|Dec. 17 6:59 PM PT7:59 PM MT8:59 PM CT9:59 PM ET2:59 GMT10:59 7:59 PM MST9:59 PM EST6:59 UAE (+1)03:5921:59 ET8:59 PM CT0:59 - Bryant scored 21 points in his sixth game of the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers closed out a four-game road trip with a 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Bryant, who was 4 of 14 for eight points in the loss in Atlanta on Monday, was active right from the start in Memphis. He missed his first two shots and had two quick turnovers. But he hit four of his first eight shots before going to the locker room apparently to help keep warm rather than just chillin' on the bench. Slowly but surely, the legendary Bryant is finding his fantasy groove.
|Dec. 15 9:15 PM PT10:15 PM MT11:15 PM CT12:15 AM ET5:15 GMT13:15 10:15 PM MST12:15 AM EST9:15 UAE06:150:15 ET11:15 PM CT3:15 - Bryant posted his best line since debuting last week, finishing with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in Saturday's 88-85 win at Charlotte.
Analysis: Bryant only figures to get better with time. Fantasy owners may be running out of time to buy low on the future Hall of Famer.
|Dec. 14 9:50 PM PT10:50 PM MT11:50 PM CT12:50 AM ET5:50 GMT13:50 10:50 PM MST12:50 AM EST9:50 UAE06:500:50 ET11:50 PM CT3:50 - Bryant had an underwhelming four points on 2-of-6 shooting in Friday's loss at Oklahoma City, though he also dished out 13 assists.
Analysis: Turnovers continue to be a problem for Bryant, who has 18 in his three games. He's also shooting only 38.5 percent.
|Dec. 11 9:15 PM PT10:15 PM MT11:15 PM CT12:15 AM ET5:15 GMT13:15 10:15 PM MST12:15 AM EST9:15 UAE06:150:15 ET11:15 PM CT3:15 - Bryant finished with 20 points in Tuesday's 114-108 loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: After a disappointing debut, Bryant shot 6 of 11 against the Suns and went 7 of 8 from the foul line. He figures to get stronger as the season progresses.
|Dec. 9 10:43 PM PT11:43 PM MT12:43 AM CT1:43 AM ET6:43 GMT14:43 11:43 PM MST1:43 AM EST10:43 UAE07:431:43 ET12:43 AM CT4:43 - Bryant was 2 of 9 from the field with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists in nearly 28 minutes of action as he made his season debut in Sunday's loss to Toronto.
Analysis: Patient fantasy owners should remain patient and not panic. The revamped Lakers will become more acclimated to playing with Kobe and it's unlikely that Bryant's shooting stroke disappeared completely.
|Nov. 25 8:00 AM PT9:00 AM MT10:00 AM CT11:00 AM ET16:00 GMT0:00 9:00 AM MST11:00 AM EST20:00 UAE17:0011:00 ET10:00 AM CT14:00 - The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Bryant to a 2-year contract extension.
Analysis: Bryant hasn't played this season as he recovers from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April. He's the Lakers all-time leading scorer and currently ranks fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
|Nov. 19 1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST1:25 UAE (+1)22:2516:25 ET3:25 PM CT19:25 - The Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page Friday indicating Bryant will be back for the game.
Analysis: Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering a torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery in April. Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last week. Bryant's new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.
|Oct. 9 12:55 PM PT1:55 PM MT2:55 PM CT3:55 PM ET19:55 GMT3:55 12:55 PM MST2:55 PM EST23:55 UAE21:5515:55 ET2:55 PM CT18:55 - Bryant has returned to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since he tore his Achilles' tendon seven months ago.
Analysis: Bryant rejoined practice Saturday with the Lakers. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn't worked out with his teammates since getting hurt in April during a game against Golden State. He has been running on a treadmill for several weeks, but had done few basketball workouts. Bryant has given no timetable for his return to the court, but had previously said he'll need significant practice time before getting into game shape.
|Oct. 3 2:43 PM PT3:43 PM MT4:43 PM CT5:43 PM ET21:43 GMT5:43 2:43 PM MST4:43 PM EST1:43 UAE (+1)23:4317:43 ET4:43 PM CT20:43 - Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained in April. The Los Angeles Lakers said Thursday that Bryant is expected to return early next week.
Analysis: The Los Angeles Times on Thursday cited people with knowledge of the situation as saying that Bryant was going to Germany this time. He was having a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area.
|July 20 3:59 PM PT4:59 PM MT5:59 PM CT6:59 PM ET22:59 GMT6:59 3:59 PM MST5:59 PM EST2:59 UAE (+1)00:5918:59 ET5:59 PM CT21:59 - Two NBA championship rings that Bryant gave to his parents each sold for more than $100,000 at an auction that supported one of his charities. Goldin Auctions said six items of Bryant memorabilia sold for a combined $433,531 in the monthlong auction that closed early Saturday morning.
Analysis: A 2000 Lakers championship ring gifted by Bryant to his father, Joe, sold for $174,184. A ring given to his mother, Pamela, from the same championship season went for $108,153. Bryant had filed a suit against the auction company, saying his mother didn't have the right to sell the items. A settlement was reached last month allowing six items to be auctioned after the five-time NBA champion's parents apologized to their son and thanked him for his financial support.
|July 10 5:55 PM PT6:55 PM MT7:55 PM CT8:55 PM ET0:55 GMT8:55 5:55 PM MST7:55 PM EST4:55 UAE (+1)02:5520:55 ET7:55 PM CT23:55 - Bryant is working hard to get back on the court and not wasting any time thinking about Dwight Howard.
Analysis: Bryant says his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon is ``progressing faster than anybody expected,'' though he won't start shooting again until next month. Last week, he joined the Lakers in their meeting with Howard, who eventually chose Houston instead of re-signing in Los Angeles. Bryant says Wednesday he doesn't know why Howard left. "You think once a guy decides to go someplace else I'm going to waste my time trying to figure out why that happened."