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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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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

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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

Kobe Bryant (knee) said he'd be fine with losing some playing time.

"I don't think it's a big deal," Bryant said. "The misinterpretation is I'm hellbent on playing. No, I'm hellbent on winning." After two consecutive seasons with a ton of injuries, Kobe could lose some of shots and play-making chances. Still, he'll likely be very busy and potentially could turn in first-round value. He's shaping up as a risk-reward pick in the third or fourth round of standard drafts.
Sep 29 - 8:06 PM

Kobe Bryant described during a recent interview how he perfected his fadeaway jump shot by watching a video of a cheetah hunting.

"When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you'll notice my leg is always extended," said Bryant. "I had problems making that shot in the past. It's tough. So one day I'm watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it's cutting a sharp angle. And that's when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?"
Source: SB Nation
Sep 28 - 12:02 PM

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak stated that Kobe Bryant is now without a noticeable limp, but there will be a "management" of his minutes this upcoming season.

Kupchak also included that Bryant may be rested for certain games, but coach Byron Scott will have the final say. Both Kupchak and Scott have made it clear this offseason that they will play it safe with Kobe for the 2014-15 season, that his minutes will be limited, and that he's likely to sit out of some back-to-back sets. Bryant is 36-years-old and coming off a season in which he only made it through six games, and didn't exactly dazzle during those outings. The Black Mamba will be a risky late-early round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 5:16 PM

Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

"I see a guy who’s going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I’m glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him.
Sep 15 - 3:16 PM

Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 11 - 3:46 PM

Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

"[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft.
Source: scpr.org
Sep 8 - 2:53 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be a fantasy asset. He's the epitome of a risk-reward pick.
Sep 1 - 6:52 PM

Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I’ve ever seen."

"I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds." Kobe is a risk-reward player that could settle into the late-early or middle rounds based on how he looks in the preseason.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day.
Aug 26 - 1:53 PM

Kobe Bryant trash-talked LeBron James after "The Decision" via text message.

Fresh off bringing the Lakers' franchise their second consecutive title in 2010, Bryant was perturbed that the headlines were instead dominated by LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. So, in Kobe fashion, Bryant sent LeBron a text that went like this: "Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we're going to win the championship. Don't worry about it." LeBron then went on to make four consecutive Finals appearances, and brought two championship trophies to the Miami organization, but you got to love Bryant's competitiveness.
Aug 25 - 6:49 PM

Kobe Bryant said his body can't do the things it used to be able to do in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week.

He said he will have to learn what his body can do and he'll also have to be sharper on the court. Also in the interview, Dr. Alan Beyer had some comments on Bryant's recovery. "I think we're going to see a better Kobe Bryant than we've seen in the last couple of years because he's had time to rest and rehabilitate," said Beyer. Kobe actually had a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2013, so it would be a major feat for him to play that well. If he slips in your draft, don't be afraid to take a chance.
Aug 23 - 10:18 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Steve Nash
2Jeremy Lin
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Jordan Clarkson
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis