| Birthdate: 8/23/1978
| Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
| Team: Los Angeles Lakers
| College: No College
| NBA Experience: 18
| Owned/Started%: 37/6 | Average Draft Position: 25.31
"I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be."
Kupchak said that if anything changes and Bryant wants to continue playing past his current contract, negotiations can be had. Bryant's last three seasons have been cut short because of injury. Last season, he was limited to 35 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
"A year from now, if there's something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then," Kupchak said. "I talk to him from time to time ... and he is recovering. He's running. He's getting movement and strength in the shoulder. We expect a full recovery, but yeah, he's much closer to the end than to the beginning."
Lakers' Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant has begun lifting weights
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com (4/16/2015)Kobe Bryant is intent on playing for the Lakers in 2015. And it appears he may be ahead of schedule.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Bryant has started to lift weights while "going back to his old way of working out." That's a good sign that Bryant could be ready for the beginning of the 2015-16 season, which Bryant previously said he'd return by.
Bryant is still recovering from a shoulder injury that ended his 2014-15 season early. It's the third consecutive season he's suffered an injury that ended his year prematurely.
Bryant was averaging 22.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game before this season's injury.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant says he'll 'be ready to go' next season
"I'll be ready to go," Bryant said. "I'll do my regiment and be ready to go."
Bryant is dealing with a season-ending injury for the third consecutive year and described the rehab process as 'very boring,' but said he is progressing.
"I'm good. I've danced this dance before. I'm being patient and doing what I can everyday," Bryant said. "I don't have much pain in it. The range of motion is very good. But they want me to play it safe and make sure it's in place with where it should be."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant returns to bench at request of Byron Scott
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/9/2015)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in January but was back on the team's bench Sunday for the first time since the procedure.
"It was good to see him out here. Good to see him with this teammates," Scott said of Bryant. "I'm sure it was good for the fans to see him as well."
Bryant said Sunday he's able to do more with his rehab from this injury than he was with last year's Achilles issue.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant progressing through rehab
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com (3/9/2015)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant is beginning to get back in the gym. Bryant said during Sunday's game he is able to do more with this injury as opposed to the Achilles injury last year.
"I can move around a lot better and I feel strong. I can start running pretty soon, lifting weights, getting my legs strong, whereas the last few injuries I haven't been able to," Bryant said.
Kobe Bryant on 2007 trade request: Bulls were 'my No. 1 choice'
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers were in discussions with the Bulls but were hung up on the inclusion of forward Luol Deng, who is now a member of the Heat. Bryant also revealed that he declined a prospective deal with the Pistons that included Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and several draft picks. Detroit was not among the teams on his trade list.
"I gave you a list of teams I'm comfortable being traded to," Bryant recalled. "Not Detroit."
The Lakers would eventually won back-to-back titles with Bryan and Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010. Bryant is seeking a "career rebirth" despite being limited to 41 games the last two seasons due to injury. He's scheduled to make $25 million next season -- his 20th season with the Lakers.
Kupchak: Lakers won't make final playoff push for Kobe Bryant
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com (2/21/2015)Lakers general manger Mitch Kupchak said that the team wouldn't sacrifice the future to make a final playoff push for Kobe Bryant next season.
Kupchak told the Orange County Register, "To jeopardize the next five or seven years, bring in old veterans that make a lot of money, just to win one more year, because that’s Kobe’s last year or could be his last year, I’m not sure that fits into doing it the right way."
Bryant is out for the rest of this season after rotator-cuff surgery. It's the third straight season that has ended early due to an injury. He played 35 games this season and just six last year, meaning he's appeared in just one out of every four Lakers' games over the past two years.
Next season will be Bryant's twentieth with the Lakers. He's scheduled to make $25 million in the second year of a two-year, $48.5 million extension.
“This team primarily has been Kobe’s team now for almost 18 or 20 years,” Kupchak said, “and we’re much closer to the end of those 18, 20 years than we are to the middle or the beginning. So at some point we have to start a new run."
Lakers' Scott believe Kobe Bryant could play beyond next season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (2/19/2015)Lakers coach Byron Scott said Thursday that he believes shooting guard Kobe Bryant could continue playing beyond the 2015-16 season, ESPN reports.
Scott believes an upgraded roster will give more incentive to a return from Bryant, who has said health and whether he has a desire to keep playing will determine whether he keeps playing beyond his current contract, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Bryant said in an interview with NBA TV that aired Monday that he's seeking a career "rebirth" despite being limited to just 41 games over the last two seasons due to injuries. He averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Kobe seeking career 'rebirth' following two injury-plagued seasons
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/17/2015)Lakers veteran guard Kobe Bryant is not considering retiring from the NBA despite being limited to 41 games the last two seasons due to injury. Although, he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season due to shoulder surgery.
