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September 10, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Kobe Bryant will forgo surgery on his right pinkie finger and report to training camp as scheduled when it begins later this month, the Lakers' guard and reigning NBA most valuable player announced Tuesday on his website. Bryant said on kb24.com that he consulted with "numerous hand specialists" before making his decision, and opted not to endure a post-operative recovery period that would cause him to miss the start of camp on Sept. 27. Initially, reports put the recovery period at six weeks, but Bryant said he was told he could've been sidelined as long as three months.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Point guards are the lifeblood of Coach Mike D'Antoni 's system, the heads of the snake that drive and score or kick out to open shooters in a perfect basketball world (see: Steve Nash , 2005). Too bad none of them can stay healthy on the Lakers. Nash has played only 11 games because of his chronically sore back, Jordan Farmar has played only 36 games and backup point guard Xavier Henry has spent more than two months on the sidelines. Kobe Bryant , a backup point guard for a while, lasted all of six games this season.
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December 2, 2009 | By Broderick Turner
So, Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic , where is "The Machine"? "The Machine is here," Vujacic said. "I'm just not playing." OK, then, why aren't you playing? "I don't know," Vujacic responded. Coach Phil Jackso n " has a group right now that he's playing. I'm just going to try to be patient." Mostly, Vujacic has found himself in games when they already have been decided. That's an issue for him. "I play a couple of games in garbage time," Vujacic said. "That's not where I see myself.
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February 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
According to the NBA Development League transactions page , former Lakers guard Kareem Rush retired last month. In a recent phone interview with The Times, Rush said that's not the case. "I've retired from the D-League," he said. "[I'm] not retired from basketball completely. " Rush, 33, last played in the NBA for the Clippers on Nov. 17, 2009, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He has since worked to get back in the NBA, joining the Lakers' D-League affiliate D-Fenders for the second time in his career.
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August 31, 2009 | Alex Pham
For most of his career in the NBA, there have been two Kobe Bryants, each evolving in mirror universes. One is a 6-foot-6 Los Angeles Lakers guard who grew up playing Double Dribble, a video game released in the 1980s, with his cousins during summer visits to his grandmother's house. The other is also a basketball player, albeit a digital one created 10 years ago by Visual Concepts, a video game developer in Novato, Calif. If the real Kobe built up his shoulders, so would the virtual Kobe.
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January 16, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
When TNT announces Monday the participants for the 2010 NBA All-Star game dunk contest, Lakers guard Shannon Brown said that's when he'll know if he was selected. Brown has had his Lakers teammates, Lakers fans and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard , who won the dunk contest in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009, all say they want to see him in the contest that will be held Feb. 13 of All-Star weekend at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Brown has become a YouTube sensation because of his dunking exploits, and there has been a groundswell of support on Facebook called "Let Shannon Dunk."
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February 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
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March 21, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Dallas — Despite all the accolades for Ramon Sessions , the Lakers haven't forgotten about Derek Fisher . They were well aware he signed with Oklahoma City for the rest of the season. They'll see him March 29 when they play host to the Thunder, as if that game needed any more story lines. "It's going to be emotional, I'm sure, for everybody, him and I in particular," Kobe Bryant said. Or as Metta World Peace said: "Kobe and Fish … mmm mmm mmm. Didn't they win five rings together?"
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February 12, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
All the will-he-or-won't-he chatter was rendered moot Thursday when the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant would not play in the All-Star game because of a sprained left ankle. The Lakers guard will be replaced by Dallas veteran Jason Kidd, further diminishing the appeal of a weekend in which Southern California fans had hoped Bryant would lead the West All-Stars to victory and Blake Griffin would dunk on some second-year player's head. Well, there's always Lakers guard Shannon Brown competing in the dunk contest.
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October 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has the explosion back in his legs - at least digitally. On Thursday, Visual Concepts released a trailer for its upcoming video game "NBA 2K14. " The strikingly realistic graphics show Bryant throwing down a one-handed slam-dunk over Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose. Bryant is currently working his way back from April surgery after tearing his Achilles' tendon.  It's unclear when the Lakers guard will be ready to hit the court - opening night against the Clippers on Oct. 29 appears to be a longshot.
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February 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
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February 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash turned 40 years old on Friday. In his 18th season, Nash is the oldest player in the NBA. Teammate Kobe Bryant (13th overall pick) was selected in the same 1996 draft as Nash (15th pick). But Bryant came into the league as a teenager and is four years younger than Nash. The veteran point guard joined the Lakers two summers ago but has struggled with injury since breaking his leg in the second game of the 2012-13 season. After playing six games to start the current season, Nash sat out almost three months with nerve issues in his back.
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February 3, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Another former Laker has gotten an NBA job. Sasha Vujacic, 29, winner of two championships with the Lakers, signed a 10-day contract with the Clippers on Monday. Originally taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Lakers, Vujacic played seven years in the league while averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Recently he played in Turkey for Anadolu Efes, but has spent most of the year preparing for a possible return to the NBA. Nicknamed "The Machine" for his shooting ability (although his calibration may have needed a reboot depending on the year)
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February 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Sasha Vujacic hasn't played in the NBA since 2011 when he played for the New Jersey Nets. But the 6-7 guard is finally back on an NBA roster after Vujacic signed a 10-day contract with the Clippers on Monday. “It's been different,” Vujacic said before the Clippers' shoot-around in Denver, as the team prepared for their game against the Nuggets Monday night. “It's been tough. That's in the past and I'm ready to keep moving forward.” Vujacic, 29, unable to get a job in the NBA, spent the last two seasons playing in Turkey.
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January 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
After going so long with only Kendall Marshall, the Lakers are suddenly awash in point guards. Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar practiced with the team Thursday, creating a flood of players at a position that had been severely lacking. None of the three will play Friday against Charlotte, and next Tuesday at Minnesota is the earliest they might appear. Nash hasn't been in a game since Nov. 10 because of nerve damage in his back but said Thursday he had "extremely high hopes" of playing next week.
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January 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MIAMI - Thanks for the All-Star votes, Kobe Bryant wanted his fans to know, but, uh, don't expect him to play in the game. When Bryant was announced Thursday as a starter in the Feb. 16 game, he said it was "always a tremendous honor" but had no desire to play in New Orleans that weekend. "No, I don't think so," he said flatly. How come? "With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well.
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May 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Within two days, mostly everything with Metta World Peace will come full circle. He'll step on the same court with Oklahoma City guard James Harden only 22 days after delivering a vicious elbow that gave him a concussion. The Lakers-Thunder Western Conference semifinals marks the first full playoff series World Peace will play after a seven-game suspension. And after initially hearing cheers from Staples Center after knocking out Harden, Chesapeake Energy Arena will likely greet him with contentious boos.  Instead of bringing closure to this ugly chapter, World Peace doesn't plan on shaking Harden's hands or apologizing in any way. "My concern is executing the coach's game plan," World Peace said.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Clippers signed former Lakers point guard Darius Morris on Monday night, barely an hour before their 101-81 victory over the Orlando Magic. Morris played just under eight minutes, scoring a single point with a rebound and assist.  He missed all three of his shot attempts and split a pair of free throws. The Clippers needed to add a point guard after Chris Paul went down with a separated shoulder, knocking him out for six weeks. On a 10-day contract, Morris needs to quickly make an impression.
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January 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Vote for Kobe Bryant as an All-Star? Kobe Bryant wouldn't. The Lakers star said Sunday he preferred fans vote for younger players to participate in the midseason showcase Feb. 16 in New Orleans because he did not anticipate playing at a high level by then as he recovers from a broken bone in his left knee. "I probably won't be able to come back soon enough to be able to make my stamp or make my mark on the game," Bryant said, "so my advice would be to vote for some of the younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they're more than deserving to be out there and playing that weekend.
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