HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

April 19, 2014 Updates

One choice Jeanie shaped last November was to sign the team's aging superstar, Bryant, 35, to a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension. Jeanie was enamored by the idea of Bryant spending his entire career with the Lakers and pushed for an extension to get him to 20 years with the team. The deal honored Bryant's long career but also limited the Lakers' rebuilding possibilities while anchoring them to a suddenly injury-prone player. Los Angeles Times

April 18, 2014 Updates

At one point, Barnes pump-faked the ball directly into Bryant’s face as he prepared to throw it in bounds. Bryant, to his credit, did not flinch. “What’s funny was, I didn’t realize how close the ball was, because if you look at the replay, I wasn’t even looking,” Barnes said. “I don’t know what made me do it. It rubbed his nose and he didn’t flinch at all. It just kind of shows who he is. He’s just a cold-blooded dude. I respect that about him.” Afterward, Bryant said he was amused. Lakers forward Lamar Odom called Barnes a “monkey” in the postgame locker room and told reporters that “[Barnes] was an action figure today. He was really involved and really into the game. It’s too bad we are not going to see him again [in the regular season].” Barnes responded on Twitter, suggesting Odom should eat Barnes’s twins’ diapers. Within months, they were teammates. “I remember one thing [Kobe] said was, ‘Anyone crazy enough to eff with me is crazy enough to play with me,’” Barnes said. Grantland

April 17, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is the subject of a new documentary called "Kobe Bryant's Muse," which will air this fall on Showtime. The project, directed by Gotham Chopra, is filming in Los Angeles and will offer an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of the most successful and complex figures in professional sports. Bryant is recovering from a serious Achilles' heel injury that kept him out of most of the 2013-14 season. "We are thrilled that Kobe has given us this unprecedented access, which will allow our viewers to witness such a challenging period of time in the life of one of the NBA's greatest players," said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime. Boston Herald

While the Lakers (27-55) played their season finale, Kobe Bryant was already beginning his off-season, leaving for France either Tuesday or early Wednesday with family members, The Times learned. A team spokesman said he was unaware of the situation and referred a reporter to Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, who could not be reached for comment. Bryant later sent a tweet from overseas, saying how bad this season was: "Flush it. Forget it #amnesia Next Season will be epic." He added hashtags with the word "blackout," a reference to his famously difficult workouts, and "bussfam," a supportive nod, if not nudge, to the Buss family. Los Angeles Times

April 16, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bryant has been ramping up his activity level in recent weeks as he continues to recover from a fracture in his left knee suffered during the Lakers' victory Dec. 17 at Memphis, just six games into his return from a ruptured Achilles. ESPN.com

April 15, 2014 Updates

The Lakers' radio and TV affiliates had been notified: Bryant would grab a microphone and say a few words on fan appreciation night at Staples Center before Sunday's game against Memphis. He didn't show up. Nick Young took his place and thanked Lakers fans before tipoff, calling them "the best in the world." Los Angeles Times

It was a surprise to many, including Lakers radio play-by-play broadcaster John Ireland, who announced to listeners that Bryant was about to talk to fans before correcting himself, "No, wait. It's Nick Young." Bryant arrived late to the game because of a migraine, a team spokesman said. The Lakers lost, 102-90. Los Angeles Times

April 14, 2014 Updates
April 13, 2014 Updates

Dirk, you see, is Durant's favorite active player. "It's probably a tie between him and Kobe," Durant said after giving it some extra thought. Yet there's no disputing who's the more natural role model for KD. It's that 35-year-old, that 7-footer, who plays three hours away down Interstate 35 ... and who just shot his way into the top 10 on the league's all-time scoring charts in his 16th season. You figure Durant will get there even faster at his current pace, given the insane levels of efficiency he's hitting -- sporting a PER of 30.2 for the season -- and blessed with that extra dose of athleticism Dirk has always dreamed of. ESPN.com

April 11, 2014 Updates
April 10, 2014 Updates

Lakers players that aren't injured have kept a decent demeanor. No locker room fights. No outright hatred. More or less a resignation that seeps in after losses but evaporates the next morning on the practice court. Bryant isn't happy, but that's nothing new in a losing season. He has experienced only two of them in his 18-year career and was part of this one for only six games. Los Angeles Times

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