HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

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

November 4, 2014 Updates

After suffering the first significant injury of his career, Kevin Durant got some advice from another superstar that was forced to grow used to watching his team from the bench -- Kobe Bryant. "Kobe reached out to me at one point right after I got out of surgery," Durant told ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Tuesday. "We played a preseason game [against the Los Angeles Lakers], and I was sitting on the sideline, and I was just wanting to get into the game. I just asked him, how'd he do it? What was his thought process? He just told me, he tried to learn the game as much as he can from the sideline and be the best teammate he can be and support all the guys. ESPN.com

November 3, 2014 Updates

CSN: Though Kobe Bryant sat out most of your one season with the Lakers due to injuries, what is your impression of him in light of a recent article stating he's destroying the franchise? Marshall: It's hard to say. He wasn't around a whole lot. He was mostly still trying to rehab. The organization is going through an adjustment, the same thing every team goes through (at some point). It's just that when you're the Lakers, it's going to be broadcasted a lot more. I don't think that they're going through (anything different than) when maybe your star is maybe on his way out the door or getting older (and) you have to find that new wave of talent. CSNWashington.com

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