Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • This is not the end of Kobe Bryant in the NBA, Adam Silver says

    Sporting News "Millions of people watched as Kobe Bryant rode off into the sunset, metaphorically speaking, when he dropped 60 points (on 50 shots) against the Jazz. If that was Bryant's last hurrah, it was an unforgettable one. But league commissioner Adam Silver hinted in a meeting with a group of sports..." April 21

  • Tim Duncan doesn't want to go out like Kobe Bryant

    The Sports Daily "You can say that again. Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs are in the playoffs and one of the year’s best stories, but Kobe Bryant’s retirement extravaganza outshined Duncan and Co. at every turn this year. While a fun spectacle for the Black Mamba, Duncan has made it pretty clear about one..." April 21

  • Could Kobe Bryant become ESPN's answer to Charles Barkley?

    Sporting News "Could Kobe Bryant finally be the answer to ESPN solving the challenge of Charles Barkley at Turner Sports? Over the weekend, ESPN confirmed that they're interested in the Black Mamba for their NBA TV coverage now that he's officially retired after 20 seasons. "We are always interested in..." April 20

  • Kobe Explains Why He Hasn’t Spoken to His Parents in 3 Years

    Black Sports Online "One would hope that one day Kobe and his parents will get past this, but in this profile on ESPN.com, Kobe gives a specific reason he hasn’t talk to his parents in three years. Kobe hasn’t spoken to his parents in nearly three years. Not since 2013, when they tried to auction off his high..." April 19

  • Kobe Taught Himself How to Play Piano in an Effort to Stop His Wife From Divorcing Him

    Complex "Yesterday was Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s 15th wedding anniversary. Looking back now, it’s kind of crazy that Kobe and Vanessa got married just four days before the start of the 2001 NBA Playoffs, which ended with the Lakers winning the NBA championship. But that’s when they decided to get hitched,..." April 19

  • You might see Kobe Bryant on TV very soon -- as an NBA analyst

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is going to have options on what he wants to do now that his NBA playing career is over. The Los Angeles Lakers star can paint, he can produce movies, he can become a foodie, he can travel, or build a media empire or a Lego house with his girls, whatever he wants, basically. But if..." April 19

  • My 12 years covering Kobe Bryant and moving in and out of his 'circle of trust'

    Los Angeles Times "The big delivery of newspapers was stacked neatly outside the hotel door. It was October 2004, when the paper product was still more important than anything online, the assemblage of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and San Diego Union-Tribune obviously for..." April 18

  • ‘Air from Kobe’s last game’ hits eBay

    SI "Several ‘bags of air’ from Kobe Bryant’s final game hit eBay on Saturday, with bidding starting at the low price of $1. There’s a 99.9% chance this isn’t the real air from Kobe’s final game, but who cares? It’ll cost you one measly dollar to bid on. Maybe five in the end." April 17

  • EBay removes listing for 'air' from Kobe's last game after bidding reaches $15K

    The Score "Fans are clamoring for any piece of memorabilia they can get their hands on to commemorate Kobe Bryant's epic, 60-point NBA finale in Los Angeles on Wednesday. In the run-up to the game, before the Lakers even had any inkling Bryant would sniff 20 points, let alone 60, they were selling..." April 17

  • Lakers GM struggled to erase Kobe Bryant's name from roster board

    L.A. Daily News "There is a white board inside the office of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, on which the Lakers’ current roster is written in custom marker. In the natural course of sports business, players come and players go. And when they leave the Lakers, Kupchak takes out an eraser and wipes their..." April 16

  • Kobe Bryant Courted By 'Inside the NBA'

    TMZ "Kenny Smith's dream may actually come true ... 'cause "Inside the NBA" has reached out to Kobe Bryant to see if he wants a job, TMZ Sports has learned. Both Kenny and Shaq have publicly talked about wanting Kobe to join the panel on the TNT show after he retired from the NBA ... and now, our..." April 16

  • Kobe Bryant threw Nick Young's Adidas sneakers in the trash instead of signing them

    SB Nation "During an exit interview with the media on Thursday, Nick Young talked about how amazing Kobe's final game was. At one point, Young mentioned that Kobe, who was approached by a line of players waiting for his autograph, threw away Young's pair of Adidas and fetched for some Nikes instead. " April 15

