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Execs Expect Kobe Bryant To Have Limited NBA Options If He Leaves Lakers In 2016

Oct 8, 2015 2:01 PM

If Kobe Bryant decides to continue his career in the NBA and is unable to agree upon a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league insiders say his available options are likely to be slim.

One executive mentioned the New York Knicks and another brought up the Los Angeles Clippers as teams possibly interested in signing Bryant.

"The problem that Kobe has that's different from anybody else is that he doesn't really have any allies in the league," an executive said. "He's only known the Lakers, and he destroys everything in his path. I'm not naming names, but some of his former coaches are probably not going to speak fondly of him. [But] you really limit yourself of places that he could possibly go. I don't know of anybody who in their right mind would say getting him in their organization would be a great idea."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Trevor Booker Takes Open-Handed Swing At Hibbert

Oct 7, 2015 1:21 PM

Trevor Booker was ejected from Tuesday's preseason game after swinging at Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert approached Booker during a stop in play at the 7:14 mark of the third quarter, and the players got in each other's faces before Booker took an open-handed swing at Hibbert.

Hibbert was held back his teammates to avoid a further escalation.

"That's what normally happens, but I'm happy to have teammates that will have my back," Hibbert said.


Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Trevor Booker, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Lakers Considering Playing Kobe Bryant At Small Forward

Oct 1, 2015 2:18 PM

Byron Scott is considering playing Kobe Bryant at small forward in order to get him on the court at the same time as D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.

During a five-on-five scrimmage, those three backcourt players were joined by Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert.

“I think the more those guys can play together, the better,” Scott said. “I’m going to try that out this first week, see how it goes and then I’ll start mixing and matching a little bit more. It looked good.”

Putting Bryant on the floor with Russell and Clarkson makes his job easier.

“I don’t have to handle the ball really at all,” Bryant said. “Gives me more time to catch and shoot.”

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

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

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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat

Oct 1, 2015 1:17 PM

Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.


Smith also said he's heard the New York Knicks could be in play for Durant.

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

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

Tags: Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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D'Angelo Russell: Kobe Told Me He Likes To Shoot

Sep 29, 2015 1:54 PM

D'Angelo Russell has been assigned the locker next to Kobe Bryant in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I don’t know how much longer he’s going to be around,” said Russell, who will first practice with Bryant on Tuesday in Honolulu. “So to have the opportunity to pick his brain a little bit every day, I don’t have to make it weird by walking to his locker. I’ll just look to my right and there he is.”

“He has a good head on his shoulders,” Bryant said of Russell. “My responsibility is going to help him just not to lose sight of what’s most important, which is the game.”

Russell was asked about his first assist to Bryant.

"He told me he likes to shoot the ball so If I get it to him, it’s his job to finish it,” said Russell.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

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

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Kobe Bryant Expects To Remain With Lakers If He Extends Career

Sep 29, 2015 12:34 AM

Kobe Bryant has no intention of playing for any other NBA team besides the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant responded to comments from Phil Jackson suggesting he could continue his playing career but not with the Lakers.

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


Bryant is entering his 20th season with the Lakers, which is also the final season of his current contract.

"A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships," Bryant told Yahoo Sports at the conclusion of the Lakers' media day on Monday. "I'm a Laker, man. I'm a Laker for better or worse."


Bryant remains undecided on his plans for 16-17.

"I'm a Laker, man. How many times do I have to say that?" Bryant said "Dude, I bleed purple and gold."


Bryant missed 47 games last season, most because of a right rotator cuff injury that required surgery. 

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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

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Lakers Hire James Worthy To Work With Big Men

Sep 28, 2015 4:50 PM

James Worthy has been hired by the team to work with the coaching staff.

In his position, Worthy will work with head coach Byron Scott and his staff, focusing his attention on working with the Lakers big men. He will accompany the team to Hawaii for training camp and will continue to work with Lakers players throughout the season.

Worthy will also continue his role on Time Warner Cable SportsNet as an analyst for the network’s Lakers coverage. 

“James was one of the best forwards to ever play the game,” said Kupchak. “We feel he will be a valuable addition to the coaching staff and will do an excellent job teaching our group of big men. We are pleased and fortunate to welcome him back to the organization.”

