Kobe Bryant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

    Sportsnaut "Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the..." June 23

  • LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 10th on all-time Finals scoring list

    CBS Sports "Rising to the occasion, LeBron James was brilliant in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. With 32 points Wednesday, James not only led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory, he made Finals history again. After Game 1, James broke Robert Horry's record for 3-pointers in the NBA Finals. Wednesday, James..." June 09

  • Kobe Bryant Wants To Shorten The Season So That Games Will Be ‘Worth A Sh*t’

    Uproxx "There’s an injury epidemic in the NBA. So far this postseason, the number of games missed due to injury is at a 20-year high. In the past five seasons alone, the number nearly doubled from the previous five seasons. So in this age of sports technology and with all the attention paid to diet and..." June 07

  • Report: Kobe shoots down idea of run at Rio Games

    The Score "Kobe Bryant doesn't appear willing to go back on his decision to skip the Rio Summer Olympics. Despite Stephen Curry and LaMarcus Aldridge already opting out, sources close to Bryant shot down the idea of the 37-year-old playing in Rio, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Bryant already..." June 07

  • Kobe on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson: 'Those guys are stone cold killers'

    USA Today "ESPN’s Cari Champion asked Kobe Bryant which players in the league now have the same killer instinct that he did. The recently retired five-time champ thought about it for a moment, then decided to single out the Warriors duo, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Kobe said to Champion (at the 4:00..." June 04

  • Kobe tells Durant to approach free agency 'holistically'

    The Score "Kobe Bryant played for one team and one team only in his 20 seasons in the league. But don't confuse permanency with inexperience when it comes to free agency. Bryant notoriously flirted with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and other notable destinations during his various negotiations..." June 02

  • Kobe still can't believe he scored 60 in final game

    Fox Sports "Kobe Bryant's final game was equal parts historical, legendary, emotional and insane. And nearly two months later, the recently retired Los Angeles Lakers icon still can't believe that he scored 60 points (on 50 shots, no less) against the Utah Jazz in his career finale." June 02

  • Kobe once warned Iguodala he would drop 50 points on him

    San Jose Mercury News "Andre Iguodala registered one of the most memorable, clutch defensive performances in Western Conference finals history. Yet, he doesn't consider it his best defensive performance. Saturday, he harassed Kevin Durant into 10-for-31 shooting, Phase I in the Warriors' timely defensive stand. Then..." May 30

  • Rick Fox: Kobe offering to mentor Shaq's son 'warmed my heart'

    The Score "Now that he's retired, Kobe Bryant plans to use some of his spare time this summer to train with Shaquille O'Neal's 16-year-old son, Shareef. Rick Fox, who was a part of the championship winning Los Angeles Lakers teams with Kobe and Shaq, told TMZ Sports Sunday that he was touched by the..." May 29

  • Kobe texted Draymond Green advice after Warriors' Game 4 loss to Thunder

    Fox Sports "Earlier this season, the Golden State Warriors suffered a loss far more embarrassing than their back-to-back beatdowns by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. An overconfident Warriors squad strolled into Staples Center on Sunday, March 6 expecting to..." May 26

  • Kobe Bryant Is Getting Storytelling Advice From Steven Spielberg as He Develops Kobe Studios

    Complex "Early in his retirement life, it seems Kobe Bryant is doing just fine. Kobe wakes up and gets a workout in early, then heads to the office of his Kobe Studios production company in Newport Beach, California. He and his 10 full-time employees spend a lot of time "kicking around ideas," then he..." May 21

  • Kobe Bryant not interested in ‘Inside the NBA’

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant has reportedly been courted by TNT to join the cast of “Inside the NBA,” but the five-time champion is not interested in the position. TMZ spoke with Kobe as he was leaving a Hublot watch event in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, and he had a very simple response when asked if he is..." May 19


    Campus Sports "Per the NBA’s auction website, a portion of the floor paneling from Kobe Bryant’s swan song at the Staples Center was just sold for 179,100 dollars at a recent auction. The piece the lucky bidder received was autographed by Bryant himself after the game in mid-April where he scored a grand..." May 18

  • It Looks Like Kobe Bryant Finally Got Around To Filing A Trademark On ‘Black Mamba’

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant dubbed himself with the somewhat ungainly nickname “Black Mamba” several years ago after seeing Kill Bill, the time at which basically everybody learned that black mamba snake is a thing that exists. When he retired earlier this year, he punctuated his farewell speech with “Mamba out,”..." May 16

  • Kobe Bryant sees himself in Green — the jerky part

    San Francisco Chronicle "Weary of long discussions about knees, ankles and adductors, I got Kobe Bryant on the phone for a chat about the semantics of “jerk.” Bryant, who just wrapped up his brilliant 20-year NBA career, has become a leadership mentor to Draymond Green. The two have formed a Brotherhood of the..." May 16

  • Jazz forward Gordon Hayward breaks down Kobe Bryant's final game

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant's final game was the perfect ending to a 20-year Hall of Fame career, as the Los Angeles Lakers legend scored 60 points on 50 shots to give his team a come-from-behind win in his last hurrah. For Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward — who guarded Bryant for the majority of the game —..." May 13

  • Kobe Inc. files to trademark Bryant nickname 'Black Mamba'

    ESPN "Kobe Inc., the business arm of recently retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, has filed to trademark his familiar nickname "Black Mamba." The company filed for the trademark May 2, a record with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows, with intent to use the nickname on everything..." May 12

  • Kobe Bryant, Sports Illustrated to partner on Dear Basketball project

    SI "Kobe Bryant’s production company, Kobe Studios, Sports Illustrated and Believe Entertainment Group have announced their partnership on a multi-platform video project based on Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” poem, which he used to announce his retirement from the NBA this year. The animated short..." May 05

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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