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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby scissors on Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:08 am

Is that why he wears 24?
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:39 pm

Kobe Bryant feeling “down” about latest knee injury update

http://lakerholicz.com/kobe-bryant-latest-injury-setback/2014/01/29

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The Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would be out due to injury for at least three more weeks. The five-time NBA champion is said to still be suffering from pain and swelling in the left knee he fractured during a game versus the Memphis Grizzlies on December 17.

Bryant’s original timetable for return was set at six weeks and he’d been hoping to hear some good news from the team doctor on Tuesday so he could move away from the stationary bike and progress towards getting back on the court, though it seems he’ll have to stay patient for at least a few more weeks.

via Los Angeles Times:

“[I'm] down about it,” Bryant said following the team’s 104-92 loss to the Pacers.

Bryant was examined before Tuesday’s game by Dr. Steve Lombardo. He said he’s still experiencing pain.

“It’s like an internal swelling,” Bryant said. “It’s different. It’s not something that’s kind of on the surface where you can pinpoint and feel the swelling around. It’s deep in there.”

Bryant is on a program of non-weight-bearing exercise, primarily consisting of working out on a stationary bike.

“I’m ready to throw the bike in the damn pool right about now.” he said. “But you do what you got to do.”

With the 2014 All-Star Game set to take place on February 16, it seems that Bryant will get his wish and miss the game due to injury.

As noted before, this is definitely not the type of season for Kobe to rush back from injury, and it’s good to see that the team are taking things slowly with him.

With the Lakers now sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of 16-30, there’s almost no way that this team will make it to the playoffs this season.

Bryant needs to take his time. It’s going to be hard because he’s extremely competitive, though he realizes that rushing back from this injury would accomplish nothing in the long-run.


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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby therealdeal on Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:01 pm

Hey. Just get healthy, slim up. Get ready to tutor some young stud next season because that's where we're headed. Don't kill yourself to come back.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby karacha on Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:17 pm

^

What he said.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby revgen on Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:22 pm

He's going to play if he can play. If he does come back in March, I hope he looks to score off of screens instead of ISO's like he prefers to do. Anything to take pressure off the legs.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Doc Brown on Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:11 pm

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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:23 pm

^ we already know this and now with Phil agreeing with most of us its like opening up an old wound (old news) and squeezing lemon juice on it.

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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby HighlyFavored on Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:50 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
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On NBA TV, Phil Jackson says he agreed with extending Kobe for two years but that the Lakers “paid him more than I would have gone for.“
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Phil needs to BE QUIET and stop counting Kobe's money.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby trodgers on Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:14 pm

HighlyFavored wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:
Bill Oram ‏@bill_oram 33m
On NBA TV, Phil Jackson says he agreed with extending Kobe for two years but that the Lakers “paid him more than I would have gone for.“
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Phil needs to BE QUIET and stop counting Kobe's money.

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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Cleansed on Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:56 pm

HighlyFavored wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:
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On NBA TV, Phil Jackson says he agreed with extending Kobe for two years but that the Lakers “paid him more than I would have gone for.“
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Phil needs to BE QUIET and stop counting Kobe's money.


Agreed. Damn i'm tired of Phil Jacksons mouth . Every time i look at Pringles i want a new coach but then i consider PJ would have been here if not him and i cringe. For goodness sake Phil pop some viagra , shut your mouth and go away.

I can see why Buss Jr. didnt hire him and i'm no Buss Jr. supporter. The ego on this dude (Phil) is tremendous. I wouldn't have hired him either.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Lakerjones on Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:28 pm

Man, I hope he shuts it down this season. I can't see any good from him trying to come back. Kobe only knows one way and that's giving it his all. That will most likely only lead to further injury if he attempts to return this year. I just want him to get right, get healed up, rehab. Take your time and do it right this time. Rushing it has zero value. I want to see him come back strong next year and prove all the doubters wrong. This year is a lost cause.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Ras Algethi on Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:18 pm

HighlyFavored wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:
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On NBA TV, Phil Jackson says he agreed with extending Kobe for two years but that the Lakers “paid him more than I would have gone for.“
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Phil needs to BE QUIET and stop counting Kobe's money.


Video of Phil's comment here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball- ... --nba.html

Doesn't sound hardly as bad in the context he says it.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby odom1year on Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:28 pm

HighlyFavored wrote:
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On NBA TV, Phil Jackson says he agreed with extending Kobe for two years but that the Lakers “paid him more than I would have gone for.“
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Phil needs to BE QUIET and stop counting Kobe's money.



