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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 hit just 5-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Memphis is one of the league's best teams and plays solid defense, especially with Tony Allen guarding Kobe at times tonight. Bryant's shooting has been a disaster this season, but he's still been highly productive. And the fact he hit 10-of-10 free throws could mean he's getting some leg strength back. But once the Lakers fall completely out of the playoff race, owners have to be concerned that he may shut it down for the season with a mysterious 'back injury.' With the Lakers playing so poorly, selling high on Kobe appears to be a forward-thinking plan. Nov 27 - 3:02 AM

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Coach Byron Scott said that he may try to trim a couple minutes off Kobe Bryant's current minutes allotment, as Kobe has been struggling with fatigue during the second half of games.

Kobe is currently averaging 35.7 minutes per game, but is also shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field. Scott is attributing some of those misses to fatigue, and while a minor reduction in minutes would have a minimal impact on Kobe's overall numbers, it could have a positive effect on his field goal percentage.
Nov 25 - 5:11 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he plans to rest Kobe Bryant in practice instead of cutting his minutes in minutes in games.

The Lakers really do not have a choice right now with Xavier Henry (Achilles) likely done for the season. Bryant has been taking shots at a ridiculous clip and is playing 35.7 minutes per game, but he's shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field.
Nov 24 - 4:13 PM

Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Saturday.

Coach Byron Scott said he had him rest for heavy legs. "He’s such a workaholic that sometimes it can hurt you more than help you. So I told him ‘I’ll see you Sunday,‘" Scott said. Bryant definitely looked like he needed the rest with he and Nick Young missing their first 12 shots in an embarrassing loss to the Mavericks on Friday. He'll be ready on Sunday against the Nuggets.
Nov 22 - 4:31 PM

Kobe Bryant made 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 29 points during a 98-92 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

He started off fine making 6-of-11 from the field before halftime, but things turned sour in the second half with miss after miss. Bryant's usage actually dropped to 37.3 after tonight with his 36.8 in the win, but he's still on pace to have one of the highest usage rates ever -- he has the record of 38.7 in 2005-06. Expect Kobe to take plenty of shots against the Mavericks on Friday.
Nov 20 - 3:21 AM

Kobe Bryant was in the groove vs. Atlanta on Tuesday, sinking 10-of-18 shots with three 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 28 points.

Bryant added four rebounds, three assists and one steal to round out his efficient performance. He leads the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game despite shooting a mere 37.7 percent from the field prior to tonight's stellar performance. He's over the flu that slowed him down this weekend and even Nick Young's return won't have a significant impact on Kobe's shot totals, which is good news for fantasy owners relying on his volume scoring.
Nov 18 - 10:06 PM

Kobe Bryant defended his volume shooting after the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

Bryant scored 44 points on 34 field goal attempts in just three quarters of action. "This responsibility, it's on me. When things go good, it's us. When things go bad, it's me." Kobe wants to get others involved, but his teammates, almost comically, just wait around and watch Kobe try to make something happen. Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer added the balance is currently off, but Kobe isn't being left many options given his underwhelming supporting cast.
Source: ESPN LA
Nov 17 - 9:34 AM

Kobe Bryant (illness) poured in a game-high 44 points on 15-of-34 FGs and 11-of-16 FTs in a futile effort vs. the Warriors on Sunday, adding five rebounds and three assists in just 31 minutes.

Bryant shot a career-worst 1-of-14 from the field in L.A.'s last game, but on Sunday he played like vintage Black Mamba -- the problem is that his teammates didn't follow suit, and their team defense was atrocious. The impending return of Nick Young should ease Kobe's workload, which is good news for the 36-year-old Bryant's durability and FG percentage (currently a career-low 36.7 percent).
Nov 17 - 12:22 AM

Kobe Bryant (illness) will be in the Lakers starting lineup vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

Byron Scott never doubted that his star would be in uniform, and this makes it official. Throughout his career Kobe has played well despite being under the weather, and owners should confidently deploy him in what should be a high-scoring contest between L.A. and Golden State.
Nov 16 - 7:03 PM

Kobe Bryant missed Sunday's shootaround with flu-like symptoms, but coach Byron Scott still expects him to play as the Lakers take on the Warriors.

"You would have to amputate his leg for him not to play [Sunday]," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "If he feels 20 percent better than he felt [Saturday] night, he’ll say ‘I’m good.’ I never scratch him out of anything except practice." Coach Scott is expressing a sentiment that the basketball world knows very well, as long as Kobe has two legs to stand on, he will compete on the basketball court. Check back for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off, but all signs are pointing towards The Black Mamba suiting up.
Nov 16 - 2:31 PM

Kobe Bryant (illness) is not at the morning shootaround, and is questionable to play on Sunday.

We are expected to get an update from coach Byron Scott shortly and we will update his status as soon as possible. The Black Mamba will likely still play as he is one of the toughest players in the league, but should he miss time expect the Lakers to use a committee approach to absorb his minutes.
Nov 16 - 2:00 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he expects Kobe Bryant (illness) to play on Sunday against the Warriors.

"You’d probably have to ampute his leg [to keep him out]," Scott said. Bryant has been dealing with a viral infection for at least the past two days. He was able to play through it on Friday and his fantasy owners can probably pencil him in for Sunday. Of course, it doesn't hurt to check back tomorrow.
Nov 15 - 3:44 PM

Kobe Bryant is dealing with a viral infection according to the Lakers, and he was visibly ill in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

"He wasn't feeling too well," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "Nothing physically as far as a knee or Achilles, but he's not feeling well." Kobe shot just 1-of-14 from the floor but it's reassuring to know that he should be back to his normal self soon. Knowing the Black Mamba, he will likely suit up on Sunday but owners should check back for updates just in case.
Nov 15 - 11:03 AM

Kobe Bryant hit just 1-of-14 shots in the Lakers' 93-80 home loss to the Spurs on Friday, finishing with nine points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

Kobe didn't hit a three but he hit 7-of-9 shots from the line and apparently played sick tonight. The efficiency issues aren't going away anytime soon, and you know things are all messed up in Los Angeles when folks can honestly look to Swaggy P's return as a way to help calm the madness.
Nov 15 - 3:36 AM

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 33 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He shot 10-of-28 from the field and made all eight attempts from the line. Bryant has a ridiculous usage rate of 37.9 even before this game and he's likely going to be in the top five this season. He's also leading the NBA in shots per game, so he should have nice fantasy value.
Nov 12 - 11:48 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeremy Lin
2Ronnie Price
3Steve Nash
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Wayne Ellington
3Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis