HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

December 12, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant’s voice reached fever pitch. He let out a string of expletives with as much volume as one of his shooting outbursts. He demeaned teammates about their talent and effort. With the media let in to practice on Thursday to see this incidents take place, the footage soon went viral and hit the airwaves. All of which prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, so what? “It’s a practice where guys go at each other,” Scott said after morning shootaround on Friday for the Lakers’ game tonight against San Antonio at AT&T Center. “That’s not the first time he has gone at those guys and it’s not the first time they’ve gone back at him. Last night, I’m looking at ESPN and says Kobe goes off on practice. To me it wasn’t that big of a deal. To me it was fun.” Los Angeles Daily News

At 36, in his 19th season, Bryant is poised to pass Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list. He needs just 31 points to do it, meaning it will likely happen on the Lakers' next road trip starting Friday in San Antonio. It is a momentous achievement, one that once again intersects Bryant's career arc with Jordan's and underscores all the similarities in their games -- not to mention the unique role Bryant has played in connecting past with present. And future. "I think a lot of people saw the highlights of him, the dunks or the fancy layups. But as a kid, I saw more than that. I saw how he got there," Bryant told CBSSports.com. "I saw footwork. I saw spacing. I saw how to use screens. That's what I saw. That's what's different from a lot of kids who came up during my era. They saw the highlights, but I saw how he got to those highlights." CBSSports.com

"I think a lot of people saw the highlights of him, the dunks or the fancy layups. But as a kid, I saw more than that. I saw how he got there," Bryant told CBSSports.com. "I saw footwork. I saw spacing. I saw how to use screens. That's what I saw. That's what's different from a lot of kids who came up during my era. They saw the highlights, but I saw how he got to those highlights." CBSSports.com

And unlike his brash talking as a 17-year-old senior, Bryant did not share this standard with teammates. “Kobe never spoke of trying to surpass this guy or that guy. He just worked every day,” said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, Bryant’s former teammate and assistant coach. “It’s not an accident he’s as good as he is. It didn’t just happen. He put in the time.” Now that he has, Bryant believes he has achieved something besides adding fuel to the comparisons with Jordan. Bryant carved his own identity. “We’ve had different career paths,” Bryant said. “But I feel a great sense of accomplishment having to carry on the two-guard legacy from Jerry to Michael to myself.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 11, 2014 Updates

Shifting Bryant to point guard at critical junctures is something Scott said he had been thinking about, and he said he has gone so far as to contemplate starting the 36-year-old at the position. “I even talked to him about it,” Scott said. “I said, ‘I’m thinking about it, but I’m not there yet.’ So yeah I have thought about it.” Orange County Register

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