  • SportsCenter on the Road: The many jerseys of Kobe Bryant

    ESPN UK "Tonight in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant will slip on his jersey for the final time. He has already said he won't play for Team USA this summer in Rio, so this means his jersey collection won't expand any further. And for someone who has spent his entire NBA career with one franchise, that collection..." April 14

  • Shaq challenged Kobe to get 50; 'the (expletive) got 60'

    The Score "Former teammate and nemesis Shaquille O'Neal was a big part of Kobe Bryant's farewell performance for the ages Wednesday night, being included in the pregame tribute, and then checking in with Kobe on the bench. Turns out he told Bryant to go out and get 50. Sixty ensued." April 14

  • What was it like to coach Kobe Bryant? From Del Harris to Byron Scott, here are some answers

    Los Angeles Times "Kobe Bryant logged more than 1,500 games with the Lakers in his 20 seasons and he played for eight head coaches —some for only a few months, one for more than a decade. The Times asked each of them to offer their thoughts on Bryant and his impact on the NBA. DEL HARRIS, 1996-99 Harris was..." April 14

  • Kobe attempted 50 shots on Wednesday, the most in at least 33 years

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant scored 60 points on Wednesday on 22 of 50 shooting, a stat line so hilarious and spectacular I can’t help but laugh. It’s also the most shot attempts attempted by anyone since at least 1983-84, which is when Basketball Reference started keeping track of shot attempts per game. In 33..." April 14

  • Staples Center sells $1.2 million worth of Kobe Bryant merchandise

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant not only set a points record for a player of his age in his final game Wednesday night, he also helped the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Lakers break all-time industry merchandise records. On Wednesday alone, the Staples Center sold $1.2 million worth of Kobe merchandise, Sean..." April 14

  • 'Mamba out': Kobe pours in 60 in career finale

    New York Times "There would be a celebration for Kobe Bryant on Wednesday. Everybody knew that much. The signs were everywhere. Look outside: a block party. Look courtside: gift bags for all. Look up: purple and yellow balloons suspended from the rafters of the Staples Center. Before the Lakers had ever won a..." April 14

  • Mark Cuban says Mavericks nearly acquired Kobe Bryant in 2007

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant almost became a member of the Dallas Mavericks, according to owner Mark Cuban. On the final night of Bryant's career, Cuban revealed that he thought he had agreed on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 offseason, when Bryant had demanded a trade. "I could have sworn..." April 14

  • Kobe Once Called Michael Jordan After He Made One of His Lakers Teammates Cry in Practice

    Complex "Kobe Bryant has turned himself into one of the best basketball players of all time over the course of the last 20 years, but he’s definitely had some help along the way. ESPN reporter Jackie MacMullan just put together an excellent piece about the people who have provided inspiration and..." April 14

  • Kobe Bryant's final game tickets cost more than double Warriors' bid for 73 price

    Sporting News "Sorry, Stephen Curry, the fans in the online secondary ticket market have spoken. Although your Golden State Warriors are shooting for an NBA record 73rd regular season win, prices for Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers were more than doubling those for tickets to watch you..." April 14

  • Jeanie Buss glad Lakers get to honor Kobe Bryant

    ESPN "Because of the abrupt nature of Magic Johnson's retirement in 1991, the Los Angeles Lakers did not get to pay homage to one of the game's all-time greats at a level befitting his importance to the city and the NBA. That won't be the case Wednesday, when the Lakers pay tribute to Kobe Bryant in..." April 13

  • Kobe Bryant's Rape Case Reexamined

    Fox Sports "In July of 2003 Kobe Bryant was charged with raping a young woman in Eagle, Colorado. The charges against Bryant, were he convicted, would have sent him to jail for a lengthy sentence, up to life in prison, potentially ending his basketball career. Remarkably, Bryant played throughout the 2003-04..." April 13

  • Lakers hosting crush of U.S., global media for Kobe Bryant finale

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant's career finale Wednesday at Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers will face the Utah Jazz before a sold-out crowd, will be one of the most heavily covered regular-season games in recent NBA history. In fact, by Tuesday afternoon, between 400 and 500 media members were issued..." April 13

