Kobe Bryant was a popular topic last week, opening up to Jimmy Kimmel for an hour of conversation on Thursday in front of a packed house at Nokia Theatre.
The Lakers All-Star guard told Kimmel he isn’t sure if he’ll play on opening night (Oct. 29), although he had said in recent interviews that his surgically repaired Achilles tendon feels “really, really good.”
Robert Horry recalled a confrontation with Bryant that ultimately helped the two bond.
New Lakers player development coach Larry Lewis said Bryant is a basketball genius.
A Lakers fan’s donation to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation resulted in a meet and greet with Bryant before the event with Kimmel.
In perhaps the oddest story of the week, Jackson tweeted advice to rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Kupchak also said he doesn’t see a reason for the Lakers to tank for the lottery.
Nick Young and Wesley Johnson put up shots at the Lakers’ practice facility.
Director of scouting Bill Bertka said his proudest Lakers moment was the drafting of Jim McMillian, which helped lead to the franchise’s NBA record 33-game winning streak.
Former Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons joined Larry Drew’s staff on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Finally, the Lakers let the trade exception for Christian Eyenga expire.