The Early Lead: Kobe Bryant


Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Kobe Bryant says “only an idiot” would doubt he’ll return

Still, knee injury signals that the end of Lakers star’s career is approaching rapidly.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:16 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with injured knee

Lakers guard will miss six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

By Missy Rosenberg  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Kobe Bryant gives himself an F in return with Lakers

L.A. star played for the first time in eight months and was bummed by his turnovers in loss.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:50 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Kobe Bryant’s new Nike shoe has stitches

Lakers star, who had Achilles’ surgery in April, said of the shoe, “You want them to have an emotional reaction as soon as they see it.“

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Kobe Bryant signs two-year extension with Lakers

New deal all but guarantees he’ll never play for another team.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:17 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Steve Nash reportedly considering retirement

The Lakers point guard, a two-time MVP, has struggled with chronic back issues.

By Kelyn Soong  |  06:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Kobe Bryant loses a bet to Kevin Ware

Lakers star will have to head to the Yum! Center because Ware recovered more quickly from injury.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:03 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College basketball, Kevin Ware, Kobe Bryant, NBA

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Kobe Bryant gets $24 million payday

Lakers star gets roughly 80 percent of his pay on Nov. 1. Not bad.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:22 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Kobe Bryant sidelined as Los Angeles Lakers take on Los Angeles Clippers

The aging Lakers take on the surging Clippers, who are a team that many have going to the NBA Finals.

By Kelyn Soong  |  05:25 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Kobe Bryant to have treatment on knee in Germany

There’s no problem with his surgically-repaired Achilles’ tendon, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Michael Jordan: I could have beaten LeBron James, but Kobe Bryant?

Even when he’s speaking hypothetically, he does it in the most Jordan-like way ever.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NBA

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Kobe Bryant jumps off a 40-foot high dive (video)

Naturally, he shares his progress from a torn Achilles on social media.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:20 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Kobe Bryant takes issue with prediction for Lakers

ESPN's 12th-place projection draws a pithy response.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:45 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash will help Lakers woo Dwight Howard

Free agent is center of interest for Houston and Dallas, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:09 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, NBA, Steve Nash

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Kobe Bryant denies retirement talk, saying 'soon, but not yet'

As he recovers from Achilles surgery, he has time to ponder what Phil Jackson wrote about him and Michael Jordan.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:45 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Phil Jackson

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Jason Collins comes out: Is this a game changer?

As his brother says, "It's a big deal, but it's also not a big deal."

By Cindy Boren  |  02:27 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Collins, Kobe Bryant, Martina Navratilova, NBA, Steve Nash

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Kobe Bryant signs off Twitter, at least during Lakers games

What's a superstar to do while he's laid up recovering from Achilles surgery and his team is still playing?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:12 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/14/2013

Kobe Bryant says he's "keeping track of all doubters and haters"

To those who doubt whether he'll play again, he has a strong message the day after Achilles surgery.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/13/2013

Kobe Bryant has complete Achilles tear, out 6-9 months

Before entering surgery today, Laker adds "#vicodintweets" to his social media reportoire.

By Cindy Boren  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/13/2013

Kobe Bryant injury: "The frustration is unbearable"

After On Facebook, Lakers star does some soul-searching about his future and whether Black Mamba can come back.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Kobe Bryant scores 47 points in big win for Lakers

Lakers beat Portland and lead Utah by a game for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:01 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Kobe Bryant can't carry Lakers past Clippers, although he tries

Injured and weary Lakers are fighting for a playoff berth, so Bryant is logging monster minutes.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Kobe Bryant injury: NBA says he was fouled

The bigger question is: Just how long will he be sidelined as the Lakers fight for a playoff spot?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:23 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Kobe Bryant watches movies as he rests sprained ankle

Lakers star, out indefinitely with sprained ankle, is still a wee bit angry with Dahntay Jones.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:11 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dahntay Jones, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Kobe Bryant injury: Was the play dirty?

