Kobe Bryant decided to share a surgery picture of his right leg/heel on Instagram Tuesday. He had an operation last month to repair the Achilles tendon, which he tore against the Golden State Warriors on April 12.
After Wednesday’s practice in El Segundo, Kobe Bryant was asked about his old and close friend Derek Fisher latching on with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second time in two seasons. Bryant didn’t bother hiding any distaste for seeing Fisher don the unformi of a rival.
Asked if he was glad Fisher was back in the NBA?
Bryant: responded with a one word no.
Asked if he was surprised he was back?
Bryant said “No.”
Asked if he was surprised he came back with Oklahoma City?
“Well, that’s probably why I’m not happy about it.”
After Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explained Sunday why he suggested the Los Angeles Lakers cut their star, Kobe Bryant provided a brilliant counterpoint in a 103-99 win against Cuban’s Mavericks. He finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers won their third in a row and improved to 8-3 in February.
“Amnesty THAT,” Bryant tweeted after the game, referring to the amnesty clause that Cuban suggested would let the Lakers avoid paying his contract.
“I’m sure if (Cuban) wants to amnesty Dirk (Nowitzki), that’s something we’ll be willing to entertain,” Bryant told news reporters after the game.
Kobe Bryant, who was fined two years ago for using a gay slur toward a referee, scolded two Twitter users for using homophobic language over the weekend.
He tweeted: “Just letting you know @pacsmoove @pookeo9 that using ‘your gay’ as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.”
Bryant was responding to a message from user @pookeo9, a 16-year-old Canadian, and a subsequent response from @pacsmoove.
The first tweet was directed to the @kobebryant handle and read, “Let’s make out in bed Kobe.”
@Pacsmove retweeted that message, adding “you’re gay” to the beginning.
Bryant responded with the admonishment, then acknowledged his past issues with using homophobic language when confronted by another Twitter user.
“Exactly,” he wrote. “That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.”
Bryant was fined $100,000 in April 2011 for using a slur toward a referee.
Bryant’s tweet didn’t make an immediate impact on the two young men he addressed. The first defended his “joke” and the second said he was “mad as hell” that Kobe embarrassed him.
“I felt like Moses,” is what Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant said after posterizes Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace of the Brooklyn Nets.
Nike Basketball released their newest ad for one of their three marquee athletes, Kobe Bryant
NBATV might have created Kobe Bryant’s dream lineup. Sure, the Lakers were shorthanded going into Tuesday night’s game against the Rockets. But this just seems … excessive.
Danny Green became Floyd Mayweather’s best friend Tuesday night. Green drained a go-ahead, eventual game-winning three-pointer with 9.3 seconds left to help the San Antonio Spurs narrowly defeat the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Green helped most Spurs fans win the small feat of happiness, the 6-6 guard helped Money Mayweather win a lot more.
A lot more…as in $275,000.
Mayweather, who was in attendance at Staples Center, might have been the only non-Spurs fan jumping for joy. It surely wasn’t his biggest bet ever placed, but it was still a huge win. And this was actually a smart bet, too. The Spurs are 7-1 and the Lakers are obviously going through a coaching change after firing Mike Brown. That’s a much safer call than when Mayweather most famously lost $3 million by betting on Michigan against Alabama. The Wolverines lost that game 44-14, but Mayweather lost a lot more.
“Kobe Bryant is a living legend but I bet $275k on Spurs and Danny Green got me that green,” he tweeted.
Kobe Bryant owns a helicopter and uses it all the time in his everyday life. On Monday, he used his chopper to take Steve Blake to the doctor.
Bryant did not speak to reporters after practice Monday because Los Angeles Lakers point guard Blake suffered an abdominal strain and could only get an appointment with an Orange County doctor in the early afternoon, so Bryant flew him there in his helicopter to avoid any irksome traffic on the 405.
If you’re super interested in Kobe’s helicopter then this 2010 GQ profile is must-read. A sample:
He takes a private helicopter from Orange County, where he lives with his wife and two children, to every home game. It’s a nice dash of glitz, a touch of showbiz that goes well with the Hollywood sign in the hazy distance. But sexy as it might seem, Bryant says the helicopter is just another tool for maintaining his body. It’s no different than his weights or his whirlpool tubs or his custom-made Nikes. Given his broken finger, his fragile knees, his sore back and achy feet, not to mention his chronic agita, Bryant can’t sit in a car for two hours. The helicopter, therefore, ensures that he gets to Staples Center feeling fresh, that his body is warm and loose and fluid as mercury when he steps onto the court.
Kobe Bryant was second in the NBA in scoring and fourth in MVP voting last season. But the Los Angeles Lakers star sees the finish line.
In a wide-ranging and excellent interview with CBS Sports Bryant made it sound as though he doesn’t anticipate playing beyond the length of his current contract, which expires in two seasons.
“It’s just that three more years seems like a really long time to continue to stay at a high, high level of training and preparation and health,” Bryant said. “That’s a lot of years. For a guard? That’s a lot of years.”
No living room is complete without a life-sized oil painting of Shaq and now you can own a painting of the Big Diesel. The painting is valued at $100,000, but act now and you can own this masterpiece for $3,995 according to the Craigslist post.
Not a fan of Shaquille O’Neal then buy a painting of Magic Johnson, Yao Ming, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, among others.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant clearly is embracing his role as outspoken veteran on Team USA.
NBA Commissioner David Stern recently floated a proposal to restrict NBA players over the age of 23 from participating in the Olympics. Kobe is not a fan of the idea.
