HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

March 12, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is not expected to return from his fractured left knee this season, a person with knowledge of his situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made about Bryant's status. Bryant returned from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered in April on Dec. 8, then fractured his knee six games later and has struggled in his rehabilitation ever since. USA Today Sports

March 11, 2014 Updates

The words are about to become official. Kobe Bryant, out for the season. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to declare Bryant out for the rest of the 2013-14 Lakers season later this week, according to team sources. Bryant is not accompanying the team on its trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, staying back to be reexamined by team doctor Steve Lombardo. And considering where Bryant's level of discomfort remains with the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, barring an unforeseen change, the team will finalize the decision that Bryant will not play again this season. Bleacher Report

Although the Lakers' original estimate was that Bryant would miss approximately six weeks, he is now expected to miss the final 17 weeks of the season. He said at the All-Star break he was frustrated by the slow recovery with his knee and noted, "It's not the mind that wears down, it's the body." Bleacher Report

Either way, Bryant hardly offered an encouraging sign surrounding the rehab with his fractured left knee. “It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience,” Bryant said in a recent interview with Jacques Slade from Kustoo.com that mostly centered on his work with Nike. ”There’s only so much I can do. I find myself relegated to a bike. The first few weeks, it’s cool. I’m getting a good workout in. Third or fourth, I’m thinking I need to do something else. I want to play. I want to run. I want to do something different. But you got to do what you got to do.” Los Angeles Daily News

The Lakers plan to reevaluate Bryant on Friday, perhaps giving him medical clearance to advance his rehab beyond stationary bike exercises. But the Lakers anticipate Bryant would need a couple of weeks to progress fully toward full-court practices. Add the days up, and Bryant could return as early as the beginning of April, but that presumes he doesn’t experience any setbacks. Bryant missed the first 19 games of the season while rehabbing his left Achilles tendon. He then appeared in six games, averaging 13.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting, 5.7 turnovers and 6.3 assists, a far drop from his career 25.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting, three turnovers and 4.8 assists. Bryant then suffered what could wind up being a season-ending fractured left knee injury after colliding with Memphis forward Tony Allen on Dec. 17, 2014. Los Angeles Daily News

March 8, 2014 Updates

Under Nike Basketball, you have both Kevin Durant and LeBron. Is there any competition between you three? Kobe Bryant: No. I don’t think so. I think Nike does an incredible job of just listening to the voice of the athlete. The athlete really determines the direction of their brand and how their line goes. Because of that, we are all different in personality and philosophies. The direction is going to be completely different. I think because of that, you really don’t see any direct competition as it pertains to our lines. I support LeBron’s stuff. I support KD’s stuff. We are around, we always talk and share ideas and concepts around each collection. complex.com

In an interview with Russ (Bengtson) you mentioned a Kobe 9 Low. Is there anything you can tell us? Kobe Bryant: Yeah. The low is obviously something I decided to do in 2009, which, turned a lot of heads. It was met with a lot of uncertainty. but since, it was really latched on to the culture. So that is an area of the business that we are not going to go away from. I’ll put it to you that way. complex.com

March 7, 2014 Updates

During Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher stated on the TNT broadcast that he spoke with Kobe Bryant prior to the game and asked him who he could “envision” on next year’s team. Bucher reported that Bryant included Pau Gasol’s name, which the reporter said “surprised” him. Bucher further pressed Bryant, asking how confident the five-time champion is on a scale of one to 10, that Gasol will be with the Los Angeles Lakers next season, to which Bryant responded “eight.” Lakers Nation

March 5, 2014 Updates

Today, Foot Locker drops off a brand new commercial starring Kobe Bryant. In 'Kobe Piano,' Kobe is hard at work creating his grandest masterpiece — but it may not be what you think. Check out the new spot below and shop the Kobe Collection at footlocker.com. Sole Collector

You know that comeback that only Kobe Bryant and the Lakers thought he could make this season? It looks like it’s been set back to next season, when, of course, only Kobe and the Lakers will think he can do it. There was already a vast gulf between what Bryant and the Lakers, who just gave him a two-year $48.5 million extension thought, and what the world thought. If the tribute he got at the All-Star Game, in case it was his last, seemed premature with Kobe expected back soon–you know how the press gets–he’s neither back, nor expected. Forbes.com

With the growing likelihood that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony will stay where they are, the Lakers aren't counting on being big players in free agency this summer, making that much more important. Coincidentally or not, Bryant, an avid student of the game, is paying a lot of attention to the draft, and issuing warnings not to forget about the Lakers… next season. “This year, we all know it’s been a real tough year for us, right?” Bryant told a local radion station, Power 106, at an appearance at a mall last weekend. “So what I’d like everybody to do is to really just sit back and just absorb this year. Forbes.com

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Bryant’s question and answer session with Jeff G., aka The Sports Dude On Power 106, is below. Jeff G.: You just signed a two-year deal…talk about that means to you and what the fans can expect the last two years from Kobe. Kobe: “This year, we all know it’s been a real tough year for us right? So what I’d like everybody to do is to really just sit back and just absorb this year. Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down because next year it ain’t gunna be this way.” Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.” Lakers Nation

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