HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors


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But the Lakers’ star still exuded an aura of calmness surrounding all the adversity around him. That included Bryant’s optimism about returning for the 2015-16 campaign in what will mark his 20th NBA season and final year of his contract that will pay him $25 million. “I’ll be ready to go,” Bryant said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “I’ll do my regiment and be ready to go.” Los Angeles Daily News

Bryant has said his recruiting efforts aren't deterred even though Rondo was traded from the rebuilding Celtics squad to the contending Mavericks. "No way," Bryant told the Boston Herald in January. "I'm not done. I'm not stopping until he signs an extension." How does that sit with Rondo? "He's one of the best that's ever played our game," Rondo said. "When he speaks, it speaks volumes. It's an honor and a compliment that he'd want to play with a guy like me. But right now I'm focused on winning a championship with the Dallas Mavericks." ESPN.com

Mike Trudell: How does this recovery from your shoulder injury compare to the ones that you suffered the last two seasons with the legs? Kobe Bryant: The Achilles one was horrible. This one’s much, much better. I can move around a lot more and it feels strong. NBA.com

Is this an advantage in that you have your legs available to do stuff in this summer, whereas the last two injuries were a little bit different? Bryant: Yeah, it’s definitely an advantage. I can start running pretty soon and start lifting weights and getting my legs strong, whereas the last few injuries I haven’t been able to do that. NBA.com

Coach Byron Scott said he spoke with Bryant during the team's recent trip and told the 17-time All-Star he wanted to him to attend the team's home games. "I wanted him around," Scott said. "I like seeing him." Bryant, looking dapper in black slacks and a sports coat and an open-collared shirt, sat near the end of the Lakers' bench, occasionally exchanging fist bumps with teammates as they came out of the game. "It was good to see him out here. Good to see him with this teammates," Scott said of Bryant, who will get $23.5 million from the Lakers this season. "I'm sure it was good for the fans to see him as well." Los Angeles Times

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Carmelo Anthony hated Battier and he had good reason. Battier had tremendous success against Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant during his career (yet oddly struggled against Jason Richardson) and at least one of his superstar opponents took offense. Battier recalled how much opponents hated going against him, whether it be due to disrespect or dread. “The looks of disdain I got from Carmelo Anthony every time,” Battier recalled. “I didn’t even try to shake his hand.” Sports Illustrated

February 28, 2015 Updates

Directed by Gotham Chopra, the 83-minute film contains a wealth of rarely seen footage that reaches back to Bryant's early childhood in Italy. By turns charming, cocky, remorseful and emotional, the celebrated and divisive superstar probes his past in the film with an openness and candor rarely seen during his 18-year pro basketball career. "I didn't want to write a book — I don't have the patience to do that," Bryant said in a phone interview. "We wanted to create something really different, very truthful. Cinematically, we wanted to do something that would be different from the ways documentaries are shot. This was about doing something that was fun, but also honest." Los Angeles Times

At the core of the project is Bryant's all-consuming passion for basketball, a double-edged sword that drove him to greatness but also often alienated him from teammates, friends and family. Since skipping college and entering the NBA at 18, he had a solitary goal — to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. "This was my life," he declares in the documentary, looking straight at the camera. "You can't possibly become better than me because you're not spending the time on it that I am. Even if you wanted to spend the time, you can't, because you have other things, other responsibilities taking you away from it. So I already won." Los Angeles Times

February 26, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant: But the facts are facts. The salary cap is the salary cap. Players aren't going to leave millions and millions of dollars on the table twice to come here and play. It's just not realistic. Wanting LeBron (James) to come here and take a massive pay cut again (last summer), after taking a big one to go to Miami, is not realistic. Melo (Carmelo Anthony) leaving $15-20 (million) on the table to come here is not realistic. So we have certain restrictions, but we'll figure it out. USA Today Sports

Q: You and I talked earlier this season about that concept, the fact that so many people kept assuming you'd want out at some point because of how bad things had gotten (with the present-day Lakers). A: That's not what I do, man. I've got to take the good times with the bad, man. You can't ask to be the leader of the franchise, and then when the franchise hits rough times, you say, "All right, thank you. Peace." USA Today Sports

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