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Pretty straightforward: If Kobe needs surgery, he's done for the year. That'll officially be determined by the Laker team docs tomorrow
Kobe first injured this shoulder in the preseason, according to sources. Has been playing w/ it all year. It just got worse last night
Also, Jeremy Lin (216,246) finished ninth in NBA All-Star voting among Western Conference guards.
"The essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less" -Tim Keller
Pau Gasol selected a starter for the East All-Stars. Fifth time he's been in the game. Joined by LeBron, Wall, Lowry and Carmelo in the East
Of course, whether or not Kobe (shoulder) can play in the All-Star game will depend on what we hear after he consults team doctors tomorrow.
Kobe, of course, just voted into his 17th career All-Star Game. Will he play in it? Tough to imagine, but time will tell.
Kobe Bryant was named an All-Star for the 17th time, which includes every season except his '96 rookie year ('99 lockout meant no game).
Kobe Bryant named an All-Star starter for the West. Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis & Marc Gasol also named starters.
Also starting on the West All-Stars: Steph Curry, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol.
Kobe Bryant selected an NBA All-Star for the 17th time. Whether or not he can play in the game in a few weeks is the great unknown.
This could be Kobe's third consecutive season-ending injury. Achilles: Two clutch free throws Knee: Clutch three Shoulder: Left-handed shot
If this was another lower-body injury, I could see Kobe retiring early, but I don't think we've seen the last of him.
Is Kobe done? Fundamentally, I can't see him doing anything but going out on his terms.
I will never be able to watch “Daddy’s Home” without thinking, “That’s the night Kobe ripped up his shoulder.”
So some rogue equipment manager or ball boy deflated 11 of 12 game balls without Brady or Belichick knowing? OK.
The latest on Kobe's rotator cuff: A full tear likely means season-ending surgery. If it's partial, he could still play, but with pain.
"I don't want to take things too far astray, Tom, but if I might, I have a question about the inflation level of the balls on Sunday..." BK
Does anyone know the PSI of the ball being snapped by the Patriot on Brady's hat? How deep does this go? BK
ASG starters will be announced tonight. Kobe will be among them. Very difficult to imagine him on the floor for an exhibition in three weeks
Will be interesting how long Kobe has been battling tear. He said his shoulder had been "bothering (him) for a while."
Kobe shrugged off his shoulder injury last night. Wonder if he thinks differently now that he faces more rehab
Kobe said last night about right shoulder: "Always given me a little bit of problems." This season: "Bothering me a little bit for awhile."
The Lakers have announced the preliminary results of Kobe's MRI- torn right rotator cuff. No word on his status for Spring Training. BK
Carmelo had torn rotator cuff in 2013 in non-shooting shoulder, chose not to have offseason surgery. Kobe's is shooting shoulder, though.
Get well soon, Kobe.
Kobe has a torn rotator cuff, although Lakers don't say how severe. Could be the end of his season ...or not
Not specified how significant the tear of Kobe's rotator cuff is. Not all tears require surgery; most are first conservatively treated.
Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff. He is returning to Los Angeles today for further evaluation. Not good for Kobe. Or the Lakers.
Lakers announce Kobe has a torn rotator cuff. Flying home from San Antonio now
The MRI on Kobe Bryant's right shoulder showed "a tear of the rotator cuff." Full press release attached: http://t.co/2GAd8Vzw3L
Scott called Tarik Black "50-50" to play tomorrow, that he's still favoring the ankle he sprained late against Phoenix.
Byron Scott said the Lakers have yet to get results of Kobe's MRI on his shoulder. Stay tuned later in the day for an update.
Tarik Black participated in Lakers morning practice but is listed as questionable for Friday vs. Spurs
To clarify, Kobe isn’t necessarily waiting on results. They just haven’t been passed along to media.
Kobe Bryant has had MRI on his right shoulder but still waiting on results.
Today is the ninth anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors. http://t.co/nFuXb3MDQ9
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and his staff will coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
Wow. Warriors are 19-1 at home this season.
Tom Benson announces that his wife, Gayle, will assume control of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans when he passes. http://t.co/Zd3MKDfiVB
Uber driver in New Orleans says Kobe should retire, but won’t because he “doesn’t want to give up the crowd.”
In the past, Bryant could be described as a "one-man army." Tonight he was more like a "one-army man."
My cab driver today asked about former Pelican Xavier Henry. Was very sad to learn he was hurt, has been waived.
Kobe: "There’s no place like winning in Los Angeles. This is the greatest brand in the world.”
Kobe said his shoulder has been bothering him for awhile and was aggravated on his dunk. "Kind of came out (of the joint) a little bit."
Bryant: "The reality is, I’m doing some pretty phenomenal things in 30 minutes. My body’s not that f---ed up."
Kobe said he averaged 40 points on a torn labrum. He averaged 40 in Feb. '03, but best I can tell he didn't suffer labrum tear until April.
Kobe: “We make a lot of it, but the reality is I’m doing some pretty phenomenal things in 30 minutes. My body’s not THAT f----d up.”
Kobe also lauded track record of Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: "It's phenomenal. So much so that the league had to protest the (Paul) trade."
Kobe said what his pitch to free agents would be: "It's the best organization in the world. There's no place like winning in Los Angeles."
Kobe described right shoulder as "achy." Wasn't too stressed about it. Said he'll go get therapy.
Worthy: "It's a weird time too....Your mind is telling you to do certain things and your body is saying, 'Hell no we're done."
Kobe didn't seem too concerned about his shoulder. Confirmed it was indeed on his third-quarter dunk vs. Cunningham.
Worthy: "All I can say is Father Time keeps hanging around...and he pulls you back in."
Kobe: "Ive played with a torn labrum before." Also said he has played left-handed when he had a separated shoulder
No word yet as to whether Kobe's pre-MRI, all-shoulder workout will be 90 minutes, or a more sensible 60. AK
Kobe nodded when asked if he hurt his shoulder on the dunk.
Kobe: "Tried to figure out what made it hurt....couldnt find it."
Kobe on what's next: "Ice, little bit of therapy." Doesn't sound too concerned
Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks roll on...leading Calgary, 3-0.
Kobe carrying backpack with straps over both shoulders. So that’s something.
BScott: "I don't know if he (Kobe) thought he would be that limited....He always says he has two arms."
BScott: "Wanted to see if he would use it." Said Kobe said "its all right" about his shoulder.
Kobe will have an MRI tomorrow on his right shoulder. Lakers calling it a "sore shoulder" right now.