HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

November 17, 2014 Updates

Roc Nation Sports has hired a former salary “capologist” for the New York Jets, as well as an NBA agent who worked for Kobe Bryant’s agent. Ari Nissim, who was the Jets’ director of football operations, has been hired as director of strategy and analytics. Sports Business Daily

November 16, 2014 Updates
November 15, 2014 Updates

Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed that the 36-year-old Bryant had played 36 minutes while sick. Bryant has played ill many times before, and he had willed his body to overcome on those nights, to still put up big numbers. But not Friday. ESPN.com

November 14, 2014 Updates

Wait. A championship? "I agree," Lakers star Kobe Bryant told ESPN.com when asked about Scott's remark. Why? "Faith," Bryant continued. "The Lakers' track record. This organization is really good about turning around, period. We don't have many dry years." ESPN.com

Jennings was 7 years old when Bryant made his Lakers debut in 1996, and it’s not like many Southern California kids in the late-1990s were picking the moribund Los Angeles Clippers. “(Growing up in Los Angeles at the time) you’re going to become a Kobe fan,” Jennings said, agreeing when I compared Jennings to Snoop Dogg in that sense. “He’ll for sure have a statue. Like Magic Johnson was saying, he’s one of the greatest Lakers ever. … They might give Kobe one with his kids and everyone on it.” “I got a chance to watch him work out when I was in high school, and after that, I just became a Kobe fanatic, a big fan.” For The Win

He doubts he’ll get a chance to play with Bryant, though both could be free agents in 2016 if Bryant decides to hold off on his long-predicted retirement. But he wishes he had. “If I came into the league playing with Kobe, I’d probably have two or three rings right now,” Jennings said, his grin turning into a full smile. For The Win

November 13, 2014 Updates

Bryant is only 372 points from passing Jordan for third all time in career scoring. But the numbers don’t do justice to Bryant’s legacy or Jennings’ passion for him. He doubts he’ll get a chance to play with Bryant, though both could be free agents in 2016 if Bryant decides to hold off on his long-predicted retirement. But he wishes he had. “If I came into the league playing with Kobe, I’d probably have two or three rings right now,” Jennings said, his grin turning into a full smile. For The Win

Afterward, Bryant acted surprised when asked about the record. He offered a shrug, a laugh, a smile and an "Oh yeah?" Of course he knew, right? A player so meticulous would have to know. "Nah, I don't pay attention to that stuff, man," he said while still smiling. ESPN.com

The Buss Family’s love affair with Bryant is well-known in NBA circles. “I don’t see them trading Kobe, not at all,’’ said one rival NBA team president. “The Lakers almost have to keep him, as much for business reasons as anything else, and I believe that’s what they’re going to do.’’ Forbes.com

The Lakers still made off with $122 million from their TV deal, the largest haul from a local TV rights holder in any U.S. pro sports league. And while their agreement with Time Warner provides them with three percent annual increases, how much more they make above that hinges on ratings. “Kobe brings eyes to the TV,’’ said the NBA team executive. “No, he’s not the same player he once was, but people are always going to watch Kobe Bryant.’’ Forbes.com

For all their shared greatness, Bryant and Duncan do not share much of a relationship. There is mutual respect, to be sure, but Bryant said they have never dined together or interacted much at all beyond the court. Their most intimate time spent together, Bryant said, came during all those annual appearances at All-Star weekends. "I would say we're – friendly sounds really weak – but whenever we get a chance to be around each other, we always looking forward to talking," Bryant said. "All-Star games were always a good time. We'd always find time to talk when we're near each other, and Tony and Manu as well. Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) too. I always make a point to spend about 15, 20 minutes with Pop just talking to him. I've learned quite a bit from him." USA Today Sports

Kobe Bryant now holds the NBA record for most misses (13,421). He will still go down as one of the greatest ever, but he's chucking at record levels right now. Granted, it's just seven games in, but he's missing more shots per minute than any player in NBA history (see chart below). Said another way, he has 20 more missed field goals than any of his teammates have attempted this season. He's not going down without a fight. ESPN.com

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