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Kobe Bryant To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Jan 26, 2015 3:28 PM

Kobe Bryant will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Bryant was examined on Monday morning by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. ElAttrache confirmed an earlier diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff, and advised Bryant to have surgery to repair the shoulder. Bryant has agreed, and surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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Kobe Bryant Considered Joining Michael Jordan With Wizards

Jan 26, 2015 12:42 PM

Kobe Bryant considered joining Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards before his 2004 free agency.

Abe Pollin, however, parted ways with Jordan in 2003 a year before Bryant was scheduled to make his free agent decision.

“That’s true,” Bryant confirmed recently. “A long time ago? Yeah.”

 

Bryant considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but eventually chose to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant was in the middle of a feud with Shaquille O'Neal as the two were struggling to co-exist. The Lakers traded O'Neal in that 2004 offseason to the Miami Heat.

“The challenge had been thrown down upon me, of not being able to win without Shaq. A public challenge never really bothered me too much, but he made a couple of comments as well. I think he called me Penny Hardaway Part 2 or something like that. So that’s what [ticked] me off,” Bryant said. “Then it was like, ‘Listen, you know the step back that I took to help us win championships. Let’s not get [expletive] confused. I can dominate on my own. I decided to stay here and win championships and sacrifice MVPs and scoring titles and all that stuff.’ So once that was said, it was like a line in the sand now.”

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, after Jordan decided to sell his minority ownership stake to resume his playing career with the Wizards, Bryant informed him several times he wanted to play for the Wizards. Jordan was going to return to the front office after his retirement.

“I’ve always been very big on having mentors, on having muses and I’ve been really, really big on that,” Bryant said. “Being around guys who have done it before and done it at a high level and always tried to pick their brains and always tried to absorb knowledge. Obviously, being in that situation [with the Wizards], it would’ve helped having to be around him every day and so on.”

 

The Wizards never had the assets to discuss a trade for Bryant, so the only chance the organization would have had to make a run at him was when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2004. 

 

“We would’ve put together a great team and we would’ve won championships,” Bryant said. “Listen, man. There are not a lot of players in this league that say, ‘Come hell or high water, we’re going to get this [expletive] done.’ People can look around and joke around about winning, saying they want to win. For me, it’s a matter of life or death. It was that important to me. And if it’s that important to me, I’m going to get there.”

Michael Lee/Washington Post

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Jeremy Lin Receives Healthy DNP-CD

Jan 24, 2015 3:29 PM

Jeremy Lin was a healthy scratch, DNP-CD during the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Jordan Clarkson got the start at point guard, with Ronnie Price backing him up.

"He just looked like he was very poised and the moment wasn't too big for him," Byron Scott said of Clarkson.

"I know what Jeremy can do, so the next game it might be different."

Lin left the locker room after talking to one reporter while a majority of them were still interviewing Scott outside the door.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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Kobe Bryant Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season

Jan 23, 2015 2:19 PM

Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the 14-15 season with a torn rotator cuff.

Bryant suffered the injury on Wednesday.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters

Jan 22, 2015 7:05 PM

Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

Western Conference Starters
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Blake Griffin, Clippers

Eastern Conference Starters
John Wall, Wizards
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Pau Gasol, Bulls

Voting Results

Western Conference Frontcourt

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, 1,369,911
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, 795,121
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 700,615
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 546,817
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 545,226
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, 498,131
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 465,334
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, 348,275
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 292,557
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, 144,702
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, 132,150
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, 117,816
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, 107,223
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, 99,039
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, 98,654

Western Conference Backcourt

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, 1,513,324
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 1,152,402
James Harden, Houston Rockets, 1,069,368
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 551,167
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, 365,417
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, 314,254
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, 248,758
Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks, 219,506
Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, 216,246
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, 103,015

Eastern Conference Frontcourt

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 1,470,483
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, 974,177
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 647,005
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, 570,005
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, 542,006
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, 386,208
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, 231,741
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, 203,718
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, 129,293
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, 121,938
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, 114,955
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, 110,980
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, 106,820
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, 103,645
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, 86,717

Eastern Conference Backcourt

John Wall, Washington Wizards, 886,368
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, 805,290
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, 789,839
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, 535,873
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, 455,756
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, 379,994
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, 159,123
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, 83,900
Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors, 82,135
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 55,014

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Kobe Bryant Suffers Torn Rotator Cuff

Jan 22, 2015 3:34 PM

Kobe Bryant suffered a right shoulder injury in the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Preliminary results from the MRI reveal that Bryant has sustained a tear of the rotator cuff.

