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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
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Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.
"I see a guy who’s going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I’m glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him. Sep 15 - 3:16 PM

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Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 11 - 3:46 PM

Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

"[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft.
Source: scpr.org
Sep 8 - 2:53 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be a fantasy asset. He's the epitome of a risk-reward pick.
Sep 1 - 6:52 PM

Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I’ve ever seen."

"I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds." Kobe is a risk-reward player that could settle into the late-early or middle rounds based on how he looks in the preseason.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day.
Aug 26 - 1:53 PM

Kobe Bryant trash-talked LeBron James after "The Decision" via text message.

Fresh off bringing the Lakers' franchise their second consecutive title in 2010, Bryant was perturbed that the headlines were instead dominated by LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. So, in Kobe fashion, Bryant sent LeBron a text that went like this: "Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we're going to win the championship. Don't worry about it." LeBron then went on to make four consecutive Finals appearances, and brought two championship trophies to the Miami organization, but you got to love Bryant's competitiveness.
Aug 25 - 6:49 PM

Kobe Bryant said his body can't do the things it used to be able to do in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week.

He said he will have to learn what his body can do and he'll also have to be sharper on the court. Also in the interview, Dr. Alan Beyer had some comments on Bryant's recovery. "I think we're going to see a better Kobe Bryant than we've seen in the last couple of years because he's had time to rest and rehabilitate," said Beyer. Kobe actually had a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2013, so it would be a major feat for him to play that well. If he slips in your draft, don't be afraid to take a chance.
Aug 23 - 10:18 AM

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

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.
Source: NBA.com
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Steve Nash
2Jeremy Lin
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis