NBA News: Latest on Kobe Bryant, Jerry Sloan and More Buzz Around the League
With the season chugging into its second week, there is plenty of exciting news and rumors abound in the National Basketball Association.
Keep reading to find a condensed version of some of the more interesting buzz floating around the ‘net right now.
The Black Mamba’s Future Plans
Kobe Bryant made shockwaves in the basketball world when he told a Turkish site that his goal is to play until he’s 40. He took some time to clarify that statement with Melissa Rohlin of The Los Angeles Times.
When will Bryant retire?
"Playing until I'm 40 is not beyond the realm of possibility," he said. "There's always YMCA games, there's always pickup games. I'll probably be playing as long as I'm living.
Bryant has been in the NBA since he was 17 years old and drafted in 1996, so it’s hard to imagine a league without the superstar.
With a newly reloaded Los Angeles Lakers supporting cast around him, there is no telling when he’s going to hang up his boots. However, it does seem reasonable to believe he’s going to suffer a sharp decline within a few seasons and may elect to retire rather than become a role player.
Sloan to Coach the Lakers?
It’s no secret that current Lakers coach Mike Brown is experiencing some difficulties helming his team. It’s also no secret that there’s a good chance the headman might not even finish the 2012-13 with his job intact.
According to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy, insiders are reporting that Jerry Sloan is one candidate to replace Brown, and he would come out of retirement to coach the team:
“Jerry Sloan to L.A. by December 1,” one league source predicted. “Nash and Howard are the new Stockton and Malone. He wants a ring, not to mention the money. He didn’t seriously consider Orlando, Charlotte or Portland [openings] over the summer because he knew Los Angeles would open up.”
If this is true, and the Lakers continue their early slide, Sloan may be hired well before December 1. This is definitely a rumor worth following and could certainly conceivably happen.
Danny Granger Out for Three Months
The Indiana Pacers have been without their star forward to start the season and shouldn’t expect him back anytime soon.
According to an official press release from the club, Granger has undergone an injection to treat left patellar tendinosis by the famed Dr. James Andrews. His approximate timetable for recovery is three months.
It’s a huge blow to the 2-2 Pacers, who were expected to compete for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference this year. Summer free agency acquisition Gerald Green will be expected to pick up Granger’s slack during his absence.
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