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Position
G
 
Jersey
24
Name  Kobe Bryant
Born  8/23/1978
Height  6-6
Weight  205
College  None
4/21/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee) has been cleared to run and shoot.
Insight: Bryant will begin a six-month program and should be ready for 2014-15. Whether we will ever see the "old" Bryant again is a question for later in his recovery. He averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.3 apg for the six games he played this season.
 
3/12/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Arash Marzaki reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee fracture) is officially out for the season.
Insight: So is Steve Nash (nerve/back issues). Bryant only played in six games this season, generating 13.8 ppg over that span. Bryant, who is expected to be back for the start of next season, turns 36 in August.
 
3/11/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Lakers are close to ruling Kobe Bryant out for the season. SOURCE: Scooby Axson, Sports Illustrated
Insight: Bryant hasn't played since injuring his knee in mid-December. Jodie Meeks (15.3 ppg) has actually done a nice job filling in for Bryant at shooting guard. He's coming off a career-best outing Sunday against the Thunder (42 points on 11-for-18 shooting).
 
3/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant hasn't been cleared and the next evaluation isn't for another two weeks.
Insight: Bryant still has swelling and pain in his knee. There is no guarantee that he'll return this season.
 
2/18/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant's knee hasn't healed enough to undergo an MRI, according to Mike Trudell of lakers.com.
Insight: Bryant still has swelling and pain in his knee. He'll need to undergo an MRI before resuming any other activity.
 
1/29/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant won't be examined for at least another three weeks. He's missed 21 games with a fractured bone close to his left knee. SOURCE: Lakers on Twitter
Insight: Obviously, he's not anywhere close to returning. Bryant won't be available for the All-Star Game in two weeks, which leaves a vacant spot on the Western Conference roster.
 
1/28/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee) is expected to miss at least two more weeks due to a fractured tibial plateau in his left knee. SOURCE: Kevin Ding, Bleacher Report
Insight: Bryant may even miss another month, as his knee hasn't healed yet. The Lakers had initially been pointing to a reevaluation Tuesday as a point in which Bryant might be cleared to play, but he's dealing with so much discomfort that he won't even have an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure when he meets with Lakers doctor Steve Lombardo Tuesday night.
 
1/26/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects shooting guard Kobe Bryant to return before the All-Star break.
Insight: Of course, D'Antoni also had mentioned Jan 28 as a return date a week ago so we can't go by his forecasting skills. Bryant will be evaluated this week and again next week and we should have a better idea for a realistic timetable.
 
1/23/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Despite only playing in six games this season, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has been chosen to represent the Western Conference in next month's All-Star Game.
Insight: James Harden and Tony Parker probably would have been better choices but there's no denying Bryant will make the game more entertaining. Of course, that's assuming he plays, which is not a foregone conclusion after his latest knee injury.
 
1/23/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guards Kobe Bryant originally said he'd have his knee re-evaluated in February, but its been moved up to Monday or Tuesday of next week, according to Laker beat writer Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Kobe hasn't done much yet, so still figures to be a February return, but perhaps this speed up of the process makes an early return next month possible.
 
1/20/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guards Kobe Bryant said he'd have his knee re-evaluated in February which blows the Jan. 28 timetable out of the water, according to Laker beat writer Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Kobe hasn't done anything more than a stationary bike so take any proposed return date with a grain of salt.
 
1/10/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are hoping to return January 28th against the Pacers. SOURCE: Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Kobe is out with a knee fracture while Nash has been sidlined for two months with back problems. Neither player has been practicing so take this proposed return date with a grain of salt.
 
12/19/2013 3:53:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a fractured left knee. He's out indefinitely.
Insight: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles says he'll be out at least six weeks. It's a devastating blow to a team that was already extremely shorthanded. Things are getting so desperate that Jodie Meeks may have to play point guard Friday against Minnesota.
 
12/18/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles guard Kobe Bryant tweaked his knee Tuesday against Memphis. SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Lakers.com
Insight: He still played 33 minutes and it shouldn't impact him going forward. All signs point to Bryant playing Friday against Minnesota. The Black Mamba has averaged 13.8 ppg, 6.3 apg and 4.3 rpg since returning from a torn Achilles.
 
12/14/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played a season-high 32 minutes and had 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two threes Saturday against Charlotte.
Insight: Bryant is still getting used to the speed and timing of the game after returning from an Achilles tear. He's turned the ball over 25 times in his first four games.
 
Cold12/14/2013 9:21:00 AM
Description: Getting the start at point guard, Kobe Bryant was held to four points on 2-of-6 shooting Friday in a loss to OKC.
Insight: Bryant isn't known for his passing but he did have 13 assists in this one. The six shots he put up were his fewest since March 15th against Indiana. Through three games, the 15-time All-Star is shooting just 38.5 percent from the field. His 11.0 ppg average is his lowest since his rookie season.
 
12/11/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played much better in his second game back, scoring 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting with three assists, two rebounds and three turnovers in 29 minutes Tuesday against the Suns.
Insight: Bryant had nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, four assists and eight turnovers Sunday in his return from an Achilles tendon tear. According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Bryant's Achilles is fine but he said his ankle joint still "locks up and gets tight" during lapses in games.
 
12/9/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played 28 minutes in his season debut, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Insight: Bryant was returning from Achilles tendon surgery. It wasn't a great performance, showing plenty of rust, but it is great to see him back on the court where he belongs.
 
12/7/2013 4:15:00 PM
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday that he would be surprised if Kobe Bryant's minutes did not end up in the 20s Sunday, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Insight: Bryant will make his return from an Achilles tendon tear Sunday against the Raptors and the Lakers don't want to push him too hard in his first game back. However, it wouldn't surprise us to see Kobe play closer to 30 minutes than 20.
 
12/6/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (Achilles) announced on his Facebook page that he will make his return Sunday against the Raptors.
Insight: Bryant will miss his 19th game of the season Friday night at Sacramento. He hasn't played since tearing his Achilles on April 12 and said he expects to be on a minutes restriction at first.