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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
Contract: view contract details

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Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has just started lifting weights, and Kobe told Byron a few days ago that he's feeling great.
All signs are pointing towards Kobe making a full recovery, and he should be ready to go when the 2015-16 season hits. Scott acknowledged that he played Kobe too many minutes this season, and said that he needs to get that number down next year, and that he will listen to Kobe when determining his minutes restriction. Kobe only made it through 35 games this season, with averages of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.7 turnovers per game while shooting a career-worst 37.3 percent from the field. Over the past two years, Kobe has been limited to just 41 games, and it looks like the undefeated Father Time has claimed his next victim. We wouldn't recommend drafting him next year. Apr 16 - 5:38 PM

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Kobe Bryant (shoulder) reiterated that he will play next season.

Bryant added that he "could" play beyond the 2015-16 season, but right now the future Hall-of-Famer expects it to be his last. He could begin running in 10 days and should be healthy for the start of next season, though his age and recent injury history will make him a very risky option on draft day.
Mar 10 - 9:56 PM

Byron Scott has requested Kobe Bryant (shoulder) attend the team's home games.

"I wanted him around," Scott said. "I like seeing him." The sentiment is surely shared by Bryant's teammates, and it can only benefit the youngsters to have KB around. Kobe is expected to begin running and weight lifting "pretty soon," and all indications are that he'll be ready for the 2015-16 season.
Mar 9 - 9:35 AM

Kobe Bryant said that his surgically-repaired shoulder feels strong and he expects to begin running and lifting weights "pretty soon."

Kobe gave a rather bland interview during Sunday's game but he did reiterate that he plans to "be ready" for the start of the 2015-16 campaign, when he'll earn $25 million in the final year of his contract. He will also attend Lakers' home games the rest of the season and was spotted chatting to Jordan Clarkson on the bench on Sunday, which can only be a good thing for the development of L.A.'s up-and-coming point guard.
Mar 9 - 12:31 AM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said he has no regrets on his relationship with Dwight Howard during Howard's time with the Lakers.

Even though Bryant is out for the season, he's had no shortage of excellent quotes as of late. "I tried teaching Dwight. I tried showing him," Bryant said. "But when he saw the reality of it, it made him uncomfortable. And it's very tough to be able to fight through that, to deal with that challenge. And I don't think he was willing to deal with that uncomfortable and combative nature."
Source: USA Today
Feb 26 - 11:52 AM

Kobe Bryant confirmed that he demanded a trade that never came to fruition in 2007.

"Chicago was my No. 1 choice," said Bryant on Sunday. The Lakers looked into a deal with the Bulls, but the deal is believed to have fallen apart based on the Lakers' insistence that Luol Deng was included. Bryant also confirmed that he vetoed a trade that would have sent him to Detroit for Richard Hamilton. While this news has no bearing on fantasy owners, it's interesting to wonder what might have been.
Feb 24 - 9:33 AM

Kobe Bryant said Russell Westbrook reminds him most of himself in how he approaches the game.

"In approach to the game: 100 percent," Kobe said. "He’s aggressive and he’s unapologetic about it. At the same time, there are some other 2-guards around the league that have similar skills as far as shooting the long ball, post-up, mid-range. James Harden, Klay Thompson." We are guessing that means Kobe won't be asking Westbrook for fashion advice anytime soon, but Kobe had some rather interesting choices in his prime, so you never know.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 23 - 11:55 AM

General Manager Mitch Kupchak said that he will not jeopardize the future in order to make a final playoff push for Kobe Bryant next season.

"To jeopardize the next five or seven years," Kupchak said, "bring in old veterans that make a lot of money, just to win one more year, because that’s Kobe’s last year or could be his last year, I’m not sure that fits into doing it the right way." This is the third straight season that has been cut short by injury for the Black Mamba, and it's clear that the 36-year-old's window is closing, so it makes sense for the Lakers to prepare for life after Kobe. Promising rookie Julius Randle (leg) will be back with the team next season, and the Lakers also have a top-5 protected lottery pick that will likely be used this summer which will expedite the rebuilding process. The Lakers will have plenty of cap space this offseason to make some moves, so it will be interesting to see if Kupchak stays true to his word.
Feb 21 - 10:14 AM

Lakers' head coach Byron Scott expressed during a recent interview that he feels Kobe Bryant could play another two years.

"If we get the right pieces into next year and do a pretty good job of playing basketball like I think we’re capable of doing and he stays healthy for the next year," Scott said, "and the next summer we get a couple of more pieces, he’ll take a hard look at what we got and say, ‘Maybe I’ll go one more.’" There are a lot of "ifs" in that statement, and given the fact that Kobe has now been limited to just 41 games over the past two seasons, it would seem unlikely he plays beyond his current contract that is set to expire after the 2015-16 season.
Feb 20 - 9:05 AM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) gave a colorful interview to GQ during which he compared himself to Secretariat, Mozart, and Harry Potter villains.

While Bryant is out for the season, his interview with Chuck Klosterman is well worth a read. In between comparing himself to Mozart and a Slytherin wizard, Bryant spoke about his relationship with Phil Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal. "I was like a wild horse that had the potential to become Secretariat, but who was just too f---ing wild. So part of that was [Phil Jackson] trying to tame me." The full interview can be found in the link below.
Source: GQ
Feb 17 - 12:39 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said he's not considering retirement and is instead looking for a career "rebirth" after drawing inspiration from the Spurs' recent success.

When asked if he was considering retirement, Bryant steered the conversation a different direction. "I can't say it is the end," Kobe said. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning. So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth." While the Mamba should be ready for the start of training camp, his 2015-16 plans have no effect on fantasy owners in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN LA
Feb 17 - 10:00 AM

Carmelo Anthony praised Kobe Bryant (shoulder) on Friday, and said that he believes that Bryant will return at full strength next season.

"I know him, man," Anthony said. "This is not a way he wants to go out. I'm pretty sure he'll do whatever he has to do to get back on that court one more time before he hangs them shoes up." While all signs point to Bryant returning next season, there is always going to be some speculation about him retiring considering he has been in the league for nearly 20 years now. It will be interesting to see if the Black Mamba will be ready in time for training camp next season, but we will be sure to track his progress every step of the way.
Source: Newsday
Jan 31 - 10:09 AM

Kobe Bryant confirmed that the plan is for him to be ready to play come September when the Lakers open up their training camp.

Bryant, speaking with the media the day after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his right rotator cuff, said that his shoulder is feeling "sore, but it's okay." We'll continue to monitor Bryant's status closely, but it's worth noting that a return in September puts him one month ahead of his initial nine-month timeline, so there's a decent chance he's not ready to go by training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jan 30 - 9:53 AM

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak said that Kobe Bryant will be ready for training camp next season.

"We spoke last night, he's in great spirits," said Kupchak of Bryant. "He's excited about the prognosis and being ready for training camp. The big key is we have to improve the talent level on the team." This is an interesting statement, because Kobe's initial timetable of nine months would have him out until November of next year. Kupchak also said that retirement was not discussed when talking with Kobe, and we'll continue to track The Black Mambas' status closely on his road to recovery.
Jan 29 - 2:48 PM

Kobe Bryant had surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Wednesday, and he's expected to miss nine months.

This is a longer-than-expected timetable which would keep him out until roughly next November, so it's very unlikely he'll be in uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Black Mamba's unfortunate injury will open up more playing time for Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and especially Wayne Ellington, the last of whom is a very nice pickup as the Lakers' starting SG.
Jan 28 - 6:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jordan Clarkson
2Jeremy Lin
3Dwight Buycks
4Ronnie Price
SG1Wayne Ellington
2Nick Young
3Kobe Bryant
4Jabari Brown
5Vander Blue
SF1Ryan Kelly
2Wes Johnson
PF1Tarik Black
2Carlos Boozer
3Ed Davis
4Julius Randle
C1Robert Sacre
2Jordan Hill