Kobe Bryant earns $30,453,805 this year. He earns most but plays less in career. How ironic it's.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Doc Brown on Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:34 pm

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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:35 pm

odom1year wrote:
HighlyFavored wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:
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On NBA TV, Phil Jackson says he agreed with extending Kobe for two years but that the Lakers “paid him more than I would have gone for.“
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Phil needs to BE QUIET and stop counting Kobe's money.



Kobe Bryant earns $30,453,805 this year. He earns most but plays less in career. How ironic it's.

it is ironic that something about Kobe can be turned into a negative and the same people do it. Its like we knew it would happen. Ironic indeed
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Chillbongo on Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:23 am

Plays less in career. Hmm.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Basketball Fan on Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:35 pm

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Kobe Bryant’s storied legacy, both good and bad, thrives in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA ­— This should’ve marked the time when Kobe Bryant would stroll into his hometown and revisit the foundation that spurred his greatness.

He would’ve spent the Lakers’ day off Thursday stopping at Lower Merion, a suburban high school just outside Philadelphia which he led to a state championship title in 1996 (its first in 53 years) and broke Wilt Chamberlain’s Southeastern Pennsylvania high school scoring record (2,883 to 2,252). Bryant would’ve given the current Aces a pep talk. Or perhaps Bryant would’ve stayed silent, as observers noticed last year, because of his want not to disrupt practice.

Bryant would’ve worked out at the school’s old practice gym before grabbing a cheesesteak at Larry’s (with ketchup, no onions or cheese) or a pepperoni pizza at Bella Italia Pizza (which showcases an autographed Bryant picture frame among various Italian soccer memorabilia), two food joints that reside only a few minutes away from Lower Merion and Bryant’s old neighborhood in Wynnewood, Pa. Or perhaps he would’ve stayed strict to his recently revamped diet to maintain longevity.

Bryant then would’ve taken court when the Lakers (17-32) visit the Philadelphia 76ers (15-35) Friday night at Wells Fargo Center, where the Sixers fans would boo him. Memories remain fresh here of Bryant joining the Lakers shortly after graduating from high school and his subsequent clashes with the Sixers, most notably in the 2001 NBA Finals.

Instead, a fractured left knee has kept him sidelined on the court and away from the Lakers on their three-game trip, leaving Lower Merion without its most famous alum greeting them in the hallway and on the hardwood.

“It’s disappointing. We always look forward toward seeing Kobe when he comes back into town,” Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer said. “It has to be really hard on him to be on the sidelines having all of these injury issues. He’s such a competitor that sitting on the bench is not in his DNA.”

A recent trip to Philadelphia revealed Bryant’s legacy here goes beyond his physical presence. Or the myriad of Bryant’s accomplishments that includes five NBA championships, a fourth-place ranking on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and countless game-winning baskets. Or Sonny Hill, an historian of Philadelphia basketball in part because of his 46-year-old Sonny Hill Community Involvement League that has boasted several NBA stars, ranking Bryant as Philadelphia’s second best basketball player only behind Chamberlain because he broke numerous scoring records and prompted various rule changes.

Lower Merion and Bryant shaped each other toward unyielding excellence. Meanwhile, the city shares a nuanced view on Bryant’s legacy.

“Kobe’s regarded, justifiably so, as one of the greatest players out of Philadelphia. That in itself is greatness considering Philadelphia’s basketball history,” said Hill, who’s also an executive advisor for the 76ers. “People in Philadelphia will always recognize his greatness. But they will identify the fact he’s not playing for Philadelphia and will see it from that point of view.”

TALES OF THE HARDWOOD

A drive through Bryant’s neighborhood entails some landmarks that explain his ascension.

Turn onto Remington road and you will find Wynnewood Valley Park, where Bryant practiced day and night by himself on an unassuming basketball court. Drive a few minutes later toward Haverford road, and you will see the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, where Bryant frequented for pickup games. Lower Merion High School features a refurbished gym Bryant donated in 2010 worth $500,000 that showcases his retired No. 33 jersey and the Aces’ 1996 state championship trophy behind a glass case.

But what makes Bryant’s name still resonate in these hallways involves stories that reveal his unmatched competitiveness, such as arriving to school to practice at 6 a.m., taking at least 1,000 shots per day and ensuring he wins every drill.

Shortly after living the past seven years in Italy, Bryant spent the summer of 1991 as a sixth grader in his first season at the Sonny Hill Community Involvement League. Hill doesn’t recall Bryant’s recent contention to Sports Illustrated that he didn’t score a single basket that summer. But Hill noticed a young and scrawny Bryant appearing overwhelmed with the physical demands of the game. In subsequent years, Hill remembers stopping games to point out Bryant’s superior fundamentals with his footwork and pull-up jumpers.

Once he reached eighth grade at nearby Bala Cynwood Middle School, Bryant worked out with the Lower Merion varsity team. It took Downer only five minutes before he turned to an assistant and remarked Bryant would play in the NBA someday, a path his father (Joe “Jelly Bean Bryant”) and uncle (Chubby Cox) once reached albeit without the same success. Teammates also recall Bryant making passing references into wanting to become the NBA’s best player.

“I had this gauge for him where I’d say, ‘Your pool right now is being among the top 100 high school kids in the country,” Downer said. “Now your pool is 50 kids and then 25 kids. He kept meeting those checkpoints. I told him heading into his senior year, ‘I want you to become a McDonald’s All-American.’ We talked about that when he was in ninth grade.”

Bryant reached that plateau, providing endless moments teammates still remember vividly.

By his junior year during the 1994-95 season, Bryant had stomach flu in a regular-season game against Haverford, well before a certain idol named Michael Jordan famously played through one and scored 38 points in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against Utah .

“Kobe was throwing up before the game and he didn’t come out with us for warmups,” recalled Guy Stewart, one of Bryant’s former teammates and a current assistant at Lower Merion. “During the game, he wasn’t showing many symptoms. But I knew he felt weak. You could tell he wasn’t himself. But he got himself together and still ended up with 45 points.”

During his senior season, Bryant broke his nose after diving for a loose ball and colliding with a teammate named Leo Stacy. Leading up to the Aces’ state semifinal game against rival Chester, Bryant tried on various masks to protect his tender nose. Bryant also donned a plastic mask after suffering a concussion during the 2011-12 season with the Lakers.

Moments before tipoff, accounts from Downer and Bryant’s teammates describe him delivering a profanity-laced speech before throwing the mask against the wall. Bryant then led his team with 39 points in an overtime win that took the Aces to the state championship game.

“He was determined if he wore the mask, he wouldn’t be able to see and breathe the same,” said Jermaine Griffin, a former Bryant teammate at Lower Merion. “Anytime you got your best player showing no fear and not letting anything hold him back, that fuels the fire for everybody.”

Bryant unleashed his intensity out on high school teammates long before he did so with his current ones. He chewed out a benchwarmer in practice for taking a last-second shot in a three-on-three drill instead of passing Bryant the ball, a sequence that cost his team the game.

“I could feel him glaring at me from behind. I’m trying not to look at him, but he kept saying something and sounded legitimately angry,” said Rob Schwartz, then a 5-foot-7 junior. “He kept charging me. I ran as fast as I could out of the gym and out into the hallway until I realized he wasn’t chasing me anymore.”

But the Aces attribute Bryant’s intensity as crucial in the Aces’ rise from his freshman year (4-20), sophomore season (20-6), junior season (26-5, state quarterfinals) and senior season (31-3, state championship). A short time later Bryant announced, “I have decided to skip college and take my talents to the NBA.”

A lasting impact

More than 18 years later, Bryant casts a looming shadow on the program.

Two mosaic portraits of Bryant and the 1996 state title team permeate the Lower Merion High School hallway. A billboard-sized banner in the school’s refurbished gym titled “Bryant Gymnasium” features Bryant and his teammates hoisting the 1996 championship trophy. Lower Merion High school spokesman Doug Young, who was a senior on Bryant’s team his sophomore season, estimated he grants 10-15 informal tours to out-of-town guests eager to learn more about their favorite NBA star. That included 24-year-old Matt Starcevich, of Northwest Indiana, who coincidentally was in town to see a recent Jay-Z concert.

“I was asking my friend what is there to do in Philadelphia,” Starcevich said. “He was telling me about the Rocky steps, the Phillies’ ballpark and all the stuff about American history. I was like, ‘I really don’t give a hoot about those things.’ ”

Instead, he wanted to learn about Bryant. Consider the feeling mutual around here.

