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Height/Weight: 6-6/205 | Birthdate: 8/23/1978 | Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA | Team: Los Angeles Lakers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 18 | Owned/Started%: 66/4 | Average Draft Position: 41.77
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Lakers finally choose Byron Scott to coach


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) In an expected and long-awaited move, the Los Angeles Lakers offered coaching candidate Byron Scott a head coaching position. According to ESPN, the two sides began negotiating Friday, meaning Scott will soon be named head coach. 

Scott spent his most recent coaching stint in Cleveland, where he led the Cavaliers to a 24-58 record two seasons ago. He'll now attempt to balance Kobe Bryant's playoff ambitions with the Lakers' inevitable rebuilding around rookie Julius Randle. 


Kobe Bryant begins six-month training program


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) A frustrating season of watching from the sidelines has ended for Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers' franchise guard began a six-month training program Monday to rehabilitate his injured left knee, ESPN Los Angeles reports. 

Byrant was cleared for running and shooting for his first training session Monday. He played in just six games last season between returning from offseason Achilles surgery and fracturing his left kneecap. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in those six games. 


Kobe Bryant's season officially over


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Lakers confirmed what has long been suspected Wednesday, as they ruled out guard Kobe Bryant for the season. 

Bryant continues to make slow progress in his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, and the recovery has moved slowly enough that the team could not establish a timeline that would see Bryant back on the floor this season. Bryant is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of next season, after being limited to just six games between this knee injury as well as recovery from a ruptured Achilles. 

Bryant finished his truncated season averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists, while turning the ball over 5.7 times. He will be 36 by the time next season starts, and still has two season remaining on a contract extension signed earlier this season.


Report: Kobe Bryant's season already over


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has always held out hope for being able to return at some point this season, but progress in his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee continues to go slow. According to BleacherReport.com Tuesday, Bryant is expected to be ruled out for the rest of the season sometime this week, after a re-examination by team doctor Steve Lombardo.

Bryant has been limited to just six games this season, as he suffered the knee injury shortly after his return from a torn left Achilles.  According to the report, Bryant continues to deal with discomfort in the knee which will lead the team to shut him down shortly.

Bryant will be 36 next season, and is set to make $48.5 million over the next two seasons. 


Kobe Bryant will be re-evaluated in three weeks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was examined on Friday and is still experiencing pain, swelling and soreness in his knee. He is expected to be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks, according to the team's official website.

Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 19 with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left leg. He remains hopeful of returning to the floor again this season. He has played in just six games this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Lakers won't push Kobe Bryant to return this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Lakers won't push Kobe Bryant to return to the court this season, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.

"We're not going to push him to get back," general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I don't see why you would. We've made a commitment to him for two more years, and I just don't know why we'd do that [push him to come back]. But if he feels he's ready and he's in shape and he gets the doctor's approval, then there's no reason why he couldn't do that."

The team is hopeful Bryant will be able to return and perform well with the idea of giving potential free agents something to think about when choosing a new team. He has played in just six games this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.


No MRI on horizon for Kobe Bryant


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant hasn't recovered enough to have an MRI yet, NBA.com reports.

The team won't be able to provide a timetable on a potential return until Bryant is able to resume activity, and that won't happen until he's able to have the MRI. He still is experiencing pain and swelling in the injured knee.

Bryant has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six games played this season.


Rehab process moving slowly for Kobe Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) With just minutes before the start of the All-Star game, Lakers injured guard Kobe Bryant addressed the media about his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left leg. Bryant, who received 988,884 votes by fans to start for the Western Conference, told reporters the rehab process has been moving slowly, per ESPN.

Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 19 with the injury and has been limited to only six games this season. He is expected to be re-evaluated soon after the All-Star break. He's hoping to return to the floor again this season, but would not clarify on whether this would be the last of his career.

"Maybe this is the end. Then again, maybe it's not," Bryant said.


