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April 9, 2015 Updates

The tide has turned in Los Angeles. Once considered the No. 1 destination for NBA free agents, the Lakers have struggled in recent years to find marquee players to pair with star Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, who played alongside Bryant for two seasons with the Lakers, has a theory about his former team’s recent rut. The common misconception is that players cower at the idea of playing with Kobe due to his ultracompetitive nature, says Barnes. But the onus is actually on the front office, Barnes recently told SI.com's Chris Ballard for an upcoming feature story. “The reason people don’t want to go to the Lakers is because of management,” Barnes tells SI.com. “Kobe can be the scapegoat all they want but if you play hard, Kobe likes you. And if you bulls--- around, he doesn’t. It’s plain and simple. He’s not a vocal leader. He just expects you to play as hard as you can every minute on the court, like he does.” Ethan J. Skolnick: Derrick Rose playing tonight, still on roughly 20 minute limit, likely won't play fourth quarter Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

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The former Ron Artest told local newspaper La Provincia he sent a message to Kobe Bryant to invite him to come to Italy. "I sent him a message. I'd like to see him playing with me in Italy" he told smiling. Sportando

April 1, 2015 Updates

In Tuesday’s 95-81 win at Miami, the 32-year-old Parker joined Tim Duncan as the second Spurs player to appear in 1,000 NBA games. The 14-year veteran is the third-youngest player in NBA history to achieve that milestone, following Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. “He was here when he was 19,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ career leader in games played at 1,323. “That’s a lot of years, a lot of games, a lot of seasons. I’m blessed to have had him for so long.” Having won 719 of those 1,000 games, Parker’s 71.9-percent winning clip ranks second to teammate Manu Ginobili (.722) among active players. San Antonio Express-News

March 26, 2015 Updates

What would have happened had the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kobe Bryant fifth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft? That would have paired Bryant along with Kevin Garnett, two high school phenoms who eventually morphed into future Hall of Famers. Instead, Minnesota selected Ray Allen and traded him to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury. “We teetered on the idea of getting another one because we had success with KG,” Saunders said before the Lakers’ 101-99 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center. “But we kind of thought it would be too much having two of those guys who were young at that time and still in the process of developing KG as a young player.” Daily Breeze

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The biggest gainer among NBA players with signature shoes was Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers’ guard has been a linchpin for Nike for years in China, where Bryant is adored. His U.S. shoe sales more than doubled last year to $105 million, up from $50 million, despite Bryant missing most of the past two seasons with injuries. Credit Nike’s new Flyknit technology, which it incorporated into the Kobe 9 (Nike also pushed the sale price to $200). “Nike continues to reinvent new technologies on a regular basis, and they have instant credibility when they introduce a new technology in basketball,” says Annunziata. Forbes.com

March 16, 2015 Updates

These days, Shammgod is not a performer but a teacher, a role he has always enjoyed. He said he showed Kobe Bryant dribble moves when they were both at the prestigious ABCD summer camp in high school. When Shammgod played in China, he worked with guards on the national team there. In the past three years at Providence, he has had a role in the development of guards Bryce Cotton and Kris Dunn, who were both first-team all-Big East selections. New York Times

March 13, 2015 Updates

The Spurs threw multiple defenders at him, ranging in height from 6-1 to 6-7. It didn't make a difference. He registered 20 of his team's final 27 points. The point guard was in the zone and wasn't coming out. "You just try to shoot every shot the same," Irving said after producing an NBA season-high in points. "As long as my elbow is pointed at the rim, I feel like it has a great chance to go in. I learned that from Kobe Bryant. If you get a good look at it and your elbow is pointed at the rim, it has a great chance of going in." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 12, 2015 Updates

The current list of sidelined NBA stars is sobering—Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Steve Nash—but it is not the worst season on record. Not even close, according to Jeff Stotts, who tracks injury trends on his website, InStreetClothes.com. Stotts' data indicates that this season will, in fact, end up falling below the average for the last 10 seasons. Through the 60-game mark, NBA teams had lost 3,165 player-games to injury, putting the league on pace for 4,326 games lost this season. That's below the 10-year average of 4,577 and well short of last season's mark of 4,989 games lost. Bleacher Report

March 11, 2015 Updates

But as he continues rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder, Bryant will provide a more visible presence than in past months by attending the Lakers’ nine remaining home games. The reason? Bryant joked he will become “a source of comfort” for Lakers coach Byron Scott amid the persistent losing. “Everybody needs a shoulder every now and then. He gave me a shoulder my first year and I’ll give him a shoulder now,” Bryant said before the Lakers hosted Detroit on Tuesday at Staples Center. “I’m joking about it. But he’s fine. He continues to coach and preach execution.” Los Angeles Daily News

When Lakers guard Kobe Bryant returns next year from a shoulder injury, he'll enter his 20th season in the NBA. Is it a sure thing he calls it quits after that season, presuming he can return to health after three straight years with significant injuries? "As I sit here right now, do I want to play after next year? No. That could change," Bryant said at Staples Center on Tuesday night, before the Lakers (16-46) hosted the Detroit Pistons (23-39). Los Angeles Times

Before he goes, Bryant hopes to see the Lakers transition to the player who will lead the franchise back to a championship. "I'd rather much rather hand the keys over to somebody that can take this organization right from the jump," Bryant said. "But if not, even when I retire, that's one of the things that I'll be hell-bent on with [owners] Jeanie [Buss] and Jimmy [Buss], to make sure this franchise gets back." Los Angeles Times

March 10, 2015 Updates

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