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Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Brad Turner: Lakers had GM Mitch Kupchak, Coach Byron Scott at meeding. No Kobe Bryant, and no one from Buss family was there, per source.
Aldridge, who turns 30 in two weeks, also failed to connect with Kobe Bryant, who spoke for about three minutes at the presentation. Bryant said he envisioned Aldridge working with him the same way Pau Gasol did, a message that apparently fell flat, though Lakers officials were quick to defend Bryant. “It wasn’t his fault at all,” said a team official who requested anonymity.: 94 more rumors
Ramona Shelburne: Told that Aldridge asked @Kobe Bryant how he thought they would play together and Kobe compared it to his dynamic w/ Pau.
Mike Bresnahan: Kobe spoke for about three minutes in the presentation, said he envisioned LaMarcus Aldridge working with him the same way Pau Gasol did.
Bill Oram: Been told Kobe Bryant was “very good” in Lakers meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge. Also that meeting went “well,” for what that’s worth.
So if the Lakers want to sign both Jordan and Aldridge, they need to do one of the following: 1. Get rid of Kobe. They can’t trade him unless he agrees, because of his no-trade clause. They could waive him and stretch his salary, however. The cap hit for this season would reduce to about $8.3 million, clearing about $16.2 million off their cap. This would give them enough cap room to sign both Aldridge and Jordan, and they’d even be able to hang onto Black, Brown, Kelly, Sacre and Young, and still have about $2 million to spare.
The Clippers, who will have Coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and a video presentation, will be the last team to meet with Jordan on Thursday, the officials said. Jordan has gotten a call from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the officials said. Bryant wanted Jordan to know the Lakers are interested.: 55 more rumors
It remains unclear if Bryant — who will be 37 when next season begins — will want to play beyond 2015-16. That will mark the final year of his current contract with the Lakers, during which he’ll be paid a league-high $25 million. Kupchak has said Bryant has indicated to him that next season will be his last with the team. Bryant said he has yet to make a decision. “It might be,” Bryant said. “You gotta retire sometime. I’m not Benjamin Button, man.”
Baxter Holmes: Kobe says at the end of the upcoming season, if he feels like playing another season, he will. If not, he won’t.
Earlier this year, Kobe Bryant said “being a great friend is something I will never be.” The Los Angeles Lakers star guard explained that comment at an event Saturday by saying, “I meant that friends can come and go, but banners hang forever.” Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, made his remarks during an interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill at the BET Experience at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
Bryant also said he once made a teammate cry. “He was really, really bad,” Bryant said. “I said, ‘Dude, you might want to reconsider what your life purpose is. Maybe it’s not this.’ It came out that way. I was like, maybe 20 something years old. I don’t know, really young.”
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he has talked with first-round draft pick Larry Nance Jr. about a tweet Nance posted in 2012 that referred to a sexual-assault case involving Bryant. Speaking at the BET Experience held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night during a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill, Bryant said “there’s no need” for any further discussion about the matter.
“The kid figured it out himself,” Bryant said. “He’s a kid, man. He actually sent me a great message [Friday], which is really funny. I looked at it [the message], and it was like, ‘This is when you know it’s about time to hang these things up, when your teammate writes you, Hi, Mr. Bryant.’ “I was like, ‘What the f—?’ But it was really nice and apologetic about what had happened. I said, ‘Dude, listen. We’ve all said things and done things that we regret and wish we could take back. It’s water under the bridge, man. Welcome to the team.’ He writes back, ‘Thank you, sir.'”
Most Lakers media members were not immediately aware of his tweet, and Nance Jr. was not asked about it. But the tweet then became viral and the Lakers soon caught wind of it. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he and team spokesman John Black addressed Nance Jr. about his tweet, which has since been deleted. “I’m not in a position to really share information,” Kupchak said after the NBA Draft on Thursday. “But it is something that they will have to discuss amongst the two of them. It’s my understanding that it’s something that happened a few years ago. And in today’s world, things don’t go away, which doesn’t make it any less offensive.”
Larry Nance Jr. was selected by the Lakers 27th overall on Thursday night, and the former Wyoming star was quickly called out for a tweet he sent out in May of 2012: “Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time… #rapist” Bryant was arrested on charges of sexual assault related to an incident in Eagle, Colorado in 2003. The case was dropped when Bryant’s accuser refused to testify in court. Once people started to share the tweet, Nance quickly deleted it. There will still be some awkwardness the first time they meet, though, we imagine.
The Lakers chose Larry Nance Jr. with the 27th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, only to learn the Wyoming forward sent out a critical tweet about Kobe Bryant three years ago. Nance has since deleted the tweet, which was widely shared on social media immediately after the Lakers selected Nance with their second first-round pick. “Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time..” Nance tweeted on May 1, 2012, adding the hashtag “rapist.”
“I’ve spoken to Larry Nance Jr., and I’m not in a position to really share information, but it is something that (Nance and Bryant) will have to discuss amongst the two of them,” Kupchak said. “My understanding, it’s something that happened years ago, and in today’s world, things don’t go away, which doesn’t make it any less offensive because it was said three or four years ago.”