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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 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. Jul 27 - 8:17 PM
Source: NBA.com

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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

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant will play more small forward this season.

Scott spoke to reporters about trying to integrate D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, and Bryant into the Lakers offense and said he may use Kobe differently this year. "If we don't get another guard, then Kobe's in that mix," Scott said. "I'm kind of going through those scenarios. But not necessarily as far as who's starting and who doesn't. I think [Bryant] will play more three than two. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be." Scott said he thinks this strategy will help save Bryant's legs, but we still recommend letting another fantasy owner draft Kobe.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 11:12 AM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has been limited to doing lower body work, and has not yet begun shooting.

There's still a ways to go before the regular-season begins, and it's worth noting that he now has full range of motion in his shoulder. However, he has really struggled staying healthy the past three years, so his minutes will likely be held in check and he'll get his fair share of random rest days. Because of these factors, we'd recommend letting someone else deal with The Black Mamba on draft day.
Jul 9 - 8:13 PM

Unrestricted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and Kobe Bryant "didn't quite gel" at their meeting.

LMA reportedly "didn't quite get answers from Kobe we was seeking." The Lakers have a lot of attractive parts of their franchise, but it's really going to be hard to convince free agents to sign there with Kobe's $25 million on the books this upcoming season.
Jul 1 - 4:46 PM

Kobe Bryant will be part of the Lakers' pitch meeting to coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Bryant will be joined by coach Bryon Scott, GM Mitch Kupchak, team president Jeanie Buss, Lakers legend James Worthy, and a gaggle of other executives. Aldridge is meeting with at least six other teams, including the Spurs, so Kobe and the Lakers have their work cut out for them.
Source: USA Today
Jun 30 - 8:34 PM

Kobe Bryant said that he still hasn't made a decision on whether or not he will play beyond the 2015-16 season.

"It might be," Bryant said when asked if next season would be his last. "You gotta retire sometime. I'm not Benjamin Button, man." Bryant will be 37 when the season begins and he will be paid a league-high $25 million. The Lakers have done a great job rebuilding and now have three excellent young players to work with such as D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, but they will still need to add some pieces in free agency in order to be competitive in the Western Conference. On a side note, Kobe Bryant said that Larry Nance Jr. apologized to him for posting an insensitive tweet a few years back and Kobe said that it's water under the bridge.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 9:13 AM

Mitch Kupchak said that he asked Kobe Bryant if he was okay with his recent comments regarding Byrant's future and Kobe responded, "absolutely."

Kupchak has implied that next season will be Kobe's last, and given the way the last two years have played out, it's hard to disagree with that. However, things aren't completely official on that front, as Bryant has actually come out saying that he will retire after the 2015-16 season. However, with the Lakers still more than a few years away from competing for a championship, it would be surprising if Bryant stuck around for a rebuild.
Jun 19 - 1:01 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said Kobe Bryant's presence will not influence who the Lakers select at No. 2 overall.

"We're not going to pick a player because he can play with Kobe, likes Kobe or dislikes Kobe," Kupchak said. The GM also admitted Kobe has never been "great" with rookies, which is an obvious understatement. Whoever the Lakers select will be part of the Lakers' transition as the club looks to turn the page from the KB24 era and into a new age.
Jun 15 - 9:18 AM

Kobe Bryant weighed in on the 2015 NBA Finals during a recent interview, outlining what he believes the Warriors need to do to come out on top during Game 4.

"Golden State should win, but they can't play tentatively," Bryant said. "They can't play scared. You gotta play, you gotta step up and meet the challenge. And right now, Cleveland and LeBron [James], it seems like they want it a lot more. It seems like the game and this championship means a lot more to them. So if you're Golden State, you really have to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you step up to this challenge." Cleveland has been dictating the tempo of the game, and their defensive pressure has made the Warriors look out of sorts at times. We'll see if the Dubs can get back to their brand of basketball during Thursday's Game 4 in Cleveland.
Jun 11 - 6:38 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said he's hoping to be able to shoot within the next two months.

Following surgery on his right shoulder, Bryant said he's doing well in his recovery. "It's going very well, the strength of my shoulder is getting better and better by the day," Bryant said. "Hopefully I'll be shooting in a month, a month and a half, then I'll feel like a fish being put back into water." While Bryant seems to be on-track for training camp, the 36-year-old represents a risky draft day selection for fantasy owners and is better off left for another other to deal with.
Source: The Score
Jun 11 - 11:12 AM

Kobe Bryant told Lakers head coach Byron Scott that he felt encouraged with his surgically repaired right shoulder that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season.

The Lakers expect Bryant to be fully recovered in five months, so he should be good to go for the start of the 2015-16 season. However, health has been a major concern for Kobe through the past two years, as he's managed to play in a total of just 41 games over that span. Despite the apparent risk, his name will likely have people drafting him much higher than where he should go, so we'd recommend letting someone else deal with the debilitated Mamba on draft day.
May 29 - 12:44 PM

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him.
May 24 - 11:12 AM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

"I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 1:36 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Jordan Clarkson
3Dwight Buycks
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Lou Williams
3Jabari Brown
SF1Ryan Kelly
2Nick Young
3Anthony Brown
PF1Julius Randle
2Brandon Bass
3Tarik Black
4Larry Nance
C1Roy Hibbert
2Robert Sacre
3Robert Upshaw