Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Lakers downfall?

    ESPN.com "NOT LONG AFTER the final horn of Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Champagne-soaked Lakers captain Derek Fisher, who carries a reputation as an NBA stoic, screamed with glee. "We just gettin' started, baby!" he bellowed from beneath his freshly minted back-to-back-title cap. In case anyone missed it, he..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant believes Lakers will play “smashmouth basketball”

    Inside Socal "The NBA championship trophies sitting near the window in Jeanie Buss’ office may greet the Lakers every time they step foot on the practice floor. The celebrity starpower that still watch the Lakers at Staples Center may seem captivating. Even Byron Scott’s presence as the Lakers’ coach may spark..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you f*** this up

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle had one of his better games of the preseason on Sunday night against the Utah Jazz. The 19-year old scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. There will likely be some growing pains for Randle throughout the season, but Kobe Bryant..." October 20

  • Kobe Bryant calls ESPN a 'bunch of idiots'

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant doesn't sugar coat things and in his 19th season in the NBA it's doubtful he's going to start. ESPN released their annual rankings of NBA players and named Bryant as the 40th best in the league. Hard to believe but according to the "worldwide leader in sports" there are 39 players..." October 18

  • Kobe, Scott talk about limiting minutes, but no specifics are revealed

    ESPN Los Angeles "How many minutes will Kobe Bryant play per game this season? Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said Wednesday that he and his star have, in fact, reached an agreement on the matter, but Scott declined to reveal the exact figure. "His number was lower than mine," Scott said after Lakers..." October 16

  • Kobe Bryant urges NBA players to fight for market value

    Inside Socal "Kobe Bryant went on the offensive. But it had nothing to do with going on a scoring binge. It had everything to do with challenging NBA players both to fight for their market value and expose the hypocrisy surrounding NBA owners. “We are overpaid,” Bryant said Tuesday, shortly less than a year..." October 15

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant mentoring Jeremy Lin on defense

    L.A. Daily News "The workload for Jeremy Lin seems as heavy as any advanced course he took at Harvard. “Jeremy’s biggest challenge, which he loves, is I’m really going to challenge him to be a great defensive player because he can,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “He has the speed. He has the length. He has the..." October 11

  • Kobe, Nash to start in preseason home opener

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will start in the backcourt again for the Los Angeles Lakers in their second preseason game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Both started together Monday for the first time since March 30, 2013, and Thursday will mark the first time since March 23, 2013..." October 09

  • Kobe Bryant lashes out at the new NBA TV deal

    SB Nation "The Lakers' star doesn't want to hear about players having to sacrifice while owners make bank on the league's $24 billion television contract. The new NBA TV deal is worth a whopping $24 billion over the next nine years, which will make owners very rich. As Wizards head man Ted Leonsis said in..." October 07

  • Chris Paul On Kobe Bryant's Return: 'I Think He's Going To Be Great'

    ThePostGame.com "The Clippers' second game of the upcoming NBA season will be Halloween night against the Lakers. Kobe Bryant didn't face the Clippers last season as injuries limited him to six games, and question marks linger about how effective he might be, given his age and health. But Clippers star Chris Paul..." October 03

  • Kobe Bryant says Mike D'Antoni thought differently about winning

    CBSSports.com "The Los Angeles Lakers are not an organization that acts as one of the doormats of the league, but following the worst season in the Los Angeles era for the franchise, they sort of look just lik that. While they've improved the roster of their team from last season, even the return of a healthy..." October 01

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Lakers coach Byron Scott said Kobe plans on playing in all 8 preseason games to get the rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready.

  • Kobe Bryant unloads on former coach Mike D'Antoni, again

    SB Nation "It's pretty well known that Kobe Bryant wasn't a big fan of former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, and Bryant said as much Monday. "D'Antoni and I didn't have the same philosophy on winning. For me, it's winning and no in between...it's championship or a waste of time," Bryant..." September 30

  • 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