April 18, 2012 |
At least Lakers fans had one entertaining moment Tuesday evening. While their team was being routed by the San Antonio Spurs, Justin Bieber's face was featured on the kiss-cam. The perfectly coiffed 18-year-old probably elicited far more screams than a win would have anyway. Bieber, a faithful supporter of the team, told The Times that he remained optimistic about their chances to go far in the playoffs. "Hopefully they go all the way," Bieber said.
January 11, 2013 |
The Bryants, Kobe and his wife Vanessa, have recently embraced social media. Kobe can be found on Twitter , tweeting items like a picture of himself smiling as he squares off against Dwight Howard, mocking reports of an altercation between the two. Vanessa is on Instagram, and she was posting a significant message on Friday that she and Kobe are officially back together. "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed.
April 2, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan gives the Lakers credit for absorbing Andrew Bynum's absence in their 120-112 victory Sunday over the Golden State Warriors. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions Bynum wore a compression sleeve on his right leg before the game to minimize the swelling. -- The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons explains how the Warriors had no answer for Bryant. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the effort made by Kobe Bryant and Ramon Sessions during Bynum's absence.
November 28, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant sounded a mess after the Lakers dropped to 7-8, losing at home to the Indiana Pacers. Bryant overcame a cold to drop 40 points on the Pacers, hitting a big three-pointer with 24.5 seconds left to tie the game at 77. George Hill's driving layup with 0.1 second left Bryant sick and downtrodden in the locker room answering questions. "It was a tough game for us," said Bryant. "I've got to minimize my mistakes. Ten turnovers are way too many for me, so I have to work on perfecting that and bringing that down.
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.
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.
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.
April 14, 2013 |
The doctor who performed surgery on Kobe Bryant's ruptured Achilles' tendon said he expects the Lakers star to be back playing at some point next season. Speaking exclusively to The Times, Dr. Neal ElAttrache said Sunday that Bryant's competitive drive and mental toughness will give him an edge in recovering from an injury that figures to sideline him at least six to nine months. “I can point to all of the scientific aspects of the repair, but just as important if not more important is, who is that Achilles attached to?