Kobe Bryant Told Byron Scott He Wants To Play Every Game In 2015-16 Season
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Kobe Bryant’s future after the 2015-16 NBA season has been a hot topic of discussion as of late. The 37-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent in July with the superstar yet to make a decision on if he’ll return for a 21st season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Over the past few days, Bryant has talked about his future when addressing the media. There may be a high probability that he’ll retire once his 20th season comes to a close next year with Kobe indicating that if he had to make a decision today, he’d walk away from the game.

Before taking on the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon, head coach Byron Scott made a comment further adding fuel to the fire regarding Bryant’s future. Coach Scott claims Kobe hinted to him retirement is on his mind, via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.

That’s the first time that he hinted to me that this might be his last year,” Scott said Sunday before the Lakers faced the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden here.

After the loss to the Knicks, Coach Scott said Kobe wants to play every game this season because it may be his last year, via Jared Zwerling.

If Kobe decided to stick around for another year or two, the superstar assured the Lakers faithful that it would not be with another NBA franchise. The Knicks have been linked to Bryant over the past few months with speculation growing about Phil Jackson potentially trying to lure his former player to New York.

Earlier this week, Bryant made it clear he’s a “Laker for life” and has no intention of playing anywhere else. This wasn’t the first time Kobe has made this comments publicly, and it likely won’t be the last with questions about his future bound to continue to follow the future Hall of Famer during his 20th season in Los Angeles.

Who cares what he says, you are the coach Byron.

  • If Kobe wants to play in every game he will need to lower his minutes as verses the Knicks today he played 32 minutes; that’s not going to carry him to the end.

  • If Kobe wants to play in every game he will need to lower his minutes as verses the Knicks today he played 32 minutes; that’s not going to carry him to the end.

  • This is one of the reasons why Scott is a bad coach he can’t really control Kobe, he’s to buddy buddy with Kobe he needs be his coach first, friend second.

  • This is one of the reasons why Scott is a bad coach he can’t really control Kobe, he’s to buddy buddy with Kobe he needs be his coach first, friend second.

  • does it matter? this isn’t a playoff team. no need to save Kobe. Let him go down fighting to play every game for the fans

  • does it matter? this isn’t a playoff team. no need to save Kobe. Let him go down fighting to play every game for the fans

  • Because the first game he doesn’t play we’re going to actually look good LOL

  • Because the first game he doesn’t play we’re going to actually look good LOL

  • it’s bound to happen lol. I just don’t understand how fans can continue to bash the guy. We all know he isn’t the same, just give him his respect.

  • it’s bound to happen lol. I just don’t understand how fans can continue to bash the guy. We all know he isn’t the same, just give him his respect.

  • It wouldn’t matter who the coach was/is. All of them would cater & let Kobe do what he wants.I’m sure Jeannie/Jim wouldn’t have a problem with it since Kobe still brings in lots of their revenue That’s pretty much how its been most of his career.

  • It wouldn’t matter who the coach was/is. All of them would cater & let Kobe do what he wants.I’m sure Jeannie/Jim wouldn’t have a problem with it since Kobe still brings in lots of their revenue That’s pretty much how its been most of his career.

  • Phil did a solid job of somewhat containing Kobe why can’t Scott? Scott also seems to be holding the younger players to a higher standard threatening to cut their minutes if they don’t improve on defense but doesn’t seem to be holding the vets to that standard. Kobe may be the face of the franchise but he is also a 38 year old vet in his 20th season coming off of 3 season ending injuries who wants to play the entire season.

  • Phil did a solid job of somewhat containing Kobe why can’t Scott? Scott also seems to be holding the younger players to a higher standard threatening to cut their minutes if they don’t improve on defense but doesn’t seem to be holding the vets to that standard. Kobe may be the face of the franchise but he is also a 38 year old vet in his 20th season coming off of 3 season ending injuries who wants to play the entire season.

  • He didn’t always but he had more success because he coached Kobe the longest & there’s a relationship now in spite of it getting off to a rocky start.

  • He didn’t always but he had more success because he coached Kobe the longest & there’s a relationship now in spite of it getting off to a rocky start.