Downer occasionally puts Bryant on speaker phone to talk to his players before a big game. Bryant has invited the team to watch his private workouts. The Aces’ coaching staff and players help out Bryant at his annual summer camp in Santa Barbara. Bryant also donates Nike uniforms and shoes to the Aces’ boys and girls basketball teams. Lower Merion fans occasionally taunt struggling Aces players with “You aren’t Kobe” chants. In the Aces’ recent win over rival Consetoga, Lower Merion boasted a fast-paced system that thrives on fast-breaks layups, swift ball movement and disciplined man-to-man defense, the same tenets the Aces adopted when Bryant played for them.

“Kobe inspires us and talks to us about the culture of Lower Merion basketball,” said Aces senior Justin McFadden, who’s committed next year to Binghamton. “He always talks about how you have to play hard every minute and you have to work for your brothers. It makes you want to keep the legacy going.”

Bryant’s coaches and teachers show equal passion.

Downer staunchly disputed rumors former Lakers coach Phil Jackson floated a decade ago that Bryant intentionally sabotaged games at Lower Merion so he could close the game with a memorable finish.

“I was upset by that. I never had the opportunity to meet Phil, and I would’ve liked to. But It was such an uneducated comment and they weren’t even true,” Downer said. “Kobe knows I have his back and vice versa.”

With the Lakers trailing the Boston Celtics, 3-2, in the 2010 NBA Finals, Bryant’s English teacher, Jeanne Mastriano, left an emotional voice mail that lasted three minutes and praised his skill and resilience. The Lakers won that series in seven games, with Mastriano’s message inspiring Bryant.

“I saved that message,” Mastriano recalls Bryant telling her. “I played it over and over and over again when I was getting ready for the next game.”

Despite Downer saying in jest the Aces “were a Kobe Bryant ankle sprain from being an average team,” he and his players point to the team’s success following his departure as evidence the program doesn’t solely rely on Bryant’s legacy. Likewise, Young said Lower Merion followed Bryant’s instructions not to make its refurbished gym into what he called “a shrine.” The rest of the gym showcases billboard-sized photographs depicting the rest of Lower Merion’s athletic teams.

Lower Merion won three consecutive Central League titles after Bryant graduated. The Aces appeared in four state championship games (2005, 2006, 2012, 2013) and won two of them (2006, 2013). Downer characterizes himself as taking a balanced approach in telling stories about Bryant’s heroics. He touts his accomplishments as teachable moments, yet tries to scale back in hopes his players feel more empowered to carve their own path.

“He created a culture of winning and a culture of hard work that I saw first-hand,” Downer said. “He raised the bar with how hard you have to work. In our own, way we’ve been able to sustain that. It’s like a snowball rolling down low. You want to keep it going. When Kobe leaves, you don’t want to become tiny.”

A different view

Philadelphia hardly has shown Bryant much brotherly love, however.

An informal sampling among those in and outside Lower Merion provide plenty of reasons.

Lower Merion is considered a plush suburban school about 20 minutes west of Philadelphia. Bryant jumped to the NBA instead of attending a local school, such as Villanova or LaSalle. The Sixers used their No. 1 draft pick in 1996 to select Allen Iverson while the Lakers traded Vlade Divac to Charlotte to secure the rights to its 13th pick that went for Bryant. He routinely dons Yankees or Dodgers caps instead of the Phillies. When the Lakers’ played the Sixers in the 2001 NBA Finals, Bryant said he wanted “to cut their hearts out.”

That prompted Sixers fans to boo him loudly when Bryant hoisted the 2002 All-Star MVP trophy in Philadelphia. He’s routinely booed in regular-season games, too.

“If one of our players said, ‘I’m going to cut their hearts out,’ we’d be running up and throwing a parade for him,” said Jim Fenerty, the director of athletics for Germantown Academy, a private suburban school outside of Philadelphia. “But this is him playing for the Lakers and he’s saying this about his hometown.”

Plenty of Bryant’s supporters remain frustrated with the apparent hypocrisy.

“Kobe embodies everything that Philadelphia ball players want to have in their stars,” said Evan Monsky, a former Bryant teammate at Lower Merion. “He plays hurt. He’s gritty as hell. He’s not scared. He goes to the rack. He’s a winner.”

That’s why there’s some sentiment inside and outside the Aces’ program that the city’s attitude relatively softened toward Bryant.

