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Tuesday
Feb172015

Lakers' Kobe Bryant Seeking Career 'Rebirth'

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the third-straight season, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has suffered a season-ending injury. With no plans to walk away from basketball, Bryant has a vision for how he'd like his career to go going forward.

"I can't say it is the end," Bryant said during an interview with NBA TV. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning."

"So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done, and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth," he added.

Bryant is recovering from season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff that he suffered in his right shoulder.

After appearing in six games last season, the 36-year-old Bryant played in 35 games this season and averaged 22.3 points on .373% shooting.

He has spent his entire 19-year career wit the Lakers, and has one more year left on his current contract.


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Saturday
Jan312015

Cousins Replaces Bryant in All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been selected to take the place of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the 2015 All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the first King since 2004 to be selected as an All-Star.

"Honestly, I really didn't expect myself to make it," Cousins said. "I mean, the West was so tough this year and there are so many talented guys in the West. But the crazy thing is, me and Dame (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) were texting after the results came out and I was telling him, 'Man, you know you're going to make this team, like, it's nothing.' It's just kind of crazy how things worked out."

Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game).

The NBA All-Star Game takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15.


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Monday
Jan262015

Lakers Star Kobe Bryant Set for Shoulder Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, the team announced on Monday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic confirmed the diagnosis, which was made last week. 

The 16-time All-Star will undergo surgery to repair his shoulder on Wednesday. No timetable has been given for his return.

The 36-year-old Bryant injured his shoulder during the second half of the Lakers' 96-80 loss to the Pelicans last Wednesday night in New Orleans, when he went for a two-handed slam dunk.

In 35 games this season, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Last season, he played in just six games because of injuries to his knee and Achilles.

Bryant has won five NBA championships during his 19-year career with the Lakers.


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Friday
Jan232015

Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant's season is over after he suffered a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday night's loss to New Orleans, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports.

Bryant met with doctors in Los Angeles on Friday and team doctor Steven Lombardo found a significant tear in Bryant's right shoulder.

It's a tough blow for Bryant and the Lakers, who have struggled to see him on the court over the last two seasons.

Bryant was sidelined due to a torn Achilles injury and a knee injury that allowed him to play six games last year.

Bryant will take the weekend to decide whether he'll undergo surgery and has an appointment with team doctor Neal ElAttrache on Monday. 

Bryant was voted to his 17th consecutive All-Star game after averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this year.


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Thursday
Jan222015

L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant Has Torn Rotator Cuff

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a tear in his right rotator cuff, the team announced on Thursday. The 16-time All-Star will return to Los Angeles from San Antonio and be examined by team doctors on Friday.

The 36-year-old Bryant injured his shoulder during the second half of the Lakers' 96-80 loss to the Pelicans Wednesday night in New Orleans when he went for a two-handed slam dunk.

In 35 games this season, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Last season, he played in just six games because of injuries to his knee and Achilles.

Bryant has won five NBA championships during his 19-year career with the Lakers.


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Monday
Jan052015

Lakers' Kobe Bryant Rips AAU Player Development, Praises European System

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Known as one of the most fundamental players in the NBA today, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had some very critical words regarding AAU basketball and how young basketball players are being developed.

Bryant sees the players coming over from Europe as more skilled basketball players while the players coming up from AAU leagues struggle with some fundamental elements of basketball.

“I just think European players are just way more skillful,” Bryant said, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN. “They are just taught the game the right way at an early age. …They’re more skillful. It’s something we really have to fix. We really have to address that. We have to teach our kids to play the right way."

“AAU basketball -- horrible, terrible AAU basketball -- it's stupid," Bryant continued. "It doesn’t teach our kids how to play the game at all so you wind up having players that are big and they bring it up and they do all this fancy crap and they don’t know how to post. They don’t know the fundamentals of the game. It's stupid.”

Bryant is in his 19th NBA season.


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Wednesday
Dec242014

Lakers Stun Warriors 115-105

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(LOS ANGELES, Ca) -- The Los Angeles Lakers took down the Golden State Warriors 115-105, Tuesday night in impressive fashion.

Most noteworthy was that the Lakers were dominating the Warriors while Kobe Bryant rested on the bench for a scheduled day of rest. 

Seven players on the Lakers scored 11 points or more. Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Prince, Wesley Johnson and Nick Young all reached double digits in a game that wasn't as close as the final score would appear.

"I thought our guys came out really focused on what we had to do on both ends of the floor and we did a great job," said Lakers coach Byron Scott.

"We've been saying this all along to our players, if we compete and can play with energy, we have that second and third effort every single night then we give ourselves a chance to win," Scott added.

The Lakers led by as much as 22 points in the fourth quarter in what was certainly their most impressive win of the season.

 

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Sunday
Dec142014

Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) -- In his 1,269th career game, Kobe Bryant took over the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list during the Lakers' 100-94 win against Minnesota on Sunday.

Bryant passed Michael Jordan with a pair of free throws in the second quarter of the Lakers' game against the Timberwolves.

"The most important thing to me I think is playing for that," Bryant said.

"Playing for respect of the greats and feeling like I'm a part of that culture."

Bryant moved into third place on the all-time list and trails Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).

Following the free throws, the game was stopped so Bryant could exchange hugs and handshakes with his teammates and Minnesota's side of the court.

Bryant entered the game with 32,284 points, needing eight to tie Jordan.  He finished with 26.


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Saturday
Dec132014

Young's Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young hit a monster three with 7.4 seconds remaining in overtime to help give the Lakers (7-16) a 112-110 win over San Antonio on Friday. Young finished with a game-high 29 points while Kobe Bryant added 22 points and nine rebounds.

"I'm so happy it ended up in my hands," Young said. "I wanted to shoot that bad, especially being on the floor watching Kobe and playing for the Lakers; nothing like those types of shots."

San Antonio (16-7) rallied from down 11 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime, but Young's shot was too much to overcome. With the shot clock about to expire, and Manu Ginobili in his face, Young let go a 30-foot prayer that found the net for a 112-110 lead. The Spurs had a chance to tie but Ginobili's three-point attempt was off the mark and time expired before another they could get another shot off.

"The last 3, Manu was everything but inside his jersey, and he had to adjust his shot in the air and kind of shoot around Manu's hands, and it goes in," Duncan said. "If you put a team in a situation like that, things like that can happen. We put the blame on ourselves for the 48, 50 minutes before it gets to that point."

The Spurs also had a chance to win it in regulation, holding possession with less than two seconds remaining. However, Duncan missed a 17-foot, turn-around jumper that forced the extra session. Duncan finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio.

Bryant's 22 points leaves him eight shy of tying Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.


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Wednesday
Dec102014

Magic Johnson: 'I Hope the Lakers Lose Every Game'

Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should cash it in this season and hope for a high draft pick.

"I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told reporters at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. And I'm serious."

The Lakers are tied for the second worst record in the NBA and finished last year with a 27-55 record, which was the worst 82-game stretch in franchise history.

"I don't see teams tanking. It doesn't happen. Maybe there are certain teams in the league -- and this is not one of them -- where ownership sits up there in their office and they're crossing their fingers quietly and hoping," Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant said. "But the players themselves? Never. Players play. Players play and players try to win every single game. That's just what we do."

Lakers head coach Byron Scott played with Johnson and wasn't looking too much into those comments.

"It's more of a laughing matter to me than anything," Scott said. "I know Ervin and how competitive he is and I understand where he's coming from -- 'Yeah, lose every game and hopefully you'll get the No. 1 pick.' That doesn't guarantee that you're going to get the No. 1 pick. You go out here and try to win as much as you can to try to create that culture of winning again instead of having that loser's mentality. That's how I look at it."


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