  • Magic Johnson posts heartfelt letter to fellow Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

    USA Today "Add Magic Johnson to list of legends to send their thanks and congratulations to Kobe Bryant on his retirement. The Lakers legend posted a letter to his fellow Lakers player on his website, writing that he thinks Bryant will be remembered as one of the all-time greats of the game. “Very few..." April 13

  • Kobe's final hour: How advice from the King of Pop shaped one of the NBA's most legendary careers

    ESPN "By the time he was 14, Kobe Bryant had made up his mind: His quest for basketball greatness would be a solitary journey. It was easier that way. He approached the game with such ferocity that it alarmed his friends, his teammates, even his family. It prompted others to shrink away, as if his..." April 13

  • ESPN made the right call bumping Kobe's final game

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant’s final game got bumped. It’s almost inconceivable that this happened, but here we are. The scheduling gods have looked down upon Bryant and decided to laugh. Bryant’s last game will take place on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz at 10:30 p.m. ET, the exact moment of the..." April 12

  • 8 vs 24: Which Kobe Was Better?

    Complex "The only debate pertaining to the greatness of Kobe Bryant is which jersey number he was better in. He wore No. 8 for the first 10 seasons of his career before switching to No. 24 in 2006, and each have produced countless episodes of greatness. Five championships, four scoring titles, an MVP,..." April 12

  • The Kobe Bryant interview: 'I'm not sad at all'

    USA Today "There will be a day when Kobe Bryant will wake up and it will finally hit home that he is no longer a basketball player. With the last act of his NBA journey approaching on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers star smiles as he considers the things he will miss. The fans, the locker room..." April 12

  • Kendrick Lamar Performs Special Tribute for Kobe Bryant Dubbed 'Fade to Black'

    Bleacher Report "Kendrick Lamar is on a mission to help you understand what the legacy of Kobe Bryant has meant to the City of Angels. The Compton-bred rapper performed a special tribute for the Los Angeles Lakers star written by ESPN's Robert "Scoop" Jackson and simply titled "Kobe Bryant: Fade to..." April 12

  • More Than a Sneaker

    Bleacher Report "This place is empty. There is an eerie stillness. It holds no memories or hints. It is without feeling and scarcely inspires. The locker nearest the shower feels like it belongs to no one. There is a jersey that has not been worn in days and will not be worn on this particular game night. A..." April 12

  • James Harden asks Kobe Bryant to help Rockets in his final career game

    CBS Sports "As the Houston Rockets battle the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz for one of the final playoff spots in the West, they can't help but scoreboard watch. A season of disappointment and apathy has left the Rockets on the outside looking in with just a few days left in the 2015-16 season. After the..." April 11

  • Kobe Bryant: There would be no farewell tour if Lakers were winning

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant's farewell tour is nearing its end, and Wednesday's finale at Staples Center is going to be unlike anything the Los Angeles Lakers star has ever experienced. All season, though, the 37-year-old has believed that, were the Lakers winning, none of this extra stuff would be happening, via..." April 11

  • The secret behind the greatest victory of Kobe Bryant's farewell season

    Yahoo! Sports "The competitiveness had been flushed out of the Los Angeles Lakers' season months ago, and Kobe Bryant grudgingly settled into the ceremonial nature of this final run. Every day now, he has to settle for "This is Your Life, Kobe Bryant." One by one, they come calling. Here, it was Hakeem Olajuwon...." April 11

  • Kobe Bryant Apple commercial debuts during Lakers-Rockets

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant will appear in an Apple commercial that will air for the first time during Sunday afternoon's broadcast of the Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets game." April 10

  • Lakers’ Byron Scott wants D’Angelo Russell to focus more on defense than on offense

    L.A. Daily News "The endless cheering for Kobe Bryant came to a sudden halt for one simple reason. After playing the first 12 minutes, Bryant sat out the entire second quarter for rest purposes in the Lakers’ 110-102 loss to Friday at Smoothie King Center. Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell could not..." April 10

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe will indeed play today and tomorrow vs OKC.

