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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 both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."
Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Dec 26 - 11:57 AM

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Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup.
Dec 26 - 12:08 AM

Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside.

Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

"It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly.
Dec 24 - 10:37 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench.
Dec 24 - 2:00 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, but he's expected to meet the Lakers in Chicago for Thursday's game.

Wayne Ellington will start in Kobe's absence, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin also getting more opportunities. Bryant has deferred the management of his minutes, DNPs and role to coach Byron Scott, and Scott said he intends to play Kobe around 32 minutes per game, down from his current 35 per game. More DNPs during back-to-back sets seem inevitable, and they're something Bryant's fantasy owners will have to live with -- if more rest leads to improved efficiency, the trade-off won't sting nearly as much.

Kobe Bryant was not a participant during shootaround, and head coach Byron Scott is unsure if he'll suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.

If Kobe is withheld from Tuesday's game, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all see boost in value. It's possible Ellington would be the one to slide into the starting lineup, as coach Scott likes Young coming off the bench, but Young would be free to jack up as many shots as he sees fit, and offers the most upside out of the group. Stay tuned.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he plans to reduce Kobe Bryant's workload.

Scott doesn't have a firm plan in place yet, but he admitted he's talked to Bryant about implementing some rest days. "You know him," Scott said of sitting Bryant. "It's real difficult. He's such a competitor. He wants to go out there and play every minute that he can. The mind is willing, but sometimes the body is not." There's a chance Bryant could sit out Tuesday's game and Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wes Johnson would see an uptick in fantasy value if that happens.
Source: ESPN LA
Dec 23 - 11:23 AM

Kobe Bryant was held out of practice on Monday and coach Bryon Scott has not decided on his status for Tuesday.

Kobe has been complaining about his body not being right, so there's a good chance he sits on Tuesday or at least one game this week. The Lakers have four games this week, so it still makes sense to start Bryant in weekly formats. If he's out Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will benefit.
Dec 22 - 3:32 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted after Sunday's game that he's fatigued and may soon miss a game to rest, saying, "I don't have much of a choice if [my] body is feeling the way it's feeling right now."

The Lakers can't feasibly contend for a playoff spot out West, and Kobe is owed a guaranteed $25 million next year, so a few precautionary DNPs seem inevitable as the season progresses. He shot 8-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in a seven-point loss on Sunday and Lakers coach Byron Scott agreed that L.A.'s resident superstar might need some rest. We'll keep a close eye on Kobe's status for games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week.
Dec 22 - 2:12 AM

Kobe Bryant shot just 8-of-30 in Sunday's loss to the Kings, adding five boards, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

If you thought the shooting was bad enough, Bryant managed to turn the ball over nine times and was clearly lumbering around the court. Bryant is without a doubt fatigued, and coach Byron Scott actually hinted that he might opt to rest him for a game soon. Owners may want to sell-high if they still can, because the Lakers are quickly heading for another lost season.
Dec 21 - 9:03 PM

Kobe Bryant struggled with fatigue in Friday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with just nine points, eight assists and eight boards in 35 minutes.

He also shot just 3-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over three times on the night. "I did not have my legs tonight," Kobe said. "It’s frustrating and I have to figure it out." While he will bounce back from this performance, it will be interesting to see how coach Byron Scott uses his star player down the stretch, especially with the Lakers rapidly falling out of the playoff race. However, Kobe will likely have to be dragged off the court before he sits out, and owners shouldn't have too many concerns just yet.
Dec 20 - 9:26 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) was not a participant during Thursday's practice.

He's fine and coach Bryon Scott is just giving him a prescribed rest day. He'll have a tough matchup vs. OKC on Friday, but remains a must-start option every time he's in uniform.
Dec 18 - 3:21 PM

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 8-for-26 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two three-pointers during Monday's loss to the Pacers.

Bryant also set the Lakers' franchise record for fouls during the game, but wasn't in any mood to celebrate the dubious distinction. "We couldn't throw the ball in the ocean sitting on a boat. Tonight was one of those nights," Kobe said. "Sometimes you've got to pat yourself on the back for such an atrocious job." We previously wrote that Kobe was returning top-40 value and his per-game numbers check in at top 50-90 in 8- and 9-cat leagues respectively. Our apologies for the error.
Dec 16 - 10:53 AM

Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Sunday, moving into third-place with 32,310 career points.

The Black Mamba's legacy is secured by five NBA championships, 16 All-Star appearances, a league MVP award and two Olympic gold medals, among other accolades. Overtaking MJ on the league's scoring list is a memorable achievement and the Wolves even paused the game in Minnesota to honor Kobe. His 25.4 points per game this season have been tainted for fantasy owners by lousy 38.7 percent shooting, an unfortunate reality which should improve as the season progresses.
Dec 14 - 9:59 PM

Depth Charts

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