HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

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Michael Jordan randomly handpicked a person in his annual Nike Air Jordan basketball academy for a 1-on-1 game. A Kobe Bryant fan was called upon to play with Michael Jordan. Sportando

July 19, 2014 Updates

But before he could totally turn the page, Gasol reflected on what it was like to bid farewell to one certain former Lakers teammate: Kobe Bryant. "It was difficult," Gasol told reporters when asked about informing Bryant of his decision to sign with the Bulls. "We have a close friendship. We've been through a lot together, and I'm sure I will miss him. But we talked to each other and our relationship goes beyond basketball and we'll always have a friendship. "It was difficult to talk to him, but he was very supportive and he understood. He just said I had to do what was best for me and what felt right for me and he was going to support me no matter what. That's what friends and brothers do, and that's what we are." ESPN.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports. Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career. ESPN.com

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The NBA Hall of Famer was out in Beverly Hills yesterday when we asked if he were in Kobe's shoes ... would he stay in L.A. or demand a trade to a better squad so he could end his career with a shot at competing for a title. And that's when Jerry dropped his truth bomb -- saying Kobe probably won't win another championship during his NBA career. TMZ.com

July 15, 2014 Updates

In an interview with Fifa.com, Bryant was asked about the Lakers’ West rival and while he did say he is happy for San Antonio, he also admits the Lakers will be using the Spurs 2014 NBA title as fuel for next season. Well deserved. It really is a lesson on how you get guys to play together if they share one goal. I am very happy for the Spurs. It is a motivation for us. Hopefully we can do the same next season. ProjectSpurs.com

July 13, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol: 12-07-14. After much deliberation and soul searching, I’ve decided to join the Chicago Bulls. I’m excited about the opportunity to become a part of such a storied franchise and play with a contending team in front of some of the most passionate fans in sports. Although the future is bright for me in Chicago, deciding not to return to Los Angeles was an extremely difficult decision. In my seven seasons with the Lakers, we made three trips to the NBA Finals and won two NBA Championships. I am thankful that I was able to play with one of the greatest NBA players, Kobe Bryant, alongside many other great teammates, and for one of the greatest coaches, Phil Jackson and his coaching staff. I‘m also grateful to have played for one of the best owners in all of sports - the Buss family. However, I realize that the Lakers are in a rebuilding process. I have no doubt the Lakers will be a top contender in the future. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ timetable does not align with mine. I wish the Lakers and its fans nothing but the best going forward. paugasol.com

July 10, 2014 Updates

All that salary-cap space the Lakers lined up in anticipation of some of the league's brightest talents hitting the market? Start by bringing in Carmelo Anthony. "I would love to play with him," Bryant said Wednesday at the start of his eighth annual youth basketball academy on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. "We've really clicked since 2008, and I would love to see him out here [in Los Angeles]." ESPN.com

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