“It’s a stupid idea,” Bryant told local news reporters at the reception to welcome them to Manchester in advance of Thursday night’s exhibition game against Team Great Britain. “It should be a (player’s) choice.”
Asked how much he and his Team USA teammates have talked about Stern’s proposal since getting together in Las Vegas on July 5, Bryant said: “Our discussion is this: Basically, it’s just a dumb idea and we (discuss) it that way.”
Stern’s proposal, similar to the system currently in place for Olympic men’s soccer, would establish an age cap and allow teams three over-age players.
Meanwhile, the FIBA World Championship would be open to all other NBA players. Unlike the Olympics, NBA owners would receive a share of the revenue when their players participate in the FIBA World Championship. Kobe’s response:
When asked if he understands the concerns of NBA owners, Bryant scoffed, saying such reservations are motivated by owners merely wanting “to protect their investments.”
If the proposal passes, 2012 could be the last time the NBA’s top talent comes together to represent the USA in the Olympics.
After hitting the game-clinching shot in game seven of the Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets playoff series, Kobe Bryant decided to high-five singer/actor Justin Timberlake who returns the favor.
Back on May 1st, we posted the report of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant auctioning off his mask he wore for five weeks and scored 342 NBA points. Now we are posting with the news that the auction ended with
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation raising a cool $67,100. The auction ended on Tuesday and the final tally skyrocketed from the opening bid of $250 all the way to $67,100. At the end of the day there were 129 total bids.
During this years All-Star game Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant took a slap across the face from Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade that caused a broken nose and a concussion. For the next five weeks Bryant donned a protective clear mask which he scored 342 NBA points.
Now it can become yours as Bryant is auction off the autographed mask on eBay with proceeds going to benefit the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant foundation. The starting bid was $250.00, but as this report is posted, there have been 38 bids and the price has been driven up to $2,550.00
And since the auction doesn’t end until May 8th, you better be ready to drop some cash if you want to get your hands on this mask.
The Los Angeles Lakers offense has always appeared to be not that difficult as long as Kobe Bryant was in the floor, then Metta World Peace confirmed it.
“Just pass it to Kobe”.
Derrick Rose’s torn ACL has caused USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo to rethink his stance of not expanding the list of candidates for the U.S. squad that will compete at the London Olympics.
Colangelo said last week that despite injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups as well as Lamar Odom being eliminated from consideration the 12-man Team USA roster would be selected from the 16 candidates remaining from the original list of 20. Rose’s season-ending injury brings the number of finalists down to 15.
“What I said (previously) was that we didn’t plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation,” Colangelo. “Obviously (Rose) is a big loss. (Point guard) seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off.”
Three point guards remain on the current list: Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. The team is also thin at center—Tyson Chandler is the only true ‘five’ left among the candidates.
Colangelo said that the original plan to announce the final roster on June 1 has been changed. June 18 is the deadline for teams to set rosters with the Olympic Committee, and Colangelo said USA Basketball will wait as late as possible before making its decisions.
“I think now we’re going to wait until the very last moment to pick the team, because it seems ridiculous with a lot of playoff games to play that we would select a team,” Colangelo said. “We might as well keep the options open as long as we can, and continue to monitor the situation.”
Colengelo will meet with Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The current Team USA finalists are Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks, Chris Bosh Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers, Chandler New York Knicks, Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder, Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies, Eric Gordon New Orleans Hornets, Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers, Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James Miami Heat, Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves, Paul Los Angeles Clippers, Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder and Williams New Jersey Nets.
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant played a little joke on the ESPN cameramen the other night when he disappeared behind a concert pillar.
A rare act for Bryant but not one for LeBron James.
Back on April 20, we posted a photo of a tattoo Kobe Bryant that a fan in Italy got done. Not to be outdone a fan emailed us to show that us he to is a huge Bryant fan and it matches in size.
Kobe is worldwide.
You think you’re a huge Kobe Bryant fan? Not as much as this What makes this fan tattoo is that it comes from Italy.
According to TMZ, Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is now the proud owner of a Ferrari 458 Italia after spending $329,000 for the car. Bryant is said to have paid for in full with a check.
Bryant’s new ride “represents one of the largest leaps forward in technology, performance and emissions ever seen from” Ferrari, according to Motor Authority. Its 4.5-liter V-8 engine won the Best Performance Engine category in the 2011 International Engine of the Year competition and carries 570 horsepower.
Minnesota Timberwolves lost guard and Spain sensation Ricky Rubio for the season when he collided knees with Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant causing him to tear an ACL. The league knowing how good of a player he is took to Twitter to wish for a speedy recovery and best wishes in rehab.
Everyone from Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Kevin Love sent out wishes and now Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl decided to meet with reporters donning an FC Barcelona jersey to show his support for Rubio.
The injury also hinders any serious chance Rubio to play for Spain in the 2012 London Olympics.
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant decided to don the black mask against the Detroit Pistons last night over the transparent one he has been wearing since suffering a broken nose in the All-Star game.
However Bryant started the game 1 for 6 and the life of Black Mamba wearing the black mask was a short lived one. Prior to the game, Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell explained Bryant picked the black mask over the three new masks he had made in Detroit by the maker of Richard Hamilton’s mask because the black one was simply the most comfortable.
The NBA fined the Los Angeles Lakers guard $40,000 for missing a news conference and a mandated charity appearance for NBA Cares during All-Star weekend in Orlando, according to a league official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about it.
In addition, the person said, the NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and guard Rajon Rondo $20,000 each for missing their charity appearances