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Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15 AM

'We are just going to win some and lose some,' NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Team USA's failed World Cup title defense bid

TOUGH RUN. Team USA gets relegated to a battle for 7th place. Photo from fiba.basketball

Kobe, Shaq squash renewed feud speculation

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The former Lakers superstar teammates hit social media to say there's 'no beef' between them

ALL GOOD. Retired NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal brush off feud speculations. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Giannis says Kobe motivated him in NBA MVP triumph

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo emerges as the new NBA MVP, completing a challenge issued by Kobe Bryant in 2017

SUPERSTARS. Giannis Antetokounmpo draws inspiration from Kobe Bryant as he captures his first NBA MVP plum. Photo courtesy of Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Antetokounmpo) and Wikimedia (Bryant)

WATCH: Kobe reveals his all-time top 5 USA players

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is quick to acknowledge the greats who came before him

PLAY FOR EACH OTHER. Kobe Bryant believes Team USA will be hard to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup if players leave their egos at the door. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

LeBron leaps past Kobe for another NBA milestone

Mar 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The King' joins legendary company in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan

RACKING IT UP. LeBron James is having himself a season full of personal milestones. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Kobe Bryant confident of Lakers recovery

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:58 AM

'Enjoy the journey because we'll be champions before you know it. Then we'll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans,' says the Lakers legend

OPTIMISTIC. Kobe Bryant thinks everything will fall into place soon for LeBron James and the young Lakers squad. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James hits 3 NBA milestones in one game

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Lakers superstar moves up in the league's all-time scoring, all-time 30-point games, and all-time field goals lists

LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. LeBron James becomes the NBA's active overall points leader. Photo from Lakers Twitter.

Kobe Bryant dropped from film festival over 2003 rape case

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The former NBA star turned Oscar-winning filmmaker says he’s disappointed after his removal from the jury of an animation film festival

OLD CASE. An online petition succeeded in taking Oscar winner Kobe Bryant out of an animation film festival after citing a 2003 rape case, which later got dropped. Photo Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant says never coming back to play basketball, ever

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers legend says he wants to show people he can do more than basketball

MAMBA OUT. Kobe Bryant has no plans of coming out of retirement. Photo by AFP

Kobe wife says no NBA return for Lakers legend

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Vanessa Bryant shuts down rumors that her husband Kobe Bryant will return to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers

SPECULATIONS. The Kobe Bryant-LeBron James team up is all speculation as the Lakers icon continues to enjoy retirement, says Vanessa Bryant. File photo by AFP

Nowitzki returns to Dallas for record 20th NBA season

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The German star is set to tie Lakers icon Kobe Bryant's record of playing for one team in 20 straight seasons

LEGEND. Dirk Nowitzki remains an integral piece for the rebuilding Dallas Mavericks. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant welcomes LeBron to Lakers family: 'I had a gut feeling'

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Kobe shares that there were talks of him teaming up with LeBron but it never materialized

A LEGEND'S SUPPORT. Kobe Bryant (left) wants LeBron James to bring more rings to the 16-time NBA champion franchise. Photos by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Bryant) and Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (James)

Ex-teammate Walton surprised to hear Kobe rate Oscar above championships

Mar 06, 2018 - 2:36 PM

'It feels better than winning a championship, to be honest,' Kobe Bryant tells reporters after collecting his Oscar statuette

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Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Oscars 2018: Kobe Bryant's 'Dear Basketball' wins Academy Award for best animated short film

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar wins an Oscar for best animated short

Fun facts about this year's Oscar nominees

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Before the big day, here are few things to know about this year's awards show

An Oscar statue is unveiled on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony "The Oscars" on March 3rd, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  All eyes will be on the battle for Oscars supremacy between "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

LOOK: Lakers retire Kobe's two jersey numbers at half-time ceremony

Dec 19, 2017 - 2:31 PM

'We're here to celebrate the greatest to ever wear the purple and gold,' the Lakers say as they immortalize Bryant's jerseys Number 8 and Number 24

LEGEND. Kobe Bryant joins the ranks of Lakers legends O'Neal, West and Johnson as his jerseys retire in Staples Center. Photo from Twitter (@Lakers)

Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony to include 'Kobeland' street festival

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The Lakers are pulling out all the stops in honoring one of the club's greats

GOAT. The Lakers will be hanging up the jerseys of one of their greatest of all time, Kobe Bryant. Photos by Dan Levine/AFP (left) and Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP (right)

Warriors will watch as Lakers retire Bryant's jerseys

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Warriors will be sitting on the bench during halftime to witness this event

RETIREMENT. This is a historic moment that the Golden State Warriors don't even want to miss. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant says he'd kneel for anthem if he was still playing

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Kobe Bryant weighs in on the anthem protests in the sports world on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast

ANTHEM PROTEST. Kobe Bryant says he would take a knee for the protest if he was still playing in the league today. Photo by STR/AFP

Nomor punggung Kobe Bryant akan dipensiunkan

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:38 PM

LA Lakers mempensiunkan nomor punggung 8 dan 24 yang pernah dikenakan Kobe Bryant

MENDAPAT PENGHARGAAN. Dua nomor punggu Kobe Bryant, 8 dan 24, akan dipajang di kandang LA Lakers. Foto oleh Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers to retire both Kobe Bryant jersey numbers

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Bryant the third highest scorer in NBA history will have his number 8 and 24 jerseys retired

