HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

November 13, 2014 Updates

For all their shared greatness, Bryant and Duncan do not share much of a relationship. There is mutual respect, to be sure, but Bryant said they have never dined together or interacted much at all beyond the court. Their most intimate time spent together, Bryant said, came during all those annual appearances at All-Star weekends. "I would say we're – friendly sounds really weak – but whenever we get a chance to be around each other, we always looking forward to talking," Bryant said. "All-Star games were always a good time. We'd always find time to talk when we're near each other, and Tony and Manu as well. Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) too. I always make a point to spend about 15, 20 minutes with Pop just talking to him. I've learned quite a bit from him." USA Today Sports

Kobe Bryant now holds the NBA record for most misses (13,421). He will still go down as one of the greatest ever, but he's chucking at record levels right now. Granted, it's just seven games in, but he's missing more shots per minute than any player in NBA history (see chart below). Said another way, he has 20 more missed field goals than any of his teammates have attempted this season. He's not going down without a fight. ESPN.com

November 12, 2014 Updates
November 11, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson can’t talk about Kobe Bryant because of tampering rules. But the Knicks President was asked about his former star guard amid rumors that Bryant could somehow land in New York given the Lakers’ disastrous start to this NBA season: “We just have to measure, always, what’s this team’s potential?” Jackson said Monday night about his thoughts on the Bryant rumors. “What is this group’s potential? What do we have in front of us as an organization? I always used to say, ‘General managers are thinking three to five years ahead, coaches are thinking one to three games ahead, that’s about as far as they can see.’ The Knicks Blog

“”If there is not a real opportunity for [Bryant] to win a championship there, the thought of him leaving may shock Lakers fans,” Fox said. “But I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships. Personally, I think it’s going to get done in New York. I really do. I just believe in Phil. I’ve been around him. I know Kobe has had his greatest success with Phil in a leadership capacity. So the reuniting of the two is not an unrealistic thought.” Los Angeles Daily News

November 10, 2014 Updates

It’s certainly not a record that will be featured on Kobe Bryant’s resume or that he likely would want highlighted in a biography or documentary. This achievement is a little more dubious and a lot less sexy. It’s not about how many baskets Bryant has made, titles he has won or points he has scored. It’s about how many shots he has missed, and it turns out there have been a lot. Like thousands. Bryant very well could set the record Tuesday at Memphis for most shots missed all-time in the NBA, eclipsing John Havlicek’s mark of 13,417 in 1,270 regular-season games. Bryant has missed 13,405 shots in 1,251 regular-season games after going 7 for 20 on Sunday in the Lakers’ first victory of the season. Orange County Register

Any chance they have of being relevant the next year or two solely rests with Bryant being on the floor at Staples every night, putting butts in seats as he has done for more than 15 years. And no contending team, by definition, needs Bryant. He isn't a "put them over the top" player. He's a "we have to redo our whole team to support him" player. And teams willing to do that don't have pieces attractive enough for L.A. to even look at their offers. Not happening. NBA.com

But as much as Lakers’ fans believe it’s about Kobe, Lakers’ management would have to jump at a chance for a young star to accelerate their rebuilding. Which is why Kobe to the Wizards may be the one. The Wizards have a young, potential star shooting guard in Bradley Beal. You can build with a player like him. Then you give the Lakers Nene and another player since the Wizards have plenty of guys they’re not much using to include in trade. For the Wizards, it’s the chance to take a shot, which they really don’t have now. With the addition of Paul Pierce, the Wizards are about now. Adding someone like Kobe with Pierce, John Wall and Marcin Gortat gives them a shot at the top of the weak East. And how sweet would it be for Kobe to go where Michael Jordan couldn’t win and get somewhere? Kobe’s not getting that sixth title. Maybe besting Jordan that way would appeal to him. NBA.com

And as Bryant said afterward, when he strolled out of the familiar loading dock with all the exuberance of an arena worker who just logged a 12-hour day, his loyalty to the Lakers wouldn't have changed had their season ended with the kind of 0-82 record that, at times, had almost seemed possible. "It's not going to happen," Bryant told USA TODAY Sports when asked if the temptation to change teams might still grow from here. "It's not going to happen. You go through the good times, you've got to go through the bad times." USA Today Sports

As for the idea that he might play beyond those two seasons, one that was endorsed by Jeanie Buss in a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports when she expressed a desire to re-sign Bryant after his current contract is done, Bryant isn't seeing it. For better or worse, he reiterated as he has in the past, this 19-season marriage that has brought him far more joy (five championships) than it has pain will be over after the 2015-16 campaign. "Nah, not really," he said with a grin and a shake of the head when asked if he can envision playing beyond his current contract. "But I'm so loyal to this organization, there's not a chance (of him leaving)…I've been really fortunate to win a lot of games here, a lot of championships here. You can't (expletive) with (that)." USA Today Sports

Sam Amick: A more-peaceful Kobe Bryant after his Lakers end their losing streak: "Nice to get through a press conference without dropping an F-bomb." Twitter @sam_amick

November 8, 2014 Updates

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