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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%: 84/30 | Average Draft Position: 25.20
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Lakers' Kobe Bryant to meet with doctor on Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will meet with a doctor on Monday, according to ESPN.

Bryant will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in order to discuss the severity of the injury. Bryant has already been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, and this meeting will give Bryant a second opinion. If ElAttrache confirms the initial diagnosis, the team could announce Bryant's season-ending surgery soon after the meeting. 

Bryant averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant diagnosed with torn rotator cuff


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) In a team-released video Saturday, Lakers team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo informed guard Kobe Bryant he has a torn rotator cuff.

Lombardo told Bryant his rotator cuff had pulled off the bone, but was unsure of when the injury took place. On Monday, Bryant is scheduled to seek a second opinion from another doctor to determine if he'll miss the remainder of the season. Bryant sustained the injury to his right shoulder during Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.


Report: Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to miss remainder of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Lakers doctors confirmed the diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff on Friday, and the team is expecting star guard Kobe Bryant to miss the remainder of the season, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

If Bryant needs season-ending surgery on his shooting shoulder, he would need approximately five-to-six months of recovery, which would knock him out for the season, per Arash Markazi of ESPN. Bryant will seek an opinion from another doctor on Monday before he decides whether or not he'll officially shut it down for the remainder of the season and opt for surgery.

If the reports are accurate, this will be Bryant's third consecutive season-ending injury. In 2013-14 he fractured his left kneecap, and in 2012-13 he ruptured his Achilles. Bryant was also named a starter for the Western Conference squad in the upcoming All-Star Game. The coach for that game, Steve Kerr, will likely name a replacement in his starting lineup.

Bryant posted averages of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this season after playing just six games during the 2013-14 season. He shot a career-low 37.3 percent from the floor, and 29.3 percent from 3-point territory.


Lakers coach Byron Scott takes blame for Kobe Bryant's injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters he's taking blame for shooting guard Kobe Bryant's injury by playing him too much early on, reports Baxter Holmes of ESPN. Scott said he reached out and sent an apology to Bryant.

Bryant suffered a torn rotator cuff in the second half of Wednesday's 96-80 loss to New Orleans. The Lakers fear the Bryant will need season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder.

"Yeah, I'm worried. The whole organization is worried."

Bryant, who was voted as one of the Western Conference's two starting All-Star guards Thursday, has averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this season after playing just six games during the 2013-14 season. Last season he averaged 29.5 minutes per contest. This season, he averaged 34.5 minutes per game.

"Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn't want to go out this way," Scott said.


Report: Lakers fear Kobe Bryant needs season-ending surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Lakers fear that shooting guard Kobe Bryant will require season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder, ESPN.com reports.

Team doctors will determine Friday whether Bryant needs surgery after an MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff Thursday, but people within the organization are fearing the worst as of Thursday night. Bryant, who was voted as one of the Western Conference's two starting All-Star guards Thursday, has averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this season after playing just six games during the 2013-14 season.


Starters for NBA All-Star Game in New York announced Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The NBA announced the starters for the 2015 All-Star Game on Thursday.

The Western Conference starters will be coached by rookie coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors. Here are his starters for the game:

Western Conference

Frontcourt:

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (700,615 votes)

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (1,369,911 votes)

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (795,121 votes)

Guards:

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (1,152,402 votes)

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (1,513,324 votes)

Coached by Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer, here are the Eastern Conference starters for the 64th edition of the All-Star Game:

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (1,470,483 votes)

Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls (974,177 votes)

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (647,005 votes)

Guards:

John Wall, Washington Wizards (886,368 votes)

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (805,290 votes)

Coaches can start making their reserve picks over the weekend, with an announcement set for Jan. 29.


MRI shows torn rotator cuff for Lakers G Kobe Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder Thursday morning, which revealed a tear of the rotator cuff, the team announced.

Bryant injured his right shoulder in the second half of Wednesday's 96-80 loss to New Orleans and was absent from Thursday's practice. Although the preliminary results revealed a tear, Bryant will return to Los Angeles later on Thursday and will be examined by team doctors on Friday. The team is expected to release another update on his status after his follow-up tests, leaving his status for the second half of the season up in the air.

Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. He is shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from 3-point territory through 35 games.


Lakers won't reveal Kobe's MRI results until later on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder Thursday morning, but the team announced they won't reveal the results of the exam until later on Thursday, according to ESPN.