The 36-year-old Bryant admitted he is seeking a career "rebirth" after drawing inspiration from the Spurs, whose veteran-laden team won a fifth NBA title under coach Gregg Popovich last season.
"I can't say it is the end," Bryant said during an interview with NBA TV, which aired Monday. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning.
"So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done, and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth."
In an interview published in February's GQ Magazine, Bryant said he is optimistic about the Lakers being one of the top teams in the NBA in 2015-16.
"I know what Mitch [Kupchak, the Lakers GM] tells me. I know what Jim and Jeanie [Buss, the team owners] tell me," Bryant said in the interview, which took place in January, per ESPN. "I know that they are hell-bent about having a championship caliber team next season, as am I."
Carmelo, Kobe discussed teaming up during offseason in L.A.
"They came in at the 25th hour, they swooped in there," said Anthony, who owns an apartment in Los Angeles. "It was a great visit. The conversations I had with Kobe was just man to man. We both had to come to reality and say, 'Is this what we really want?' And it didn’t happen."
The Lakers were reportedly never interested in pairing the two superstars in Los Angeles, according to the report.
"We’ve been talking for a long time, man, especially this summer, just me and him communicating, and talking and being honest with one another as friends and brothers should be. It was a lot going on there on his behalf and my behalf trying to figure everything out," Anthony said.
Anthony, who is averaging 24.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 36 games this season, also thinks Kobe will be back in 2015.
"I know him, and this is not the way he wants to go out." Anthony said. "I’m pretty sure he’ll do whatever he has to do to get back on the court one more time before he hangs them shoes up."
Lakers' Mitch Kupchak confident Kobe Bryant will not retire
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com (1/29/2015)Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he doesn't think guard Kobe Bryant will retire and he plans on having Kobe back for next season.
"We spoke last night, he's in great spirits," Kupchak said. "He's excited about the prognosis and being ready for training camp."
Bryant is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Lakers SG Kobe Bryant out nine months after successful surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (1/28/2015)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant underwent successful surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff Wednesday and will be sidelined for approximately nine months, the team announced.
"I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should be ready for the start of the season," Dr. Neal ElAttrache said in the team's statement regarding the procedure.
Bryant suffered the shoulder injury one week ago against the Pelicans and will endure his second consecutive truncated season as a result. He averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting in 35 games.
Lakers hope Kobe Bryant can play 20-minute range next season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (1/28/2015)Lakers coach Byron Scott said that he hopes guard Kobe Bryant can play in the 20-minute range next season, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
"For Kobe, play him at mid to low 20s minute wise," Scott said. "But you have to have some horses to be able to do that. ... A lot of it depends on what guys we bring in as well. I got to wait until August until we have a good idea of what we’ve brought in and who we bring back. Then, we go from there."
Scott added that he isn't concerned with Bryant's body breaking down as he works his way back from a torn rotator cuff, his third serious injury in the last three seasons.
"I don’t have concern right now," Scott said. "We obviously have to wait until it’s all done and we go through the rehab and all that and see how he feels. The biggest thing with Kobe is as long as you guys are saying that he’s done, he’s going to come back. That’s the biggest thing with him. He proved this year that he has a lot left in the tank and is still one of the best players in this league. If you guys keep saying he’s done, that’ll help him as well."
Bryant was scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder Wednesday.
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
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.
"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
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:
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
"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
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.
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 Bryantwill 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
"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
"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
"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.
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.
Lakers unsure if Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday vs. Heat
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com (1/12/2015)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was able to participate in Monday’s practice, but coach Byron Scott said the decision on Bryant’s playing status for Tuesday’s game against the Heat has yet to be determined.
Scott said the decision on whether Bryant plays will be made after Tuesday’s shootaround. Bryant has missed the last two games to rest his body.
The Lakers are 1-point favorites.
Lakers' Scott admits Kobe's workload was too much early in season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/12/2015)Lakers veteran forward Kobe Bryant was sidelined for rest purposes Sunday against the Trail Blazers for the second straight game. In fact, he has missed six of the last 11 games to rest and hasn't practiced much this season.
"I haven't thought about that yet," coach Byron Scott said, per ESPN. "I keep thinking about game-to-game right now. So I haven't gotten to that point. Maybe after the All-Star break, maybe we will start talking about something like that if necessary."
Scott shoulders plenty of the blame for pushing Bryant too much at the beginning of the season after he played in only six games last season while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and a fracture in his left knee. Bryant averaged nearly 36 minutes per game through November.
