Lakers GM says Bryant done after next season (AFP)
22 May 2015 at 4:56pm
Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years that have produced five NBA titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "He has indicated to me this is it," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. The 36-year-old guard has played for the Lakers for his entire NBA career, but has been nagged by injuries in recent seasons and unable to display the form that made him a 17-time All-Star, two-time NBA scoring champion and two-time Olympic champion.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
22 May 2015 at 3:02pm
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Kobe Bryant has indicated the 2015-16 season will be the star's last with the team. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday on SiriusXM NBA Radio. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and former league MVP, is scheduled to make $25 million in his final contract season and 20th year with the Lakers.
Lakers star Bryant expected to step away after next season (Reuters)
22 May 2015 at 1:21pm
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak created some buzz by saying future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant had told him that next season would be his last with the Lakers, but the team said on Friday that was no surprise. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said about Bryant told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday.
NBA-Lakers star Bryant expected to step away after next season (Reuters)
22 May 2015 at 1:13pm
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak created some buzz by saying future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant had told him that next season would be his last with the Lakers, but the team said on Friday that was no surprise. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said about Bryant told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday.
Lakers GM: Kobe Bryant could retire after next season (Ball Don't Lie)
22 May 2015 at 11:31am
It's been a topic of conversation for years now . With so many accolades, championships and miles on his now twice -surgically- repaired legs ? and a surgically repaired shoulder thrown in ? when will Kobe Bryant decide to hang up his high tops and begin the long and well-deserved walk to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? According to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, the Mamba himself has said he expects to begin that journey after this coming season. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Kupchak shared as much during a Thursday radio interview, according to ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes : "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. [...] "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." [...] "A year from now, if there's something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then," Kupchak said of Bryant potentially playing beyond next season. "I talk to him from time to time ... and he is recovering. He's running. He's getting movement and strength in the shoulder. We expect a full recovery, but yeah, he's much closer to the end than to the beginning." "I think it is clear," Kupchak said. "He's on the last year of his deal. There have been no discussions [about playing beyond next season]. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play." Kupchak's comments, while noteworthy, are not necessarily new. He struck a similar note during a conversation with NBA.com's David Aldridge back in December: "All indications are, to me, from him, that this (two-year contract) is going to be it," Kupchak said. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year." (Always be selling, kids.) Kobe offered a "no comment" sort of comment on the matter via Twitter on Friday evening: My thoughts on next season being my last season are the same as the last time the media asked me last season #nadanew ? Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 22, 2015 When he faced questions about the prospect of retirement back in March, Bryant offered nothing definitive beyond saying there's no question he plans to play this coming season. From Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times : "As I sit here right now, do I want to play after next year? No. That could change," Bryant said [...] "After three years of dealing with this crap, you kind of understand why I don't want to deal with it anymore," he said. "This is much more encouraging [than the Achilles' tear]," said Bryant, who said he expects to start running over the next two weeks. "I can move around ... my spirits are much higher." [...] Bryant is past the initial shock and sloughed off any notion he'd walk away from the game until after next season. "Who the hell said I'm retiring?" he asked. "It was never a question of if I was going to play next year." Bryant, who has missed 123 games over the past two seasons and suffered three consecutive season-ending injuries, will be 37 years old when the 2015-16 regular season begins in October. He'll be on the back end of the two-year, $48.5 million extension he received in November 2013, completing two full decades in forum blue and gold, with his spot among the three highest scorers in NBA history already established. He's joked in the past that he's "70 in basketball years," after rolling up 55,414 combined regular- and postseason minutes in the NBA, with an awful lot of those minutes having seen Kobe bear a disproportionate amount of responsibility for carrying the Lakers offense ? which, of course, he's been more than happy to do, sometimes to a fault . The current model of the Lakers, featuring 2014 lottery pick Julius Randle, whichever teen prospect Kupchak and company select with the newly won No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA draft and 2014-15 All-Rookie First Team point guard Jordan Clarkson, doesn't seem to be one built for the league's preeminent greybeard; barring a shocking worst-to-first turn this coming season, it doesn't seem likely that the Lakers will resume contending in the brutal Western Conference for at least a couple of seasons. [ThePostGame: LeBron James wants to be Batman ] Given that, and given Bryant's previously stated opposition to going someplace else to try to ride younger stars to more NBA titles , and given the utter impossibility of Kobe allowing himself to be just another guy on someone else's team so that he can stick around into his early 40s, it seems entirely reasonable that he would walk away after one last lucrative lap around L.A. As ever, though, we won't totally believe we've seen the last fadeaway jumper and jaw-jut until the man himself speaks the words, walks off the court and starts making his way for Springfield, Mass. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
2015 NBA mock draft: Post-lottery edition (Yahoo Sports)
22 May 2015 at 10:24am
The NBA's draft order is set. Here's an early look at who might be going where.
Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors (The Associated Pr...
21 May 2015 at 5:31pm
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job. Kerr's comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Isaacson's NBA Mock Draft (Rotoworld)
20 May 2015 at 8:01am
Ed Isaacson weighs in with his take on an NBA Mock Draft. He's got Karl-Anthony Towns going to the Lakers at No. 2.
Wolves finally come out on top after heartache, bad luck (The Associated Press)
19 May 2015 at 11:34pm
His voice cracking and tears welling in his eyes, Flip Saunders pointed to the sky about 20 minutes after the Minnesota Timberwolves - the franchise that has been down on its luck for most of the past 25 years - won the draft lottery to get the No. 1 overall selection. ''My dad,'' Saunders said, unable to complete the sentence. ''Sometimes you have to have luck.'' Saunders' dad, Walter, died last week after a long illness, and the coach and president of the Wolves had been shuttling back and forth between Minnesota and his native Cleveland to be by his father's side.
Timberwolves win draft lottery, Lakers move to No. 2 (The Associated Press)
19 May 2015 at 7:47pm
The Minnesota Timberwolves too often came to the NBA draft lottery and left in worse shape than they arrived. The Timberwolves won the lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record earned the No. 1 pick. After years of bad luck, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose between big men Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of national champion Duke to put next to Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins.
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