Bryant will be examined by Lakers doctors on Friday.

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Nick Young Prepared To Help Recruit Dragic, Marc Gasol, Love

Jan 22, 2015 12:15 PM

Nick Young is prepared to help the Los Angeles Lakers with their free agency recruiting.

“It’s tough, but I know it’s going to get better,” Young told the Los Angeles News Group. “This offseason is going to be big for us. It’s going to work out.” …

“I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year.’” Young said. “I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.”

The Lakers have enough cap space to sign one max contract player.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

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Kobe Bryant Continuing To Recruit Rajon Rondo To Lakers

Jan 21, 2015 3:28 PM

Kobe Bryant said he will not give up on trying to recruit Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Lakers despite the guard's trade to the Dallas Mavericks and the two sides' hope for a long-term deal.

“No way,” Bryant said. “I’m not done. I’m not stopping until he signs an extension.”

Bryant has already done a little recruiting on Rondo, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Kobe Admits Retiring After Current Season Has Been Considered

Jan 18, 2015 3:34 PM

Kobe Bryant has been in and out of the lineup this season and is on a minutes restriction.

Bryant is signed through the 15-16 season.

"I'd be lying if I said that it hasn't crossed my mind,'' Bryant said about considering retirement. "Right now I doubt it … but anything's possible."

Bryant believes the rest could extend his career and help him avoid another Achilles' tear.

"My body is hurting like crazy, around the clock, and if I don't want to do this anymore, I won't do it,'' said Bryant.

Bill Plaschke/Los Angeles Times

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Kobe Would Comply If Lakers Request Him To Rest
Kobe Bryant has missed several games after playing heavy minutes earlier in the season.

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Jeanie Buss To Hold Jim Buss To Three-Year Contention Pledge
Jeanie Buss is confident of the Lakers becoming title contenders again by 2017.

Eric Pincus/Los Angeles Times

Julius Randle To Undergo Surgery On Right Foot
Julius Randle will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

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Wes Johnson Set For MRI On Strained Hip Flexor
Wesley Johnson suffered a strained right hip flexor in Sunday's game against the Pacers.

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Ryan Kelly Ready To Return From Hamstring Injury
After six weeks of rehab, Ryan Kelly has been able to participate fully in practice without any warning signs.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Lakers Claim Tarik Black Off Waivers, Waive Xavier Henry
The Lakers have claimed Tarik Black off waivers and waived Xavier Henry.

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Kobe Bryant To Return Against Suns After Three Games Off For Rest
Kobe Bryant will play on Sunday against the Suns after missing the past three games.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Steve Nash Makes First Visit To Lakers' Team Function Since Injury
It marked Steve Nash's first time back at a team function since being termed out for the season.

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Marc Gasol Not Particularly Looking Forward To Outside Courtship Of Spurs, Knicks, Lakers, Others
The Grizzlies badly want to keep Marc Gasol.

Ian Thomsen/NBA.com

Cavaliers Inquired About Robert Sacre In Summer Among Long List Of Targets
The Cavaliers inquired about Robert Sacre over the summer, league sources told RealGM.

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Seven Lakers In Double-Figures During Win Over Warriors Without Kobe
Nick Young scored 15 points off the bench for the Lakers in the win.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Celtics Were Interested In Julius Randle From Lakers For Rondo
Julius Randle is out for the season with a broken leg.

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Kobe Bryant Considers Sitting Out For Rest
Kobe Bryant also seemed to wrestle with the idea of missing a game.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Lin Understands Kobe's Game-Winner Attempts, But 'I Would Love To Shoot Some'
Kobe Bryant has now missed 12 consecutive potential tying or go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Kobe Unsure If Lakers Adding Superstar In 2016 Would Factor In Decision On Retirement
Kobe Bryant has been widely expected to retire when his current contract expires in 2016, but he was asked if the Lakers adding Kevin Durant or any other superstar player may cause him to reconsider.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Lakers Offer Steve Nash, Picks To Celtics For Rajon Rondo
The Lakers offered the Celtics multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

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Durant Strongly Refutes Notion Players Don't Want To Play With Kobe
Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Kobe: You Can't Get To Supreme Level Without Channeling Dark Side
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.

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Kobe Bryant Calls Teammates 'Soft Like Charmin' During Practice
The practice was the first by Kobe Bryant in several weeks.

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Byron Scott Considering Starting Kobe At Point Guard
Kobe Bryant played point guard for all but the final 34 seconds of the fourth quarter of the Lakers' win over the Kings.

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