"I thought his workload was too much," Scott said. "He had a number and my number was higher. His number was right when I look back at it. I cut those numbers down and ever since then his efficiency has been so much better as far as the way he's been playing and how he's able to play. At the beginning, us getting on the same page and me getting to know him and what he could take and what he could stand from a minutes standpoint on a night to night basis was something I had to get used to. We both got a real good feel now and we just have to go from this point on. He has proven he has a lot left in the tank."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant out again Sunday for rest against Blazers
Scott also said he played Bryant too many minutes earlier in the season and that 35 minutes was too many for a 19-year veteran.
Bryant will likely miss at least one of the two games in back-to-back situations for the rest of the year, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com. Bryant is averaging 23.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 32 contests this season.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant status for Sunday still not determined
Scott said he will speak with Bryant after shootaround Saturday to determine whether he will play. Bryant, who is averaging 23.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, has missed two of the last three games for rest.
The Lakers are currently 5 1/2-point underdogs for Sunday against the Trail Blazers.
It will be the second game in the Lakers last three Bryant has been given off as a rest day. Bryant is averaging 23.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 32 games this season.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant limited to just four points on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (1/8/2015)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had a subpar game on Wednesday against the Clippers.
Bryant shot just 2-12 from the field. He missed all three shots from beyond the arc. Bryant finished with just four points, his lowest point total since 2013. Bryant did post numbers in other categories, dishing out seven assists and pulling down eight rebounds.
Lakers list Kobe Bryant (rest) as probable against Clippers
Bryant did not play in Monday’s loss to the Trail Blazers to rest. The Lakers are taking a cautious approach with Bryant to ensure his body does not break down. In 31 games, Bryant is averaging 23.6 points and 5.5 rebounds.
The Lakers are 11-point underdogs to the Clippers.
Lakers list Wayne Ellington, Nick Young as probable starters
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst (1/5/2015)With Kobe Bryant (rest) and Wesley Johnson (hip) sitting out, Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington and small forward Nick Young are listed as probable starters Monday at Portland, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Young is averaging 15.0 points in 25 minutes per game, while Ellington is chipping in 6.8 points in 17.8 minutes.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant goes for 20 points on Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (1/5/2015)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 20 points on Sunday against the Pacers.
Bryant shot 7-14 from the field, including 2-3 from beyond the arc. He sunk all four of his free throw attempts. Bryant also pulled down six rebounds, had six assists and picked up three steals.
Bryant will play on Sunday, but coach Byron Scott will rest him on Monday. Scott doesn't want Bryant to play in back-to-back games just yet. Bryant missed three games earlier in the season due to fatigue. Bryant is averaging 23.8 points per game.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant does not practice, but expects to play
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (1/1/2015)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not practice on Thursday, according to ESPN.
Bryant went to the team's facility and shot around for a bit before receiving treatment, but did not practice with the team. Coach Byron Scott said he expects Bryant to play against the Grizzlies on Friday despite missing the practice. Bryant is averaging 24.1 points per game.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant leans toward retirement after next season
Lakers' Kobe Bryant records 21st career triple-double in win
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com (12/30/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Los Angeles' 111-103 win over the Nuggets Tuesday. It was the second triple-double of Bryant's season, with the first coming a month ago against the Raptors. Bryant had 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in that game.
After getting a few days off for rest, Bryant shot efficiently Tuesday, going 6 of 11 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
It his first game back, Bryant played 32 minutes and scored 10 points during Sunday’s loss to the Suns.
The Lakers are 6 1/2-point underdogs.
Lakers' Scott has practice plan for veteran Kobe Bryant
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/30/2014)Lakers coach Byron Scott has outlined a practice plan for veteran guard Kobe Bryant, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Scott said Bryant will sit out practice when there is only one day between games, as was the case Monday. The Lakers play Tuesday against the Nuggets following Sunday's loss against the Suns.
"It seemed to work for him well the other day," Scott said. "We’ll continue to work him back."
Following Tuesday's game, the Lakers won't play again until Friday against the Grizzlies. Scott said he will give Bryant the day off Wednesday before the 36-year-old Bryant partakes in "light work" Thursday.
"Just shooting," Scott said. "Just a good sweat. He can get that with all his shooting and movements."
Lakers SG Kobe Bryant set to play vs. Suns Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (12/28/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant will play in Sunday's game against the Suns. Los Angeles is a 5-point underdog at home against Phoenix.
Report: Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to play Sunday vs. Suns
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com (12/27/2014)After missing three straight games due to rest, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play Sunday against the Suns, reports the L.A. Daily News.
Prior to missing the last three games to rest, Bryant had not missed a game this season. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game. The Lakers are 1-2 during Bryant’s absence.
Guard Wayne Ellington has seen his minutes increase with Bryant out. Ellington is averaging 12.0 points over the last three games.