"Still waiting on the results. Gary (Vitti) is with him now. Hopefully I'll know something by the time I get back to the hotel," coach Byron Scott said, per the team's official website.

Bryant attempted to play through the injury in Wednesday's 96-80 loss to New Orleans. He was absent from Thursday's practice, as the Lakers prepare for Friday's clash against the Spurs. Scott said he's skeptical there's any scenario where Bryant will play Friday. Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. He is shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from 3-point territory through 35 games.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to undergo MRI Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Lakers coach Byron Scott said after Wednesday's game that shooting guard Kobe Bryant will undergo an MRI on his sore right shoulder Thursday, the team announced.

"He's being examined by the doctors right now," Scott said. "It's a sore right shoulder. He'll have an MRI tomorrow."

Bryant attempted to play through the issue after initially suffering the shoulder injury but had to be removed before the end of the game. He finished with 14 points on on 6 of 14 shooting along with seven rebounds, two assists and one block in 30 minutes. The Lakers, who suffered a 96-80 loss to the Pelicans Wednesday, are set to face the Spurs in San Antonio Friday.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant leaves early with shoulder issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant left Wednesday's game early due to a shoulder injury, according to Bleacher Report.

Bryant actually injured his shoulder earlier in the contest, but attempted to play through it after taking himself out briefly. When Bryant came back into the game, he was clearly impacted by the issue. Bryant shot mostly left handed after returning, even airballing a shot. With the game in hand, Bryant went straight to the locker with the team trainer with just over a minute left to play. The team has yet to officially announce an injury for Bryant. 

Bryant finished with 14 points. 


Kobe 'not stopping' until Rajon Rondo joins Lakers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Despite recently joining the Mavericks via a trade, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he will continue to recruit Rajon Rondo to join the Lakers in the offseason, reports ESPN.com.

Rondo can become a free agent after the season if he doesn't sign an extension with the Mavericks and Bryant indicated it will be his mission to recruit Rondo.

"I'm not done. I'm not stopping until he signs an extension," Bryant said.


Lakers' Kobe will play Wednesday; Price is game-time decision


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Lakers announced guard Kobe Bryant will play in Wednesday's game at New Orleans.

Bryant missed the last two games to rest, but it appears his body is feeling well.

"Kobe's good, he said he's ready to go," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. Scott added it will take another 10 to 15 games for Bryant to be fully healthy, which includes sitting out some of those games to rest, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Meanwhile, guard Ronnie Price is dealing with an elbow injury and will be a game-time decision at New Orleans. Price has missed the last two games because of the elbow injury. Jeremy Lin will start if Price is out.

The Lakers are 7 1/2-point underdogs.


Pelicans' Anthony Davis praises Kobe Bryant for being mentor


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been one of the best players in the NBA this season and he said he owes a lot of his success to Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Davis and Bryant played together on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and Davis said Bryant was a great mentor to him.

"That whole Olympic experience, he kind of took me under his wing and showed me a lot about the game and a lot about hard work," Davis said.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant to meet team in Phoenix for road trip


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters Monday shooting guard Kobe Bryant will meet the team in Phoenix Tuesday for practice and travel to New Orleans with the team.

Bryant is set to miss Monday's game against the Suns for rest and is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. He is averaging 22.6 points, 5.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.


Lakers rule Kobe Bryant out of Monday's game at Phoenix


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been ruled out of Monday's game at Phoenix, the team announced.

Bryant has missed five of the last seven games to rest his body. His next chance to play will be Wednesday at New Orleans. The Lakers are 10-point underdogs to the Suns.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant says he's contemplated early retirement


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) When asked by reporters Saturday if he’s considered retiring, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was candid with his response.

"I'd be lying if I said that it hasn't crossed my mind," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times.

Bryant has missed seven games this season to rest his body and he admits the season has taken a toll on his body.

"My body is hurting like crazy, around the clock, and if I don't want to do this anymore, I won't do it," Bryant said.

While retirement has crossed his mind, Bryant said he still wants to play beyond this season.

"Right now I doubt it, but anything's possible," he said.


Lakers list both Kobe Bryant, Ronnie Price as doubtful for Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) The Lakers have listed Kobe Bryant (rest) and Ronnie Price (elbow) as doubtful for Monday's game against the Suns. After scoring 19 points and dishing out 17 assists in Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Bryant sat out of Friday's game against the Jazz as a rest day.

