Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe Bryant has worst game of his career against Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "Even when you take into consideration how badly he has struggled this season, Kobe Bryant was still far worse than expected in Tuesday night’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. The tape says it all. Kobe tied a career-worst shooting mark by hitting just 1-of-14 shots from the field. But we..." November 25

  • The defiance that made Kobe Bryant great is now destroying him

    SB Nation "All kings, whether tyrant or saint, are commissioned a portrait at the end of their reign. How then, do we render Kobe Bryant? If we should paint a definitive picture of Kobe as his career comes to a close, then in it, he should be alone. Of course, there are different types of solitude, each..." November 25

  • Kobe Bryant called Luke Walton next Phil Jackson – ‘an average player with a messed-up back’

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the Lakers play the Warriors tonight – hey, Kobe Bryant said Los Angeles had a chance – Kobe will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline. Kobe and Golden State interim coach Luke Walton played together with the Lakers under Phil Jackson." November 24

  • Kobe Bryant: When I've become ball-movement voice, you have an issue

    CBS Sports "n what could possibly be his final season, Kobe Bryant is still playing heavy minutes but is shooting a career-low 34 percent from the field and 21.5 percent from three. Bryant has been well aware of his limitations this season which is why he is making a point to help his young teammates like..." November 23

  • Kobe Bryant says Lakers can end Warriors' streak: 'Stranger things happen'

    Sporting News "If there's one thing Kobe Bryant doesn't lack, it's confidence. The Lakers guard is optimistic his 2-11 team can beat the undefeated Warriors on Tuesday and stop Golden State from reaching 16-0 to set the NBA record for most wins to start the season. "I've seen stranger things happen,"..." November 23

  • Byron Scott on The Positives of Kobe’s 27% Shooting Night

    Black Sports Online "The Los Angeles Lakers have surpassed the comical stage. Now, they’re just downright pitiful and hard to watch. Following their loss to Portland tonight, their record has pummeled to 2-11. On a night where it’s hard to find positives for L.A., head coach Byron Scott had no problem doing so." November 23

  • Byron Scott not worried about Kobe Bryant’s minutes load

    Orange County Register "Kobe Bryant started for the bench when he saw Metta World Peace heading onto the court in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 102-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Just under seven minutes remained in the game and the Raptors lead had ballooned to 13. Bryant had endured a rough shooting night and he..." November 22

  • Kobe Bryant Has No Plans To Play Abroad

    Real GM Basketball "In the past, there has often been the notion that Kobe Bryant could spend a season playing in Italy after his NBA career concludes. But Bryant told ESPN that he has no plans of playing abroad at this point." November 20

  • Kobe: ‘If something doesn’t change, this is it for me’

    SI "Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said Thursday on SiriusXM Radio that if his and his team’s levels of performance don’t change, this will be his last season, reports ​Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. “If something changes, I’ll come back and play next season,” Bryant said. “If..." November 19

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “AAU basketball is just killing us”

    Inside Socal "Father Time and a heavy workload has left Kobe Bryant feeling tired. His shooting inaccuracy has left him frustrated. So has the Lakers’ persistent losing. But as Bryant talked with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on his radio show on SiriusXM , the Lakers’ star expressed irritation about something..." November 19

  • Kobe to miss third game of four: 'Back, legs killing me'

    ESPN "Lakers star Kobe Bryant will not play Monday against the Phoenix Suns, which will mark the third time in the past four games that the 37-year-old sat out to rest. "Right now, I'm barely standing up. My back and my legs, man, it's killing me," he said Sunday after playing a season-high 36..." November 16

  • After Playing 36 Mins Kobe Says Everything Hurts Badly

    Black Sports Online "When Kobe tore his Achilles the Kobe we knew was gone. It classic Kobe fashion he hit two free throws with a blown out Achilles. Look at any athlete who has torn their Achilles in any sport, they don’t get up and certainly they don’t walk around without help. Kobe almost had a triple double..." November 16

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe will play tonight vs Detroit. Byron will assess Kobe's availability for Monday's game in Phoenix leading up to tipoff

  • Kobe serves as consultant, not measuring stick, for Wesley Matthews

    ESPN "The competitive spirit that burns inside Wesley Matthews wanted to outwork Kobe Bryant. Matthews, who is quick to remind you that he’s an undrafted dude that has been proving people wrong his whole career, had heard how hard Bryant worked to return from a ruptured left Achilles tendon in a..." November 13

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    Inside SoCal Sports @InsideSoCalSpts

    Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sit out vs. Orlando because of sore back https://t.co/tfUownpVtc

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    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    The Lakers are listing Kobe Bryant (sore back) as questionable for Wednesday night's game in Orlando vs. the... https://t.co/0cY4182f2b