Lakers SG Kobe Bryant out Friday vs. Mavericks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (12/26/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant will miss Friday's game against the Mavericks in order to rest, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Bryant will be missing his third straight game due to general soreness and fatigue. He's averaged 24.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 27 games. His next chance to play is Sunday at home against the Suns.
The Lakers are a 12-point underdog in Dallas Friday.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant likely out again Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/26/2014)Citing sore Achilles on both sides, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is claiming his availability to be doubtful for the Friday night game at Dallas.
Bryant has missed the last two games and could be out for another week.
Report: Lakers' Kobe Bryant could be out a week due to fatigue
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/26/2014)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could miss up to a week due to fatigue and soreness, according to Bleacher Report.
Teammate Wayne Ellington said coach Byron Scott told the team "it could be a week" before Bryant returns to the court. He's already missed two games due to the issue. Scott has already told reporters he plans to limit Bryant's minutes once he's ready to return. The 36-year-old Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to miss Thursday's game with soreness
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/25/2014)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will not play Thursday against the Bulls.
Bryant is sitting due to "overall soreness." Coach Byron Scott said Bryant still needs to raise his energy level. Bryant rested on Tuesday due to the same issue. Scott has already announced he plans to cut Kobe's minutes once he's able to return. The 36-year-old Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game.
Lakers to cut Kobe Bryant's minutes moving forward
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst (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 | Senior Analyst (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 Bryantwill 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 restKobe 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
“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.
Koe Bryant scores 21 points, Lakers notch first win Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/9/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 7 of 20 shooting in his team's 107-92 victory over the Hornets Sunday.
It was the first win of the season for the Lakers, who were able to overcome Bryant's worst single-game shooting percentage of the season en route to victory. Bryant was able to record six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes of action. He'll look for a sixth straight 20-point scoring performance Tuesday against the Grizzlies.
Kobe Bryant wants Jeremy Lin, teammates to play 'relentlessly'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/5/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant said after Tuesday's loss that Jeremy Lin and his Laker teammates need to learn to play "relentlessly," the Los Angeles Times reports.
"Lin was being more aggressive and taking shots. I think the biggest thing for him to learn is to play relentlessly," said Bryant. "The most important thing [for my teammates] is that they understand the relentlessness they have to play with. I'll go out there and I'll leave on the floor everything, and compete and not be fearful of criticism or fearful of not playing well or missing shots. That's the same way I want the guys to play, Jeremy in particular, because he's a really good player. He's just getting used to playing with that kind of effort and attitude."
Bryant scored 39 points in Tuesday's loss but shot just 37.8 percent from the field. He said the loss "was upsetting, but we have to stay determined."
Lakers G Kobe Bryant scores 39 points on 37 shots
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (11/5/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant played 44 minutes and scored 39 points on 37 shots in his team's 112-106 defeat at home to the Suns. The rest of the starts for Los Angeles combined for 35 shots. Following the game, coach Byron Scott explained why Bryant logged 40-plus minutes for the first time since April 2013.
Bryant shot 14 of 37 from the floor, including 3 of 7 from downtown, and 8 of 12 from the charity stripe. He added nine assists, one rebound, one steal and one block while logging 44 minutes of game action. He's averaging 27.6 points on 40.2 percent (49 of 122) shooting from the field through his first five games.
Kobe Bryant: I'm extremely loyal to the Lakers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (11/3/2014)Despite having a rough start to the season, Lakers veteran shooting guard Kobe Bryant shot down the possibility of requesting a trade to play for a contender, he told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.
"I hear the chatter of Kobe should ask out and he should go and play for a contender in this latter stage of his career," Bryant said. "But that's not what I do. I'm extremely loyal to the Lakers.
"I believe in fighting through the tough times as well as enjoying the good times. It's my responsibility to get us to be the best that we can be. It's important that we approach that on a day-to-day basis."
The Lakers have yet to win a game this season. Bryant is averaging 24.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from the field through his team's first four games.
Lakers SG Kobe Bryant scores 31 points in loss vs. Suns
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (10/30/2014)Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 31 points on 11 of 25 shooting in his team's 119-99 loss to the Suns Wednesday.
One day after managing just 19 points while making 35.3 percent of his shots in the opener, Bryant came up big, managing to score 31 points in just 28 minutes.
"I told you guys from the beginning I am back to myself," Bryant said after the game. "I feel completely fine."
Bryant also chipped in four rebounds, three assists and two steals, but the Lakers still dropped to 0-2 on the young season. The Lakers square off with the Clippers Friday.
Dwight Howard says there's 'nothing' to incident with Kobe Bryant
"What do y'all want me to say?" Howard said late Tuesday night. "I’m not going to give y'all nothing. That’s stupid."
