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November 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
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.
January 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
October 22, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
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.
February 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
  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 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
March 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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 4, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
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.
October 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he's watched Steve Nash throw crisp passes, direct the offense efficiently and take over the  ball-handling opportunities, Kobe Bryant admits: "I'm salivating. " Bryant knows Nash's presence will provide him easier scoring opportunities. It lessens his workload. It increases Bryant's chance to collect his sixth championship ring. Even though he's openly considering retiring once his contract expires after the 2013-14 season, Bryant may feel healthy and energetic enough to keep going because of Nash's arrival.
May 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.. - 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)
May 10, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant will play tonight in Game 6 against Denver after missing the morning shoot-around because of intestinal flu-like symptoms. "He's holding down fluids and stuff like that," Lakers Coach Mike Brown said 90 minutes before tip-off. "He'll play. " The Lakers lead the first-round series against the Nuggets, 3-2. Bryant averaged 31.2 points in the first five games of the playoffs, including a 43-point outburst in Game 5. "They said there's no minute restriction," Brown said of Bryant.
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