  • Kobe Bryant Tells Dwyane Wade's Son He Needs to Shoot More to Be Like Kobe

    Bleacher Report "Not everyone can be like Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on the basketball court, but there is at least one attribute one must have if he wants to be anything like the Black Mamba. You must be looking to shoot when you get the basketball. Many people have fun with Bryant's tendency to..." November 11

  • Kobe Bryant hired a film crew to follow him throughout what might be his final season

    Yahoo! Sports "Kobe Bryant's visit to New York this past weekend to play against the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks marked the beginning of what many expect to be his farewell tour — one last trip around the NBA landscape as he wraps up (perhaps somewhat ingloriously, as if there were any other option) an..." November 11

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe is not playing tonight. Lakers are saying he's out for rest purposes

  • Lakers’ Byron Scott reconsidering Kobe's hope to play all 82 games

    L.A. Daily News "The plan seemed so concrete only a few days ago. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told coach Byron Scott he would like to pursue playing all 82 regular-season games amid the likelihood his 20th NBA season would also mark his last. Scott then confirmed Bryant would start when the Lakers (1-5) play the..." November 10

  • Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant hinted to him for 1st time this is last year

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said star guard Kobe Bryant recently told him for the first time that this could be his final season. Scott said the conversation took place in the past few days and was about a different subject, which Scott declined to disclose, but he said it was during..." November 10

  • LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant won’t get day off against Miami, Orlando

    L.A. Daily News "It seemed safe to rule out Kobe Bryant playing a full 82-game NBA season in his 20th and perhaps final year with the Lakers. Who knows what plans Father Time has in store for the 37-year-old Bryant after suffering three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. Amid the Lakers’ quest to..." November 09

  • Kobe: Playing in 2016 Olympics 'would mean the world' to me

    CBS Sports "If Kobe Bryant decides to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season, he apparently wants to end his professional basketball career with a Gold medal. The Los Angeles Lakers star told the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds, that he really wants to play for the 2016 USA basketball team. Bryant..." November 09

  • Kobe tells Spike Lee Knicks running square, not triangle offense

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the New York Knicks 99-95 on Sunday, but the defeat didn’t keep Kobe Bryant from having some fun with the MSG crowd. In fact, he was captured on video talking some trash to none other than Spike Lee. At one point Kobe threw a great zinger at Spike, telling him the..." November 09

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Byron said Kobe recently hinted to him that he thinks this is his last year. Of course that could change & Kobe has said so publicly

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    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    Kobe, with a grin, says he has no interest in ever becoming a coach: "I don’t feeling like dealing with divas. They’re a pain in the ass."

  • Carmelo Anthony dumps more cold water on Kobe-to-Knicks dream

    New York Post "Contrary to Phil Jackson’s statement in late September that Kobe Bryant will return next season with another NBA team, Carmelo Anthony says his buddy won’t ever leave Los Angeles. It remains to be seen if Bryant even plays another season when his contract expires. He is muddling through a rough..." November 08

  • Kobe Bryant: 'If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know'

    ESPN "With both knees wrapped in ice and his surgically repaired right shoulder in a cooling device, Kobe Bryant thought about what hurts most the morning after a game. His feet. His back, too, the Los Angeles Lakers star said Saturday after practice at a local college here. And there are times,..." November 08

  • Kobe Bryant says he’s held to a different standard than his peers

    Yahoo! Sports "No longer do reactions to the public referendums on Kobe Bryant spitfire out of his mouth with that old, defiant rage, the way in which a boulder tumbles down a mountainside, gathering speed and danger and destruction with every rotation. Peace of mind comes with incremental progress, with a..." November 08

  • Lakers' Kobe Bryant says, 'I'm not playing anywhere else'

    ESPN Los Angeles "Even though Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant hasn't committed to retiring at the end of this season, he is adamant he'll never play for another NBA team. "I've said it so many times. I'm here, I'm a Laker for life," Bryant said Friday night after his team's 104-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets..." November 08

  • What if the New Jersey Nets had drafted Kobe Bryant in 1996?

    ESPN "Picture this: It's another steamy June day in 2016. The streets of Newark are eerily empty at lunchtime. Most are glued to televisions to watch a live news conference held inside the city's downtown basketball arena. With the rapid clickclickclick of shutters from photographers' cameras, he..." November 07

  • Byron Scott: Lakers had ‘verbal altercation’ on bench in loss to Nuggets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant got a day off because he was “really angry.” Apparently, he’s not the only Laker in a foul mood lately. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News: Near the end of the Lakers’ 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center, Lakers coach Byron Scott said there..." November 05

  • Kobe Bryant tells Lakers fans to go ahead and freak out if they want

    Pro Basketball Talk "I live in Los Angeles, and while driving around Tuesday I flipped on some sports talk radio in town — specifically the Lakers’ flagship station ESPN 710 — and was treated to 15 minutes of Lakers’ fans freaking out. The hosts were trying to be reasonable noting that rebuilding is a process and what..." November 04

