April 23, 2012 |
The jaw jutted as Kobe Bryant willed his way and made late-game baskets. His eyes focused intently as he defended. His stoic expressions calmed the Lakers as they nearly did the impossible in their 114-108 double overtime victory Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder by overcoming an 18-point deficit.
June 1, 2012 |
This is the fifth in a series of posts grading the Lakers on their efforts in the 2011-12 season. Player: Kobe Bryant, Lakers guard How he performed: 27.9 points on 43% shooting and 4.6 assists in 38.5 minutes per game in the regular season; 30 points on 43.9% shooting and 4.8 assists in 39.7 minutes per game in the postseason. The good: Reports of Bryant's demise proved to be greatly exaggerated. It turns out he simply needed an innovative procedure on his surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle to turn back the clock.
March 22, 2012 |
Laker fans have almost become numb to Kobe Bryant's heroics. They've seen his game-winners. They've witnessed all the times he's dropped 40-plus points. They know Bryant will play through pretty much any injury. These fans may still marvel at what Bryant does, but by now it's almost expected. Yet hardly anyone could anticipate Bryant somehow pulling off what he did in the Lakers' 109-93 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. After beating Jason Kidd on a backdoor cut, Bryant received a pass over the top of the rim from Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
April 11, 2012 |
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan mentions Kobe Bryant's left shin has improved, but not enough to play San Antonio. -- Fox Sports' Sam Amico details how veteran teams, such as the Spurs and the Lakers, still remain contenders. -- NBA.com's Fran Blinebury remains concerned about Andrew Bynum's behavior. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that Bryant always plays if he's physically capable. -- ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon argues Lamar Odom's act in Dallas grew tiresome.
August 9, 2012 |
In another sign that Kobe Bryant accepts that his NBA career is coming to an end, the Lakers' star confirmed the 2012 London Olympics would mark his last time pursuing a gold medal. "This is it," Bryant told reporters in London, according to a tweet from ESPN.com's Marc Stein . It's not surprising Bryant's already revealing he won't play in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero. Bryant has also recently admitted considering retiring after his two-year, $58-million deal with the Lakers expires after the 2013-14 season.
April 17, 2012 |
Most times, Lakers Coach Mike Brown pledges to simply look at the game ahead. It's the oldest cliche in the book, but he's not using that approach in assessing Kobe Bryant's left shin injury. Brown said Bryant would "most likely not" suit up Wednesday when the Lakers play at Golden State. He is missing his sixth consecutive game Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs, and the Lakers appear in no rush to have him return. "We're taking our time with it," Brown said. "We want to make sure that it's right.
April 18, 2012 |
The Lakers appear patient about Kobe Bryant's recovery from a sore left shin so that he's healthy for the playoffs. Meanwhile, it has prompted Coach Mike Brown to start Devin Ebanks, who has spent most of the season out of the rotation, at shooting guard. "Hopefully when Kobe comes back," Ebanks said, "Coach will still have me in the rotation to play. " That's unlikely to happen. Brown said Ebanks might still see playing time, but added that "there's not a ton of minutes there to play Kobe and Ebanks.
August 11, 2012 |
Without prompting, Dwight Howard appeared more than eager to bust out another imitation. This time, Howard didn't mimic the high-shrieked yell from former Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy. Howard didn't break out into his Charles Barkley impression by enunciating the word "turrible. " Howard didn't make fun of Shaquille O'Neal's monotone voice, either. Instead, he relived Kobe Bryant's congratulatory phone call when the Lakers officially introduced Howard at a press conference Friday after acquiring him from the Orlando Magic in a four-team, 12-player trade.
February 25, 2012 |
Reporting from Orlando, Fla. -- Certainly there was no alarm when Kobe Bryant skipped Friday's mandatory media session because he was "ill. " No further explanation was offered and probably none was needed. Bryant met with the media for nine minutes on Saturday and quickly dismissed Friday's sickness. "I feel all right," Bryant said. "Something I ate. " And that was the total time spent on Bryant's illness. But, perhaps, he was telling the back story later in the interview.
May 30, 2012 |
Time and time again, Kobe Bryant exerts his scoring dominance and demeans his opponents afterward. He does it in games. He does it in practice. That's what makes Bryant who he is. So with Bryant currently offering the chance for fans to play him in a game of H-O-R-S-E, there's little doubt the Lakers' star will bring the same fiery demeanor. But the stakes will be different this time. Bryant is starting up an auction from June 4 to June 11 that will allow fans to bid on playing him July 2 in Santa Barbara, with proceeds benefiting the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation's Youth Homelessness Initiative.