emerged between the..." August 28

  • D’Angelo Russell hasn’t called Kobe Bryant yet, doesn’t want to bug him

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant is busy these days. He works out, takes trips to China to sell shoes, hits the gym, spends time with his family, goes to a court to get up a bunch of shots, swings by a Taylor Swift concert, and then at some point works out a little. The Lakers new star rookie, No. 2 pick D’Angelo..." August 27

  • Kobe - Reuniting With Shaq ... 'I Shoulda Kept My Mouth Shut'

    TMZ "Kobe Bryant went face-to-face with Shaquille O'Neal on Shaq's podcast -- and both NBA stars expressed serious regrets about the way things played out between them over the years. During the interview on "The Big Podcast With Shaq" -- which airs Monday -- co-host John Kinkade asked the former..." August 26

  • Kobe starts shooting again for the first time since season-ending shoulder surgery

    Pro Basketball Talk "Here’s some good news for Lakers fans: Kobe Bryant has taken a big step in his recovery from the right shoulder surgery that ended his 2014-15 season early. He posted a photo Saturday on his Instagram account of himself in the gym and revealed that he’s started shooting again." August 23

  • 'Old people don't get healthy; they die': Barkley wants Kobe to retire after season

    Fox Sports "It's going to be a topic until the end of next season at the earliest. Will 2015-16 be Kobe Bryant's last in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform? Will it be his last as a professional basketball player? And if he's not done, where would he play in 2016-17? Former NBA great Charles Barkley joined Frank..." August 17

  • Kobe responds to Russell talking up McGrady

    ESPN Los Angeles "New Laker D'Angelo Russell has been poking at Kobe Bryant ever since being drafted. First, he did a pretty dead-on impersonation of Bryant. Then, he said that Tracy McGrady might have been the greatest player of all time. How would Kobe respond? Would he unleash a storm of invective on..." August 16

  • Kobe Bryant wants to earn spot on 2016 Olympic team

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant could very well retire after the 2015-2016 season, but will his basketball career last a few months after that? USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo revealed on Thursday that he has spoken to Kobe about the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Colangelo said it would be a “great..." August 14

  • Kobe Bryant in the Mix for 2016 Rio Olympic Team

    Sheridan Hoops "Kobe Bryant has a chance to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, even though he is not attending Team USA’s minicamp this week, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo told SheridanHoops Tuesday. “If he had a great year, it would be a great story for him to try to close out his..." August 12

  • Lakers' Russell: Kobe Bryant 'was my Michael Jordan'

    The Score "Having been born at the start of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat championship run, Los Angeles Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell wasn't old enough to appreciate the greatness of No. 23. The predominant basketball figure of his childhood was Kobe Bryant, who Russell now has..." August 10

  • Brandon Bass: Kobe Bryant ‘Arguably The Best Player In The Game Still’

    NESN "Watch out, LeBron James. If Kobe Bryant can stay healthy this season, he and the Los Angeles Lakers could be the Western Conference opponent if you reach the NBA Finals for the sixth consecutive year. That’s the way new Lakers acquisition Brandon Bass sees it, anyway. Bass, the former..." August 08

  • Kobe Bryant: I Could See Myself Ending Career in China or Italy

    Complex "Wait—you really thought Kobe Bryant was going to hang 'em up after this year? Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears recently did a Q&A with the Black Mamba, and one of the most surprising quotes involves Kobe's openness toward finishing his career in Italy or China: Q: After growing up in Italy and..." August 06

  • Kobe: Lakers 'absolutely' can make playoffs

    ESPN Los Angeles "Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant believes that his team will "absolutely" make the playoffs this season in the hyper-competitive Western Conference. The Lakers won just 21 games last year and missed the postseason for the second straight year -- the first time that's happened since 1976. "We..." August 05

  • Kobe talks retirement, playoffs and life after basketball

    Yahoo! Sports "Kobe Bryant says this absolutely could be his last NBA season, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar says he has not made a final decision. Bryant, 36, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday during a business trip to China that he won’t decide whether he will retire until after the..." August 04

  • Kobe Bryant creating Kobe-branded products, social media site in China

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant's popularity in China is immense and with his career winding down, the Los Angeles Lakers star has begun to expand his presence in the country to help grow his brand. During last season's NBA Finals, Bryant provided analysis for the China-based online community Sina, and now he has..." August 03

  • How Kobe Bryant needs to emulate Wizards-era Michael Jordan

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is wrestling with The End. His career is coming to a close, and while he's not ready to hang up the Nikes just yet, he's definitely aware of how quickly his retirement is approaching. It may be next summer, it may be the year after (or the year after that), but the truth is that he..." August 03

  • 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