HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

November 10, 2014 Updates

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
November 7, 2014 Updates

Your suggestion regarding the Knicks trading Stoudemire for Kobe Bryant makes so much sense to me I was wondering what would be the Knicks justification for not doing it. The initial reaction to your suggestion according to a "Knick source" was there was a 0% chance of this happening. Bruce Roberts Sam: I see it’s gotten some traction since I speculated about it Monday, though “Knicks source” in a New York newspaper generally means someone who’s been to a Knicks game or gets the subway at Penn Station under Madison Square Garden near the Knicks sign. I could understand why the Knicks might balk as though Kobe has looked great, that’s two years of big money, which cuts them off from this summer free agency. Maybe they have a guy in mind they really want. Marc Gasol’s been rumored, who probably heard good things about Phil from his brother and is a high post type center who’d work well in the offense. I know the Lakers side of needing Kobe for TV ratings, which I think is less urgent. They’ll stop watching even Kobe at 4-28. As I wrote, it’s up to Kobe and maybe he wants to wind it down in L.A. NBA.com

November 6, 2014 Updates
November 5, 2014 Updates

After their fifth straight loss, Bryant said he couldn't gauge the morale in the locker room. "I'm not really sure," he said. "When I came in here, I kind of blacked the hell out. I don't know how everybody else was feeling." He paused, seething. "But I'm not feeling too good," he added. He said he could only tell his team one thing. "Just get a damn win," he said. "That's it. "You've just got to be determined, man. Everybody says that you can't listen to the criticism or whatever has happened or whatever people are saying. ... "You've got to be stubborn as a mule. You've got to keep chipping away. You've got to keep competing and going after it and this thing will turn around." ESPN.com

"Look, man. I think the most important thing is to understand the relentlessness that you have to play with," Bryant said. "I'll go out there and I'll leave it on the floor, everything, and compete and be relentless and not be fearful of criticism or fearful of not playing well and missing shots. "And that's the same way I want the guys to play -- Jeremy [Lin] in particular. Because he's a really good player, man. And he's just getting used to playing with that [expletive] attitude. "Can I shoulder the load and these minutes consistently? Probably not. But every now and then it will be necessary." ESPN.com

Bryant played the entire second half and blew through the unofficial 40-minute ceiling Scott had in place for him. The Lakers were playing their fifth game in seven nights but wouldn't play again until Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets. Maybe then they'll get a victory. Their worst start ever is 0-7, also in 1957. "I think we all need to win," Bryant said. "It's a learning process and it's very, very frustrating. It's upsetting but we just have to stay determined. I have to stay determined. Guys have to stay determined and try to turn it around." Los Angeles Times

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