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January 25, 2015 Updates

Either way, Bryant is now hurt, likely gone for the season, facing yet another rehab, and it’s not clear how this will affect what should be his final season in the NBA. “Nobody wants to see that happen,” said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. “It sucks. The league needs him. He’s one of the best players that ever played.” ESPN.com

"When somebody like that of that stature goes down, it’s not good for everybody, obviously for his team but for the league and you miss guys like Derrick Rose for instance, the last couple of years, or Kobe or anybody else like that," Popovich said. "It’s a loss for the league, for fans, for all of us. I can think of a lot of shots Kobe’s made that’s basically knocked us out, and in an odd, weird sort of way I still enjoy it. When you see a talent like that, when they don’t play anymore then you say ‘Wow, I got to see so and so play.’ He’s one of those kind of guys.” ESPN.com

Spurs guard Tony Parker agreed. “When I first came here, Spurs-Lakers, that’s all we talked about,” Parker said. “It was a huge rivalry, with him and Shaq. Those were great years. “They always say good stuff has to have an end, but hopefully we can see him one more time next year and he’ll be healthy and finish on a high.” ESPN.com

January 24, 2015 Updates

Barkley recently made an appearance on The Beast 980 and the topic of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers struggling came up. The former NBA MVP believes the Lakers really mismanaged how they handled Kobe and thinks the team’s game plan really didn’t make sense: I think the Lakers should have come in with a game plan. “Listen, we’re not going to be any good. Let’s try to get some young players and see who we got going forward. Kobe, you’re kind of a mentor. You’re going to play 25-30 minutes a night. At some point this season, you’re going to pass Michael Jordan. There’s no need to play you 38 minutes. We’re not going to be better. We’re not going to make the playoffs.” They should have had that gameplan from the beginning. In the beginning, he was playing 40 minutes in a couple games, which is just stupid. Lakers Nation

This is the state of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. Just a few days after tearing his rotator cuff that could require season-ending surgery to repair, 36-year-old Kobe Bryant starred in dramatic, black-and-white video of a visit with a doctor for Derek Jeter’s Players’ Tribune. Bryant is expected to wait until Monday to decide on surgery. For The Win

While the team will wait until Bryant is examined at Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday before making a determination on whether season-ending surgery will be involved, the feeling within the team is that Bryant has played his last game of the 2014-15 season, a league source told CBSSports.com. CBSSports.com

“This is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around as far as dealing with injuries and things like that and being able to come back,” Scott said. “Everybody said he was done after the Achilles and he came back pretty strong. Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn’t want to go out this way.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 23, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant: This is what happens when I pass too much! #ShoulderShock thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers #team @DrinkBODYARMOR @Lakers #oneluv Twitter @kobebryant

 

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