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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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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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Damian Lillard Levels Lakers

NBA/Portland Trail Blazers(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Damian Lillard took over the fourth quarter against the Lakers to lead the Portland Trailblazers to a 106-94 victory.

Lillard dropped 17 of his 34 points in the last 8:16 of the game Sunday night, taking the Trailblazers to their 30th victory of the season.

"It's a great accomplishment to have 30 wins in 38 games," Lillard said. "We've just got to keep the same mentality that we've had and always remember that we are an elite team. And we've got to keep proving that every night and stay locked in."

The Lakers defense was attacked by Lillard all game. He consistently found open teammates to knock down shots, broke open on the baseline to slam home the ball and drove the lane soaring over defenders like a bird over a forest. 

"We played them really tough, and then Damien kind of takes over," Lakers head coach Byron Scott said. "We tried to pressure him, we tried to trap him at times, but he just made some great shots. He's just a heck of a player."

Among his many highlights on the night, none was more impressive for Lillard than when he jumped over Jordan Hill and Ed Davis, who both stand at 6'10."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Philadelphia 76ers 95 (5-28) – Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (19-16)

Charlotte Hornets 104 (12-24) – Boston Celtics 95 (11-21)

Dallas Mavericks 96 (26-10) – Brooklyn Nets 88 (16-18) OT

Chicago Bulls 114 (25-10) – Houston Rockets 105 (23-11)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (25-9) – New York Knicks 83 (5-32)

Denver Nuggets 110 (15-20) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (5-28)

Washington Wizards 92 (23-11) – New Orleans Pelicans 85 (17-17)

Atlanta Hawks 107 (26-8) – Los Angeles Clippers 98 (23-12)

Portland Trailblazers 98 (27-8) – Los Angeles Lakers 94 (11-24)

Indiana Pacers 105 (14-22) – Utah Jazz 101 (12-23)

Golden State Warriors 117 (27-5) – Oklahoma City Thunder 91 (17-18)

NHL: San Jose Sharks 3 (21-14-5, 47 pts) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (20-13-7, 47 pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (13) Notre Dame 71 (15-1) – (18) North Carolina 70 (11-4)

(14) West Virginia 78 (14-1) – Texas Tech 67 (10-5)

(16) Oklahoma 70 (11-3) - (10) Texas 49 (12-3)

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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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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football – Music City Bowl: Notre Dame 31 (8-5) – (23) LSU 28 (8-5)

Belk Bowl: (13) Georgia 37 (10-3) – (21) Louisville 14 (9-4)

Foster Farms Bowl: Stanford 45 (8-5) - Maryland 21 (7-6)

NBA: Detroit Pistons 109 (8-23) – Orlando Magic 86 (13-22)

Atlanta Hawks 109 (23-8) – Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (18-13)

Brooklyn Nets 96 (15-16) – Chicago Bulls 82 (22-10)

Memphis Grizzlies 95 (23-8) – San Antonio Spurs 87 (19-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 110 (16-15) – Phoenix Suns 106 (18-15)

Dallas Mavericks 114 (23-10)  Washington Wizards 87 (22-9)

Los Angeles Lakers 111 (10-22)  Denver Nuggets 103 (13-19)

Utah Jazz 100 (11-21)  Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (5-25)

Portland Trail Blazers 102 (25-7) - Toronto Raptors 97 (24-7) OT

Golden State Warriors 126 (25-5) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (4-26)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (3) Virginia 83 (12-0) – Davidson 72 (9-2)

(5) Louisville 63 (12-1) – Long Beach State 48 (5-10)

(10) Utah 85 (10-2)  Carroll 49 (10-3)

(12) Maryland 68 (13-1) – Michigan State 66 (9-5) 2OT

(13) Kansas 78 (10-2) – Kent State 62 (8-4)

(14) Notre Dame 87 (13-1) – Hartford 60 (7-6)

(17) West Virginia 82 (12-1) – Virginia Tech 51 (8-5)

(19) North Carolina 86 (10-3) – William & Mary 64 (6-5)

Iowa 71 (10-4) – (20) Ohio State 65 (11-3)

(22) Baylor 92 (11-1) – Norfolk State 51 (9-6)

NHL:  Montreal Canadiens 2 (24-11-2; 50pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (16-9-9; 41pts) SO

Nashville Predators 3 (24-9-3; 51pts) – St. Louis Blues 2 (22-12-3; 47pts)

Edmonton Oilers 3 (8-22-7; 23pts)  Los Angeles Kings 2 (18-12-8; 44pts) SO

Vancouver Canucks 3 (21-11-3; 45pts) - San Jose Sharks 1 (19-13-5; 43pts)

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Bulls Beat Up Kobe-Less Lakers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Tuesday night, as Kobe Bryant sat out, the Lakers continued their mediocre season, losing to the Chicago Bulls.

On Christmas Day, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles 113-93.

Bulls forward Pau Gasol led Chicago with 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against his former team.

Gasol signed a three-year contract with the Bulls this past offseason after spending the previous seven seasons with Los Angeles.

Derek Rose also showed flashes of his MVP caliber talent as he dropped 20 points on the way to Chicago's fifth straight victory.

Kobe sat out again as he rested from general soreness in his knees, Achilles tendons, back and feet.

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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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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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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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