January 16, 2013 |
Robert Horry laid into former teammate Kobe Bryant while speaking at the ninth Lakers All-Access event at Staples Center. "[When] Kobe is on the weak side, he needs to start paying attention to where the ball is and not be flying around, thinking he's some stealth bomber where he can get steals nonstop," said Horry. The Lakers (17-21) have struggled this season as a team to play defense, and Horry put a sizable share of the blame on Bryant. "That's the only reason you won two games, you solved the problem," continued Horry, speaking of Bryant's move to covering point guards Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks.
December 1, 2012 |
The Denver Nuggets (8-9) helped to facilitate the trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers, acquiring Andre Iguodala for Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington. Iguodala is one of the Nuggets leading scorers at 15.6 points per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40% from behind the arc. He's also collecting 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. "I've been a fan of his since he came out of Arizona," said Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant, who has a strong relationship with Iguodala off the court. "I've always tried to look out for him as much as I could, talk to him about the game and things like that.
October 22, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant sat out the Lakers' practice on Monday with a strained and bruised right foot. He's officially listed as day-to-day. While Coach Mike Brown couldn't say either way, he admitted the possibility that Bryant may miss the team's next game Wednesday night at Staples Center against the Clippers. Additionally, Dwight Howard wouldn't commit to Wednesday, saying he prefers to defer to the team's trainer Gary Vitti (whom Howard refers to as "Father Vitti"). Brown noted Sunday that as far as he is concerned, Howard is back 100%. That may be the case but Howard will wait for Vitti to make that decision.
October 17, 2012 |
The competitive nature in Kobe Bryant forever lingers. But there's no reason for the Lakers star to fret about the team's 114-80 loss Wednesday to the Utah Jazz at Honda Center, let alone its 0-4 preseason record. Instead, Bryant has his mind on other things. Once a few media members trickled away from his locker room stall, Bryant quickly shifted focus to another result that bothered him. "The Yanks lost again, huh?," Bryant asked a reporter. They sure did. The Yankees' 2-1 loss Tuesday to the Detroit Tigers put them in a 0-3 deficit in the American League Championship Series.
February 27, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' John Cherwa reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the 2012 NBA All-Star game and would be evaluated Monday in Los Angeles by an ear, nose and throat specialist. -- The New York Times' Howard Beck focuses on the Bryant passing Michael Jordan for the most points in NBA All-Star history. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr noted it was a rough night for Bryant and Andrew Bynum in the 2012 NBA All-Star game.
April 4, 2012 |
The play was designed for Kobe Bryant. The Lakers had squandered a 17-point lead over New Jersey and held only a one-point advantage at 88-87 with 10 seconds remaining. Matt Barnes delivered the ball to the team's star. Bryant, coming off of a screen, shot a 26-foot three-pointer, which bounced seven times on the rim before falling through the net, allowing an anxious Staples Center crowd to celebrate instead of reel over what otherwise could have been an inconceivable loss.
March 1, 2012 |
Who's the man behind the mask? The answer's easy. He's Kobe Bryant. Even if he wore a plastic mask that extended his hairline to the top of his lips with two holes for his eyes. Even if the mask altered his vision and made him feel like he was in a sauna as he tasted and felt his own sweat. Even if he played only three days after suffering a broken nose and a concussion in a meaningless All-Star game. Bryant looked different in the Lakers' 104-85 victory Wednesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
May 27, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has added new "art" to his collection of tattoos. On Saturday, Bryant tweeted out a tribute to his two daughters (Gianna and Natalia) on Instagram . Forearm art #ink . More art done on my right arm. Will post soon.. instagram.com/p/ZwPWu2xNgN/ - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 25, 2013 Back on May 14, Bryant tweeted that he was considering adding more "ink" while recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles' tendon. Thinking about getting a lil more ink #whynot #justdoit - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
August 13, 2012 |
Sitting by himself on the team bus Sunday, Kobe Bryant visualized what was in store for him that day. Team USA would soon play Spain for the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and this pregame ritual is the time Bryant visualizes the game-winning shot or a key scoring spurt he might provide to ensure victory. It also gave Bryant time to reflect on everything that had led up to that point. He knew this would mark his second and last Olympic run. He said without any hesitation that he wouldn't play in the 2016 Games in Brazil, considering that he turns 34 next week and possibly would be retired from the NBA by then.
October 12, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant always believed any passes he made to Smush Parker would go unfulfilled. But after Bryant dished at length this week about how Parker didn't belong in the NBA, his former teammate fired some shots back. “You can't knock the man's legacy, you can't knock what he's done in basketball," Parker told Hard 2 Guard Radio , as transcribed by Larry Brown Sports . "His work ethic is tremendous. There's not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball -- you've seen that throughout his career.