  • Please don’t. Kobe needs to spare himself the embarrassment. This is awful.

  • Kobe is very important – One of the major leaders

    Stay Healthy – 30’s are new 20s:)

  • Kobe is very important – One of the major leaders 2015-2018

    Stay Healthy – 30’s are new 20s:)

  • Get used to it. Kobe does what he wants. Any other player who played like Kobe is this season, would have been benched by now.

  • Get used to it. Kobe does what he wants. Any other player who played like Kobe is this season, would have been benched by now.

  • I would have an easier time giving him his respect if he took a step back like every other player his age. Its hard to respect a guy who is airballing layups and taking 19 shots while making 6 of them.

  • I would have an easier time giving him his respect if he took a step back like every other player his age. Its hard to respect a guy who is airballing layups and taking 19 shots while making 6 of them.

  • Air ball layups says it all no legs !!! Take some time off KB and don’t ruin your legacy !!!!!!!

  • Air ball layups says it all no legs !!! Take some time off KB and don’t ruin your legacy !!!!!!!

  • Fans will be wishing he doesn’t play if he keeps shooting like this. Has to put more arc on his shot because he can’t jump high enough to offset his flat shots. Else he will shoot a historically bad % this season

  • Fans will be wishing he doesn’t play if he keeps shooting like this. Has to put more arc on his shot because he can’t jump high enough to offset his flat shots. Else he will shoot a historically bad % this season

  • Kobe says he want to play every game this season– IS HE DONE PRACTISING- if not when does he think he is going to play, for the team, he should be all out of CIRCUS shots and AIR BALLS by now, he is not really helping the TEAM you know the other 14 players.

  • Kobe says he want to play every game this season– IS HE DONE PRACTISING- if not when does he think he is going to play, for the team, he should be all out of CIRCUS shots and AIR BALLS by now, he is not really helping the TEAM you know the other 14 players.

  • It does matter, the team is not getting anything as a team, this is setting us back one more year, and it is not pretty the way things are going.

  • It does matter, the team is not getting anything as a team, this is setting us back one more year, and it is not pretty the way things are going.

  • How can you give him respect when he has no respect for the team, the way he has been playing.

  • How can you give him respect when he has no respect for the team, the way he has been playing.

  • Five games and his shooting has not got any better, its time to hang it up.

  • Five games and his shooting has not got any better, its time to hang it up.

  • I have noticed that Kobe is good for a couple of good baskets each time he comes in to the game and after that he get very little lift and his shots fall short. He really needs to consider coming in as sub. Most of the aging superstars his age have accepted this role and contribute in clutch moments because they have fresh legs.

  • I have noticed that Kobe is good for a couple of good baskets each time he comes in to the game and after that he get very little lift and his shots fall short. He really needs to consider coming in as sub. Most of the aging superstars his age have accepted this role and contribute in clutch moments because they have fresh legs.

  • No, it doesn’t matter. Kobe isn’t holding back the team nor is the majority of the Laker team playing any better then him right now. It might not be pretty but it doesn’t matter. Stop blaming Kobe, take him out and they’ll do worse, enjoy watching him play for his last season and hope he knocks the dust off. Just like Jordan, you’ll miss him when he’s gone.

  • No, it doesn’t matter. Kobe isn’t holding back the team nor is the majority of the Laker team playing any better then him right now. It might not be pretty but it doesn’t matter. Stop blaming Kobe, take him out and they’ll do worse, enjoy watching him play for his last season and hope he knocks the dust off. Just like Jordan, you’ll miss him when he’s gone.

  • Already miss him, that isn’t Kobe out there. That is a shell of his former self.

  • Already miss him, that isn’t Kobe out there. That is a shell of his former self.

  • this is a story?
    its the media and bad la fans trying to start a fire where 1 doesnt exist.
    Kobe’s a Laker 4 life.
    get lost if your not a real fan period.

  • this is a story?
    its the media and bad la fans trying to start a fire where 1 doesnt exist.
    Kobe’s a Laker 4 life.
    get lost if your not a real fan period.