  • Agents have cited Kobe telling on Shaq as reason not to sign with Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Facing rape allegations in 2003, Kobe Bryant told police that then-married Shaquille O’Neal paid women up to $1 million to keep them quiet in similar situations. No wonder the former Lakers teammates feuded. But how many other countless players took note of Kobe telling on Shaq? Sam Amick..." April 09

  • The last, great Kobe Bryant mystery: How he almost became a Piston

    CBS Sports "As Kobe Bryant finishes his last lap around the NBA, 20 years of memories and accolades following him into retirement like a vapor trail, there is one mystery that remains unsolved. Among his rarest of accomplishments, of course, will be walking off the floor for the last time wearing the same..." April 08

  • Lakers' Jesse Buss I'd NEVER Buy $24k Kobe Hat

    TMZ "There's one person we know who won't be buying the ridiculous $38k Kobe Bryant hat the Lakers are selling ... and it's one guy who could actually afford it ... Lakers co-owner Jesse Buss. We got Buss out at LAX and asked him about the limited edition hat -- a $38k snakeskin joint with solid..." April 08

  • Kobe Bryant on record 62nd loss: Win title or you're in same boat as us

    ESPN "For the third straight year, the Lakers have set a franchise record for most losses in a season. Wednesday's 91-81 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers gave the Lakers their 62nd loss in 2015-16 with four games to play. Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he isn't fazed by the team's recent..." April 08

  • Kobe Bryant: Don't want Jazz to take it easy 'at all' in my final game

    ESPN "The next time Lakers icon Kobe Bryant appears on the Staples Center court, it will be for the final game of his NBA career. Has Bryant looked forward to that final game, April 13 against the Utah Jazz, and imagined what it will be like? "I try not to do it too much," Bryant said Wednesday..." April 07

  • How the Lakers nearly missed out on Kobe Bryant

    USA Today "Legendary Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn answered the phone and it was Jerry West, sounding out of breath, as if he was hyperventilating. “Jerry, you alright?” asked Hearn. “Have you been jogging?” “I just saw the greatest workout I’ve ever seen, and it was by a 17-year-old!," said..." April 06

  • LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers won’t miss Kobe Bryant one bit

    L.A. Daily News "L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was only half-kidding when asked about Kobe Bryant’s impending retirement at the end of this season. “I’m really happy about it,” said Rivers, whose team will play a back-to-back against the Lakers (16-60) on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Staples..." April 05

  • O'Neal jealous of Kobe's farewell tour: 'I wanted a Shaq tour, man'

    The Score "Though they've publicly swept their professional enmity under the rug on a couple occasions, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's relationship apparently hasn't shed every pretense of ego. O'Neal was officially announced as a Hall of Fame inductee on Monday, but even that honor of honors didn't..." April 05

  • Kobe Bryant expected to play in final game vs. Celtics

    L.A. Daily News "The communication has stayed distant, both so Kobe Bryant has space and comfort. But even if he did not have the latest on Bryant’s health, Lakers coach Byron Scott is “assuming” Bryant will play Sunday when the Lakers (16-59) host the Boston Celtics (44-32), for an obvious reason. This will..." April 03

  • Kobe Reportedly Turned Down Offer to Play for Barcelona

    Bleacher Report "Kobe Bryant's time with the Los Angeles Lakers is coming to a close, but a report Wednesday from Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo (h/t Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin, citing HoopsHype) indicated FC Barcelona's basketball team offered the Black Mamba a shot to continue his career...." April 01

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe plans to play tonight vs Miami. Byron said Nick Young is available tonight though he had healthy scratches before stomach bug

  • Young Kobe tried to bribe teammates for more touches

    The Score "Kobe Bryant's farewell tour is winding down, but a steady stream of career stories continue to surface. While the Los Angeles Lakers veteran is known for being allergic to passing the ball, the lengths he would go to in order to get his hands on the rock during the 2002-2003 season sound like..." March 30

  • Kobe Bryant plans to play in final 9 games

    ESPN "Nine games remain in Kobe Bryant's 20-season NBA career, and the Los Angeles Lakers star plans to play every one of them. "Yes, unless something drastic happens, God forbid," Bryant said Sunday after his team's 101-88 loss to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center. "It's pretty crazy to..." March 29