April 13, 2013
Lakes guard Kobe Bryant, 34, ruptured his left Achilles' tendon Friday and will be sidelined at least six to nine months. A quick look at his career. --Aug. 23, 1978: Bryant is born in Philadelphia. His father, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, played for the 76ers. --July 1996: Lakers trade Vlade Divac to Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights to 17-year-old Bryant, the 13 t h pick in the NBA draft. --1996-97: Named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team. Averages 7.6 points coming off the bench.
September 4, 1996 |
Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' prize rookie, broke his left wrist when he fell during a pickup game Monday at Venice Beach and is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks. The injury probably will keep him out of the first two weeks of training camp and the exhibition schedule. The Lakers learned of the accident Tuesday, when Bryant visited a hand specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.
February 15, 2013 |
The Lakers were blasted by the Clippers on Thursday night 125-101 at Staples Center. During and after the game, Kobe Bryant was livid. "It's not a good feeling at all," said Bryant. "Once things got difficult, we didn't step up to meet that challenge and I'm not very happy right now and hopefully my teammates feel the same way. " Bryant scored 20 points on just 13 shot attempts while dishing 11 assists. He did struggle with six turnovers. "We've just got to sit over the [All-Star]
November 10, 2012 |
Despite suffering a bruised foot in training camp, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is off to the most efficient start of his career. Through six games, Bryant is averaging 27.2 points a game while shooting 55.9% from the field, 44% from three-point range and 90.5% from the line. To put that in perspective, Bryant's best year from the field was in 2008-9 when he shot 46.7% from the field. His career high from behind the arc (38.3%) was in 2002-3. He converted 86.8% from the line in 2006-7.
March 19, 2013 |
Could Kobe Bryant end up going into coaching after his playing days are done? "After a 12-minute appearance, testing his sore left ankle in Friday night's game in Indianapolis, Bryant molted into a bench assistant, directing teammates and even pulling out a grease board and diagraming plays. " wrote former Times columnist Mark Heisler for The New York Times . The Lakers pulled out a close 99-93 victory over the Pacers, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he didn't mind Bryant's contribution - with a caveat.
October 9, 2012 |
The finish line for Kobe Bryant's career may be very near. Or maybe not. His contract with the Lakers runs through the 2013-14 season, and Bryant suggested in a recent cbssports.com story he might then retire. After practice Tuesday, reporters asked Bryant if he would only play for two more seasons. "We'll see from year to year where it goes," Bryant said. What would it take for him to come back for a third year? "How the hell do I know?" Bryant said. "It's three years from now. " Bryant suggested that playing pro basketball for nearly two decades is a major mental challenge.
May 3, 2012 |
As soon as he could, Kobe Bryant ditched the plastic mask. He couldn't right away. Bryant needed it to protect his broken nose and relieve pain after suffering a concussion during the 2012 NBA All-Star game. Even if he scored 342 points through 11 games while wearing the gear, Bryant sounded eager to ditch it after describing wearing the mask as "like a sauna on my face. " Bryant then joked he would donate it to "see if anybody is dumb enough to buy that sweaty mask. " Well, there's been 48 so-called "dumb" Bryant fans who have placed bids on eBay . The current bidding sits at $3,250 with five days remaining, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation's efforts to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles.
November 7, 2012 |
Join us for our Google+ Hangout today at 11:30 a.m., when Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and Clippers writer Brad Turner discuss the two teams. Sure to be a hot topic is Lakers Coach Mike Brown saying he wants to limit Kobe Bryant's playing time. As Bresnahan wrote earlier this week, "Almost every Lakers coach has said it since 1996, with the exception of Del Harris . He was lucky enough to get a young, vibrant Kobe Bryant . "Phil Jackson , in his second tour with the Lakers, wanted to limit Bryant's playing time.
August 24, 2012 |
A day has passed since Kobe Bryant turned 34, but that's hardly going to prevent friends and Lakers fans from showering him with gifts. Of course, the NBA's Larry O'Brien championship trophy remains the best present Bryant would ever want, even if he already has five of them. But no one can buy that. Not even Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. They may have built a championship-contending roster by acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but the Lakers still have to play together. So that puts the onus on Bryant's friends and fans to come up with different gift ideas, if they haven't already.