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24 Kobe Bryant SG
Height/Weight: 6-6/212 | Birthdate: 8/23/1978 | Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA | Team: Los Angeles Lakers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 18 | Owned/Started%: 37/6 | Average Draft Position: 25.31
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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


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) As Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continues to progress from shoulder surgery, he said he plans on being avaialble when next season starts, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

"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.

Coach Byron Scott said he spoke with Bryant recently and requested he attend the team's home games, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"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'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) While making an appearance on ESPN's "The Grantland Basketball Hour," Kobe Bryant acknowledged that he requested a trade from the Lakers back in 2007, though a prospective deal never materialized.

"Chicago was my No. 1 choice," Bryant said.

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.


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony was considering joining the Lakers and Kobe Bryant this past offseason when he was a free agent, according to the New York Post.

"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.


Lakers' Kobe Bryant to meet with doctor on Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will meet with a doctor on Monday, according to ESPN.

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

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


Lakers' Kobe Bryant diagnosed with torn rotator cuff


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

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


Report: Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to miss remainder of season


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Report: Lakers fear Kobe Bryant needs season-ending surgery


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

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


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


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

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

Western Conference

Frontcourt:

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

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

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (795,121 votes)

Guards:

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

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

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

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt:

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

Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls (974,177 votes)

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

Guards:

John Wall, Washington Wizards (886,368 votes)

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (805,290 votes)

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


MRI shows torn rotator cuff for Lakers G Kobe Bryant


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Lakers SG Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to undergo MRI Thursday


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

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

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


Lakers' Kobe Bryant leaves early with shoulder issue


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

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

Bryant finished with 14 points. 


Kobe 'not stopping' until Rajon Rondo joins Lakers


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

The Lakers are 7 1/2-point underdogs.


Pelicans' Anthony Davis praises Kobe Bryant for being mentor


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

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

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