Howard and Bryant were called for technical fouls with 7:07 left in the fourth quarter. The incident began when Howard came down with a rebound and Bryant was in his face. Howard swung his elbows and hit Bryant on the jaw. Bryant and Howard then started trash-talking. Howard also was called for a flagrant one foul and Bryant was called for a personal foul.
"We won the game. It’s over with," Howard said. "There’s no need to go in to it. We won the game. It’s about basketball. I mean, it’s over with. It’s nothing. I’m not even focused on it."
Lakers announce lineup; Ronnie Price upgraded to probable
Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to play 30-40 minutes opening night
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (10/27/2014)Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters Monday that guard Kobe Bryantwill play approximately 30-40 minutes in the team's season opener against the Rockets on Tuesday, Kevin Ding of the Bleacher Report reports. However, he could cut Bryant's minutes down from anywhere between 25-40 minutes per game the following night against the Suns on Wednesday.
Bryant returned from Achilles surgery, but had his 2013-14 campaign cut short because of a fractured lateral tibial plateau. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in six games.
The club just wants Bryant to receive extra rest prior to the start of the regular season. The Lakers opener is Tuesday night.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant says he's ready for preseason opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/30/2014)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he has "no reason to think" he would not play in the team's preseason opener against the Nuggets on Oct. 6, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Bryant returned from Achilles surgery, but had his 2013-14 campaign cut short because of a fractured lateral tibial plateau. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in six games.
Byron Scott getting close to finalizing starting five
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/10/2014)Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News Wednesday he has penciled in four of the five spots for the team's starting lineup, with only the small forward spot left the fill.
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.
"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.
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
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).
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.
Bryant has not played this season and is more than seven months removed from an Achilles injury. The Lakers will have two more days of practice before Friday's contest against the Kings. Head coach Mike D'Antoni has yet to rule out Bryant for the game.
"We don't want to jump the gun," D'Antoni said. "We don't know. Obviously we'll see how he feels tomorrow and he has to go through the practice tomorrow. Then we'll see how he feels Thursday and we'll go through practice Thursday. We'll see if he's able, but like I said, today he looked good."
Kobe Bryant participates in shooting drills Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (12/1/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant participated in shooting drills Sunday, though he still has not been cleared for game action, ESPN Los Angeles reports. The earliest Bryant will return from his torn Achilles tendon is Friday.
Kobe Bryant could make debut Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/1/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryantcould make his season debut as early as Friday against the Kings in Sacramento, according to a report from ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday.
Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, will have a full week of practice after Sunday's game against the Blazers. Head coach Mike D'Antoni has not ruled him out for Friday against Sacramento if Bryant completes a full week of practice without any setbacks.
"I don't want to anticipate anything," D'Antoni said. "Those are days that he can work and see, re-evaluate how he feels after the three days and then make a decision going forward.
Kobe Bryant still 'weeks' away from season debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (11/26/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters in a press conference before Tuesday's loss to the Wizards that he's "probably weeks" away from making his season debut. Bryant, who recently signed a contract extension, is more than seven months removed from an Achilles injury.
"I need some more practices to kind of be able to measure it and test it and some of the limitations that I had in the first couple of practices, kind of come back and see if they're still there, if they're not," Bryant said, per ESPN.
Kobe Bryant signs two-year contract extension
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11/25/2013)The Lakers announced Monday morning guard Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension. Terms of the contract were not released, per team policy.
"This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization," general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens. To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come."
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/25/2013)The Lakers are hitting the road for three games after defeating the Kings at home Sunday, and guard Kobe Bryant and center Chris Kaman will both travel with the team, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Bryant is considered "iffy," while Kaman's status is day-to-day. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed after Sunday's game that guard Kobe Bryant will not play in the team's next game Tuesday in Washington, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Kobe Bryant likely out through road trip
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/23/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is unlikely to make his debut Sunday against the Kings, as he continues to work his way back from Achilles surgery. Bryant was able to run and shoot Saturday, but did not participate in the team's light practice session.
According to the Los Angeles Times, there remains no timetable for Bryant's return to the floor. Coach Mike D'Antoni did at least give a hint as to his possible return after practice Saturday, saying it would be "very hard" for Bryant to play on the team's upcoming road trip, which runs through Friday against the Pistons.
No Friday debut for Kobe Bryant
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/22/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not participate in shootaround Friday, and will not be making his much-anticipated season debut that night against the Warriors. Bryant, who is recovering from Achilles surgery, still doesn't have an official timetable for his expected return, after being cleared to practice without limitation last week.
Coach Mike D'Antoni told the Los Angeles Times he isn't sure when Bryant will return, but did not that the schedule, which has the Lakers on the road for three of the next five games, likely won't play a part in that decision.
"He just wants to play whenever he’s ready and whether it falls at home or away I don’t think it will matter," D'Antoni said.
