Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant posted 60 points (22-50 FG, 6-21 3Pt, 10-12 FT), four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block over 42 minutes in Wednesday's season-ending 101-96 victory over the Jazz.

EDGE Analysis

The Black Mamba's farwell probably couldn't have been scripted any better, save for the first few minutes of the game in which he was unable to connect on multiple shot attempts. Once Bryant got rolling however, he began draining shots from all over the court. Coach Byron Scott held true to his word about giving his future Hall of Famer all the minutes he could handle, and Bryant held true to his reputation of never meeting a shot he didn't like. On such a momentous occasion however, his monopolization of the ball was certainly overlooked, and the 20-year veteran put on a show that neither the fans nor the players in attendance are likely to ever forget. Bryant closes out his final season with averages of 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocks over 28.2 minutes per game. He played, and started, in 66 contests overall.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Coach Byron Scott plans on giving Bryant his most minutes all season during Wednesday's regular season finale against the Jazz, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report reports.

EDGE Analysis

The struggle with utilizing Bryant all season has been his fluctuating availability and playing time, but he's been able to produce nicely while actually present on the court. His season-high in minutes is currently 37 on Nov. 20 against the Raptors, so the soon-to-be retiree will have plenty of opportunities to produce during his final NBA game, assuming Scott holds true to his word.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant scored a team-high 35 points (10-22 FG, 11-11 FT, 4-11 3Pt) to go along with two rebounds, two steals and an assist in just 27 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Rockets.

EDGE Analysis

The Black Mamba seemed to savor his head-to-head matchup with James Harden, who finished with 40 points of his own, as he delivered one of his finest offensive performances of the season. Bryant will play in each of the Lakers' final two games, and he appears focused on finishing off his illustrious career on a high note.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant will play in both games during Sunday and Monday's back-to-back, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Braynt has struggled with shoulder soreness for much of the year, and often has been restricted on minutes during back-to-back games, but it seems he'll play both. Bryant has been determined to play in all of the final games of this season. He has struggled to score lately, but he's likely to not be discouraged by this and continue to take a lot of shots. Bryant continues to be a risky daily pick due to the wear-and-tear of the season's effect on his body.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant (shoulder) will play in Friday's matchup with the Pelicans, Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant pledged earlier in the week that he would suit up for all of the Lakers' remaining games, so it comes as no surprise he'll take the court Friday. Bryant has struggled recently, posting averages of just 12.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.4 steals over his last four games. Don't expect that to discourage Bryant, though, as the future Hall-of-Famer will still get off his fair share of shots. As long as his shoulder doesn't act up during the game, Bryant should play a full minutes load Friday.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant has repeatedly pledged over the past week that he plans to suit up in all of the Lakers' remaining games in his final NBA season, so it's expected that he'll find a way to make his last career appearance in New Orleans. If Bryant's chronically sore right shoulder proves to be too much of a nuisance during the game, coach Byron Scott could look to limit the former MVP's minutes a bit. Bryant seems to have hit a wall over his last six games, as he's averaging a meager 13.5 points (on 29.3% shooting), two rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers, 1.3 steals, and one assist over 23.8 minutes.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant tallied six points (2-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, and two steals over 22 minutes in Tuesday's 103-81 loss to the Clippers.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant was far from the only Lakers player to lay bricks on a night when the team's five starters combined to shoot a putrid 10-for-51 (19.6%). While Bryant is capable of delivering big scoring nights such as the 34-point effort he turned in just two days earlier against the Celtics, his 35.4 percent and 28.2 percent season marks from the field and three-point range, respectively, often ensures that he needs tons of volume to produce significant totals. His lack of efficiency hasn't deterred Bryant from firing away at any point this season, so don't expect him to take a backseat offensively over the final five games of his career.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant plans to play Tuesday against the Clippers, as expected, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant has dealt with nagging injuries all season, including shoulder soreness that sometimes takes him out of games, but he is determined to play in all of the Lakers' remaining games this season. He's a bit of a risky daily pick, but he scored a team-high 34 points against the Celtics on Sunday, showing a flash of his former uninjured self.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant scored a team-high 34 points (11-28 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 8-10 FT) to go with four rebounds, one assist and three steals in 33 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Celtics.

EDGE Analysis

We expected Bryant to play his vintage maniacally competitive style and he did exactly that against the Celtics on Sunday. The future Hall of Famer wasn't shy with his shot, hoisting 28 attempts for the second time this season. He shot relatively well, however, and was visibly aided by the Lakers' three day break this weekend. Statistically speaking, this could likely be the last relevant fantasy game in Kobe's career.

Kobe Bryant
SG/SF FA
2 years ago

Bryant will play in Sunday's game against the Celtics, CBS Los Angeles reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though it hasn't been much of a rivalry the past five years, Bryant surely wanted to face the Celtics one last time. He only played nine minutes Wednesday against the Heat, but he did log 23+ minutes in each of the previous five games.