Kobe Bryant SG LAL 4 days ago

Bryant will play in Sunday's preseason opener against the Jazz, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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Lakers coach Byron Scott said Saturday that Bryant will face a "hard minutes cap" this season in an effort to reduce wear and tear, ESPN.com reports.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 3 weeks ago

Bryant (shoulder) has received full clearance to participate in basketball activities, ESPN reports.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 2 months ago

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has progressed to weight lifting with his upper body as he continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to Yahoo Sports. Bryant said he feels strong and healthy eight months removed from shoulder surgery, crediting his weight training for improved upper and lower body strength. "The body is good. I feel good. ... My lower body is solid," Bryant said. "There are no question marks on what I can do. My body and my legs feel extremely strong and healthy. That’s the big difference. My upper body, I've been doing the weights and stuff like that. I've been kind of building up the upper body strength. The biggest change is I feel very, very solid in my legs." Head coach Byron Scott is considering less playing time for Bryant in hopes of keeping him healthy.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 2 months ago

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play some power forward next season, in addition to his duties at guard and on the wing, according to NBA.com. Head coach Byron Scott said Bryant would see most of his minutes at small forward once healthy from a shoulder injury, but that he could play anywhere from point guard to power forward. "Kobe can play one, two and three," Scott said. "There's no doubt in my mind. And there's some games, against some teams, where he'll probably play four. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he'll be. I don't think he needs to be using up the whole 94-foot floor. If we can cut that down some, I think that saves his legs as much as possible. But if we can get him where he operates best, which to me is elbows on each area, top of the key, at the pinch post, at the mid-post, then I think he can be real effective for us." The Lakers want to play Bryant alongside guards Jordan Clarkson and De'Angelo Russell, who they took with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft in June.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 3 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) will meet with coach Byron Scott and the training staff in three or four weeks to devise a structure for his playing time this upcoming season, the Orange County Register reports. "The one thing I want to do is make sure he's able to play this whole year hopefully injury-free," Scott said. "I don't want to overload him with minutes."

Bryant was overworked at the beginning of last season, playing close to 36 minutes a night before taking a week off in late December. Upon returning, Bryant rested periodically before tearing his rotator cuff at the end of January. With the Lakers' guard depth, Bryant is likely to play small forward and record his shortest playing time since the 1997-98 season (26.0 minutes per game). A decrease in minutes will deflate Bryant's fantasy value, as well as the fact he hasn't begun shooting. Still, most signs point to Bryant returning near the start of the season.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 4 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) hopes to begin shooting within the next two or three months, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Bryant has spent five months off the court after surgically repairing his right shoulder. If everything remains on schedule, Bryant will likely return in time for training camp or the beginning of next season.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 4 months ago

Bryant feels encouraged by the healing of his surgically-repaired right shoulder, the LA Daily News reports.

Bryant expressed his optimism regarding the health of his shoulder to coach Byron Scott, but this falls short of a real update from the Lakers' doctors. Regardless, it's nice to hear that Bryant is on pace to be ready for training camp at the end of Septemeber. He's played just 41 games over the last two seasons due to a string of injuries, and regardless of the Lakers' performance this season, it's widely believed that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 5 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) intimated recently that the 2015-16 season will be his last with the Lakers, ESPN reports. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said.

Bryant, who will make an league-high $25 million next season, enters his 20th NBA season and the final year of his contract. The 36-year-old has been plagued by injuries over the last three season, and a shoulder injury limited him to just 35 games in 2014-15. He's expected to return healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season and will play a major role for a Lakers team that could look drastically different come October. Los Angeles holds the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, gets Julius Randle (leg) back from injury, and has loads of cap room with which to play this summer. The Lakers figure to compete for a playoff berth, but the team's success may ultimately hinge on Bryant's health. The same can be said about Bryant potentially continuing his career beyond 2015-16. He said he hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing beyond next season, but it's unclear whether that would entail moving to another franchise.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 5 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) is likely to resume his career in the Lakers' preseason opener, against the Utah Jazz in Hawaii on October 4th, Inside So Cal reports.

While it's encouraging that Bryant will be back for the beginning of training camp, that shouldn't be seen as an endorsement to draft him early in your fantasy leagues. Even before his injury, Bryant struggled shooting, hitting only 37 percent of his field goal attempts and has now suffered a season ending injury in three straight NBA campaigns. With his 20th NBA season likely to be his last, more decline will not be unexpected and hassle of dealing with him should be left to others in the early rounds of drafts.