HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

July 4, 2014 Updates

Just asking: If the Lakers wanted to pursue James and Anthony, why, oh, why did they give Kobe Bryant that $48.5 million extension, cluttering up next season’s salary cap with $23.5 million of it? With four more players on guaranteed contracts (Steve Nash, Robert Sacre, Kendall Marshall, rookie Julius Randle), that left only enough for a maximum offer to Melo ($22.4 million in first-year salary) or Bron ($20 million) and another $11 million to give six more players… after renouncing Pau Gasol. Thus, they Lakers were asking Anthony–and will ask James–to play with Bryant, 36; Nash, 40; a rookie and seven journeymen making the minimum. Forbes.com

When the team gave Bryant that extension–at the prompting of Jeanie Buss, the popular member of the family, in December, before Kobe returned from injury, lasted six games and left for the season– the word going around the organization was: We did this knowing that James and Anthony aren’t likely to be on the market and if they are, we’re not likely to have a shot at them. The Buss kids, who weren’t capable of thinking the Kobe extension through, are now desperate to make a big score, no matter how unlikely that is with so few big free agents–really ony Bron and Melo–and so little likelihood that either would leave his team. What the Lakers are doing now no longer qualifies as planning. It’s panic. Forbes.com

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Though the Los Angeles Lakers are not on Anthony's current list, Kobe Bryant plans to recruit him to the team. Bryant, who is close with Anthony, spoke to him by telephone when they were in separate parts of Europe earlier this week. ESPN.com

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While he is delighted to see all the best teams in action, he believes Brazil will be hard to beat in this summer’s competition because of home advantage and Germany will also do well. "It's not easy to face Brazil in their own country,” the 35-year-old is quoted as saying by AS. “I'd like to see a final with both Brazil and Argentina in it. “Germany also seem very strong this year and a really hard opponent to beat." Goal.com

June 18, 2014 Updates

"How is your knee? Are you prepared for next season?" the interviewer asks. "Oh, yeah. I'm 100 percent," Bryant replies. "One hundred percent." Yahoo! Sports

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