Dec 20, 2014 1:45 PM EST
Jeremy Lin had a diplomatic answer to Kobe Bryant's game-winner attempt in the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
"How many game winners has he hit like that?" Lin asked, referencing Bryant. "I'm obviously rooting for him to hit that shot. I thought it was a good look. It was a very, very hittable shot. That's just a matter of time before he starts hitting those game winners."
"I like game winners too. I would love to shoot some," Lin added. "But I get it. That guy is kind of the king of game winners. He's going to hit that shot. He'll figure it out. That's why he is who he is."
Bryant has now missed 12 consecutive potential tying or go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime, which ties for the longest such streak in his career.
"It was the shot I wanted to get," Bryant said. He also had eight assists and eight rebounds in 35 minutes.
"I was trying to figure out if I had time to draw contact. It just threw me off a little bit."
Dec 18, 2014 9:46 PM EST
Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Los Angeles Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.
"I don't know. Maybe," Bryant said. "But it's really my call, man. If I want to play, I'll play. If I don't, I don't. If I don't want to play anymore and go through the process of getting my body ready day in and day out, I'm not going to play."
This week Durant said accusations of players not wanting to play with Bryant is ridiculous.
Said Bryant: "I greatly appreciate" Durant's comments.
Dec 18, 2014 1:50 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers offered the Boston Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.
The Celtics are in discussions with the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.
Dec 16, 2014 11:33 PM EST
Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.
"Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS."
Durant was asked what he most admires about Bryant.
"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him."
Dec 15, 2014 2:05 PM EST
Kobe Bryant acknowledged the difficulties of having the type of personality that strives to become one of the best ever as he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list.
"I think competitive nature is something that frightens a lot of people," Bryant said. "When you peel back truly what's inside of a person to compete and be at that high level, it scares a lot of people that are comfortable just being average.
"I think if you look at Michael's retirement speech, people really got a chance to see how he ticks. It scared a lot of people, right? But that's just the reality of it. You can't get to a supreme level without kind of channeling the dark side a little."
Dec 12, 2014 11:08 AM EST
Kobe Bryant called his Los Angeles Lakers' teammates "soft" during a 5-on-5 scrimmage on Thursday. The practice was the first by Bryant in several weeks.
Byron Scott has held Bryant out of most practices and shootarounds this season.
"You m-----f------ are soft like Charmin in this m-----f-----," said Bryant. "God damn, is this the type of s--- that's going on in these practices? Now I see why we've lost 20 f---ing games. We're soft like Charmin. We're soft like s---."
Bryant passed Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and said, "I'm supposed to practice and get better, Mitch. I'm supposed to practice and get better. These m-----f------ ain't doing s--- for me."
Dec 10, 2014 11:05 PM EST
Kobe Bryant played point guard for all but the final 34 seconds of the fourth quarter in the Los Angeles Lakers' win on Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings.
Byron Scott said he's considering starting Bryant at point guard.
“I even talked to him about it,” Scott said. “I said, ‘I’m thinking about it, but I’m not there yet.’ So yeah I have thought about it.”
In addition to his 32 points, Bryant tallied six assists against the Kings.
Bryant said after the win that “nothing changes” when he plays point guard.
“Just my position on the floor changes,” he said. “That’s all.”
Dec 10, 2014 8:31 PM EST
After a recent workout for the Los Angeles Lakers and considering overseas deals, free agent Quincy Miller has signed a contract in the NBA Development League, sources told RealGM.
Miller's agent, Jared Karnes, confirmed on Wednesday night that the 6-foot-10 forward has filed paperwork to enter the D-League.
Miller worked out for the Lakers last month and had been a leading candidate to earn a roster spot. The Lakers have been deliberate in deciding which wing player to sign onto the roster, continuing to closely monitor forward Roscoe Smith out of their D-League affiliate in Los Angeles, league sources said.
Miller, the 38th overall pick to Denver in 2012, spent two seasons with the Nuggets and averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds.
Miller, 22, was waived out of Denver's training camp in October.
Dec 09, 2014 7:03 PM EST
Magic Johnson hopes the Los Angeles Lakers lose enough games to keep their first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
The pick will go to the Phoenix Suns if it falls out of the top-5 as part of the Steve Nash trade.
"I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson said, according to Newsday. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious."
The Lakers have dealt with a number of injuries, including seventh overall pick Julius Randle.
"If you're going to lose, you have to lose because you can't be in the middle of the pack," Johnson said. "You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick."
Johnson believes the Lakers are in a position to quickly improve their roster.
"The Lakers are in a good space, too, next summer if they can sign or trade for a talented guy," he said. "I'd rather be all the way bad than be in the middle."
Dec 09, 2014 6:52 PM EST
Earl Clark is nearing a deal in China.
Clark currently is playing in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been interested in Clark.
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Kobe Bryant has reportedly left open the possibility of signing another deal in 2016.
The Lakers have had just 11 healthy players for the last two weeks.
Ronnie Price and Ed Davis have replaced Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer in the Lakers' starting lineup heading into Sunday's game.
The chief issue for the Lakers when it comes to potential trades is that they lack trade assets.
The Lakers have re-assigned Jordan Clarkson to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
The Celtics would likely ask for at least one first round pick from the Lakers in exchange for Rajon Rondo.
Kobe Bryant insists he's not chasing records and that he wants to put the Lakers back in a championship position.
Paul George had a $100 million max extension to remain with the contending Pacers and never considered the possibility of leaving that situation in 2013.
The Lakers aren't playoff contenders and Kobe Bryant hates losing, but he doesn't hate this season or this team.
The Lakers have had a level of dialogue with Earl Clark on a potential reunion, league sources told RealGM.
Steve Nash is out for the rest of the season due to back issues.
Xavier Henry has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game.
Steve Nash plans on remaining in Manhattan Bech for the remainder of his life and is expected to be part of the Lakers' franchise even after his contract expires.
The Lakers pursued Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, but they sat out the pursuit of players such as Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and others.
Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry will make their second appearance of the season with the D-Fenders.
Kobe Bryant was not interested in taking a below market value with the Lakers.
Roscoe Smith plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.
The Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.
The Lakers are 2-0 this season with Nick Young in the lineup after starting the season 1-9 without him.
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