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Kobe Bryant | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 212
College: None
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Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.
Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified. Aug 29 - 6:27 PM
Source: NBA.com

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Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that Kobe Bryant will work something out with head coach Byron Scott regarding his minutes for the upcoming season.

Scott faced a lot of criticism last season for playing Bryant over 34 minutes per game last season, so they are obviously going to be a lot more cautious moving forward. Bryant recently started shooting again and is on track for training camp, but don't be surprised if he is eased back into action. This could be the Black Mamba's last season in the NBA, but fantasy owners should probably look the other way on draft day due to the health concerns.
Aug 29 - 9:57 AM

Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss said that he is open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season.

"We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," Buss said of this being Bryant's last season. "I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision." Bryant recently turned 37 and is on the last year of his contract, but it's still unclear what his true intentions are. As for fantasy, Bryant has had three major injuries in the past few seasons, so prospective owners should let him fall to the end of the middle rounds.
Aug 28 - 12:03 PM

Kobe Bryant expressed regret over his feud with Shaquille O'Neal.

During a recent podcast with Shaq, Bryant joined his former teammate in expressing regret over their feud. "Here’s the thing, though," Bryant said. "When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy...I was an idiot when I was a kid." While Bryant has matured on his views regarding O'Neal, he recently turned 37 years old and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 1:39 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) took some shots on Saturday.

This is a big step for him since his shoulder injury from last season. Bryant will be ready to go for the season and it'll be interesting to see how he fits with Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. As for his fantasy value, he basically has draft repellant on him and is only a mid-round pick.
Aug 22 - 10:14 PM

Kobe Bryant told USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo that he wants to "earn" a spot on the 12-man roster for the Rio Olympics.

"And so, he also mentioned to me in a private conversation that if he had his druthers, he would love to ride off into the sunset playing one more time and winning the gold medal," Colangelo said. "And that would be the end. But he was very quick to say, 'But, I don't want a spot. I need to earn the spot. I need to be capable of playing at that level to be considered.' And I said, 'You got that. That's always there for you, Kobe.'" Bryant will need to stay healthy in order to have a realistic shot at making the roster, but this could also be a sign that he is leaning towards retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 14 - 8:58 AM

USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo didn't rule out adding Kobe Bryant to the Olympic roster next year, saying, "It would be a great story."

Colangelo specified that there is "a lot of competition," and that Bryant would have to have "a great year" to crack the roster for the Rio Games. Bryant already has two Olympic gold medals, plus a gold from the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, and his addition to the 2016 roster seems like a longshot at best.
Aug 11 - 8:41 PM

Brandon Bass said that Kobe Bryant is still one of the best players in the league when he is healthy.

"When he is healthy he is a monster still," Bass said of Bryant. "If he is healthy he's right up there with the best players in the league, that's LeBron [James] or whoever the best players in the league are. When Kobe is healthy, 19 years in the game he is still elite." The biggest question surrounding Bryant is his health as he has suffered a major injury in each of his last three seasons. The expected move to small forward should keep his workload down, but Bryant is still a risky pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 7 - 9:44 AM

Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers can "absolutely" make the playoffs next season.

"Of course it can," Kobe said when asked if this Lakers team can make the playoffs. "Absolutely. We have talented players in their respective positions. We have some really young players. How exactly will the pieces of the puzzle fit? We really don’t know. We are going to [training] camp trying to piece this together just like every other team does. We have to figure out what our strengths are, figure out what our weaknesses are." Bryant is one of the most fierce competitors that the NBA has ever seen, so these comments aren't surprising. The Lakers will be relying on Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell to contribute right away, but it's still a tall task for their young core to compete for a playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference.
Aug 5 - 1:15 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said that he feels "extremely strong and healthy," and he's progressed to weight-lifting with his upper body.

All signs point to the Black Mamba being 100 percent for opening night. He's expected to play both SG and SF this season but the Lakers will almost certainly be conservative with his minutes this season, adding risk atop risk for fantasy owners contending with his age, mileage and recent injury history.
Aug 5 - 2:31 AM

Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti said that he is unsure how many minutes Kobe Bryant will play per game next season, but he said that his shoulder injury had nothing to do with his minutes last season.

"We don’t know. If he plays 25 minutes, there’s less chance he gets hurt than if he plays 35 minutes," Vitti said. "But the 35 minutes, in terms of the shoulder injury had nothing to do with it. I think Byron [Scott] is going above and beyond by taking the heat. If he played [Bryant] one minute more than he should have, or 10 minutes more, then OK. But the fact is that the injury was trauma-related. Somebody came down on his shoulder." The days of Bryant playing over 35 minutes per game are obviously going to come to an end, and the fact that he has suffered a major injury in each of his last three seasons means that he will be a risky player to target in fantasy.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 2:36 PM

Kobe Bryant said he hasn't decided if the 2015-16 season will be his last.

As the 36-year-old enters his 20th NBA season, he said he isn't sure when he'll hang them up. "We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before," Kobe said. "But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions." While the Mamba could still have some juice left, we're recommending to let another fantasy owner assume the risk that comes with selecting Bryant in the middle rounds of drafts.
Aug 4 - 12:32 PM

Kobe Bryant could play some power forward against smaller teams.

"With his tenaciousness, the way he guards people and when his mind is set, if I say ‘Kobe, you’ve got him,’ he takes that as a challenge," coach Byron Scott said. "You know how he is. He’ll compete." A lot of teams are using small power forwards now, so this really isn't a stretch. The Lakers aren't going to make him a four against someone like Zach Randolph. The Black Mamba is a risky target in the middle rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 8:17 PM

Kobe Bryant has expressed a willingness to play small forward for the upcoming season.

"I can do that," Bryant said to longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti when discussing the makeup of the current roster with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson occupying the backcourt. Can Kobe do it? "It's been a while since he's played. We just need to see," Vitti said.
Jul 27 - 10:28 AM

Kobe Bryant has yet to reach out to his new Lakers teammates.

While this is a bit of a non-story, it is one that is accompanied by a hilarious reaction from Bryant's new teammates in the link below. Brandon Bass, Roy Hibbert, and Lou Williams each gave a blank stare as their answer when asked if they'd been contacted by the Black Mamba. Bryant isn't exactly famous for nurturing relationships with teammates, so it will be interesting to see how he accepts the role of veteran leader on a rebuilding Lakers squad.
Source: ESPN L.A.
Jul 23 - 11:38 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Lou Williams
3Dwight Buycks
SG1Jordan Clarkson
2Nick Young
3Jabari Brown
4Michael Frazier II
SF1Kobe Bryant
2Ryan Kelly
3Anthony Brown
4Jonathan Holmes
PF1Julius Randle
2Brandon Bass
3Larry Nance
C1Roy Hibbert
2Tarik Black
3Robert Sacre