Kobe Bryant sits out practice Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/21/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not participate in practice Thursday, with the team calling him "a little sore" after working out the last two days.
With the Lakers being cautious with their superstar, it seems unlikely he'll make his return Friday against the Warriors. He is wroking his way back from a torn Achilles suffered in April.
Kobe Bryant feels good after Tuesday practice
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/20/2013)Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni revealed Wednesday that guard Kobe Bryant felt good and didn't suffer any setbacks after Tuesday's practice, the team announced.
Bryant remains questionable for Friday's game against the Warriors, but it wouldn't be surprising if he took part in a few more practices before hitting the floor on game day after recovering from an injury as serious as a torn Achilles.
Kobe Bryant cleared for full practice
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/18/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fully cleared to participate in practice without limitations over the weekend, clearing the final official hurdle for his return to the court. That doesn't mean Bryant will play in the team's next game -- Friday against the Warriors -- but it means the only thing standing between him and playing in a game is his own willingness.
According to BleacherReport.com, Bryant will put his Achilles and ankle to the test in full-scale practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before determining when he might return. Bryant spent extensive time with his foot in a boot over the offseason while recovering, which means he still has to get full range of motion back in his ankle.
"Side-to-side wasn’t too bad actually, it was kind of explosiveness, getting by guys, going to my right side where I had to push off with my left, and regaining the strength in the calf," Billups said Sunday. "Honestly, my strength isn’t all the way there but it’s possible they say it never will be, but you get enough back to do what you do. That's one of the bigger challenges"
Billups suffered the same injury in 2011-12 at a similar age, and needed a year to return to playing every day. Bryant suffered his injury in mid-April, putting him around seven months removed.
Kobe Bryant likely to practice Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/17/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did some shooting Sunday and is likely to practice Tuesday, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. He will not play in Sunday's game against the Pistons, but could be available for game action soon.
Bryant is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in mid-April.
Kobe Bryant returns for first practice
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/16/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (Achilles) practiced for the first time Saturday, as first reported by Yahoo.com. He took part in team drills, but the team did not run any full-court scrimmages in his first session.
There remains no official timeline for Bryant's return to action, though he did tell NBA TV Friday he could play if it were the playoffs. In the past, he has told reporters he hopes to return to game action within two weeks of his first practice, though he still has to put his recovery to the test in full contact workouts.
Bryant has not played since tearing his Achilles April 13.
D'Antoni: No Thanksgiving return for Kobe Bryant
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/15/2013)In the offseason, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (Achilles) expressed hope that he would be able to get back on the floor by the start of the regular season. Three weeks into the season, however, there remains no timeline for his return. As coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters Friday, the team does not expect Bryant back before Thanksgiving, which is two weeks away.
"He hasn't got any practice yet, so it would be tough," D'Antoni said, via the Los Angeles Times.
Bryant continues to work his way back from surgery, but has not been cleared to make sharp cuts or work out with the team. He has mostly focused on rehabilitation and conditioning at this point.
Lakes don't expect Kobe Bryant back within next two weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (11/10/2013)Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated Sunday that he doesn't expect to get guard Kobe Bryant back on the court within the next two weeks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
"Clearly we don't know what this team is all about until Kobe gets back, and when he gets back, how is he going to play?" Kupchak said. "I know he's going to come back competitive. I know he's going to be productive. But that's when we're going to find out what kind of team we have."
Bryant is working his way back from an Achilles tear suffered in April.
Kobe Bryant progessing, out at least one more week
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/8/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed his first chance to face off against former teammate Dwight Howard Thursday, but he almost certainly won't miss his team's next game against the Rockets. That's because the Lakers don't see the Rockets on the schedule again until Feb. 19 at Staples Center.
"I hope so," Bryant told ESPN.com Thursday. "Barring any major setbacks."
Bryant has yet to be cleared to play due to Achilles surgery, but his current timeline seems to indicate a return far sooner than February. Bryant has been working out multiple times every day as part of his conditioning, as he tries to work his way back into game shape following a see off. He even offered a hint as to when he might be ready to return.
Bryant told reporters he is two weeks into his "rigorous conditioning" work, a training regimen he estimated would take three weeks total before he was ready to return to the court.
"I've been pushing pretty hard, man," Bryant said. "A lot of running. When you're sitting on your ass for so long, man, the hardest thing is the conditioning and getting back and playing at a high level. Being able to run and play at a high level for 48 minutes is tough, man. You really got to push yourself conditioning wise to get in shape."
Bryant is still mostly running in a straight line, and has not really begun cutting off the surgically-repaired Achilles. Kobe has not begun basketball activities, and ruled himself out until at least the team's game against the Grizzlies Nov. 15, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kobe Bryant still needs three weeks of conditioning
The Lakers have not set an official timetable for his return.
Kobe Bryant to receive $24.3 million from Lakers Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (10/31/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will receive 80 percent of his salary from the team Friday as per the terms of his contract, the Los Angeles Times reports. The balloon payment from the Lakers comes to $24,363,044.
Bryant will be paid the remainder of his salary -- roughly $6.1 million -- in regular payments throughout the season. He still has no firm timetable for his return.
Kobe Bryant will need 2-3 weeks of practice before returning
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (10/29/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports Tuesday that he'll likely require 2-3 weeks of practice before he can make his season debut. Head coach Mike D'Antoni also told reporters earlier in the week that he would need a few weeks to practice.
"That sounds about right," Bryant said. "We haven't had that conversation, but that sounds about right."
Bryant had to scale back his conditioning to let his Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure last week. D'Antoni ruled him out definitively for the start of the season.
Kobe Bryant ruled out for season opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (10/26/2013)Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni ruled guard Kobe Bryantout definitively for the season opener Tuesday against the Clippers, ESPN Los Angeles reports Friday. Bryant is six months removed from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles and remains without a timetable to return this season.
Lakers in talks with Kobe Bryant on extension
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (10/25/2013)The Lakers have begun talks with Kobe Bryant's representatives on a contract extension and expects a deal to be completed before he can become a free agent at the end of next season, executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss told ESPN Los Angeles on Friday.
Bryant is on the final year of his current deal, which he's expected to earn $30.5 million this season. The 35-year-old is six months removed from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles and remains without a timetable to return this season.
"I want to put an end to any speculation that we would allow Kobe to become a free agent," Buss said. "That's not going to happen. Kobe is a top priority for us. He's a Laker legend and always will be. I don't think we're done winning championships with him yet."
Kobe Bryant scales back conditioning
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (10/24/2013)Less than a week away from the season opener, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told the Los Angeles Daily News Thursday that he had to scale back his conditioning to let his Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure. Bryant, who is six months removed from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles, has been anxious to practice with a ball in his hands despite not being near 100 percent.
"Injuries to the lower extremities can always lead to something else," Bryant said. "It's not about waiting until I'm 100 percent necessarily. But it's about making sure you're running with the proper gate. We're not putting stress on other areas that can cause problems down the road."
The Lakers have not established a timetable for Bryant's return, leaving his status uncertain for the start of the season.
Kobe Bryant still working his way back
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (10/18/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continues to rehab from Achilles surgery with an eye on opening night against the Clippers, but he is starting to run out of time. And the team's official website quoted him as saying he still has some hurdles in his recovery, with 11 days left before the season opener.
"I can't quite push all the way through yet, but it’s coming along fine," Bryant said Friday. "It feels all right."
Bryant is still just six months removed from surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles, a procedure that can require up to nine months to recover from. He was recently cleared to run at full weight, but it is not clear if he is nearing a return to practice. Bryant is also working his way into playing shape after being off his feet for months over the summer.
Kobe Bryant's recovery hitting the next level
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (10/10/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is back from Germany after undergoing a treatment on his knee, and he is nearing the final stages of his recovery from Achilles surgery. According to ESPN.com, Bryant has been given "the green light" to begin increasing his workout activity, though he still has no timetable for his possible return.
"I just keep it all open right now," Bryant said Wednesday. "I don't know why you guys are so hell-bent on timelines. It's like the most ridiculous thing to me. It's entertaining. When I'm ready, I'm ready."
Bryant has been able to run while bearing his full body weight on a treadmill, as he works on getting his body back into shape. He has also specifically focused on strengthening the Achilles as part of the rehab process.
"I do a lot of calf raises during the day, just trying to get it as strong as possible and constantly pushing the flexibility of it, the mobility," said Bryant.
Bryant has all but ruled out a return during preseason action, as he thinks he needs at least three weeks before he can be in playing shape. He will also have to feel comfortable jumping and landing on the foot, a more difficult process to pin down.
"I'll feel comfortable getting out there and jumping and I won't feel like I have 'Bambi' legs or anything like that where my mobility is limited when taking off," he said. "So, I'll know then."
Kobe Bryant back from Germany
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (10/8/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (Achilles) has returned from Germany and rejoined teammates Tuesday for a game in Ontario, ESPN reports. Bryant had another round of PRP therapy in Germany.
It is not clear if this will impact Bryant's recovery from his torn Achilles, but there remains no timetable for his possible return at this point.
Kobe Bryant set for overseas knee procedure
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (10/3/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continues to rehab from Achilles surgery, but that is not the only concern for him at this time. The team announced Wednesday Bryant has left the country to undergo a procedure on his right knee, similar to the one he had done in 2011.
Bryant will have an Orthokine procedure done on his right knee, which is similar to platelet-rich plasma therapy. He may also undergo the procedure on his ankle, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It is not clear if this will impact Bryant's recovery from his torn Achilles, but there remains no timetable for his possible return at this point.
Steve Nash: Kobe back before Thanksgiving
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (10/1/2013)Lakers guard Steve Nash said Tuesday that he expects guard Kobe Bryant to return to action at some point between the start of the year and Thanksgiving, Yahoo! Sports reports.
That said, Bryant continues to target the season opener, though he remains without an official timetable to return from Achilles surgery.
No timeline for Kobe Bryant still
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/25/2013)Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak spoke with reporters Wednesday, and one of the main topics of conversation was obviously the recovery of guard Kobe Bryant from Achilles surgery. Kupchak expressed optimism about Bryant's overall recovery, but does not know if he will be available when the season opens against the Clippers Oct. 29.
"No real expectations," Kupchak said. "I do believe he'll get back and he'll play this season. You won't be able to tell."
There is no timeline for Bryant's return at this point, and it is unlikely he will be able to return in time for the opener. Bryant will be just under seven months removed from his injury on opening night.
Bryant has yet to be cleared to run at full speed while bearing his full weight, having been limited to 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. InsideSoCal.com reported earlier in the week Bryant is a "few weeks away" from taking that next step.
Bryant "shattered" recovery timetable
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/6/2013)Though it is not yet clear if he will be able to return by the start of the regular season, all indications are that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's recovery from a ruptured Achilles is progressing faster than expected. Bryant told NBA.com he is already able to walk and lift weights, and is well ahead of schedule in his recovery. The surgical procedure was different and because of that the recovery has been different, Bryant told reporters while in China. The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, weve shattered that. Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, Im lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and thats different. So we dont know what that timetable is going to be. Its kind of new territory for us all. Bryant suffered the injury in April and was initially expected to be out six to nine months as a result of surgery.
Bryant making steady progress
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant provided another update of his recovery from a torn left Achilles when he tweeted a picture of himself standing on his left foot without the help of a walking boot. Foot on the ground! Bryant wrote on Twitter before posting a picture on his Instagram account. Bryant is expected to be sidelined anywhere between 6-12 months with his injury.
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had the stitches removed from the back on his left foot Tuesday morning. Bryant, who is two weeks removed from undergoing surgery to repair his torn left Achilles, also reiterated that he is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp next October. "It's a sneaky injury in the sense that I don't feel any pain. None," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times. "There's no pain there, there's no stiffness or anything like that. Sometimes I forget I'm injured and I stand up and I go to put weight on it and I catch myself. It's one of those injuries where you just have to keep it in the front of your mind at all times and be patient."
Bryant out of cast
(4/24/2013)The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant announced via Twitter on Tuesday he is out of his cast. Bryant had surgery April 13 to repair his torn left Achilles. "Cast off today. I have zero swelling and virtually no pain. Boot now for a few months. I start therapy..." Bryant tweeted. The initial prognosis for his return is six to nine months after surgery. Both the Lakers and Bryant hope he'll be available in time for training camp. Bryant was injured April 12 in a victory over the Warriors.
Bryant out at least 6-9 months
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will miss 6-9 months of action with a third-degree tear of his Achilles, the Los Angeles Times reports. Bryant underwent successful surgery for the Achilles on Saturday and the team believes there is a chance he can be ready for the beginning of next season, according to trainer Gary Vitti. "It's a third-degree tear," Vitti said. "It's gone. Completely torn."
Bryant may have torn Achilles
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013)The Lakers announced guard Kobe Bryant most likely tore his left Achilles following Friday's win over the Warriors. Bryant's left foot seemed to give out on him late in the fourth quarter of the 118-116 defeat and he immediately took himself out of the game. He finished with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists prior to leaving the contest and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday. "I can't walk. I've never had to deal with something like this," Bryant said. He then responded with "MRI, surgery and then recovery," when asked what the next step would be for him.
Bryant still carrying Lakers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013)With the Lakers' playoff hopes still in the balance, Kobe Bryant has been taking it upon himself to will the team to victories down the stretch. Bryant played 48 minutes Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, the fourth time in the last six games that he has played at least 47 minutes. Bryant had arguably his finest performance of the season, scoring a season-high 47 points, while filling up the stat sheet well. Bryant added eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and four blocks, while turning the ball over just once, in a 113-106 win.
Bryant notches triple-double
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Lakers guard Kobe Bryant notched his 19th career-triple double during Tuesday's contest against the Mavericks. Bryant finished with 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the 101-81 win on 8 of 18 shooting from the field. He did miss on all three of his attempts from downtown, but did add four steals and two blocks to his stat line, while logging 47 minutes. Bryant's last triple-double came back on November 18 against the Rockets.