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February 24, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant struck down an issue with as much fierce and precision as one of the many times he has scored against his opponent. The whole idea on whether Bryant will definitely retire before or after his contract worth $25 million expires next season. “They’re ready to put me in my grave, man,” Bryant joked Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I’m just trying to come back from this injury. I take things a day at a time. This is a huge challenge I have in front of me right now. I just want to come back from that.” Los Angeles Daily News

Kobe Bryant demanded a trade from the Lakers back in 2007, but ultimately a deal was not struck, and the team went on to win two additional titles with Bryant as NBA Finals MVP. Where did Bryant want to go in trade? "Chicago was my No. 1 choice," said Bryant on Sunday, via "Grantland Basketball Hour." Los Angeles Times

The All-Star guard also confirmed he scuttled a trade the Lakers proposed that would have sent him to the Detroit Pistons. "That is true," said Bryant, who said the potential deal included Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and draft picks. "I gave you a list of teams I'm comfortable being traded to," recalled Bryant. "Not Detroit." Los Angeles Times

Given those circumstances, Sunday night's overtime win against the ostensible rival Boston Celtics seemed like a pretty good time for some celebration. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for Los Angeles, and point guard Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 25 points to get them there. So, in his post-game interview, Lin was interrupted by Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and Carlos Boozer for some classic hijinks. Everyone seemed to have a pretty good time: Everyone except Kobe, I guess. While he wasn't present at the game, Kobe was asked about the moment during an interview on Monday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." It appears that he wouldn't have had much patience for such antics (via SB Nation): Yahoo! Sports

Former Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his son, Trey, have been providing basic statistical analysis to the front office for years, but it's only recently that the Lakers have invested in an analytics department. GM Mitch Kupchak told ESPN.com that SportVU data has "changed this whole business" and that he has brought aboard a group of four employees to interpret the data. But the Lakers were slow to embrace SportVU data, not being willing to pay for the cameras before the NBA stepped up and installed them in every arena. And while Kupchak indicated most SportVU analysis is directed toward the coaching staff, with assistant coach Mark Madsen as a conduit, it's hard to find any evidence of Byron Scott putting those insights in play on the court. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

On Sunday evening, an injured Kobe Bryant co-hosted ESPN’s Grantland Basketball Hour with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose. And on it, the trio talked a ton about Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. There were some interesting discussions, particularly when Kobe was presented with the idea that the Thunder is now Russell Westbrook’s — and not Kevin Durant’s — team. Bryant scoffed at the notion. “I have a hard time understanding those kind of conversations — the ‘Whose team is this?’” Bryant said. “If you think about it, the irony is we want players to be unselfish, we want them to be part of a group, we want them to be part of a team, but yet when they win, we’re quick to say, ‘Well, it wasn’t your team, so your championship is devalued.’ It makes no sense. You can’t have it both ways. We can’t sit here and say ‘Whose team is it?’" Oklahoman

"The fact of the matter is they both have different personalities, they can drive the team in their respective ways. The key is for the rest of the team to understand what personality does what and what areas of the game can that personality benefit us.” Oklahoman

Kobe on the criticism Westbrook faces… “I don’t think Russell pays much attention to it. I didn’t. Because you have your blinders on. And your completely focused on what your team needs to do and what you have to do to help that team be successful. Russell, I believe, has the same mentality that I have had. Which is that it doesn’t matter. I’m going to go out here and play hard regardless of what they say.” Oklahoman

Kobe Bryant cleared things up a little Sunday in regards to a report that said he would retire after next season. "Yeah no, that's not true," Bryant told Grantland's Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose in response to an article last week in The Hollywood Reporter. In the THR piece, which was mostly an interview with the Los Angeles Lakers legend about his upcoming Showtime documentary "Kobe Bryant's Muse," author Marisa Guthrie wrote Bryant would retire after next season, without directly quoting him on the topic. Bryant also told Simmons and Rose he's not into the idea of a Derek Jeter-style season farewell tour: "It wouldn't be true to who I've been my entire career to do a farewell tour. First of all, I'd feel weird." The Score

The Lakers (13-40) are heading for a second-straight season without a playoff berth, but power forward Carlos Boozer will not request a contract buyout. Los Angeles Times

Kevin Ding: From @NickSwagyPYoung for Chinese New Year: "My last name is Yung for my Chinese heritage." Twitter @KevinDing

 

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