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Lakers, Suns Also Tried To Hire Steve Nash

Sep 26, 2015 3:07 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns attempted to hire Steve Nash in a similar position in which he joined the Golden State Warriors following his acceptance of their offer.

Nash finished his career with the Lakers and spent the majority of his career with the Suns.

Nash joined the Warriors as a player development consultant.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Phil Jackson Expects Kobe Bryant To Play Beyond 2016

Sep 25, 2015 2:55 PM

Phil Jackson believes Kobe Bryant may extend his career beyond the current season, which is his last under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

Jackson coached Bryant for 11 seasons.

“One of the things about great players -- there’s a part of me that kind of wishes maybe Michael Jordan had said goodbye to basketball after that shot in Utah. But you see the game and the speed of the game becomes something that you’re used to, and you can handle as the activity, speed, how many things are coming at you at once,” Jackson said. “But your body fails you. That’s the denominator there. It’s gotta be comeuppance from God or from age.

“So with Kobe, he’s had, what? Two seasons that have been aborted because of injuries. I think he’s going to be really better than people think, and I think there will still be a future for him as he goes through this season into next year, where people are going to ask, ‘Do you still want to play basketball?’ So we’ll see how it goes.”

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

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

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Metta World Peace Agrees To One-Year Deal With Lakers

Sep 24, 2015 5:22 PM

Metta World Peace has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

World Peace has been working out with the Lakers for several weeks.

World Peace played in China and Italy last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Julius Randle Cites Kobe Bryant As Biggest Help Through Rehab Process
Kobe Bryant advised Julius Randle to remain patient during his rehab.

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Lakers Comfortable Keeping Current Revenue Sharing System
The Lakers are in support of keeping the current revenue sharing system despite their league-leading outlay.

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Scott Most Concerned By Figuring Out Kobe's Minutes
The biggest decision facing Byron Scott with Kobe Bryant this season is his playing time.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Kobe Bryant Cleared For All Basketball Activities
Kobe Bryant is recovering from a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Roy Hibbert Has Lost 14 Pounds Since Start Of Offseason
Roy Hibbert saw how the NBA has become smaller and quicker and he's attempting to adjust.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Sign Robert Upshaw To Multi-Year Deal
In five games for the Lakers' entry in the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Robert Upshaw averaged 1.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 11.5 minutes per game

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Marcelo Huertas Took Pay Cut To Play In NBA
Marcelo Huertas said he turned down more money in Europe for a chance at the NBA with the Lakers.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Promote Jesse Buss, Ryan West, Clay Moser
Clay Moser will work closely with Director of Analytics Yuju Lee and Associate Director of Analytics Aaron Danielson.

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Metta World Peace Working Out At Lakers' Practice Facility
The Lakers and Metta World Peace are moving towards agreement on a one-year deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Excel Parts Ways With Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson's primary agent with Excel was Mike George.


Marcelo Huertas Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers
Marcelo Huertas has been with Barcelona since 2011 when he helped replace Ricky Rubio.

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Nick Young Trying To Join Australian National Team
Nick Young has serious interest in playing for Australia's basketball team in the Olympics.


Eric Moreland Expected To Decide Among Interest From Lakers, Pistons, Kings
Eric Moreland has multiple deals to compete for a roster spot in training camp, with the Pistons as the front runners, league sources told RealGM.

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Jim Buss: We're Not Going To Sell Lakers
The Buss Family has no interest in selling the Lakers as they continue to run the franchise as a family business.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Jordan Clarkson Trying To Play For Philippines As Natural Born Player
Jordan Clarkson could play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as he's been named to the preliminary roster of the Philippines.


Lakers Sign Michael Frazier To Multi-Year Deal
Michael Frazier played for the Warriors in Summer League.

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Lakers Considering Signing Metta World Peace
The Lakers waived Metta World Peace using their amnesty provision in 2013.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Bryant Resumes On-Court Shooting
After undergoing surgery, Kobe Bryant was gradually able to get back into the gym.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Lakers Had Interest In Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian returned to China during the lockout and has played there since 2012 after a brief stint with the Mavericks.

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Kobe Bryant Could Still Play In 2016 Olympics
Kobe Bryant turns 37 later this month and had previously announced he didn't intend to play in Rio.

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