Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Kobe Didn’t Have Surgery? Please!

Can I just say how ecstatickobe-bryant-lakers-surgery I am that Kobe has Twitter/Instagram? The Mamba has been evaluated for his uses of the social media machines before, but after an SB Nation rant today (that wasn’t real, by the way) about how Bryant’s injury was a hoax Kobe did the only understandable thing. He showed us a photo, of his open wound, during surgery. BOOM!

Warning. The photo is graphic so click the link at your own risk (about halfway down the page): Kobe’s open ankle during surgery.

Throughout this whole ordeal, Bryant has done a fabulous job of keeping fans in the loops about whats been going on post Achilles surgery. The Lakers need him healthy more than ever; if the 2013 playoffs taught us anything, L.A. is not the same without Bryant. Klay Thompson of the Warriors did an interview this morning, shining light onto the value of this Lakers legend. When describing what it was like guarding Bryant for the first time, Thompson said:

“Just guarding Kobe was a crazy experience. The moves he had, the calls he was going to get. I can see from the stands – man this guy gets a lot of calls, but I can see he deserves them. He’s a Hall of Famer. But you know, guarding him is a tough thing to do.”

The Clippers have been rumored to be clearing cap space for an interesting move this summer. It looks like the Lakers are not the only team interested in Dwight Howard, with Lob City making a run for the big man. Don’t get worried just yet; if CP3 remains, a lot of salary room would have to be made to also be able to get Dwight Howard. Ultimately, the acquisition may be impossible.

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Lakers Nation News

Warriors’ Klay Thompson Talks About First Time Guarding Kobe Bryant

Kobe’s Fake Injury: SB Nation Is Trolling The Net

Lakers News: Former Assistant Eddie Jordan Reflects On This Season

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Lakers Rumors: Could The Clippers Be Going After Dwight Howard?

MDA 101: Walking Tightope Over Crocs, Ticked-off Fans to the Future

Lakers News: Jodie Meeks Returns to the Classroom to Finish Degree

Lakers News

Mark Madsen Hired to Coach D-Fenders [OC Register]

Lakers Report Card: Jodie Meeks Finished Feast and Famine [Inside the Lakers]

Lakers Assistant Steve Clifford Draws Interest Around League [LA Times]

Remaining Playoff Teams Offer the Lakers A Reminder of What Works [Forum Blue and Gold]

Pau Gasol Confirms He’s Out for European Championship in Slovenia [Lakers Now]

Kobe Bryant’s Relatives Split Over Memorabilia Auction [USA Today]

Judge Sets June Trial for Kobe, His Mom, to Argue About Stuff He Left in His Room [ProBasketballTalk]

Mark Madsen Questions Shaq’s Wardrobe; Jokes About Dancing [Inside the Lakers]

Betting For Bigger Playoffs Payoffs [Laker Liker]

Kobe Bryant Faked His Achilles Injury [SB Nation]

This is What Kobe Bryant’s Achilles Surgery Looked Like [For The Win]

Eddie Jordan Reflects Unkindly on the lost Los Angeles Lakers Year That Drove Him to the NCAA [Ball Don’t Lie]

Lakers Fail to Make First and Second NBA All-Defensive Teams [LA Times]

Lakers Report Card: Jordan Hill’s Injury Derails a Promising Season [Inside the Lakers]

NBA News

Knicks Must Focus on ‘Interior Battle’ [Yahoo Sports]

Knicks-Pacers Game 4 Preview: Get the Long Ball Going [Eye on Basketball]

New Sixers GM Hinkie Says Bynum Just Another Free Agent [ProBasketballTalk]

Two Tweaks for the Spurs’ Pick-and-Roll Defense [SB Nation]

Bulls Have Bigger Issues Than Refs [Sports Talk Florida]

Heat Hold Bulls to Franchise Playoff-Low 65 Points [Ball Don’t Lie]

Breaking Down Kevin Durant’s Shot Attempts Late in Game 4 vs. Grizzlies [SB Nation]

Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team [ProBasketballTalk]

Warriors, Spurs Keys to Pivotal Game 5 Win [Yahoo Sports]

How Hurt is Dwyane Wade? [SB Nation]

Reggie Miller Back in Indy, this Time as a Broadcaster [USA Today]

Tuck: Big Is Beautiful [Sports Talk Florida]

ESPN Admits Mistake on Chris Broussard’s Jason Collins Comments [For The Win]

Paul Pierce Reportedly Expects That the Boston Celtics Will Either Deal or Release Him [Ball Don’t Lie]

Which Schools’ Former Players are Making the Most NBA Money? [CBS Sports]

Amir Johnson Does Not Have a Second Career in Baseball Waiting [ProBasketballTalk]

Jason Kidd Has Not Scored a Point in Three Weeks [For The Win]

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