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March 4, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
If only Friday's night ugliness was about just one punch. If only the ramifications lasted just the length of the suspension. It only this entire matter would go away in two games, allowing the Lakers to return to the business of lacing their spikes and sprinting after Sacramento. But it won't. Because what happened Friday night is not about Kobe Bryant's fist, but his head. He has changed. A sweet kid has grown into a sassy young adult. The smooth guy has become a tough guy. Over his designer silk game, he has draped a crusty leather jacket.
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April 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is featured in a commercial for Panini, a sports and entertainment collectibles company. Emphasizing his love of soccer growing up in Italy before he played basketball, Bryant says in the commercial, "Before I was a baller, I was a baller. " The Lakers All-Star guard also made a cameo in a recent Nike soccer commercial Bryant told GQ magazine his favorite soccer team is A.C. Milan. "Milan has always been my favorite team, and it's always in my heart," Bryant said.
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November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
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April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Will D'Antoni be back to coach the Lakers? The franchise has yet to announce the future of Coach Mike D'Antoni, but assistant Dan D'Antoni may be moving on to coach at Marshall University. Mike had been linked to his alma mater but on Thursday, Mike Hamrick, athletic director at Marshall, tweeted Dan will be the Thundering Herd's next coach. I am proud to announce that Dan D'Antoni will be the next head basketball coach at Marshall University. #THEHERD pic.twitter.com/LxpD13FFnR - Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD)
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October 29, 2003 | Mike Penner
Actually heard on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon: "As reported earlier on SportsCenter, sources close to O'Neal say he called Bryant twice this summer and in fact Kobe never returned his phone calls." Stay tuned for further developments in this breaking news story. Such as: Did Kobe really get a smaller piece of Phil Jackson's birthday cake than Shaq? And did that, in turn, cause Kobe not to invite Shaq to spend the night up in his backyard treehouse?
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April 13, 2013
Lakes guard Kobe Bryant, 34, ruptured his left Achilles' tendon Friday and will be sidelined at least six to nine months. A quick look at his career. --Aug. 23, 1978: Bryant is born in Philadelphia. His father, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, played for the 76ers. --July 1996: Lakers trade Vlade Divac to Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights to 17-year-old Bryant, the 13 t h pick in the NBA draft. --1996-97: Named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team. Averages 7.6 points coming off the bench.
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August 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Before Kobe Bryant spoke Thursday night at "Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel," Robert Horry took the stage. "[Bryant] has all kinds of accolades, all kinds of praise going, but he's still working hard every day," Horry said. "It makes you want to work hard. That's what guys realize when they come to the Lakers organization. " Bryant and Horry won three rings together with the Lakers (2000-02) but the former teammates didn't always see eye to eye. Bryant's intensity in practice and even in games could be a little much for a seasoned veteran like Horry.
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January 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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February 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were blasted by the Clippers on Thursday night 125-101 at Staples Center. During and after the game, Kobe Bryant was livid. "It's not a good feeling at all," said Bryant. "Once things got difficult, we didn't step up to meet that challenge and I'm not very happy right now and hopefully my teammates feel the same way. " Bryant scored 20 points on just 13 shot attempts while dishing 11 assists.  He did struggle with six turnovers. "We've just got to sit over the [All-Star]
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November 10, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Despite suffering a bruised foot in training camp, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is off to the most efficient start of his career. Through six games, Bryant is averaging 27.2 points a game while shooting 55.9% from the field, 44% from three-point range and 90.5% from the line. To put that in perspective, Bryant's best year from the field was in 2008-9 when he shot 46.7% from the field.  His career high from behind the arc (38.3%) was in 2002-3.  He converted 86.8% from the line in 2006-7.
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April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Early in the season, the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a $48.5-million, two-year extension -- a gamble that he'll fully recover from the Achilles' injury that ended his season in April 2013. After six games played, Bryant went down with a knee fracture in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 17.  The Lakers went on to win 27 games, a full 30 behind the Clippers (57-25). Bryant returned to the court Monday, cleared to start training in anticipation of a full return for the 2014-15 season.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There were plenty of items to pluck from Mitch Kupchak's 41-minute meeting with reporters Friday, first and foremost the lack of a timetable for a decision on Coach Mike D'Antoni's future. “Mike is under contract for two more years. If anything changes, we'll let you know,” the Lakers' general manager said. “Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did.” Only next season is guaranteed for D'Antoni, making the decision less difficult than it seems.
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April 18, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker. Perhaps for good reason. Parker, a former Laker, allegedly punched a 16-year-old in the jaw during a pickup basketball game, according to the New York Post.  Wolfgang Novogratz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore point guard at Brooklyn's Poly Prep, allegedly had to be taken to the hospital after the incident.  “Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush,” a source told the...
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
SAN ANTONIO -- While the Lakers prepared for their last game of the season, Kobe Bryant was already beginning his off-season. Bryant went to France with family members either Tuesday or Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The Lakers conclude their season Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. A team spokesman said he was unaware of the situation and referred a reporter to Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, who did not immediately return a phone call. Bryant has been in a surly mood since the team's fortunes started sagging, muttering under his breath at last month's team photo that he doesn't like associating with a team so many games under .500.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Finally. The Lakers crawled past the finish line Wednesday, kissing goodbye to the 2013-14 season (without any further injuries) in a 113-100 victory over the half-interested San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. After a series of record-setting lows, the most important date for the Lakers becomes May 20, the night of the NBA draft lottery. They have a 6.3% chance of landing the top overall draft pick after finishing with the NBA's sixth-worst record. While the Lakers (27-55)
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
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October 9, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The finish line for Kobe Bryant's career may be very near. Or maybe not. His contract with the Lakers runs through the 2013-14 season, and Bryant suggested in a recent cbssports.com story he might then retire. After practice Tuesday, reporters asked Bryant if he would only play for two more seasons.  "We'll see from year to year where it goes," Bryant said. What would it take for him to come back for a third year? "How the hell do I know?" Bryant said. "It's three years from now. " Bryant suggested that playing pro basketball for nearly two decades is a major mental challenge.
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March 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Could Kobe Bryant end up going into coaching after his playing days are done? "After a 12-minute appearance, testing his sore left ankle in Friday night's game in Indianapolis, Bryant molted into a bench assistant, directing teammates and even pulling out a grease board and diagraming plays. " wrote former Times columnist Mark Heisler for The New York Times . The Lakers pulled out a close 99-93 victory over the Pacers, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he didn't mind Bryant's contribution - with a caveat.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will have the opportunity to rebuild the Lakers (25-53) after agreeing to a multiyear contract extension. Kupchak has served as the team's general manager since 2001, winning four titles on his watch. Now the Lakers are almost done with their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. His contract was originally set to expire after the 2014-15 season. With the extension announced Tuesday, he will have more time to reshape the team after the moves to acquire Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't put the Lakers into contention.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
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