HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

November 5, 2014 Updates
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

With the Los Angeles Lakers still searching for their first victory of the season, Kobe Bryant's quest for a sixth NBA championship has never appeared more difficult. Bryant, however, isn't ready to start issuing trade demands. "I hear the chatter of Kobe should ask out and he should go and play for a contender in this latter stage of his career," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "But that's not what I do. I'm extremely loyal to the Lakers. "I believe in fighting through the tough times as well as enjoying the good times. It's my responsibility to get us to be the best that we can be. It's important that we approach that on a day-to-day basis." Yahoo! Sports

"We can't get discouraged by it," Bryant said. "It's a very long season. You just have to stay the course. Keep on looking to improve, keep on looking to get better and things will eventually break. "I've enjoyed a great amount of success here. You can't just enjoy the successful times and then run away from the bad ones. No, I don't even think about [departing]. I'm a Laker." Yahoo! Sports

November 2, 2014 Updates

Bryant scored 19 of his 28 points in the third quarter and nearly brought the depleted Lakers back with one improbable shot after another. Instead, Thompson smothered Bryant in the final quarter — holding him to one point — and Los Angeles lost its fourth game in five nights. The Lakers are 0-4 for the first time since the 1957-58 season when the franchise was located in Minneapolis. "Just stay the course," said Bryant, who shot 12 of 28. "We still have a lot of room for improvement, but we're moving in the right direction." USA Today Sports

Bad shots? Bryant's 31-foot three-point shot banked hard off the rim and, predictably, away from the basket. The 29-footer he later launched was also unsuccessful. "No, it doesn't bother me," Bryant said of the 0-4 start, his voice soaked with sarcasm. "Festive and jovial about it." He later added, without the sarcasm, he was "not happy about it. Also nothing you can do about it. Gotta move on to the next one." Los Angeles Times

November 1, 2014 Updates
October 31, 2014 Updates

‘New Girl’ star Zooey Deschanel relayed on a story on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ about the Lakers captain coming to visit the set of her show — and her sister’s show, ‘Bones’. “One day they were like Kobe Bryant’s on set, do you want to say hi?,” Deschanel said. “I said ‘sure’ but it was kind of weird because I wouldn’t have guessed he would be our audience.” For The Win

But only two games into an already trying Lakers’ season, Lin has encountered a new challenge. How to play with Kobe Bryant. “He’s used having to look over his shoulder all the time and playing with players who like controlling the ball a lot,” said Bryant, referring to New York’s Carmelo Anthony and Houston’s James Harden. “I told him, ‘That’s a big urban legend of me. I want to score. That means coming off of picks, catching and shooting. You handle the ball and you run the show.’” Los Angeles Daily News

“I have to do what I have to do sometimes if things aren’t working,” Bryant said. “I have to manufacture (scoring). But I’d much rather have him run the show. That’s what he’s good at doing. He’s good at getting into the lane and running it for other people. It’s a matter of him pulling the bull by the horns.” Los Angeles Daily News

The second scenario offers limited options for the Lakers. The third scenario, while technically plausible, is considered heretical by so many Lakers faithful it's hard to see the Lakers pulling the trigger. "I don't think Mitch has much choice but to find ways to lose," one GM told ESPN. "They're going to be bad anyway. You don't want to be just good enough that you lose the pick and still miss the playoffs. I don't think they have the assets to get good enough to make the playoffs and I don't think they have the [expletive] to trade Kobe. It's paradoxical, but right now losing seems like the only way to really get better." ESPN.com

October 30, 2014 Updates

Bryant said after he told Randle he could not feel sorry for himself, the rookie responded, “Yeah, I’m not having any pity parties.” “Get it out your system,” Bryant said he told Randle, “just like I did, with a nice hard cry then it’s time to go from there.” Orange County Register

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