He still fields boos when he plays the Sixers, but Bryant also has sparked cheers. That happened when Bryant eclipsed former teammate and adversary Shaquille O’Neal two years ago on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant received some “M-V-P” chants toward the end of the Lakers’ win last year in Philadelphia after scoring 34 points.

But without Bryant’s presence with the Lakers on the latest trip, it remains to be seen how vocal the local displeasure would’ve been this time around. But as Bryant nears the tail end of his career, it’s possible the final chapters on his legacy here remains unwritten.

“When you speak to him about Philadelphia you will find that he will say if not for Philadelphia, he wouldn’t be the player he is today,” Hill said. “The only way you can change more of his perception is if he becomes more involved in Philadelphia away from basketball after his career. That’s his call.”
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Postby HighlyFavored on Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:35 pm

^ Thanks that's a great read.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:15 pm

Great read, thanks for sharing
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Postby trodgers on Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:30 am

“Kobe embodies everything that Philadelphia ball players want to have in their stars,” said Evan Monsky, a former Bryant teammate at Lower Merion. “He plays hurt. He’s gritty as hell. He’s not scared. He goes to the rack. He’s a winner.”

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Postby odom1year on Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:53 pm

No question that he is a warrior and the toughest player in NBA.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:47 pm

^^^ and you're just his biggest fan. :man10: Words speak louder than your actions with the phony compliments.
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:29 pm

Latest article on Kobe:

NEW ORLEANS – Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's "slow process" has left it uncertain when he will return this season.

Bryant, who missed the first 19 games of the campaign recovering from an Achilles tendon injury suffered late last season, sustained a fracture of the tibial plateau in his left knee on Dec. 17 that has limited him to six games so far.

"It's coming slowly. It's coming slowly," said the 16-time time All-Star, who was voted as a Western Conference starter for Sunday's game but was relegated to being a bystander. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements, once I get back to L.A. and do a couple follow ups and then go from there. But it's been a slow process."

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Kobe Bryant scored 21 in the game against Memphis in which he suffered the knee injury. (AP)
The struggling Lakers are tied with the Kings for the Western Conference's worst record at 18-35 after losing eight of their past 10 games. Continued struggles by the Lakers could bring one reward in a high first-round pick in the heralded 2014 NBA draft. Bryant, who has signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension, expressed strong confidence that the Lakers will improve the team in the offseason.

Bryant has previously been adamant about his plans on returning this season, but when pressed twice Sunday, the most the 35-year-old would reveal is an acknowledgement that he is still hopeful.

"Well, I just stick to the script," Bryant said. "Just try to get better and then go from there. I just try to focus, keep my blinders on and just do what I have to do and not worry too much about what's going on around you, but just stay focused on what my responsibilities are."

Bryant, who also missed the 2010 All-Star Game because of injury, received 988,884 votes from the fans to land a starting Western Conference guard spot. He was replaced on the roster by Pelicans forward-center Anthony Davis and in the starting lineup by Rockets guard James Harden.

Bryant also expressed hope that this won't be his last chance to play in an All-Star Game.

"When you play in an All Star Game, that means you're one of the best players in the world. So it's obviously a big goal of mine to be there," Bryant said. "But it's tough coming here though, because normally when you come, the competitive juices are already flowing, now it's kind of looking at it from a different perspective, but you also get a chance to soak it all in a little bit more and kind of sit back and watch and observe, which has it its own fun element to it."

Bryant was also asked if he felt his body was giving out on him. The answer was yes.

"That's part of the excitement of the challenge, that level of uncertainty… are my best days behind me sort of thing," Bryant said. "And to have those conversations with yourself and not be intimidated by that and not be – not succumbing to that is part of the challenge.

"It's really the biggest challenge is saying, well, maybe this is the end, but then again, maybe it's not. And it is my responsibility to do all that I can to make sure that it's not. So that's really become the biggest challenge."


He's sounding like he thinks the end is near. I hope that's not true. :man6:
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:52 am

Well the All-Star game is in Madison Square Garden next year, the mecca of Basketball so I expect Kobe to be his best come next all-star break.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: Reevalutated in early Feb; #BrokenNotBeaten

Postby LTLakerFan on Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:27 am

Anyone notice, unlike I imagine it would have been with "Mount James" in the same situation, that when they had the headphones on Kobe for the sideline interview, while he gave his usual interesting answers and insights, he clearly was still watching the game and not playing to the media and the camera. His focus is always on the game and the players.
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