Kobe Bryant SG LAL 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 2 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) has started weight training, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Bryant seems to be on track for a full return sometime this summer while being fully ready for the start of 2015-16. The veteran managed to play in 35 games this season and was a viable option across all formats during that time on the court. The area of concern looking ahead for Bryant is what kind of rest regime he'll be restricted to over the course of next season under coach Byron Scott. The first-season skipper admitted that he played Bryant too often in the early goings this past year and that mistake may ultimately cause him to be weary of playing Bryant extended minutes in the future. Either way, Bryant's inability to play a full season since 2012-13 and the fact that Scott will be quick to rest the veteran makes Bryant a risky player to own heading into next season.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 4 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) said he expects to begin working out "pretty soon," NBA.com reports in an interview with Bryant during Sunday's game.

Bryant said he's looking forward to running and lifting weights in preparation for next year. It's looking more likely that he'll return at some point this summer, but it's anyone's guess whether he'll be in the same form as he was this year. Still, he should be left in the wire in season-long leagues, as he won't return over the next few months.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 5 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) expects to be ready for training camp next season, ESPN.com reports.

Bryant's surgery comes with an expected recovery timetable of approximately nine months, and he underwent the procedure almost exactly nine months before the start of the 2015-16 season. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old Bryant plans to be ready for the start of training camp in late September. For now, he can be considered questionable for the Lakers' first game of 2015-16.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 5 months ago

Bryant had successful surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday and he is expected to be out for about nine months, the Los Angeles Times' Baxter Holmes reports.

It is good news that the surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder was successful, but this nine-month timetable could result in him being questionable for the start of next season. In the meantime, Wayne Ellington is the one tasked with picking up most of the slack with Bryant out for the rest of this season.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 5 months ago

Bryant (shoulder) has decided to undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and will miss the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

While there was a slight chance Bryant would opt to forego surgery and play through the tear, he's decided to go ahead and have the procedure Wednesday. Bryant, who was voted by fans to start the All-Star Game, will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 35 games. While Bryant's counting stats are impressive considering his age, he was maligned for his lack of efficiency and high-volume shooting, as evidenced by a career-low field goal percentage (37.3%). It's unclear what the future holds for the 36-year-old, but he has one year remaining on his two-year deal with the Lakers and figures to be back next season with what could be a vastly improved roster.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 5 months ago1 Comment

Bryant (shoulder) is scheduled to be examined again Monday and a decision about whether he will be shut down for the season will be made at that time.

It is widely expected that Bryant's season is over after suffering a torn rotator cuff, but the Lakers will not make any official declarations until after his examination Monday. Even if the Lakers do not rule him out for the season, he will miss so much time with this injury that holding him in most single-season formats does not make much sense. Look for Wayne Ellington, Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson to all see extended minutes in Bryant's absence.