  • Hey Kobe? Stop taking 3s

    USA Today "Earlier this week Kobe Bryant summed up his play by saying: “I freaking suck.” This video below, which shows him jacking up and airballing two 3-pointers against the Nuggets on Tuesday night, could be used as Exhibits A and B in Bryant’s case against himself. What’s most perplexing is why..." November 04

  • LeBron: Kobe 'knows he don't suck'

    The Score "Kobe Bryant had another not-so-great night in another Los Angeles Lakers loss Tuesday, but LeBron James is not buying too much into Kobe's self-critique of late. "What I see is a challenge to himself," James told the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd. "It has zero to do with his age...." November 04

  • Kobe Bryant Excused From Practice For Being 'Really Angry' With Himself

    Real GM Basketball "Kobe Bryant was given the day off from practice on Monday following his disappointing performance in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Byron Scott said Bryant was told to just come back on Tuesday since he was "really angry" with himself. Bryant shot 3-for-15 from the floor and..." November 02

  • Kobe Bryant assesses early season struggles: 'I freaking suck'

    The Score "A week ago, Los Angeles Lakers fans were just happy to have Kobe Bryant back on the court to open a new season of transition for the Purple and Gold. Three games in, you could forgive those fans if they're already looking forward to next year. The Lakers dropped to 0-3 with a 103-93 home..." November 02

  • Kobe Bryant Says He ‘Can’t’ Take Over Games Because Of The Lakers’ Youth Movement

    Uproxx "The success of what could be Kobe Bryant’s last season in the NBA certainly shouldn’t be judged by wins and losses. Most realistic fans also realize that the 37-year-old’s performance can no longer depend on sheer production, either. What will decide his level of impact more than anything else in..." November 01

  • Kobe Bryant passes Shaq for fifth all time in NBA field goals made

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant has made 11,334 shots now over the course of his NBA career. With that little putback bank you see above, Bryant moved past his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal into fifth all-time in field goals made in the NBA. (He would be sixth if the NBA counted Dr. J’s ABA stats, but the..." November 01

  • Kobe on pulling back, not taking over: 'It has to be done'

    ESPN "Throughout his career, Kobe Bryant has taken over plenty of games, going on epic scoring flurries by overpowering opponents with his talent, skill and athleticism. Despite his advanced age and several recent season-ending injuries, the 37-year-old Bryant, now in his 20th season with the Lakers,..." October 31

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Kobe has a sore throat, is not at shoot-around. Lakers not sure if he'll play tonight. (I'm guessing...yes.)

  • Kobe sets NBA record for seasons played with one franchise

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant tipped off his 20th season with the Lakers on Wednesday in the team's regular-season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, setting an NBA record for most seasons played with one franchise. Bryant surpassed John Stockton, who played for the Utah Jazz from the..." October 29

  • Kobe Invest In Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune

    Black Sports Online "Kobe Bryant is already dropping 81 point games in the business world, as he prepares for life after basketball. According to Forbes, Bryant is now a media mogul as well, as Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune went through its “Series B” round of financing, totaling $15 million in..." October 28

  • Kobe Bryant expected to start in Wednesday's opener, set NBA record

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday, kicking off his NBA-record 20th season in purple and gold as his team opens its regular season against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. "I'm just ready," the 37-year-old said after practice at..." October 27

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    Eric Pincus @EricPincus

    Lakers calling Kobe Bryant probable for the opener

  • Kobe Bryant took over Lakers practice after Nick Young talked trash

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant was practicing Sunday for the first time in almost two weeks, and he came back having to listen to some teammates talk trash. "He was shooting in peoples' faces, they'd foul him for an 'and-one' … turnaround right, turnaround left, talking trash," Metta World Peace said, via the Los..." October 26

  • Lakers' Kobe Bryant expected for opener after returning to practice

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant completed a full practice Sunday for the first time since he suffered a lower leg bruise during an Oct. 13 preseason game in Las Vegas. Bryant, 37, didn't speak to reporters afterward. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he still expects Bryant to play in the..." October 26

  • Bryant, Clarkson both questionable for Lakers’ opener

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers have experienced an unfortunate development in recent seasons. Most visits to the training room or any medical tests then prompts a devastating injury report regarding one of their marquee players. But the Lakers avoided reliving that scenario at least for one day. They received a..." October 24

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Byron Scott still optimistic Kobe will play in season opener. Byron said Kobe needs a minimum of 2 practices

  • Kobe Bryant and LeBron James must scale back their minutes and egos now

    Sporting News "The vast majority of NBA general managers would pick Anthony Davis if they were starting a franchise and could sign any one player, according to an NBA.com poll. As if they needed their analytics tables to come up with that slam dunk. How it wasn’t unanimous for the Pelicans’ Mr. Basketball,..." October 21