HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

September 12, 2014 Updates

Scott plans to feature Bryant more in the post and along the elbows in a system featuring pick-and-roll sets and elements of the Princeton offense. Scott downplayed concerns over the Lakers struggling to learn that system under Mike Brown two years ago, saying his version of the Princeton offense bodes similar to the triangle system the Lakers once ran under Phil Jackson. Yet, Scott cautioned he will handle Bryant with care, including sitting him out of select practices and possibly back-to-back games. “I know how stubborn he is and he knows how stubborn I am,” Scott said. “There’s going to be times we’re butting heads. But it’s all because we want to win.” Los Angeles Daily News

What if Bryant checks himself into the game? “I might have to tackle him and hold him back,” Scott joked. “I don’t know if I’m strong enough to do that anymore. But I’ll have to get one of the coaches to come with me and grab him and hold him back. I know how competitive he is. But for me, I’m looking out for him.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 11, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday evening, guests at restaurant Alter Hof in Munich, were treated to a pleasant surprise as Kobe Bryant walked through. Those who recognized him were quick to share the news, a select few asked for photos. It’s hard to miss Kobe anywhere he goes, and in Munich its not much of a surprise as it once was, as Kobe has frequented the city more so in recent times, and with the same purpose. The Kobe Team

September 8, 2014 Updates

Yeah, Kobe’s his own man. We know how hard he works, we know how driven he is. But I think he’s at the point too where he’s so much more mature, and he understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years. And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined. We have to sit down before training camp and go over some things because I can’t have him going twice a day in training camp. That’s what the young guys are supposed to do. He’s been here long enough and understands his game better than anybody here, what it takes to win. I got to use that knowledge that he has as well. I’m going to treat him like he’s an assistant coach as well as a player. SCPR

There is, then, a lack of familiarity with this mixture of players that Krzyzewski wishes weren't there but certainly understands. What's more, the question of leadership and who the alpha dogs are in this group remains unanswered because, well, there aren't as many of those types as they'd expected. "Alpha dogs are Kobe Bryant, LeBron, Carmelo," Krzyzewski said. "But leaders are different, and I think with leadership you have to have experience — experience (not only) in this type of competition but also experience with me, so James and Steph have naturally done that along with Anthony because all three of them have been part of teams that I've coached and there's a familiarity there for them to know me and what we're trying to get across." USA Today Sports

September 3, 2014 Updates

Retired seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady worked out with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant late this summer in a Southern California gymnasium, testing the preparedness of his body for a possible NBA comeback attempt. "Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels," McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email Tuesday night. Bryant and McGrady, 35, worked out three days a week for a period of time in August, several sources, including McGrady, told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

September 2, 2014 Updates

How he stays motivated. What moves he works on during the offseason. How he keeps his confidence. And, of course, how will he play in the 2013-14 season after appearing in only six games last year because of injuries to his left Achilles and left knee. “I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to,” Bryant said. “That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it.” Los Angeles Daily News

New Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks was asked about his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He didn’t need much time. It was his first day of training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. “Practice was at 11, we had to be there at 10. Well, I wanted to get there at 10,” Meeks said. “He was already there fully dressed and sweating. I got to the locker room at 9:30, got on the court at 10, and he had been there an hour and a half working on stuff. “I was like, ‘Man, it is true.’ This guy is working like this and at the time he was 34 years old. He felt like he still had a lot to prove, and he was still trying to prove people wrong. I was like, ‘Man, great player.’ ” Detroit Free Press

August 30, 2014 Updates

James Harden said he knows Kobe has been putting in the work… but we all knew Kobe would put in the work. That was never the question, it is how his body will respond. Harden thinks well. “We talk and he’s ready. He’s 20-year-old Kobe. It’s going to be a crazy environment.” NBCSports.com

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“There are certain things that my body can’t do that I used to be able to do,” Bryant admits. “And you have to be able to deal with those. First you have to be able to figure out what those are. Last year when I came back, I was trying to figure out what changed. And that’s a very hard conversation to have.” Bryant pauses. “So when I hear the pundits and people talk, saying, ‘Well, he won’t be what he was.’ Know what? You’re right! I won’t be. But just because something evolves, it doesn’t make it any less better than it was before.” Sports Illustrated

Kobe’s focus these days is on efficiency. Over the summer he’s trained nearly every day, either at the Lakers’ facility or at a gym near his house in Orange County. Sometimes he’ll have a partner join him for drills– often 27-year-old Lakers small forward Wesley Johnson. In these instances Bryant takes on a mentoring role, pointing out Johnson’s wasted steps and where he can be more effective. Other times Bryant works out by himself, except for two ball boys, shooting and sweating for up to two hours, never talking. His goal is to regain his conditioning—after adding some body fat earlier in the year, he now looks almost frail with his shirt off. The end goal, of course, is to evolve. “I’ll be sharper,” he says. “Much sharper. Much more efficient in areas. I’ll be limited in terms of what you see me do, versus a couple years ago. But very, very methodical, very, very purposeful.” Sports Illustrated

Bryant's body hasn't withstood a full 82-game schedule since the 2010-11 season. He missed eight games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, the final four games of the 2012-13 season and 76 games last season while recovering from a torn left Achilles' tendon and a fractured left knee he sustained six games into his comeback. Of course, there is an upside to playing less basketball over the last 17 months than at any point since he was a tyke. "Quite honestly, I think we're going to see a better Kobe Bryant than we've seen in the last couple of years because he's had time to rest and rehabilitate," said Dr. Alan Beyer, executive director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine. Los Angeles Times

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