  • i want us to make the playoffs but we cant beat depleted denver nugget team or a crappy knicks team.
    this isnt looking good bro.
    also we couldnt beat Minnesota 112-111

  • i want us to make the playoffs but we cant beat depleted denver nugget team or a crappy knicks team.
    this isnt looking good bro.
    also we couldnt beat Minnesota 112-111

  • James knows what hes talking about.
    cooper doesnt sound like he knows much on the other hand.
    i get James and how he thinks with these guys.
    But Kobe isnt 19 or a rookie hes 37 and only Kobe knows what he needs to do or how to get it accomplished.
    Mitch Kupchak doesnt know or even coach scott thats why they ask Kobe for the info.
    I doubt any media knows more than Kobe or scott its basically speculation.
    Kobe knows and i make educated guesses.
    thats how i come up with my information.
    but i dont claim to be no expert. these guys talking act like they know 100pct about everything.
    the only way to know any answer is to ask Kobe himself.
    thats what coach scott does thats what everyone else does too.

  • James knows what hes talking about.
    cooper doesnt sound like he knows much on the other hand.
    i get James and how he thinks with these guys.
    But Kobe isnt 19 or a rookie hes 37 and only Kobe knows what he needs to do or how to get it accomplished.
    Mitch Kupchak doesnt know or even coach scott thats why they ask Kobe for the info.
    I doubt any media knows more than Kobe or scott its basically speculation.
    Kobe knows and i make educated guesses.
    thats how i come up with my information.
    but i dont claim to be no expert. these guys talking act like they know 100pct about everything.
    the only way to know any answer is to ask Kobe himself.
    thats what coach scott does thats what everyone else does too.

  • Come on, this season is starting to look like it’s Kobe’s farewell tour!

    Even though it may be his last season, his horrible shot selection in the third quarter clearly cost us the game. It’s all the more frustrating that we were kind of in control before that.

    All in all, we should be 3-3 and are 1-5. Playoff aspirations already over.

  • Come on, this season is starting to look like it’s Kobe’s farewell tour!

    Even though it may be his last season, his horrible shot selection in the third quarter clearly cost us the game. It’s all the more frustrating that we were kind of in control before that.

    All in all, we should be 3-3 and are 1-5. Playoff aspirations already over.

  • how will have any ball movement if three of the starters don’t pass? (clarkson, randle and kobe)

  • They were passing in the first quarter. The ball is sticking with Russell

  • but all three of those guys look to go ISO way too much. the whole culture of this offense/system needs to change. and that won’t happen with this personnel.

  • Russell was the problem in this 1st quarter. Not normally that way but it was today.

  • Russell trying to penetrate off the dribble. he won’t learn until his usage rate increases. the rest of the guys need to work around his momentum. sometimes Russell gives up way too early on a possession because the three main scorers are always going ISO. very little co-ordination. i’d rather we let the rookie run the show. we’re losing either way. at least let russell get a high usage rate and learn how to beat defenders.

  • Man… Byron has to be trolling. We get that Bass is a vet but if he has to sit….TELL HIM. He can’t protect the rim or rebound @ the center position.

  • kobe, swaggy and lou are all below-avg perimeter defenders. tricky to have them all together on the court. opp 3-pt shooters get hot. put mwp back in there. try anthony brown

  • russell is a terrible defender. nobody is denying. but because of his size, there is room for improvement. his on-ball defense is embarrassing.

  • I was thinking you said sweet dreams because the Lakers has no chance to win this game hahaha

  • Russell weak AF! I can’t believe it! I keep putting faith in him thinking he’s gonna make shots (clank) turnover, no D !

  • Russell and randle gonna lose alot of games! (Ben simmons???) Rookie mistakes obviously but still…

  • We are getting better. But today is a tough game. Raptors is a good team

  • haven’t seen Roy this committed since 2012-13. Last 2-3 years, he barely averaged 22mpg. his conditioning has improved a lot. and his post moves too. i’d gladly welcome him as our long term center. give him a decent contract next year.

  • I`m linking D`angelo game today. He`s very active. Very aggressive. Nice to see! Good half for us. We just have to take care the ball more (and don`t commit unforced turnovers in travels) in the second half and keep Lowry in check. We have a shot. We still improve…

  • I love the way Kobe is playing. He helps the team way more than when he just shot the ball

  • kid has all the tools. anyone can see that. problem still is the quickness. only if he can move faster around the court (especially off the ball). but since he’s only 19, that improvement can be made.

  • but his fundamentals are there, bro. needs to work with a guy like Iverson on improving agility and quickness. his handles will get better when the confidence increases.

  • The problem is his body. He has a lot of work to do on weight room. He will be a monster when his body turn into a NBA BODY. He has size, skill and intangibles. Will be a triple double machine.

  • To me he`s doing well. I don`t now how many rebound he has. But he`s already a rebounding guard

  • Best thing about this game has been the bench has been used as a bench, just to give the starters rest and not to play them half the game. If Valanciunas is out the Lakers can easily win this game, they have no size or rebounding outside of him.

  • Oh yeah. But have a guard who can rebound helps a lot. I remember Jason Kidd in his days and Rondo on Celtics team. They help a lot on defense glass.

  • agreed. and that’s where JC (though I love him) needs to improve. at times, JC is too selfish. And Julius too is more ISO-type. BS’ system sucks, plain and simple. Wish we had a better offensive co-ordinator.

  • JC is not selfish to me. He`s efficient. Julius YES is a ball stopper (thats makes me really mad here)

  • He take def rebounds away from our bigs a lot. I wish he’d wouldn’t hang back so much a look to push off the def rebound more.

  • I already like Hibbert! I think we can keep him long term. He`s a monster protecting the paint, make his shots, play with energy… His rebounding is my only concern

  • Julius is the one who has to rebound better! Roy gonna get his, but he’s more of rim protection and shot blocking which stalls his rebounding!

  • Clarkson stay on that selfish ish and always miss the selfish shot every time, i been watching him that’s 6 times this season!

  • He`s not a good passer except in transition. Has to develop that part of his game.

  • If Julius makes another shot and grabs another rebound, I’ll be satisfied with him tonight, obviously i hope he goes ham!

  • This what happens when u don’t let swaggy get enough burn! Lou williams suck this year!
    #TheBestShooterOnthisTeam

  • problem with Byron when other team lead get higher he keep the same players that are not doing well, I do not know if he hope they turn it around, but if you watch other teams, no matter what you play your best line up, and right now the only line up thats effective is Clarkson, Dangelo, Randle, Hibbert

  • Why can’t Byron see that Bass is playing just as bad as Lou? Both need to be benched. Maybe it’s because both are playing out of position?

  • We’re weak AF! THIS SYSTEM IS TRASH MAN! IT CAUSES HELLA CONFUSION!
    WES JOHNSON, RUSSELL, SWAGGY, LIN, AND LOU, DAVID WEST, AND AN UNKNOWN PLAYER ALL SAID IT’S ALOT TO DIGEST!

  • Lou can’t score unless it’s from the free throw line. Nick isn’t getting enough shots. He’s our best shooter. & we need a back up PG. Because the bench is just dribbling until the shot clock expires. & Bass isn’t a center. Play Black

  • Byron Scott with these wholesale substitutions gonna kill us all year!

  • Our bench is getting outplayed. Their bench are hitting shots I don’t think they normally make.

  • I hear trade rumors for swaggy again, but it should definitely be lou instead

  • didnt i say byron will let the game get away where its too much points to come back and then try to put back the people who did do well in the game………either he really tanking or he is bad at substitution

  • Scott is horrible. I been yelling at my TV for Scott to call timeout for at least 5 minutes. Now the game is out of hand.

  • I can’t continue to watch this. Absolute trash. I’m disgusted with Byron Scott.

  • byron scott fire or please quit now on your job right now as head coach LA Lakers and We do not want you anymore as coach but I respect you as former player of LA Lakers

  • Lou is not a ball-handling PG.Wonder when BS will realize that Lou is, at best, a spot up shooter. Don’t ask this guy to run the offense and create shots for himself.