Bryant has been getting days off over the past few weeks to keep him fresh. Price is still dealing with a sore left elbow, which he re-aggravated Thursday.


Kobe Bryant will shut it down, if Lakers ask him to


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters that if the team ultimately decides to shut him down, he'll comply, Baxter Holmes of ESPN reports.

"I will do what they ask of me, but it's very, very hard for me to miss one game," Bryant said following Thursday's 109-102 loss to the Cavaliers. "I'm not going to be here much longer, so the games that I play, I want to make sure that I'm playing and enjoying it and appreciating it."

Coach Byron Scott told reporters earlier in the week that the team might consider shutting Bryant down in March, if the Lakers are not in playoff contention. Los Angeles (12-28) is currently in last place in the Pacific Division, and sit 10 1/2 games behind Phoenix (23-18) for the eighth and final playoff spot.

"Seriously, I understand," Bryant said. "I understand. It's my responsibility to be ready every single night and when I step out there on the floor to give it my all. If they want to shut me down, if they decide to sit me out, I will do what's asked of me. It's that simple."

Bryant indicated that management wants him to "save these steps as much as possible. If my knees are a little sore, if my Achilles is tight ..."

"To try and get another year out of me," Bryant said. "Probably. You know me, man. If I say that's it, that's it."

Bryant handed out a career-high with 17 assists on Thursday. He's averaging 22.6 points, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He's also shooting a career-low 37.2 percent from the floor and 29.6 percent from downtown through 34 games.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant sets career-high with 17 assists


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant set a career-high with 17 assists on Thursday against the Cavaliers.

Bryant was looking for his teammates from the beginning of the contest. He managed to collect 10 assists by the end of the first half. Bryant would add seven assists in the second half, breaking his previous career-high of 15 assists. 

Bryant was also a useful offensive force. He shot 7-14 from the field, including 3-6 from beyond the arc. He also sunk two of his three free throws, finishing with 19 points. He added six rebounds. 


Lakers to start Hill, Price, Kobe on Thursday vs. Cavaliers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Lakers announced forward Jordan Hill, guard Ronnie Price and shooting guard Kobe Bryant will be in the starting lineup for Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers.

Hill hyperextended his left knee during Tuesday’s loss to the Heat, but said the injury was not serious. Price is dealing with an elbow issue. Bryant has missed various games this season due to rest.

The Lakers are 6-point underdogs.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant expected to rest Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play Thursday against the Cavaliers and rest Friday against the Jazz, the Orange County Register reports.

Bryant has endured struggles from the field in his last two appearances, sinking only five of his 31 shots. He has also missed three of his team's last five games due to rest.

Los Angeles is a 4 1/2-point home underdog against Cleveland Thursday.


Lakers' Scott: Time to discuss shutting Kobe down is in March


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) With Lakers guard Kobe Bryant not able to play in every game, in addition to the team struggling, coach Byron Scott told reporters the team might consider shutting Bryant down in March, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"If we're nowhere near playoff contention in March...then we might discuss that," Scott said.

Bryant has missed six games this season to rest his body. With the Lakers 10 games out of the last seed for the playoffs, speculation has begun on when the Lakers will shut Bryant down.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant struggles vs. Heat Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored 12 points on just 3 of 19 shooting in his team's 78-75 loss to the Heat Tuesday.

Bryant rested in three of his team's last four games and wasn't his sharpest Tuesday, leaving him 5 of 31 over his last two performances. He had the chance to tie the game in the final seconds but missed a three-point attempt, leaving him 2 of 9 from behind the arc. He also delivered seven assists, six rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes. The Lakers will square off with the Cavaliers Thursday.


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant in starting lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

Bryant has sat out three of the team's last four games in order to rest. "I thought he was pretty convincing that he was ready to go body wise and mind wise," coach Byron Scott said. "It wasn't that hard a decision today."

Bryant, who is expected to play 30 to 32 minutes against the Heat, has averaged 23.0 points on a career-low 37.5 percent shooting in 32 games. Los Angeles is a 2 1/2-point home underdog against Miami Tuesday.


Lakers guard Kobe Bryant remains game-time decision Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received treatment Tuesday morning at the team's facility and told coach Byron Scott he "feels fine." However, Scott is still considering Bryant a game-time decision Tuesday against the Heat.

Bryant has missed the last two games and three of the last four for rest purposes. The Heat are considered 1-point favorites for Tuesday's game.