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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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Byron Scott said that he doesn't intend to cut down on Kobe Bryant's minutes despite the fact that the Lakers own a record of 2-12, the worst in the Western Conference.
"I haven't thought about reducing his role," Scott said. "I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes." Scott seems to be content playing Bryant around 30 minutes a night, despite the fact that Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field. "I am concerned about his shooting percentage and shots so far, but so far as knowing him the way I've known him and how long he's played in this league, I'm not worried about him finding it." Kobe's minutes will be safe will Scott at the helm, but owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Nov 26 - 3:11 PM
Source: ESPN

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Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's confident Kobe Bryant can still play in the NBA.

Though Bryant has struggled to start the 2015-16 season, Scott said he isn't too concerned about the veteran. "Obviously he's struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that," Scott said. "So it's trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That's No. 1." Though Bryant is still capable of a big game here and there, he's hurting fantasy teams more than he's helping and isn't a must-own player in standard leagues.
Nov 26 - 11:39 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Wednesday.

It's a scheduled rest day for Bryant who logged 25 minutes during Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors. He has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's game against the Blazers, but with the Lakers scheduled for a back-to-back set Saturday vs. Portland and Sunday vs. Indiana, there's a chance he sits out one of those games. Kobe is shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field on the season, and he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Nov 25 - 5:12 PM

Kobe Bryant said he wasn't really all that worried about his current career-low shooting percentage (31.1 percent) following the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Tuesday, and added that he could be averaging 35 points per game if he really wanted to.

"I'm not really worried about it, honestly," Bryant said. "My shooting will be better. I could've scored 80 [Tuesday vs. Golden State]. It wouldn't have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We'd be what, 3-11? We've got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that's going to keep us in ballgames." Given that Kobe is currently shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field, he'd need roughly 50 shots a game to get to that 35 points per game averages, so he's right that that probably wouldn't be best for his team. He also missed a layup on his way to a 1-of-14 shooting performance Tuesday night, so 80 points seems a tad unrealistic.
Source: ESPN
Nov 25 - 9:27 AM

Kobe Bryant shot just 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's blowout loss against the Warriors, finishing with four points, six boards, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

In case you're wondering, it was the worst shooting performance of his career and some of his shots weren't close at all. Father Time is undefeated and the Black Mamba is his next victim, so his owners shouldn't be expecting too much out of him going forward.
Nov 25 - 1:21 AM

Kobe Bryant did not participate during shootaround, but he's still fully expected to suit up for Tuesday night's game against the undefeated Warriors.

Byron Scott is just giving Kobe as much rest as possible prior to tonight's game, but there's no reason to believe he won't be out there. The Dubs currently own the sixth-best defense in the league, so owners of Bryant can expect plenty of missed shots tonight.
Nov 24 - 3:20 PM

Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Monday and is still expected to play on Tuesday.

It's just a day off after Sunday and all signs point to him being ready to play against the Warriors. Bryant is not doing much on a per-game basis and is not a must-own player.
Nov 23 - 3:14 PM

In a recent SiriusXM interview, Kobe Bryant again hinted that he's likely to retire after the season.

"If something changes I'll come back and play next season. If something doesn't change this is it for me." Some pundits will try to use the quote to take shots at the Lakers, but Kobe is simply referring to himself and whether or not his body can handle another tour of duty. With nothing left to prove and the Lakers rebuild needing to move forward, it would be a surprise to see Bryant return for a potential 21st season.
Nov 23 - 9:12 AM

Kobe Bryant missed all five of his 3-point attempts and finished 6-of-22 from the field on Sunday, scoring 18 points with four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

Kobe scored a season-low 10 points on Friday despite logging 37 minutes, and he's logged 30+ minutes in six straight games despite Byron Scott's insistence that he'll give Kobe more rest. His jumpers are coming up short but he keeps firing away, and his 33.1 percent shooting is a huge drag in roto and head-to-head leagues.
Nov 23 - 12:14 AM

Kobe Bryant will start on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

Kobe played a season-high 37 minutes against the Raptors on Friday, but head coach Byron Scott made it clear that he will be more careful with his workload tonight. Expect him to play around 30 minutes, but his owners can safely activate him in lineups.
Nov 22 - 8:18 PM

Byron Scott said that he will try and do a better job of managing Kobe Bryant's minutes during Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.

Kobe played a season-high 37 minutes on Friday, but the high minute total for the future Hall of Famer still resulted in a loss for the Lakers. "If I want [Kobe] to play both those two games [Sunday vs. Portland and Tuesday vs. Golden State] and be effective," Scott said, "I have to put the minutes back down." Scott said that Kobe's minutes could again be in the 35-37 minute range on Tuesday, given that the team's light schedule this upcoming week, but his minutes will likely be in the low-30s on Sunday.
Nov 22 - 3:44 PM

Kobe Bryant played a season-high 37 minutes against the Raptors during a 102-91 loss on Friday, making 5-of-13 from the field for 10 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

Coach Byron Scott said he wouldn't get Kobe over 37 minutes, but he logged exactly 37:04 tonight. Bryant said he felt fine and said there was no difference between 27 minutes in a game and 37. He is expected to play on Sunday, but isn't a must-own player.
Nov 21 - 4:09 AM

Kobe Bryant (back, knee, shoulder) will play against the Raptors on Friday.

He took off on Monday to rest on the second half of a back-to-back set. Kobe has hinted that this could be his last season and it makes sense due to how much worse he's looked this year. He's not a must-own player.
Nov 20 - 3:24 PM

Byron Scott is planning on playing Kobe Bryant (back, knee) around his season average of 30.4 minutes per game against the Raptors on Friday.

Bryant logged 37 minutes against the Pistons on Sunday which is why he wasn't able to give it a go on Monday vs. the Sun, so expect the Lakers to be more cautious with the Black Mamba moving forward. Metta World Peace will head to the bench on Friday and can be dropped in almost all leagues.
Nov 20 - 10:24 AM

Kobe Bryant (back, knee) was limited during Thursday's practice, but he's still expected to play Friday against the Raptors.

Bryant got some shots up during Thursday's practice, but sat out the rest of it, which will be a common theme this season. Kobe's game is better suited for points leagues where his 33.6 percent shooting from the field becomes a negligible statistic.
Nov 19 - 3:36 PM