  • Let’s do it plus besides lou not making shots and we need a pg, what do we need lou for? He’s no better than Russ right now

  • Tarik played really well in the only game he played. He deserves to get minutes… NOT Bass.

  • What happened to the guy on here that created the web page petition to fire Byron Scott? ?? I’m ready to sign

  • BS is so terrible at rotations. I said the other day too, always keep Russell or Clarkson on the floor so the ball-handling doesn’t suck. Even Kobe is better playing back-up PG than Lou. Every time Lou runs the floor as PG, we give up a lead. Just go back and watch all the games. BS is so annoying and stubborn. I hate that guy

  • Kobe should definitely retire after this year. Guy just doesn’t have it no more. Sad to watch him now.

  • exactly, why wait until game out of reach to put the solid players back in

  • we could of had this game if he had use this line up from the beginning, he need to stop what he doing, take out players once a lead reach 4 points, do not wait until a team is leading by 16 to bring in the productive players who did well all game

  • Smh i remember people complaining about oak and jr wud be a bad frontcourt .. Lol look at BS having Metta and Jr smh .. Its a joke .. If we play small ball i do not understand why black not out there

  • is byron scott watching the same game as us, or is he in tank mode…..if he in tank mode jus say it so we do not get frustrated thinking we about winning

  • this isn’t a bad small ball unit. but i’d put larry nance in there for kobe. get some extra possessions that way.

  • don’t mind this 5 closing games going forward. only change i might make is nance jr for kobe.

  • He’s tanking bruh, trust me! Along with being a worst coach in the league! It’s definitely a silent tank tho!

  • Man, our bench killed us today. Our starters are playing very good basketball

  • Time out? Why? I guess BS has an idea for a 10pt play the final 20secs of the game

  • kobe chucked up a few ill-timed 3s down the stretch. wouldn’t you agree?

  • He’s playing very well this year. We really need a backup PG and let one walk. We dumb.

  • Thats y i call on black or larry they are the only two that go get reb , not jus wait til it drop in there area smh

  • Byron Scott is going to ride Kobe to an early retirement at this rate.

  • Exactly fk u calling timeout with twenty seconds left? ?? Dumb @$$ faking like he trying

  • this is why i said we should close out games with a small-ball unit of Randle-Nance-MWP-Clarkson-Russell

  • That’s how to lose. Bryon keep asking the team needs to man up. I think he got to man up. Bryon is under instruction to lose in order to keep our pick. Clearly, he is a poor coach. I can’t understand the interview process. Something is clearly wrong.

  • This loss is strictly on Scott. His rotations we’re horrible. But at least we saw a aggressive D’angelo Russell & Julius Randle

  • Kobe played the whole 4th quarter, talk about desperation from Byron.

  • honestly byron did alright tonight until the last few mins of the 3rd when he took all 5 starters out and when he seen the bench was struggling DID NOTHING TO HELP THEM…jesus this guy makes it hard to like him

  • WE WANT KEVIN MCHALE!
    WE WANT KEVIN MCHALE!
    FORMER CELTIC OH WELL!
    BETTER THAN BYRON SCOTT!

  • Loved how Kobe set up people and allowed the two guards to get theres in the first half… Thats how it has to be .. Ball movement .. Looked real good .. Then the second half it disappeared

  • I`m not mad with the game today at all. We played as a team. The minutes of bad basketball of our bench killed our chances to win

  • dude…his offensive scheme is HORRENDUS it consisted of throwing the ball to harden and playing iso…he is an awful coach

  • Kobe played 37 mins tonight then BS says in interviews he wants to save him lol

  • he’s 19 not known for his defense that will get better over time. At the same time I don’t see clarkson doing much better defensively which is alarming.

  • Yep but i have philly winning! Okafor 26 pts 11 rebounds 3 ast 4 blocks

  • Clarkson switched onto Lowry to end the game and played good defense.

  • Anything better than Byron Scott, besides I’m just upset right now in my feelings lol, at least KEVIN MCHALE really would try to win imo

  • I was doubting them to begin the year. I don’t doubt them anymore.

