HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

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

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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

February 28, 2014 Updates

As arguably the greatest coach in basketball history, Phil Jackson won 11 championships with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. If anybody would know the differences between those all-time greats, it’s him. In a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Jackson shed some light on their work ethics. “Shaq didn’t work at it,” Jackson said. “Michael was able to succeed despite all kinds of limitations in his game. He couldn’t hit an outside shot. He couldn’t defend. But all of that went away because of his work ethic. Kobe saw that as a pinnacle that he had to reach, and he took it to a whole new level.” For The Win

After winning three straight titles with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002, O’Neal and Bryant had a famous falling out, and Jackson pointed to their personalities as a cause. “Shaq had a clown role he had to play,” he said. “So that was part of the rift.” For The Win

February 26, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant is a natural disciplinarian but isn't with the team while recovering from a fractured knee. Gasol suggested it was D'Antoni's job without actually mentioning him. "I wouldn't put that responsibility on [Bryant]. He's frustrated with his situation and his injuries," Gasol said. "I don't think he has to be the one implementing the discipline." Los Angeles Times

February 24, 2014 Updates

Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of America's four major sports when he debuted for the Nets against the Lakers on Sunday night. The Nets signed Collins, who announced he was gay on April 29, to a 10-day contract on Sunday. Bryant has been a strong supporter of Collins since his announcement. "His impact [Sunday night] is greater than what people think," Bryant told Yahoo Sports before the game. "You look at it from the context of having the first openly gay player. But they missed the domino effect that it has way beyond sports." Yahoo! Sports

"It's fantastic. It sets an incredible precedent," said Bryant, who is currently out of the Lakers' lineup indefinitely with a knee injury. "I think the most important part about it, what I've learned on the issue is that one person coming out is showing this type of courage that gives others that same type of courage. "It's dealing with a lot of issues for kids who are afraid to be themselves. Afraid to be themselves because of the peer pressure that comes with it. A lot of these kids have depression issues or they're being teased from other kids for being different. You wind up seeing a lot of suicides, kids injuring themselves and getting hooked on things that they should not be hooked on." Yahoo! Sports

February 22, 2014 Updates

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo on Friday, and it was determined the 18-year veteran will be sidelined another three weeks before being re-evaluated because of continued pain, swelling and soreness in his injured left knee. Bryant, 35, has been sidelined since Dec. 17 with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in the knee. He is averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 42.5 percent shooting in six games this season, but has missed the Lakers' last 30 games. He missed the Lakers' first 19 games this season because of a torn Achilles in his left leg. ESPN.com

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