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February 9, 2015 Updates

James recalled reacting to Bryant’s latest injury the same way when he tore his left Achilles on April, 2013. Bryant rehabbed for eight months before playing only six games because of a season-ending left knee injury. “He’s a good friend of mine and a great competitor,” James said. “To see him have to sit out again and go through another eight-plus months of rehab is tough.” Los Angeles Daily News

Yet, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love expressed optimism Bryant will return for the 2015-16 campaign in what will mark his 20th NBA season in the final year of his contract worth $25 million. “Kobe’s not one to go out quietly,” Love said. “He’s going to fight that head on and try to come back. He has that ‘never-quit’ attitude. I assume he’ll come back as strong as he can.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 8, 2015 Updates

Dean Smith has died at 83, the University of North Carolina has announced. “Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” said his family in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.” The Big Lead

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But this was not a time for Bryant to reflect on his injury that currently requires him wearing a sling to protect his shoulder. Or for Bryant to lament the Lakers’ current struggles. Or for him to provide optimism on the future bout about the Lakers’ rebuilding and his own recovery. Bryant appeared Wednesday night on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” where the two reflected on how they both made an interesting beer run at a party back when they first emerged in their respective field and just settled in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Daily News

Kobe is the best player I've ever played against—period, point blank. He's a scary sight. Back on Feb. 22, 2005—my rookie season—he fouled me out. I had six fouls in eight minutes. Luckily in the 2010 Finals, I did a good job of making things difficult for Kobe, making him shoot close to 30 shots per game and holding him to 21 points in one game. While the Lakers won Game 7, I felt good after that, after going against Paul every day in practice and then getting the opportunity to stick Kobe for the national championship. I told myself, No matter what the name is, I'm going to take pride in defense and I'm going to try to be the best at it. I haven't looked back since. Bleacher Report

February 2, 2015 Updates

Bryant has had his last three seasons cut short because of injuries. He hasn't officially said it yet, but people familiar with his thinking are confident he will return for the final season of his contract. He will turn 37 in August and stand to collect $25 million next season. "Oh, he'll be back," Anthony said. "He's going to prove to everybody that he's coming back. He'll be back for sure." Los Angeles Times

February 1, 2015 Updates

Derek Fisher takes what's happening to Kobe Bryant to heart: His former Lakers teammate is sidelined for the third season in a row after a slew of serious injuries. But Fisher also said this: Don't count Kobe out. "I definitely almost take it personally," the Knicks' coach said of Bryant, who recently had surgery for a torn rotator cuff and will sit out the rest of the season. "There are very few people who can stay committed to the process of coming back . . . [and] I spoke to him recently and he's just as determined to come back from this one. His mind doesn't see it any other way, and that's the way you have to be." Newsday

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