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24 Kobe Bryant SG
Height/Weight: 6-6/212 | Birthdate: 8/23/1978 | Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA | Team: Los Angeles Lakers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 18 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 25.15
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Lakers to cut Kobe Bryant's minutes moving forward


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Lakers coach Byron Scott plans to reduce Kobe Bryant's minutes to 32 per game, including sitting him at the end of the first and third quarters, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. Bryant is shooting a career-low 37.2 percent while averaging 35.4 minutes.

Scott also indicated he'll run fewer plays for Bryant and that he's asked his 36-year-old star to defer more to his teammates. Scott said Bryant "didn't embrace the idea immediately" but came around after the coach explained his thought process, per the paper.

"Then he was more like, 'OK coach, whatever you want to do, I'm on board,'" Scott said. "That's something I really appreciated."

Bryant sat out his first game of the season Tuesday, and the Lakers upset the Warriors. Bryant is expected to play Thursday at Chicago, with his status for Friday's game at Dallas to be determined.

Scott said Bryant's fatigue and recent "inefficient play" prompted the reevaluation, according to the paper. Bryant still ranks third in the NBA in scoring (24.6).


Kobe Bryant will play Thursday, uncertain for Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who skipped Tuesday's win over the Warriors to rest, will play Thursday at Chicago, coach Byron Scott confirmed to ESPN.com. Bryant's status for Friday's game at Dallas is to be determined, the coach added.

Bryant ranks third in the league in scoring (24.6). The 36-year-old sat out Tuesday for the first time all season.


Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will not play on Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will not play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

Bryant isn't injured, but is dealing with some fatigue. The 36-year-old has played in every game this season. Coach Byron Scott said he consulted multiple members of the organization before coming to the decision. Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game. 


Lakers unsure if Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Lakers coach Byron Scott told the media he is unsure if guard Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday against the Warriors.

"[I] haven’t made my mind up yet," Scott said.

Bryant has not missed a game this season, but after Sunday’s loss to the Kings, Bryant said his body is feeling fatigued and resting may be his only option.

The Lakers are 8 1/2–point underdogs to the Warriors.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant may miss upcoming games to rest body


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) After playing 38 minutes and hoisting up 30 shots during Sunday’s loss to the Kings, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters his body may require him to sit out some upcoming games in order to rest, reports Yahoo Sports.

"I don't have much of a choice if the body is feeling the way it's feeling right now," Bryant said, per Yahoo Sports. "You got to be smart. You got to make sure you get enough return on your investment. With the amount of work that I do and put into my body and to get my body ready, for it to be sore as it is right now, sometimes you do have to consider sitting down."

Bryant has not missed a game this season and is averaging 35.4 minutes. Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant’s struggles during Sunday’s game was a result of fatigue.

"We'll come up with a solution and try to figure out the next few games and what we want to do," Scott said.


Lakers guard Kobe Bryant takes 30 shots on Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant threw up 30 shots on Sunday against the Kings.

Bryant hit eight of those 30 attempts, including going 3-8 from beyond the arc. He also sunk all six of his free throws, finishing with 25 points. Bryant added five rebounds and three assists. 


Lakers' Kobe Bryant drops 21 on Indiana


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on Monday against the Pacers.

Bryant shot 8-26 from the field, including 2-8 from beyond the arc. He hit all three of his three throws. Bryant also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals during the contest.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant pass Michael Jordan on NBA scoring list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant passed former Bulls guard Michael Jordan for third on the career points leaderboard in Sunday's 100-94 win over the Timberwolves.

Bryant managed to tie and pass Jordan on a pair of free throws in the first half of Sunday's game before finishing with 26 points on 7 of 20 shooting from the field and 10 of 13 shooting from the free-throw line. He also racked up six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes in the win. Bryant and his 32,310 career points will square off with the Pacers Monday.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant could see more time at point guard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant closed out Tuesday's win against the Kings as the team's point guard, and he may see more time at the position Friday against the Spurs, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

"You will see it again," coach Byron Scott said after practice Wednesday. "I know it’s very effective and something I’ve been thinking about."

"I feel real good when the ball is in his hands," Scott added. "He can get his own shot, obviously. He can create shots for his teammates."

Bryant totaled 32 points in Tuesday's win and has averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 22 games.


Lakers GM Kupchak believes Kobe Bryant will retire after 2015-16


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Monday he believes Kobe Bryant will retire from basketball after the 2015-16 season. 

"All indications are, to me, from him, that this [two-year contract extension] is going to be it," Kupchak told NBA.com. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year."

Bryant, who is averaging 25.2 points per game this year, is in the middle of a two-year, $48.5 million contract. He has not publicly addressed his plan for when his contract expires. 


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant held to 14 points vs. Pelicans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant led the team with just 14 points on 6 of 18 shooting, including 0 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 104-87 loss to the Pelicans Sunday.

Bryant's low scoring total Sunday was his second time in the last four games failing to reach 15 points, a level he didn't accomplish just once through the end of November. It's the second time this season he's gone 0 for 5 from behind the arc. Bryant also contributed four assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes in the loss, the Lakers' third straight. He'll look to turn things around Tuesday against the Kings.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant scores team-high 29 vs. Wizards


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 29 points on 8 of 22 shooting, including 2 of 6 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 111-95 loss to the Wizards Wednesday.

Bryant was able to deliver 25 assists over his team's last two games -- both Lakers wins -- but managed just three assists Wednesday to go along with four rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes. The Lakers stay on the road Friday, heading to Boston to face the Celtics.


Kobe Bryant misses Tuesday shootaround, expected to play against Pistons


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is expected to play against the Pistons. Bryant is resting his legs and has been sitting out shootarounds as of late, according to Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News.

