May 3, 2012 |
The shot looked flat. The spring in his step looked sluggish. Then came Kobe Bryant's revelation after making three of 20 shots in the Lakers' 88-85 win March 31 against the New Orleans Hornets. "Fatigue might have something to do with it," he said. Bryant usually downplays this issue or ignores it completely. He tried to do that after Thursday's practice, insisting, "I was fine" while he logged 38 minutes a game during the season. Yet his initial comments suggest otherwise.
March 22, 2012 |
Within a four-month span, the feeling Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had toward the team's front office subtly changed. In December, Bryant criticized the Lakers for trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, yet still gave the front office a vote of confidence at least for pursuing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. In February, Bryant blasted the front office for leaving Pau Gasol in limbo and giving uncertain signals about the organization's direction. And in an appearance Thursday on 710 ESPN's Mason & Ireland, Bryant called executive Jim Buss a "great guy" and praised the Lakers for making "the right decisions.
May 11, 2012 |
As he stepped foot into the Lakers' practice facility, Kobe Bryant had every right to appear upset. The Lakers suffered an embarrassing 113-96 Game 6 loss Thursday to the Denver Nuggets, setting up Game 7 Saturday at Staples Center. Bryant hardly liked the effort Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum provided; they combined for 14 points on five-of-21 shooting. And, despite nursing intestinal flu symptoms, Bryant suited up and scored 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting. Yet, there Bryant stood outside the trainer's room greeting reporters with a smile.
September 28, 2012 |
Go anywhere in Los Angeles and you're bound to run into a Kobe Bryant fan. You'll see one playing hoops at the local park wearing a No. 24 Lakers jersey. You'll see one buying his latest Nike shoes at the mall. And you'll certainly see plenty of them showering Bryant with "M-V-P" chants at Staples Center. So as Bryant appeared Friday on "Ellen," it wasn't exactly surprising for the Lakers star to meet a 10-year-old fan, Jarred Jones, who's seemingly collected every piece of Bryant memorabilia imaginable.
July 26, 2012 |
Whenever the moment feels right, Antawn Jamison pops in a tape that highlights a different era, one in which he starred opposite Kobe Bryant. Jamison may have openly gushed Wednesday at his introductory Lakers press conference about how Bryant's presence will lead to easier looks and a path to an NBA championship. But there was a time nearly a dozen years ago when Jamison wanted nothing more than to beat him. The Lakers' 125-122 double-overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 6, 2000 featured Bryant and Jamison each scoring 51 points.
April 27, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch explains why the Lakers' 113-96 loss Thursday to the Sacramento Kings in their season finale meant absolutely nothing. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions how the Lakers rested all of their stars, including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. -- The Sacramento Bees' Jason Jones notes how the Kings went wild against the Lakers' reserves. Notebooks -- The Times' Bolch also explains why Bryant sat out in the season finale despite having the chance to secure his third scoring title.
March 27, 2012 |
--As much as it was hard for him to write, The Times' T.J. Simers praises Kobe Bryant for how he handled sitting in four of the last six minutes of the Lakers' 102-96 loss Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to a few players, who indicate Bryant was quiet immediately after the game. -- The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom also praises Bryant for not casting blame on Lakers Coach Mike Brown for benching him. -- Fox Sports ranks the Lakers at No. 6 overall.
March 27, 2012 |
Two things remain clear regarding Kobe Bryant sitting on the bench in four of the last six minutes in the Lakers' loss Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies. First, Bryant was visibly upset over sitting in crunch time. He punched a bench in frustration. He left the timeout huddle. And he acknowledged that the body language validated the presumption that he wasn't happy about sitting. Secondly, Bryant deserves lots of praise for offering this quote about Coach Mike Brown. "It's his decision to make.
April 16, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' dominance over Dallas. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding's explains how the Lakers are adjusting to Kobe Bryant's absence. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how there is no timetable for Bryant's return. Notebooks -- The Times' Bresnahan says the Lakers' front office made a wise choice in not using the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace.
April 13, 2012 |
The wait continues. Kobe Bryant will miss his fourth consecutive game when the Lakers host the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Staples Center because of a sore left shin. Although he said Bryant "definitely is improving," Lakers Coach Mike Brown remained noncommital whether he would play Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant is currently listed as day-to-day. Bryant missed Friday's morning shootaround to receive treatment on his shin and didn't speak to reporters. He hasn't worn a walking boot since Tuesday to see how his shin reacted without it. Bryant has tenosynovitis, a condition that causes the tendon sheath to become inflamed and causes pain whenever the tendon slides in or out of it. Bryant, the NBA's scoring leader, suffered the injury when he was kicked in the shin during the first quarter of the Lakers' 88-85 victory March 31 over the New Orleans Hornets.