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Kobe Bryant didn't join his teammates on the bench Tuesday night preferring the sanctity of the Lakers' locker room to courtside at Staples Center.
It was impossible to tell if he was stewing after NBA general managers knocked him down a notch in their assessment of the league's top shooting guards but it's not out of the question given his recent reaction to other perceived slights.
Bryant changed his Twitter avatar to "1225" presumably in response to ESPN ranking the Lakers as the 12th-best team in the Western Conference and Bryant as the 25th-best player in the NBA.
What's another jab besides extra inspiration?
"I like it because Kobe always finds ways to motivate himself and to keep those things in mind" Lakers center Pau Gasol said after the Lakers' 108-94 exhibition victory over the Utah Jazz "so it kind of pushes him to push himself harder and be better."
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said he figured the 56.7% of gen...
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Kobe Bryant is in the last year of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. If you’re waiting for news of a contract extension for Bryant, you’ll have a long wait.
This doesn’t mean that Kobe will be done playing with the Lakers after this season; it’s just that the team doesn’t plan to extend his current contract for salary cap reasons.
According to T.J. Simers, Jim Buss...
Kobe Bryant was the focus of a recent contrived controversy thanks to ESPN’s annual NBA Player Rank, which ranked the Lakers superstar the 25th best player in the league. Kobe immediately responded to the slight by changing his Twitter avatar to “1225″ — a nod both his rank, and another ESPN poll that ranked the Lakers the 12th best team in the Western Conference. Today,...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you’ll know that ESPN recently ranked Kobe Bryant as the 25th best player in the NBA.
Many players around the league disagreed with ESPN’s assessment, and LeBron James is no different.
During a question and answer session with his Twitter followers, LeBron revealed that he thinks Bryant is still a Top 5 players...
He doesn’t need it, but here’s some more motivation for the Black Mamba…
In an annual survey carried out by NBA.com, 56.7 percent of the league’s general managers agreed that James Harden is the best shooting guard in the league. Kobe Bryant came second with 20 percent of the vote, followed by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Paul George (6.7 percent) and Dwyane Wade (3.3 percent...
There’s still around nine months left until Carmelo Anthony will officially become a free agent. but that doesn’t stop the forward from talking about his future.
According to the NY Daily News, Melo says he wants to stay in New York, though he doesn’t sound all that convincing:
The Melo-drama Part II is under way in the wake of Anthony confirming that he plans to opt out of...
LOS ANGELES Five thoughts following the Lakers 108-94 exhibition win over Utah.
1: Los Angelinos, get ready for lots of exciting basketball at Staples Center this season even with Kobe Bryant and his surgically-repaired Achilles' tendon likely to miss the first month of play.
Meanwhile, you have the Clippers, and even though Blake Griffin has disavowed the name "Lob...
Kobe Bryant has spent half of his life in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, and he's not comfortable sitting on the sideline while his teammates play without him.
Yet Bryant's health is just one concern surrounding the Lakers as they begin a season of profound transition.
Dwight Howard's decision to take less money to sign with Houston last July removed a cornerstone of...
Throughout his distinguished career, Kobe Bryant has been well-known for using negative comments as motivational fuel for his play on the court. Now in his thirties and coming off a career-altering injury, many are starting to doubt whether Bryant can be the same elite player that he has been in the past, including apparently, the NBA's General Managers.
For the first time...
The Los Angeles Lakers will begin the regular season in 10 days and Mike D'Antoni is unsure of when Kobe Bryant will begin practicing.
Bryant is recovering from a torn Achilles.
“I have no idea,” said D'Antoni.
“He has a big desire to come back, but he understands there has to be a few steps he needs to take in order to come back,” Pau Gasol said. “I don’t think...
Tracy McGrady took to Twitter Tuesday night as he watched the Lakers preseason game against the Jazz to say he feels sorry for Kobe, rehabbing back from an Achilles injury, for when he returns to the team. The Lakers ended up pulling out the win, 108-94, but T-Mac was not impressed with what he saw.
Sitting here watching the Lakers, and I feel sorry for my boy Jellybean when he comes...
Recently retired NBA player Tracy McGrady has been a longtime rival of Kobe Bryant, ever since the two were neck and neck as the best players in the NBA.
With Kobe still sidelined while rehabbing his Achilles, McGrady tweeted how he felt about this season’s Lakers team that Bryant has to play with:
Sitting here watching the Lakers...
The Lakers will tip-off their 2013 regular season in 10 days against the Clippers, and Mike D’Antoni says he’s unsure of when Kobe Bryant will even begin practicing.
“I have no idea,” said D’Antoni.
“He has a big desire to come back, but he understands there has to be a few steps he needs to take in order to come back,” Pau Gasol said. “I don’t think he’s taken...
The Lakers’ trip to China may have included an outing to the Great Wall and dinner with Yao Ming, but the purple and gold also put in some work while they were overseas.
In the video below, which was posted by the NBA, we get an inside look at the Lakers’ practice in Shanghai.
Aside from soundbites from Pau Gasol, Mike D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant, we also get to see the team working...
Maybe Kevin Durant was on to something.
According to NBA.com’s 12th annual GM Survey 56.7% of NBA GM’s say James Harden of the Rockets is the best shooting guard in the NBA ahead of an injured Kobe Bryant.
1. James Harden, Houston — 56.7%
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 20.0%
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City; Paul George, Indiana — 6.7%