Bryant is coming off of his first triple-double of the season Sunday against the Raptors when he scored 31 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds. 


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant reaches 6,000 career assists Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant posted the 20th triple-double of his career Sunday, scoring a team-high 31 points on 11 of 24 shooting while racking up 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his team's 129-122 overtime win over the Raptors.

Bryant reached a milestone in the win, becoming the first player to pile up 30,000 points and 6,000 assists in his career. The 19-year veteran hadn't managed 10 assists or 10 rebounds in a game this season before accomplishing both Sunday while playing 42 minutes in the overtime win, which ended a four-game losing streak. His next matchup comes against the Pistons in Detroit Tuesday.


Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes for 26 on Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant went for 26 points on Friday against the Timberwolves.

Bryant shot 10-18 from the field. He also sunk six free throws. Bryant dished out five assists, had five rebounds and picked up five steals during the contest. 


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant scores team-high 22 vs. Grizzlies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 22 points on 5 of 15 shooting, including 2 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 99-93 loss to the Grizzlies Wednesday.

Bryant sank all 10 of his free throws to help boost his scoring total on a night where he struggled with a low shooting percentage for the second time in three games. He only managed to pick up four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes in the loss, the team's third straight. The Lakers will look to get back on track Friday against the Timberwolves.


Lakers' Scott plans to rest Kobe Bryant in practice more


(11/24/2014) Lakers coach Byron Scott said Monday he plans to rest Kobe Bryant more in practice instead of lowering his minutes, according to the L.A. Daily News

Bryant has played in all 14 games this season, averaging 35.7 minutes. Bryant is averaging 26.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. 


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant scores 27 points in loss vs. Nuggets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 27 points on 10 of 24 shooting in his team's 101-94 overtime loss to the Nuggets Sunday.

Bryant endured an off shooting night Friday, sinking just 27.3 percent of his shots en route to 17 points in a loss to the Mavericks, but was able to come back with his fourth performance of at least 27 points in his last five games Sunday. He also chipped in six rebounds and four assists in 44 minutes in the loss. The Lakers will square off with the Grizzlies Wednesday.


Lakers give guard Kobe Bryant day off from practice


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Citing rest, Lakers coach Byron Scott gave guard Kobe Bryant the day off from practice Saturday.

“He’s such a workaholic that sometimes it can hurt you more than help you,” Scott said, per the team.

Bryant has played in all 13 games this season after only playing in six games during the 2013-14 season. The Lakers next play Sunday against Denver.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant joins the 32,000-point club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant became the fourth player in NBA history to score 32,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone and Michael Jordan during Tuesday's 114-109 victory over the Hawks.

Bryant's netted his 32,000th career point on a turnaround and-one jumper with 1:10 remaining in the game. Bryant also enjoyed one of his most efficient shooting performances, scoring 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the field. It was the first time he shot 45 percent or higher in a game this season. He's now 291 points away from tying Michael Jordan for third place on NBA's all-time scoring list.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant racks up 44 points in loss Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 44 points on 15 of 34 shooting, including 3 of 12 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 136-115 loss to the Warriors Sunday.

Bryant shook off illness and one of the worst shooting performances of his career in his previous game Friday to deliver a big performance Sunday, but the Lakers were already down big by halftime and couldn't work their way back into a competitive game. He scored 28 of his points in the first half while taking a whopping 24 shots from the field and attempting nine free throws. Bryant also recorded five rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes in the loss, the Lakers' fourth straight. They'll try and turn things around Tuesday against the Hawks.


Lakers coach Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant (illness) will play Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play Sunday against Golden State, despite dealing with a viral infection, according to the Bay Area News Group on Saturday. Bryant tried to play under the weather Friday, which resulted in his worst shooting performance of his 19-year career. He was held to a season-low nine point on 1 of 14 shooting.

"You would have to amputate his leg for him not to play tomorrow," coach Byron Scott said. "If he feels 20 percent better than he felt last night, he'll say I'm good. I never scratch him out of anything except practice. When it comes to playing, he's the one guy I know that if he can walk, he's probably going to play."


Kobe Bryant scores nine points in horrific shooting night Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a season-low nine points on just 1 of 14 shooting in his team's 93-80 loss to the Spurs Friday. Bryant indicated after the game that he was feeling under the weather Friday.

"Your body won’t respond and you’re sick and you used to be able to fight through these things," Bryant told reporters after the game, per the Los Angeles Times.

The performance could be considered the worst of Bryant's storied career, as the only other time he took at least 10 shots and made no more than one of them came in March 1998 when he went 1 for 10 and scored 10 points. He went 0 for 10 in the first three quarters Friday before finally getting on the board in the fourth. Bryant also went 7 for 9 from the charity stripe while racking up six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes. He'll look to bounce back Sunday against Golden State.


Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scores 33 Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant dropped 33 points in a losing effort Wednesday.

Bryant shot 10-28 from the field, including 5-11 from beyond the arc. He managed to hit all eight of his free throws. Bryant also added four rebounds and dished out five assists.


Lakers G Kobe Bryant sets NBA record for most missed shots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant reached another milestone during Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, as he set the NBA record for missed shots in a career.Bryant missed a turnaround fadeaway jumper in the fourth quarter of a 107-102 defeat. That missed shot moved him past Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek with 13,418 career missed field goals.

"I don't care about it, to be honest with you," Bryant said, per ESPN Los Angeles. "It is what it is. I remember when I was a kid and I watched Michael [Jordan] shoot 49 times in an NBA Finals game. Can you imagine if I did that and lost? Puts things in perspective."

Bryant scored 28 points on 10 of 26 from the field, adding seven rebounds, six assists and four steals while logging 37 minutes of game action. He is averaging 27.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists over his last five games.