Lakers star claims that Dahntay Jones "Jalen Rose'd me" after he severely sprained his ankle Wednesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:35 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Kobe on Kimmel: "What's a Laker team in L.A. without drama?" (video)

And if a teammate doubted his playoff guarantee? "I would have called the Buss family and said, 'Cut this guy right now!'

By Cindy Boren  |  10:26 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Kobe Bryant hurts his elbow in Lakers' painful loss to Thunder

Bryant's funny bone is bruised and so are Los Angeles' playoff hopes after a loss in Oklahoma City.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:56 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace, NBA

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Kobe Bryant "probably would have smacked" Serge Ibaka

This comes as a bit of a warning after the flagrant foul against Blake Griffin on Sunday, since the Lakers play the Thunder tonight.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, NBA, Serge Ibaka

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Kobe Bryant: Call him "Vino" as Lakers hit .500 (video)

Lakers star turns back the clock with a dunk over Josh Smith in victory Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:44 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Kobe Bryant pays tribute to Jerry Buss -- and Lakers beat Celtics (video)

And the Lakers topped it off by playing one of their best games, with Dwight Howard scoring 24 points.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:47 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Kobe Bryant blocks LeBron James in All-Star Game (video)

The star of All-Star Weekend was Michael Jordan, who did nothing more than turn 50 years old.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:23 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Michael Jordan: I'll take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James

It's all a matter of rings when Michael Jordan has to choose between Kobe and LeBron.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NBA

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/11/2013

LeBron James raises his game to another level

What sets him apart this time is a deadly efficienty.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Kobe Bryant "happy as hell" as Lakers win again

Two games with 14 assists have brought two wins for Lakers.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:55 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Kobe Bryant vs. Dwight Howard: Lakers drama continues

Players "went at each other" in a clear-the-air meeting that accomplished little.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:46 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Kobe Bryant, Lakers are still off-key in another loss

If he can't make beautiful music on a basketball court, there's always a piano.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:42 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Lakers turmoil continues; could they miss the playoffs?

Playoffs? Playoffs??? The team slips to its fifth straight loss and a 15-20 record.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Mike D'Antoni, NBA, Steve Nash

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard nearly fought, report says

Team chemistry may be a bigger problem for the Lakers than their advanced age.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Kobe Bryant says the Lakers are old

If he wants to feel even older, he should consider that he's 34 and has played 17 years in the NBA.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:56 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Dwight Howard ejected; Lakers fall to Nuggets

The Lakers had won five in a row...until they stumbled against the Nuggets, despite Kobe Bryant's 40 points.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:52 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Pau Gasol returns, but Kobe Bryant lifts Lakers over lowly Bobcats

Beating the lowly Bobcats takes everything the Lakers can muster.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Kobe Bryant would like to play the Washington Generals

The Harlem Globetrotters say they'd make room for Kobe.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:21 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Kobe Bryant calls Magic Johnson, which is "very helpful"

With the Lakers struggling, retired legend Magic Johnson, gets a call from Kobe Bryant ahead of tonight's game against the Knicks.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:32 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Kobe Bryant frustrated at Lakers "finding ways to lose"

There's no love from Magic Johnson or, at this point, anyone else for a Lakers team that is foundering.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Kobe Bryant tops 30,000 points, keeps an eye on Michael Jordan

While Magic Johnson says Kobe Bryant could be the "greatest Laker," Kobe Bryant is more interested in catching his boyhood idol.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:53 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Mike D'Antoni is 1-0 as Los Angeles Lakers coach

Mike D'Antoni makes his debut and the Los Angeles Lakers win with a performance that isn't his usual style.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:21 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Kobe Bryant is steamed as Lakers fall again

The Lakers reloaded during the offseason, but they've misfired in a 1-4 start that has Kobe Bryant seething.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:25 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Kobe Bryant sounds like he’ll play, although he’s a game-time decision for Lakers’ opener

Kobe Bryant says his foot injury is healing, but he's a game-time decision for the Los Angeles Lakers' opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:21 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Mavericks, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers