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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 (rest) was not a participant during Thursday's practice.
He's fine and coach Bryon Scott is just giving him a prescribed rest day. He'll have a tough matchup vs. OKC on Friday, but remains a must-start option every time he's in uniform. Dec 18 - 3:21 PM

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Kobe Bryant scored 21 points on 8-for-26 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two three-pointers during Monday's loss to the Pacers.

Bryant also set the Lakers' franchise record for fouls during the game, but wasn't in any mood to celebrate the dubious distinction. "We couldn't throw the ball in the ocean sitting on a boat. Tonight was one of those nights," Kobe said. "Sometimes you've got to pat yourself on the back for such an atrocious job." We previously wrote that Kobe was returning top-40 value and his per-game numbers check in at top 50-90 in 8- and 9-cat leagues respectively. Our apologies for the error.
Dec 16 - 10:53 AM

Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Sunday, moving into third-place with 32,310 career points.

The Black Mamba's legacy is secured by five NBA championships, 16 All-Star appearances, a league MVP award and two Olympic gold medals, among other accolades. Overtaking MJ on the league's scoring list is a memorable achievement and the Wolves even paused the game in Minnesota to honor Kobe. His 25.4 points per game this season have been tainted for fantasy owners by lousy 38.7 percent shooting, an unfortunate reality which should improve as the season progresses.
Dec 14 - 9:59 PM

Coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant will continue playing some point guard for the Lakers moving forward.

Coach Scott added that the only reason he took Bryant out against the Spurs was because he has winded. Owners shouldn't view this as a bad thing considering the Mamba has the ball in his hands most of the time anyways, but it does negatively impact the stock of Ronnie Price and Jeremy Lin. If anything, Kobe could see a bump in his assists with the added responsibility.
Dec 14 - 12:50 PM

Kobe Bryant hit just 7-of-22 shots in Friday's win over the Spurs, scoring 22 points with five rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one three and 7-of-8 makes from the foul line.

The terrible efficiency doesn't hurt as bad when he's getting it one in other categories like this, but nothing really changes with his value after a night like this. He needs nine points to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list and he'll get that in Minnesota on Sunday.
Dec 13 - 3:51 AM

Kobe Bryant returned to practice on Thursday and called his teammates "soft" during a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

He had been resting during practice sessions to keep his body fresh, but said he can see why the Lakers "lost 20 games" based on how they practice. Bryant also had some words for Nick Young when Young said, "Nobody in the world can guard me one-on-one," and Bryant telling Young, "You're going exactly where I want you to go." The Lakers get the Spurs on Friday and everyone will be watching Kobe's demeanor closely. There are plenty of Kobe quotes in the link below.
Source: ESPN LA
Dec 11 - 7:28 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he could start Kobe Bryant at point guard.

The move is not going to happen soon and coach Scott has said he wants to stick with this current group for 15 games or so. Obviously the Lakers aren't getting anything out of their point guard spot, so it's only right for Scott to consider this. It shouldn't affect Bryant's fantasy value much because he handles the ball so much anyway.
Dec 10 - 3:14 PM

Kobe Bryant dropped 32 points to lead the Lakers to a win vs. the Kings on Tuesday, adding six assists, three boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

The Black Mamba was his usual self on Tuesday, hoisting up 27 shots while connecting on 11 of them. Despite the inefficient shooting, he was a beast down the stretch and even ended up playing point guard to close out the game. His 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line was also refreshing, and there is just no sign of him slowing down.
Dec 10 - 1:05 AM

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak stated during a recent interview that he believes Kobe Bryant will retire after he plays out the final years of his current contract.

"All indications are, to me, from him, that this [two-year contract extension] is going to be it," said Kupchak. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year." The second half of that quote seems to be more of a marketing ploy, but Kobe will be 38-years-old when his contract expires, so retirement would seem likely. With the Lakers destined to be one of the early teams mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, owners may want to consider selling high on Bryant.
Source: ESPN
Dec 9 - 6:17 PM

Kobe Bryant spoke of the challenges in his recovery from a ruptured achilles and fractured kneecap and likened his rehab to climbing Mount Everest.

"To say it was like climbing Mount Everest is an understatement. It was really, really a bear. Really a bear," Bryant said of his rehab. The Mamba has overcome both injuries and is currently averaging 25.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers (albeit on 38.9 percent field goal shooting). Bryant's fantasy owners may want to think about allaying any injury concerns and selling high, but there's not too much to complain about with the 36-year-old.
Dec 9 - 12:05 PM

Kobe Bryant was non-committal when asked whether he will play beyond his current contract.

With Bryant's contract set to expire after the 2015-16 season, will next year be the last we see of the Mamba? "Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t want to be coy about it," Bryant said after Wednesday's loss to the Wizards. "I don’t know what to tell you. Right now I’d say no. But it doesn’t matter. Would that change a year from now or something like that?" Regardless of what Bryant does after next season, fantasy owners can't complain too much about his current top 35 value.
Dec 4 - 11:54 AM

Kobe Bryant hit just 8-of-22 shots and two 3-pointers for 29 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Wizards.

He said after the game that he's not sure if he'll play next season or not, and it's clear nothing about the game is fun for him right now. He's shooting just 39 percent on the season and the Lakers are now 5-14. You have to wonder if he'll have a mysterious back injury that shuts him down late in the season, as the Lakers already have nothing to play for.
Dec 3 - 10:48 PM

Kobe Bryant set a new season high with 13 assists on Tuesday, but he also turned the ball over a season-high 10 times in a win vs. the Pistons.

Kobe dished out 12 assists in Sunday's game, and (not coincidentally) both of his games with double-digit assists resulted in Lakers victories. He rounded out Tuesday's line with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes.
Dec 2 - 10:52 PM

Kobe Bryant will play against the Pistons on Tuesday.

Updating a previous report, Bryant will indeed be in the Lakers' lineup after missing shootaround due to rest. While Bryant's 39.2 field goal percentage is less than desirable for his fantasy owners, he's still a must-start any time he plays.
Dec 2 - 12:33 PM

Kobe Bryant (rest) missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is expected to play against the Pistons on Tuesday.

Fantasy owners shouldn't hit the panic button here as Bryant has been sitting out shootarounds and is reportedly just resting his legs. The 36-year-old is averaging 26.6 points, 5.4 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers this season and should continue to be a top fantasy option as long as he stays healthy. We'll update his status before tip-off, but Nick Young would become a strong play on Tuesday if Bryant is unable to go.
Dec 2 - 11:57 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ronnie Price
2Jeremy Lin
3Steve Nash
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Wayne Ellington
3Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Ed Davis
2Carlos Boozer
3Ryan Kelly
4Julius Randle
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre