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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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Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers will play "smashmouth basketball" this season.
"We’re going to be smashmouth basketball," said Bryant. "That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical... We’re a grind it out team." With minimal improvements to the Lakers' roster this offseason, the Lakers could be in for another turbulent season. Kobe will have to score a lot of points for them to be relevant, but he has looked great so far over preseason. He's a true risk/reward pick in the early rounds of standard leagues. Oct 20 - 5:27 PM

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Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points on Sunday, making 7-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

He was serenaded with 'M-V-P' chants during the final minute of L.A.'s meaningless victory -- wins will be few and far between for the Lakers this year, so it's hard to begrudge their fans some preseason fun. Kobe is expected to play in L.A.'s final three exhibitions with his minutes slowly ramping up to test his regular-season conditioning.
Oct 20 - 12:20 AM

Kobe Bryant looked like his old self against the Jazz during a 119-86 loss on Thursday, making 10-of-23 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

The Lakers missed all five shots from beyond the arc tonight and also missed all three on Sunday. Bryant took exception to ESPN ranking him as the 40th best player in the league and said he's "known for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots." We have Kobe inside the top 40 for our rankings in standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 1:16 AM

Kobe Bryant made 3-of-13 field goals and finished an embarrassing 75-116 loss on Sunday with six points, one rebound and five assists.

He did have four steals and one block, and he was very active in 24 minutes of action, but the short-handed Lakers were brutally outmatched by the Warriors. Kobe is as healthy as he's been in years and he'll need a Herculean season to keep the Lakers out of the Western Conference's cellar, and his ADP has crept north of 30 thanks to his impressive preseason.
Oct 13 - 12:10 AM

Kobe Bryant looked great again on Thursday with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

He had a great strip of Stephen Curry and went coast-to-coast for the dunk in the first half. Bryant said in an interview on NBATV that his knee and Achilles injuries aren't even in his head when he's out there, so we should probably believe him based on his performance in the preseason so far. He's probably going to cost you a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts.
Oct 10 - 1:20 AM

After scoring 13 points in Tuesday's exhibition, Kobe Bryant said he's healthier than he has been for "three years."

Bryant made it through training camp without any setbacks and he looked great in his first preseason game, so fantasy owners can feel more comfortable targeting him at the turn of the second and third rounds.
Oct 7 - 6:16 PM

Kobe Bryant looked like he didn't miss any time at all against the Nuggets on Monday, making 5-of-12 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds, five assists and three turnovers.

He had the turnaround fadeaway working tonight and had a couple fancy dimes along the way, too. Bryant was the focal point of the offense while he was out there and he didn't look like he lost a step. We don't want to totally overreact, but it's hard not to after tonight's game. He moved himself into the conversation as a late-second round pick in fantasy leagues.
Oct 7 - 12:54 AM

Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant may play more small forward with Nick Young (thumb surgery) out until at least mid-November.

Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson and Xavier Henry are also candidates to absorb more minutes until Young's return, and Ryan Kelly could also get a foothold in the rotation. Kobe has been operating below the FT line extended during recent practices, where beat writer Mike Trudell says he's been "dominating." It's early, but so far Kobe isn't showing any signs of lingering discomfort from last year's season-ending knee surgery.
Oct 5 - 4:50 PM

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both participated in the Lakers' scrimmage for the second-consecutive day.

This is an encouraging sign as the Lakers hope to have their veteran back court healthy for as much of the year as possible. Both have reportedly been looking good in full-court drills and scrimmages. Potential fantasy owners should still be weary of Nash, but the return on Kobe could be worth his late-second, early-third round price tag.
Oct 2 - 5:35 PM

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both started with the first unit in Wednesday's scrimmage, and looked great according to coach Byron Scott.

"I love what I saw with Kobe and Steve," said Scott after the practice. "Steve impressed me and Kobe impressed me." This is good news for both players, but we trust Kobe a lot more than Nash this season. Wes Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill filled out the first unit starters for the Lakers today.
Oct 1 - 10:14 PM

Kobe Bryant went through practice on Wednesday.

There were some reports that he would not be available, but he must have been able to persuade coach Byron Scott. Bryant plans to play in all eight games and he will be worth watching to see if he can get over his last two leg injuries. For what it's worth, he did have a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2012-13.
Oct 1 - 4:42 PM

Coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant plans on playing in all eight preseason games this month.

Kobe is looking to get the rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready for the regular season. There is some talk of his minutes coming down, but Bryant should still be around 32 per game. If he can stay healthy, he'll be well worth the third-round ADP. Of course, that's the risk you take.
Sep 30 - 9:18 PM

Kobe Bryant "looked good and said he felt great" during Tuesday's practice, according to coach Byron Scott.

Kobe is ready to go for the Lakers' season opener, and Scott said recently that he optimistically expects Bryant to play in all 82 games while averaging 23-24 points. The 18-year veteran is an obvious injury risk after playing in just six games last season, but his elite upside has him going in the third round of most fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 5:31 PM

Kobe Bryant (knee) is hoping that he'll be able to to retire when he chooses to retire.

Coming off serious achilles and knee injuries, the 36-year-old turned introspective after Yankee legend Derek Jeter's last game. "The biggest key for anybody in retirement is you always want to retire by choice," Bryant said. "Hopefully, I will be fortunate enough to have that option. You don't want to see another catastrophic injury or something like that. When you walk away, you want to feel like you walked away on your terms." Bryant is expected to be ready to start the regular season and serves as a high-risk, high-reward pick in the third or fourth round of standard fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 11:03 AM

Kobe Bryant fully expects to play in the Lakers' preseason opener on Oct. 6, after recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

The Lakers think Kobe can still average about 23 points per game and Kobe said on Monday that his emotions include a "little rage," according to Mike Trudell. "It's just trying to see if I can prove to myself that I can be myself, and all the words of doubt kind of adds to it." Bryant said. Additionally, coach Byron Scott said that he expects Bryant to play in all 82 games this season, according to Mark Medina. And if it happens, Kobe could be a fantasy steal this season. He was taken with the 29th pick in the recent Rotoworld Friends and Family industry draft.
Sep 29 - 10:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeremy Lin
2Steve Nash
3Ronnie Price
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Jordan Clarkson
3Wayne Ellington
4Jabari Brown
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
4Roscoe Smith
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis