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Byron Scott not certain when Kobe Bryant will retire

The Lakers head coach does not think it is a given that Bryant will hang up his sneakers in 2016. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently said Kobe Bryant 'has indicated' he will retire after 2015-2016 season. The head coach of the Lakers, Byron Scott, does not seem to think Bryant's retirement is quite that imminent, and said as much during an appearance on the Jim Rome Show (transcription via Lakers Nation): "I won't believe [Bryant is retiring in 2016] until I hear that from him face-to-face once next season is over," Scott said. "I know he has a year or two left in the tank,...
Orange County Register May 22, 2015
Kupchak expects a healthy Bryant to play one final season

Kupchak expects a healthy Bryant to play one final season

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has reiterated his belief that Kobe Bryant will call it a career after next season. Bryant will enter his 20th season on the final year of a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension. He is coming off a third...
Silver Screen and Roll May 22, 2015

Mitch Kupchak says Kobe Bryant 'indicated' he will retire after 2015-2016 season

The end of Kobe Bryant's playing career could be very soon. The Los Angeles Lakers are headed toward a new era, but general manager Mitch Kupchak does not anticipate Kobe Bryant will stick around beyond the final year of his contract. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak told Sirius XM NBA Radio on Thursday. The 2015-2016 season could be the last ride for Bryant and the Lakers. This isn't the first time Kupchak has alluded to Bryant's contract being the end of the line for the five-time NBA Champion. Kupchak gave a similar quote to NBA.com's David Aldridge in December, again...
Silver Screen and Roll May 20, 2015

Kobe Bryant's draft advice for the Lakers

Who does Kobe think the team should take with their first round pick? The Basketball Gods smiled on the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night when the team not only retained it's first rounder, but jumped up two spots to claim the second overall selection and delay the last penance of the Steve Nash trade at least one more year. Since the draft order was announced, there have been countless opinions flying across the internet, television, radio, and word of mouth about who the Lakers should select.  Kobe Bryant is the latest to lend his voice to the fray, and the 19-year NBA veteran gave the...
Silver Screen and Roll May 19, 2015

Kobe Bryant reacts to the Lakers winning the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft

The Lakers were big winners in the NBA Draft lottery. Kobe Bryant had to weigh in on the outstanding news. The Los Angeles Lakers didn't just hold on to their top-five protected pick, they jumped all the way up to a premium position with the second-overall pick in the stacked top-three of the 2015 NBA Draft. Kobe Bryant was ready to fire away once the news trickled down in a perfectly Kobe way: We played like crap all season so it's only right we get the #2 pick HA #lakerluck #goodday — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 20, 2015 That's OK, Mamba. It looks like the franchise is on it's...
Los Angeles Times May 15, 2015

Kobe Bryant shows Blake Griffin some love during Game 6

Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant watched the Clippers play the Houston Rockets in Game 6 on Thursday.
Silver Screen and Roll May 15, 2015

Kobe Bryant on if Lakers and Clippers can coexist: "Don't push it"

Kobe adds fuel to the Lakers-Clippers rivalry Kobe Bryant is staying active on Twitter during the Clipper-Rockets playoff game, first to show respect to Blake Griffin, now to throw some shade at the Clippers. ESPN LA's Arash Markazi insinuated maybe the Lakers and Clippers could get along. The Mamba disagrees: Don't push it #bleedgold https://t.co/9p8jnxcu4g — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 15, 2015 Well that settles that. It seems maybe the players do care about the intercity rivalry. Or maybe Kobe just loves conflict. Or both. Probably both.
Silver Screen and Roll May 15, 2015

Kobe Bryant respects Blake Griffin

Los Angeles stars respect Los Angeles stars. Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to show his appreciation for a fellow superstar who calls Los Angeles home, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers: The game of @blakegriffin32 has grown tremendously #respect — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 15, 2015 Even though the Lakers and Clippers have been "rivals" in recent years, it is always interesting to see which players Kobe thinks are current greats. And it can't hurt that Griffin and his Clippers are on the brink of eliminating Kobe favorite Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. Endless shade...
Silver Screen and Roll May 11, 2015

Magic Johnson says Kobe Bryant could have played with him

The greatest point guard in Lakers' history shared his thoughts on a current Lakers great. Former Lakers point guard Magic Johnson offered some praise for Kobe Bryant on Twitter today, saying that Bryant is a player he thinks could have played in his era: Three future Hall Of Famers that could've played when MJ, Bird and I were playing are Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2015 The Hall of Famer also took thanked Bryant, LeBron James, and Tim Duncan for their contributions to the NBA. Magic has been known to upset Lakers fans with...
Silver Screen and Roll May 11, 2015

Kobe Bryant's fight against Father Time

Kobe Bryant has been a fixture in purple and gold for the past 19 seasons and has played through a myriad of injuries. Now, having had his last three campaigns cut short, can Bryant give Lakers fans one last season to remember before he rides off into the Hollywood sunset? Kobe Bryant has spent nearly two decades mesmerizing us with his tenacity, athleticism, and iron will. While he will always be known for his ability to score the basketball and win championships, it might be his knack for playing through pain that has been most impressive. Throughout his hall of fame career he has defied...

Kobe Bryant respects Tony Allen

Bryant's respect for one of the game's hardest workers continues. Kobe Bryant and Tony Allen have had some memorable battles on the court over the course of their careers, most notably when Allen and the Boston Celtics faced (and ultimately were defeated by) Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals. These physical matchups have never bred contempt between the two players, and Bryant has often publicly shown respect for Allen's hard work. "He's fundamentally sound defensively and he plays harder than everybody else defensively," Bryant said to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News...

Kobe Bryant salutes Lionel Messi's amazing goals in Champions League semifinal

Real recognize real. Lionel Messi went off in the Champions League semifinals, netting two incredible goals for Barcelona. Kobe Bryant took the chance to salute Messi's two goals in the span of three minutes: #Messi #MagisterialMessi — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 6, 2015 The first was this devastating strike: Lionel Messi goal. pic.twitter.com/y5iKVaBRne — Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) May 6, 2015 But the last? It was a filthy move akin to the dirtiest of ankle breakers in the NBA. Enjoy: We'll be seeing that one over, and over, and over.

Draymond Green hijacks MVP ceremony to ask Steph Curry for presents

Steph Curry spent a good portion of his MVP speech talking about the contributions of each of his teammates. But Draymond Green wanted to know if Steph was putting his money where his mouth is. Green grabbed the mic during a Q&A with the Warriors star to give Curry a good-natured ribbing about how Kobe Bryant gifted watches to his teammates after he won league MVP. “You keep mentioning us like we’re a part of this, so I was just wondering what our gift was,” Green says. “That’s all.” Curry took it all in stride. “That’s a great question, Draymond,” he answers. ”Don’t...

Kobe Bryant says he would vote Houston’s James Harden for MVP over Warriors’ Stephen Curry

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was in Napa on Wednesday as a luxury watch brand ambassador and spent time talking about the NBA’s MVP award with The Insider. The votes have already been cast for MVP, and the announcement… Continue Reading →The post Kobe Bryant says he would vote Houston’s James Harden for MVP over Warriors’ Stephen Curry appeared first on Inside the Warriors.

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