Kobe Bryant to be re-evaluated after All-Star game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) The Lakers will re-evaluate injured guard Kobe Bryant after te All-Star game, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports. Bryant expects to play again before the end of the season but does not know when he'll return.

"It's completely out of my control," Bryant said. "I really got to sit here and just wait until this thing heals up and then go out there and do what I do."

Bryant stayed behind last week for rehab on his injured knee when the team went on a three-game road trip. He has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six games played this season.


Kobe Bryant out at least three more weeks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was re-evaluated Tuesday, and received some bad news as he continues to recover from a fractured kneecap. The team announced  the examination revealed he is still dealing with swelling and pain in the knee, and will not be evaluated again for three weeks.

This timeline puts Bryant out for the All-Star game, though he was voted in by the fans. Bryant will likely still need some time to rehabilitate and get practice in before he is able to return, as he has been limited to non-weight-bearing exercises thus far, and will continue to be so until his next examination. 

Bryant has been limited to six games this season, first while recovering from Achilles surgery and then as a result of this knee injury. He might not be able to return to action until March at this point.


Kobe Bryant out at least two more weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will miss at least two more weeks while recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, Bleacher Report reports.

Bryant is scheduled for a doctor's evaluation Tuesday night, but the discomfort in his knee is so great that he won't even undergo an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure to determine his rate of healing. He could be sidelined "at least two more weeks, perhaps another month," according to the report.

Bryant was initially expected to miss six weeks after suffering the injury, but he's nearing the end of his sixth week of absence and still has no firm timetable for return.


Lakers expect Kobe Bryant back before All-Star break


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects to have guard Kobe Bryant back in the lineup before the All-Star break, Yahoo! Sports reports.

That would put him back on the court before Feb. 14, but his return will largely return on how an early February doctor's evaluation goes. He is recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. Bryant has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over six games played this season.


Four first-time starters highlight All-Star lineups


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) The NBA announced the starting lineups for this year's All-Star game Thursday, and the lineup features some new faces.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be making his first All-Star appearance after being voted in by the fans, and he is joined by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (16th appearance) in the Western Conference backcourt. The Western frontcourt consists of another first-time starter inTimberwolves forward Kevin Love (3rd), as well as Thunder forward Kevin Durant (5th) andClippers forward Blake Griffin (4th).

In the Eastern Conference, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2nd) and Pacers forward Paul George (2nd) are both making their first appearances in the starting lineup. They are joined by All-Star mainstays in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7th) and Heat teammates Dwyane Wade (10th) and LeBron James (10th).

The reserves for the teams will be announced Jan. 30. 


Kobe Bryant to meet with doctors in first week of February


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Prior to Thursday's game against Miami, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters that he will see a doctor in the first week of February, Yahoo! Sports reports. It was originally announced by the team that Bryant would be re-evaluated at the end of the team's current road trip on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Bryant returned from a torn Achilles and played just six games before going down again with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over that span.

Lakers to re-evaluate Kobe Bryant next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be re-evaluated at the end of the team's current road trip on Monday or Tuesday of next week, the team announced Wednesday.

Last week, it was reported that Bryant's re-evaluation was pushed back from late January into February, but it appears he'll have his injured knee evaluated in January after all. Bryant has played just six games this season due to his recovery from a torn Achilles and then a fractured left knee.


Kobe Bryant will be re-evaluated in February


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant addressed the media before Friday's game against Boston and told reporters that he will have his left knee re-evaluated in February, according to ESPN Los Angeles. He was previously scheduled to be re-evaluated in late January.

Bryant also dismissed any rumors that he'll sit out the rest of the season to rest his injury, and remains hopeful of returning soon after his re-evaluation. Bryant returned from a torn Achilles and played just six games before going down again with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

"The only thing I can afford to consider is getting better," Bryant said.

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash could return later this month


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) They haven’t appeared on the court together yet this season, but Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash could both return to the lineup before the end of the month.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni hopes to have his injured starters back in the lineup January 28, when the team returns from a 12-day road trip to face Indiana.

