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Kobe Bryant Has No Plans To Play Abroad

Nov 20, 2015 11:59 AM

In the past, there has often been the notion that Kobe Bryant could spend a season playing in Italy after his NBA career concludes.

But Bryant told ESPN that he has no plans of playing abroad at this point.

Bryant has struggled to stay healthy in each of the past three seasons.

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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Kobe Bryant 'Barely Standing Up' After Sunday's Game

Nov 16, 2015 1:54 PM

Kobe Bryant played 37 minutes in the Los Angeles Lakers' 97-85 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Bryant went 6-for-19 from the field and had a season-high in assists.

Bryant won't play in the Lakers' next game.

"We've got to get this win here at home," Bryant said. "(But) right now, I'm barely standing up. My back and my legs, it's killing me. I go home, and I'm looking forward to that ice bath and the stretch, and a full day of recovery tomorrow. ... I'm not looking forward to walking to the car. Seriously."


Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Goran Dragic Didn't Consider Leaving Heat For Lakers

Nov 11, 2015 12:22 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers initially viewed Goran Dragic as a free agent target but changed their mind when they fell in love with D'Angelo Russell.

The Lakers thought they could sign a frontcourt player in free agency.

"I didn’t think about it," said Dragic. "The Miami Heat came first and they offered a good deal. This was the right place for me and my family. It’s a winning culture here and they are doing an amazing job.”

The Heat re-signed Dragic to a five-year, $90 million contract.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Byron Scott Not Playing D'Angelo Russell In 4th Quarter Regardless Of Score

Nov 11, 2015 11:43 AM

D'Angelo Russell sat out the entire fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Miami Heat.

Russell played just 21 minutes in the game, the lowest of any of the team's starters.

Byron Scott explained that Russell didn't get back into the game because the Heat pulled away. But Scott hasn't been playing Russell in close games either.

"I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing wrong so I can correct it,” said Russell.

Russell said Scott hasn't explained what he's doing wrong.

Russell ranks 11th on the Lakers in fourth quarter minutes.

Harrison Faigen/Silver Screen & Roll

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Lakers Were Concerned Kristaps Porzingis Might Take Too Long To Develop

Nov 7, 2015 7:49 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell over Kristaps Porzingis with the second overall pick.

"I liked him because he’s athletic, can shoot the ball. From what we saw, he was able to shoot it from 3-point range pretty easily," Byron Scott said. "He’s a young kid that in the workouts that we had really didn’t show any fear."

The Lakers were concerned about the timeline of Porzingis' development. 

"[We] just thought it was going to take him some time [to develop]," Scott said.

Scott acknowledged how Porzingis has contributed immediately.

"Obviously, we were probably a little wrong about that because he’s playing pretty well right now," Scott said.

Kobe Bryant also was impressed by Porzingis.

"From what I’ve seen so far, he looks pretty damn good," Bryant said. "He’s skillful, he can do a lot of things. He seems to be very competitive, too. He has a good competitive spirit about him."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Kobe Bryant Insists He Won't Leave Lakers For Another NBA Team

Nov 7, 2015 4:06 PM

Kobe Bryant isn't sure if he will retire after this current season, but he is confident he won't play for another NBA team.

"I've said it so many times. I'm here, I'm a Laker for life," Bryant said. "I'm not playing anywhere else, no matter what. It's just not going to happen. I bleed purple and gold, and that's just how it's going to be."

Phil Jackson said in September he believed Bryant might play beyond this season.

"I don't think it's his last year," Jackson said. "It sounds like it may be his last year as a Laker."

Said Bryant on Friday: "That's Phil baiting you [members of the media] like he always does. He's a master at it."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kobe Bryant Appreciates Being Held To Higher Standards Than Peers

Nov 7, 2015 1:16 PM

Kobe Bryant is in the final season of his current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly his final season in the NBA.

"I get held to much higher standards than most of my peers," Bryant told Yahoo Sports on his walk out of the Barclays Center. "If I have a bad shooting night, it's, 'He's in the grave. He's in the coffin.' Look around the league, and other players have bad shooting nights – and it's just a bad shooting night.

"But the expectations that they have for me, they're actually something that I appreciate. Achilles injury. Fractured knee. Torn shoulder. Twentieth year in the league. Thirty-seven years old. All that, and the expectations are that I average 30 points.

"But I appreciate those standards, because it's something that still pushes me, still drives me."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Kobe Bryant Excused From Practice For Being 'Really Angry' With Himself

Nov 2, 2015 4:22 PM

Kobe Bryant was given the day off from practice on Monday following his disappointing performance in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Byron Scott said Bryant was told to just come back on Tuesday since he was "really angry" with himself.

