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Kobe Bryant | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 205
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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The LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti was asked if he thought Kobe Bryant would remain healthy for the upcoming season and he responded: "You'd be crazy to bet against him."
Vitti also added that he believes LA will "play a style of basketball that is conducive to what Kobe’s body will allow him to do." The fact that we're still talking about the possibility of Kobe being an impact player for the 2014-15 season is a testament to what he's done throughout his career. Kobe suffered what to many athletes is a career ending injury when he tore his Achilles at the end of the 2012-13 season. He then made a delayed debut last season, but only made it through six games before fracturing his left knee, an injury that ended his 2013-14 campaign. Still, Kobe is not contemplating retirement, and has vowed to return for the upcoming season. And if this was any other athlete we'd be saying he's off the fantasy radar, but because he is "The Black Mamba," we'll consider him a risk/reward target with the potential to be amazing. Aug 1 - 4:41 PM

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Head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant has been working out with Wesley Johnson and Nick Young.

Scott added his team "better be ready to play some defense" this season. The Lakers had the third-worst defensive efficiency in the NBA last season and allowed the most field goals at the rim by a fairly wide margin. As for Bryant, he was at one point expected to be back in action in January, so he should be 100 percent when training camp comes around.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 28 - 9:31 AM

Kobe Bryant has offered his full support for new Lakers coach Byron Scott.

"[Scott] was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league," Kobe said. "We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years." Scott has 13 years of NBA head coaching experience, including four playoff appearances and two Eastern Conference championships, but he'll have his hands full with the Lakers' rebuilt roster. L.A. has not officially announced Scott as their coach, but he confirmed in an interview that it's only a matter of time.
Jul 27 - 6:47 PM

Kobe Bryant said he's "afraid" of life after basketball.

"You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time," Bryant said. He seems like a basketball lifer and may play beyond the two years of his current deal. Bryant should be 100 percent healthy coming into the 2014-15 season and is a decent risk-reward pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 21 - 9:49 AM

Kobe Bryant intends to meet with Carmelo Anthony following Anthony's meeting with the Knicks on Thursday.

Kobe was expected to be with the Lakers earlier for a meeting, but he couldn't make it on time. Melo and Bryant are close friends and he may have more power in persuading Anthony than any other Lakers' front-office guy. This meeting makes it less likely that we see Melo make his decision tonight.
Jul 3 - 5:16 PM

Kobe Bryant will be present when the Lakers host unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers will host Carmelo Anthony on a free agent visit Thursday and Bryant flew in from a European vacation late Wednesday night so that he could join the meeting. Kobe and Melo are long-time friends and the Lakers are hoping Bryant will be able to convince Anthony to come to Los Angeles and help rebuild the team with Bryant. Anthony has said he prioritizes winning a championship at this point in his career, however, so a decision to sign with the Lakers would seemingly fly in the face of that line of thought.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 3 - 10:21 AM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Thursday that Kobe Bryant (knee) is "fine."

"Obviously he has to prove that," Kupchak said. "He looks great." The Lakers' injuries last season were unprecedented in this era of hoops, but at least they were able to get Julius Randle out of it. Bryant has been taking in some World Cup action in Brazil and has recently said he's 100 percent. He could be a nice value pick in the early rounds of drafts after a disastrous 2013-14.
Jun 27 - 10:08 AM

Kobe Bryant said during a recent interview in Brazil that his knee is "100 percent" healthy.

He was in Brazil to watch the World Cup, but took a moment to address his health and the Lakers' prospects for next season. "We only have three players from last year's team signed to contracts ... we don't have a coach, so it's literally like starting from scratch," he said. "It [will be] a very, very tough season but what's life without a few challenges?" He seemed to include himself in the Lakers' search for a new coach, saying, "We're really going to take our time and pick the right person," which is worth noting since GM Mitch Kupchak has suggested he wouldn't consult Kobe during the search.
Jun 18 - 10:03 AM

Kobe Bryant responded directly to U.S. soccer coach Jürgen Klinsmann's criticism regarding his recent 2-year, $48.5 million contract extension.

"I thought it was pretty funny. I thought it was pretty comical actually," Bryant said. "I see his perspective. But the one perspective that he’s missing from an ownership point of view is that you want to be part of an ownership group that is rewarding its players for what they’ve done while balancing the team going forward. If you’re another player in the future and you’re looking at the Lakers organization, you want to be a part of an organization that takes care of its players while at the same time planning for the future."
Jun 16 - 4:33 PM

The Lakers plan to interview more head coach candidates than the five they've spoken to already -- Mike Dunleavy, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis and Byron Scott.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is expected to speak with Derek Fisher on the phone in the near future but it's unclear whether Fisher, who is also being courted by the Knicks, will be invited for an in-person interview. According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the five existing candidates are all still in the running.
Source: USA Today
Jun 3 - 2:41 PM

The Lakers have interviewed Kurt Rambis for their vacant head coaching position, and they'll meet with Alvin Gentry and Lionel Hollins later in the week.

L.A.'s pool of candidate seems to quickly be taking shape, and the emphasis on veteran coaches meshes with Kobe Bryant's desire to immediately compete for a championship. Whether that's feasible remains to be seen, as L.A. only has three players under contract for the 2014-15 season.
May 27 - 5:38 PM

The Lakers are looking for their next head coach to get the most out of Kobe Bryant's abilities, according to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak thinks that Kobe will be in full attack mode when he returns from his knee injury next season and even though the Laker won't consult Bryant as part of their coaching search, the Lakers' GM is looking for a coach to help maximize Bryant's production. "He's under contract for two more years, and we think he's a very integral part of this team," Kupchak said. "We have to make sure that whoever we hire as a coach can really get the most productivity out of him, whether it's scoring the ball or playmaking or the threat that he may score." Kupchak also added that Kobe "looks good" so far in the early stages of his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, so that's at least a small nugget of good news for Bryant's fantasy owners in dynasty leagues.
May 22 - 11:29 AM

Kobe Bryant (knee, Achilles) said his health is at "100 percent."

We'll believe it when we see it. He sustained a ruptured Achilles' tendon at the tail end of the 2012-13 season, and then made it through just six ineffective games of this season before fracturing his knee. They're extremely serious injuries for any athlete, let alone one that will turn 36 years old in August. Kobe's health will be worth watching closely throughout the summer.
May 9 - 9:46 AM

John Calipari once again said he will not be leaving the University of Kentucky.

Just before the National Championship game, former Kentucky player and current broadcaster Rex Chapman tweeted that Calipari to the Lakers was a done deal. Those rumors reignited when Mike D'Antoni resigned earlier this week. But we doubt there's anything real here, especially after the majority of Kentucky's players decided to spurn the NBA. Coach Cal will be the overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets next season. "Before it starts, I'm totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams. I wouldn't & couldn't leave this group!" Calipari tweeted Thursday.
May 2 - 10:25 AM

The Lakers will interview George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis as part of their search to replace outgoing head coach Mike D'Antoni.

These four veteran NBA coaches join a rapidly growing list of candidates that already includes Tom Thibodeau, John Calipari, Kevin Ollie and Derek Fisher. It will take a while to whittle down this pile of coaches and the team won't make any final decisions without consulting Kobe Bryant, so we can anticipate many more updates before a contract is signed.
May 1 - 4:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Steve Nash
2Jeremy Lin
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Jordan Clarkson
SF1Nick Young
2Wes Johnson
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
4Ed Davis
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre