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Kobe Bryant | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 212
College: None
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The Lakers confirmed on Friday that Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn right rotator cuff.
The team will take the weekend to decide if the Hall of Fame guard will require surgery. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports that Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season. Bryant seems to be in good spirits and even tweeted, "This is what happens when I pass too much!" Wayne Ellington will get to start and Jordan Clarkson gets in the rotation while the usage rates of Nick Young, Jeremy Lin and Wes Johnson will rise. Jan 23 - 4:07 PM

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The Lakers are expecting Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to miss the rest of the season due to a torn rotator cuff, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

The announcement will likely come at some point today to make it official, but the Lakers may take the weekend to decide on his treatment. Bryant hasn't been able to complete the last three seasons of his career due to an Achilles injury in 2012-13, a knee injury in 2013-14, and now this shoulder issue this season. He is still going to be under contract for next year and chances are he'll be back. For now, the Lakers will likely add another wing on a 10-day deal while Wayne Ellington starts. Expect Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson to play more. Unfortunately, Kobe can be dropped in all redraft leagues once the official word comes.
Jan 23 - 2:37 PM

The Lakers organization fears that Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff in right shoulder) will need season-ending surgery, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

The team will evaluate him on Friday and will likely make an announcement at some point. Bryant has been playing through his right shoulder issue for most of the season and he made it worse on Wednesday. Wayne Ellington will start for the foreseeable future while Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson will also benefit.
Jan 22 - 11:28 PM

Kobe Bryant's MRI results revealed a tear of his right rotator cuff.

Not good. Bryant is flying home from San Antonio as we speak and he is expected to be examined by team doctors on Friday morning. Owners shouldn't do anything drastic until we hear all the details, but Bryant could potentially be looking at some serious time on the sidelines. The Lakers are also currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them shut Bryant down for the season even if the injury somehow isn't as serious as initially thought. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will all see an increase in value with this news. Stay tuned.
Jan 22 - 3:33 PM

Kobe Bryant had an MRI on his shoulder but the Lakers won't release the results until Thursday evening.

Well this news isn't going to ease the nerves of Bryant's owners, as this leaves us with more questions than answers. Bryant obviously didn't practice on Thursday, and if we had to guess there is not much of a shot that he plays on Friday against the Spurs. However, until we get any additional information, there is no need to speculate and we will be sure to pass along any further information as soon as it is made available. Should the Mamba miss any time, Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington will all benefit. Stay tuned.
Jan 22 - 2:19 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is set to have an MRI on Thursday.

Bryant tweaked his shoulder during a dunk in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans, but downplayed the severity of his injury after the game. "I’ve played with a torn labrum before. I’m not too concerned about it," Bryant said. The Mamba said he wasn't sure if he'll be able to play against the Spurs on Friday, so his owners will want to check back for more updates. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all be in line for more minutes if Bryant misses any time.
Jan 22 - 10:45 AM

Kobe Bryant returned to action for the Lakers on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes.

He asked out of the game at one point and headed to the locker room once the game was decided to get treatment on his shoulder. The good news is that he played and didn't shoot it like he was wearing a blindfold. The bad news is that he'll remain day-to-day until further notice as a season shutdown looks probable at some point.
Jan 21 - 11:28 PM

Kobe Bryant (rest) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He has sat out of the last two game in order to get some additional rest due to general soreness all around his body, so he should be feeling pretty fresh for this contest. Bryant will likely only see around 30 minutes of playing time, but he should still be considered a must-start player when active. Coach Byron Scott also added that Bryant will remain on a minutes limit for at least the next 10-15 games, and said that he may continue to sit him out some nights. This doesn't bode well for Bryant's outlook going forward, and it looks like his owners will see plenty more DNPs before the season is over. Wayne Elllington will shift to the bench with this news and loses almost all of his short-term value.
Jan 21 - 1:20 PM

Kobe Bryant did not practice on Tuesday, and he is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

We'll have a better idea of Bryant's status following Wednesday's shootaround, but it's worth noting that head coach Byron Scott thinks he will play. However, if he is forced to sit, look for Wayne Ellington to draw another start, with Wes Johnson, and Nick Young seeing an uptick in value.
Jan 20 - 2:16 PM

Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

This will be his eighth game missed in his last 15. It's still a little surprising to see Bryant sit this much considering the clock is ticking on his career. With Mamba out, Wayne Eillington will start while the Lakers will count on Wes Johnson and Nick Young more tonight.
Jan 19 - 2:29 PM

Kobe Bryant will travel with the Lakers for their three-game road trip, but head coach Byron Scott hasn't yet determined how much he will play.

The Lakers have games on Monday (vs. Phoenix), Wednesday (vs. New Orleans), and Friday (vs. San Antonio), and Kobe should be considered questionable for all of them. Owners will likely need to confirm Kobe's status before the tip-off of each of those games, and people with their eyes on daily formats should look towards Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Wayne Ellington for production when Kobe sits.

Kobe Bryant said on Saturday that he has contemplated retiring early from basketball.

"I’d be lying if I said that it hasn’t crossed my mind," Bryant said when asked about potentially retiring early. This would be a major surprise and it would be incredibly sad to see one of the greatest players of this generation walk away from the sport with one more year left on his contract. To be clear, it's still unlikely that Bryant would retire early considering he has shown that he has some gas left in the tank, but he has struggled to stay on the court as he battles soreness all over his body. Bryant is currently doubtful for Monday's game as he may opt to get some extra rest, so we will pass along further updates as needed.
Jan 18 - 9:09 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) is listed as doubtful to face the Suns on Monday.

He rested the second half of a back-to-back on Friday and it would appear he's not going to play on MLK Day. The Lakers' offense was completely out of rhythm against the Jazz on Friday with their starting unit only scoring 41 points. If Bryant is indeed out, Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington should benefit the most.
Jan 17 - 3:28 PM

Kobe Bryant said after Thursday's loss to the Cavs that he would accept a shutdown if that's what management wanted to do.

"I will do what they ask of me, but it's very, very hard for me to miss one game," said Bryant. "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." While head coach Byron Scott maintains that he and his staff have not actively talked about shutting Kobe down, he admits that if the Lakers are out of the playoff race in March, they will seriously consider shutting down the Mamba. Owners of Bryant should seriously consider selling high.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 8:51 AM

Kobe Bryant handed out a career-high 17 assists against the Cavs during a 109-102 loss on Thursday, adding 19 points, six rebounds and three 3-pointers on 7-of-14 from the field. Additionally, he will not play against the Jazz on Friday.

He had his double-double at halftime and the Lakers played him at point guard down the stretch. Bryant was playing 35 minutes per game before coach Byron Scott had a revelation of that being too much, so he'll be closer to 30 from here on out. He made just 5-of-31 (16.1 percent) in his previous two, so this was a big step in the right direction. His owners might want to sell high.
Jan 16 - 1:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ronnie Price
2Jeremy Lin
3Steve Nash
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Wayne Ellington
3Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
PF1Ed Davis
2Carlos Boozer
3Ryan Kelly
4Julius Randle
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Tarik Black