  • I hope they win the back to back this year. At least that keeps Lebron, Clippers and Spurs away from the ring

  • 2-10 now.. no dng defense again. that 4th quaeter lwory and cory joseph were flying by literaally. too slow or tired at times to get back on d sometiems..

  • To me, the only team who can beat the Warriors in the playoffs is the Cavs.

  • I don’t appreciate Byron Scott playing kobe 40 minutes and still losing, risking Kobe in a development year! KOBE CAN’T SAVE YOU, YOU BUM!

  • Cavs can hang with them, but since Curry can turn it on in the fourth and score 20ps at will. I doubt anyone beats them.

  • He played him 37 actually. 3 minutes is a big difference. However I get your point. Keep in mind though, Kobe did the best at getting everyone involved tonight.

  • Can all of you fans here call the Lakers worthy line and complain about Byron Scott, even if they don’t play it on the show, the message will be heard!
    I called and complained and they played it on lakeshow

  • Why are the Laker Girls always grinning? Don’t they know they’re dancing for a team of scrubs and has-beens?

  • 37? wth is wrong with scott seems like he wants to end Kobe’s career, Kobe should play below 30 minutes next game I say even below 25 smh

  • Calm down. LOL At the end of the day it is only basketball. There are way more important things in this life.

  • Why not play him? He is done this year. What is preserving him going to do, keep him fresh for the playoffs? LOL

  • We can’t get everyone playing well at the same time. The bench was playing better at the beginning of the season.

  • Knock it off! Don’t you ever mention it’s just basketball and there’s more important things in life, when u talk about LAKERS! in the words of the late great best owner in the history of the sport, doctor Buss ” it’s not a basketball game, it’s a LAKERS GAME!”

  • Just because the kids are figuring out how to play in the NBA and are learning every game. They came raw and are growing right now

  • Why? Playing 20 minutes a night is no better than 35 minutes every few games.

  • Ask to Kobe. He already said he can live with few minutes if that is the price to play every game

  • Hasn’t he missed games already? Plus doesn’t him missing games give the young guys more minutes?

  • I can’t wait to go on bleacher report tomorrow, they’re gonna have it out for Byron Scott and us ,

  • Looked better tonight. I still believe everything I did before the game, but it is good to see progress.

  • It’s funny because if the Lakers had won the close games so far they would have a much better record which would make it more difficult to justify firing Scott. So do you really want them to win more games?

  • Why does he have to? Who cares if Kobe doesn’t make it a full season? This is his last year. Another injury would seal the deal.

  • That was last year, the dubs are champs now with new attitudes and curry is waaay better but i have spurs over cavs if anyone gonna do it!

  • We’ll see. The Spurs were the team that always beat the Suns and since Curry has been in GSW they have beat them the same way. They know how to play them.

  • Either win more games or fire Byron Scott duh! #simplicity
    Either one! You win, no problem! You lose, yes problem and that’s with any coach! Ala KEVIN MCHALE

  • you don’t get the point. kobe’s current role should be ‘taking the back seat’ and letting others take the big shots. how many shots did kobe take in the last 4 minutes? some of them were just hurried 3s. terrible.

  • Lin is a better ball handler than Lou. He would have been better running the second unit (when compared to Lou).

  • If we go 3-20 and BS still has a job, it’s clear that the owners are okay with tanking.

  • You complain the team doesn’t get wins.
    And now you complain Scott’s trying to get wins.

    Please stop.

  • If he were really trying to get wins Kobe wouldn’t have been starting the 4th quarter.

  • but what is the reason for wanting to win many games? I like our current win percentage.

  • Kobe is playing around 26-28 minutes per game in order to make it through this season safely without injuring himself again. It’s easier on his body. He is an asset to the team, the franchise, and the league. Nobody wants to see him hurt. If it is his final year, he deserves a proper send off.

  • Their ever improving performance might be the only thing that keeps us from landing him. And those lottery balls.

  • Actually I have been a very strong supporter of him on here even recently. You took the bait!

  • So you would be happy with a 30 win season and another year for Scott?

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