Both players have appeared in only six games this season. Bryant the Lakers’ first 19 contests rehabbing from surgery, only to go down again with a knee fracture. Nash hasn’t made an appearance in two months because of nerve damage in his back. 


Kobe Bryant expected to miss six weeks with knee fracture


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Just six games into his return from a torn Achilles, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be sidelined yet again – this time with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. The team announced that he is expected to miss six weeks while recovering from this latest injury.

Bryant tweaked his left knee in the third quarter of Tuesday’s contest against Memphis but went on to finish the game. Apparently that scare was not avoided, as it would seem this announcement ties in directly to that on-court incident.  Bryant was averaging 6.3 assists per game acting as the Lakers central facilitator, as the team is also without all three of the point guards on the roster.


Kobe Bryant shakes off minor knee scare


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shook off a minor knee scare and scored 21 points on 9 of 18 shooting, including 1 of 1 from downtown, and 2 of 2 from the charity stripe during Tuesday's contest against the Grizzlies in Memphis.

Bryant tweaked his left knee in the third quarter but remained in the game. "I twisted it a little bit. It's a little stiff right now," he told the team's sideline reporter after the game.

Bryant also chipped in with five rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal while logging 33 minutes of game action in a 96-92 victory. He is averaging 13.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting (31 of 73) through his first six games back from a ruptured Achilles.

Kobe Bryant scores nine points in return vs. Raptors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored just nine points on 2 of 9 shooting in his return to game action Sunday as the Lakers fell to the Raptors, 106-94.

It was not a pretty day for the Lakers' starting five, who were outscored 71-23 by the team's bench in the loss. Bryant played 28 minutes in his debut but struggled from the floor while turning the ball over eight times. He also added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to his line. The Lakers figure to be plenty cautious with their star moving forward.


Kobe Bryant to see limited action initially


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is scheduled to return to game action Sunday for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles, but he is going to see limited minutes initially, ESPN Los Angeles reports.

"I don't think it's a magical number," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday about Bryant's expected minutes total. "He's totally well and ready to go. I think he'll be limited by his wind and ability to be able to take the pounding. So, I would be surprised if more than in the twenties. It shouldn't be any more than that."

The Lakers have gone 10-9 without Bryant in the lineup, keeping afloat in the always competitive Western Conference.


Kobe Bryant announces Sunday return vs. Raptors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will make his much-anticipated season debut Sunday against the Raptors, he announced via a video on his Facebook account. Bryant has been practicing over the last few weeks after recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles.

Bryant suffered the suffered the injury last April, and will make his return almost exactly at the eight-month mark. It is not yet clear what kind of role Bryant will have, but coach Mike D'Antoni is likely to define that in the days leading up to Bryant's debut.

Bryant's injury ended one the best seasons of his career in 2012-13, as he was shooting 46.3 percent from the field, his best mark since 2008-09. He finished the season averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. 


Sunday return looks possible for Kobe Bryant


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (Achilles) is inching ever closer to his return from surgery last April. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters Friday the chances of Bryant returning to action Sunday against the Raptors are "pretty good," as Bryant has been able to practice in full in recent days.

Bryant has yet to play this season, but was cleared recently. Confirmation of his status for Sunday will likely come shortly before gametime, if an announcement isn't made Saturday with the Lakers off.


Kobe Bryant will not play Friday, could play Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said that he will not make his return on Friday against the Kings, but that he could make his season debut Sunday against the Raptors, ESPN Los Angeles reports.

Bryant responded well to Tuesday's practice and was scheduled to practice in full Wednesday. His return should come within days, not weeks.


Kobe Bryant to practice in full Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant responded well to Tuesday's practice and is expected to practice in full Wednesday, NBA.com reports.

If Bryant responds well again on Wednesday, it seems possible he could play a limited role in Friday's game against the Kings, though the team is expected to be extremely cautious out of the gate.