Bryant shot 3-for-15 from the floor and 2-for-8 on three-pointers.  

"I'm just playing like (expletive) right now. I'm getting the shots I want. I'm just not making them," said Bryant after the game.

Scott isn't worried about Bryant figuring it out.

"He’s going to get to the Kobe that we know. It’s just three games into the season."

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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Kobe Bryant: I'm The 200th Best Player In The NBA Right Now

Nov 2, 2015 1:00 AM

Kobe Bryant was highly critical of himself following the Los Angeles Lakers' loss on Sunday to the Dallas Mavericks.

"I’m the 200th best player in the league right now. I freakin’ suck," said Bryant.

Bryant shot 3-for-15 from the floor and 2-for-8 on three-pointers. Bryant is now 13-for-36 on the season.

"I'm just playing like (expletive) right now. I'm getting the shots I want. I'm just not making them."

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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D'Angelo Russell: We've Got A Lot Of Players Trying To Do The Same Thing

Oct 31, 2015 4:21 PM

D'Angelo Russell has had a slower start to his NBA career than some of his fellow rookies, which he attributes to his situation with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"You can’t worry about their opportunity and what they’re doing with it. Everybody is in different positions. The rookies that are separating themselves are in great positions and are getting it quick. Some people just have a learning process. That’s what I’m doing."

Russell was the second overall pick in the draft.

"The opportunity [here] is just so slim because we’ve got a lot of great players," he said. "Specifically, we’ve got a lot of players trying to do the same thing. You’ve just got to figure out your niche to stay on the floor."

Kobe Bryant sees some parallels with his situation as a rookie and what Russell is facing.

"He’ll have more opportunities and more leeway to make mistakes," Bryant said. "When I came in with the Lakers, it was a team that, we had a lot of talent and everybody expected us to win a championship, and if I go in there and mess up, it’s like, 'strangle the kid.' You know what I mean? There’s a lot more pressure there."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Metta World Peace Makes Lakers' Roster, Jabari Brown Waived
The Lakers will waive Jabari Brown with Metta World Peace taking the final spot on their 15-man roster.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Jonathan Holmes Waived By Lakers
The Lakers roster now stands at 16.

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Kobe Bryant Sits Again With Leg Injury, Expected To Play In Opener
Kobe Bryant missed his third straight preseason game with a lower leg contusion on Thursday.

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Lakers Waive Michael Frazier II, Robert Upshaw
Michael Frazier II and Robert Upshaw both went undrafted in 2015.

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Jim Buss: Lakers In 'Dynamite Position', 'Ahead Of Schedule'
Jim Buss is extremely high on the Lakers' young core of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Lakers Exercise 16-17 Option On Julius Randle
Julius Randle is averaging 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.20 steals in 24.5 minutes.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview With Darius Soriano
How good the Russell, Randle and Clarkson trio can be, what to make of Kobe Bryant's situation, predictions for the season and more.

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Lakers Want Julius Randle To Initiate Offense After Defensive Rebounds
Julius Randle has always handled the ball a lot.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Finds No. 93 Ranking 'Silly'
Kobe Bryant was ranked No. 40 last season.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Execs Expect Kobe Bryant To Have Limited NBA Options If He Leaves Lakers In 2016
One executive mentioned the Knicks and another brought up the Clippers as teams possibly interested in signing Kobe Bryant.

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Trevor Booker Takes Open-Handed Swing At Hibbert
Roy Hibbert was held back his teammates to avoid a further escalation.

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Lakers Considering Playing Kobe Bryant At Small Forward
Putting Kobe Bryant on the floor with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson makes his job easier.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat
Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Thunder.

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports)

D'Angelo Russell: Kobe Told Me He Likes To Shoot
D'Angelo Russell has been assigned the locker next to Kobe Bryant in his first season with the Lakers.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Kobe Bryant Expects To Remain With Lakers If He Extends Career
Kobe Bryant is entering his 20th season with the Lakers, which is also the final season of his current contract.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Lakers Hire James Worthy To Work With Big Men
James Worthy will also continue his role on Time Warner Cable SportsNet as an analyst for the network's Lakers coverage.

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Lakers, Suns Also Tried To Hire Steve Nash
Steve Nash joined the Warriors as a player development consultant.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Phil Jackson Expects Kobe Bryant To Play Beyond 2016
Phil Jackson believes Kobe Bryant will play beyond the current season even if it isn't with the Lakers.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Metta World Peace Agrees To One-Year Deal With Lakers
Metta World Peace played in China and Italy last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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