HONORED. Kobe Bryant will have two jersey numbers hanging from the rafters of the Staples Center. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The NBA Basketball School Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star

AMBASSADOR. Kobe Bryant, seen at a 2016 function, says "the Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training." File photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images/AFP

Magic Johnson wants Kobe to help rebuild Lakers

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:27 AM

Magic Johnson who has been hired to advise Lakers co owner and president Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to help piece together the struggling franchise

FRANCHISE PLAYERS. Magic Johnson says the recently retired Kobe Bryant would be the first person he'd call for help in rebuilding the Lakers franchise. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/Pool/AFP

Lakers great Bryant welcomes third daughter

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Bryants welcome a third daughter to the family

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

2016 saw Cubs, Cavs finally win championships

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Two of the most notorious curses in American sport were wiped away in 2016 while legends Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning walked away from the game

END OF A DROUGHT. The Chicago Cubs finally ended over a century of futility, putting the Curse of the Billy Goat to rest. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Kobe Bryant’s first post-retirement signature Nike shoe

Nov 02, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Kobe may no longer be dropping buckets on the court but he s still coming out with new installments for his Nike signature shoe series

Clarkson scores 25 as Lakers open post-Kobe era with win

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Jordan Clarkson scores 12 of his 25 points off the bench in the fourth quarter as the Lakers win their season opener against the Rockets

LAKE SHOW. Jordan Clarkson provides the spark for the Lakers as the sixth man off the bench. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant pays tribute to retiring Garnett: ‘A true warrior’

Sep 25, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Other NBA players also chime in on the departure of one of the league s greatest

City of Los Angeles pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:45 AM

Wednesday August 24 will be declared Kobe Bryant Day at a ceremony at city hall in Los Angeles

HONORED. Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, seen at the New York Stock Exchange on August 22, will be honored by the city he won 5 championships in. Photo by Valerie Caviness/EPA

WATCH: Kobe Bryant’s thank you message to Filipinos

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Bryant was welcomed with open arms once again by Filipinos

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Why Kobe Bryant is comfortable letting basketball go

Jun 27, 2016 - 3:01 PM

After a successful 20 year NBA career thanks to his obsession for the game Bryant now says he’s ready to move on

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Kobe on 60-point finale: ‘I still have to pinch myself’

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:29 AM

There’s no way to dream of that happening in that manner says Bryant

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WATCH: Kobe Bryant gets honored with banner at The Big Dome

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Kobe Bryant receives a touching tribute in his latest visit to The Big Dome

IN PHOTOS: Nike’s new Kobe XI Elite Low

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:18 AM

NBA legend Kobe Bryant debuted the latest colorway to his Kobe XI Nike signature shoes during the Mamba Mentality Tour

WATCH: Kobe Bryant visits local barangay court in Taguig

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Bryant excites the crowd at the Barangay Ususan Covered Court in Taguig City and hands rewards to 3 young ballers

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant visits Manila again

Jun 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Take a look back at what Kobe Bryant did in his latest Manila visit on Saturday

Kobe Bryant: Lakers will be contenders again soon

Jun 25, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Bryant says he s focusing on his business ventures after the conclusion of his 20 year NBA career

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Nike offers 24 golden basketballs for chance to see Kobe Bryant in Manila

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The golden basketballs are equivalent to premium tickets for Mamba Mentality Night

NBA legend Kobe Bryant set for Manila return

Jun 17, 2016 - 6:18 PM

Bryant will make his first visit to Manila since his pro basketball career came to an end

WATCH: Kobe Bryant makes Ghostbusters promo cameo

Jun 03, 2016 - 4:31 AM

The Black Mamba ain t afraid of no ghosts

Jordan Clarkson on Kobe’s 60-point finale: 'Almost like a movie'

May 30, 2016 - 10:00 AM

It was like you really didn’t want to shoot the ball you kinda just give him the ball says Clarkson

WATCH: Kobe Bryant in hilarious hidden camera prank on 'Ellen'

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:33 AM

Kobe tells a doctor about his sweating problem in this hidden camera prank

SWEAT ISSUES. Kobe Bryant pranks a doctor on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' by telling her he has an excessive sweating problem. Screengrab from ellentv.com

Lakers fire coach Byron Scott

Apr 25, 2016 - 11:26 AM

Byron Scott is out as Lakers coach after leading the team to its worst season in franchise history

SCOTT OUT. Byron Scott is out as Lakers coach following two dismal seasons. Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

'Dear Kobe' - NBA's thank you letter to Bryant

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:49 AM

The NBA praises the icon for his passion commitment and dedication to basketball

THANK YOU, KOBE. Kobe Bryant was feted as one of the all-time greats in his final game. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

In his dramatic finale, Kobe Bryant again proves he’s more hero than villain

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:44 AM

There was an obsession inside him for the game that made us in turn fall in love with basketball as well

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Apr 14, 2016 - 7:40 PM

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#MambaOut: Hollywood, PH stars salute Kobe Bryant

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Kanye West Adam Levine Jay Z and even US President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Black Mamba in his final game across his storied NBA career

Screengrab from Twitter/NBA, Instagram/taylorswift/adamlevine

PH athletes react to Kobe Bryant's 60-point finale on social media

Apr 14, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Kobe Bryant had a farewell game to remember

WATCH: Kobe Bryant torches Jazz for 60 in final NBA game

Apr 14, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Kobe Bryant turns in one final great performance burying jumper after jumper to deliver the Lakers to one last victory

MAMBA OUT. Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in his final NBA game. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP