From Corey Hansford, Lakers Nation:The legacy of Kobe Bryant is one that will last decades, and possibly even centuries. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers ever to play for the franchise and has cemented his spot as one of the best talents the NBA has ever seen. But for Bryant, that isn’t enough. Bryant doesn’t want his legacy to end at the basketball court. He wants it to extend to everybody in all walks of life, as he told a Manila Crowd while on his tour with Lenovo: “For me it’s bigger than playing basketball. Basketball is gonna be over one day. And when leave the game I wanna feel like I’ve left an imprint, or left a mark enough, where people, and not only basketball players, but lawyers, doctors or whatever the case may be, can have the same type of mentality in what they do, that I’ve had in what I’ve done.”
From Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll: Los Angeles Lakers coach urged big man Jordan Hill to work on his jump shot this summer and become a stretch four, Hill told Dave McMenamin of ESPN: “He talked about what I need to work on for this coming summer,” Hill told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “My jump shot, he definitely wanted me to work on my outside jumper.”…Only 32 percent of Hill’s field goal attempts came from outside of the paint, according to NBA.com. Here’s Hill’s shot chart from the 2012-2013 season: Hill averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season.The Lakers added depth to their frontcourt rotation with the addition of Chris Kamanwith their mini mid-level exception. They also drafted stretch big man Ryan Kelly out of Duke and signed Elias Harris two a two-year deal. Marcus Landry is also expected to have a guarantee with the Lakers and will be at Lakers training camp.
From Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk: Kevin Durant and Kevin Love are in, but a number of Team USA’s biggest stars — LeBron James,Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony — were expected to sit out the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain. It was kind of expected that Kobe Bryant was done with his Team USA time after London last summer (he’s got two gold medals now), but after his Achilles injury nobody expected him to return. He made that official speaking in China, via Business Mirror. “I love competing but I will let the young guys play and represent the country,” said Bryant…“I had my fun playing, just leave the NBA championships to me,” added the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
From ESPN News Services: Kobe Bryant said Monday in the Philippines that his Achilles tendon is healing well. “My tendon feels really, really good. I was really lucky,” said Bryant, who was in Manila to promote a product. A video of Bryant’s question and answer session was posted on YouTube. The Los Angeles Lakers guard, who was standing on a stage answering the questions, made the comment after he was asked if he would like to sit down. Bryant tore his Achilles on April 12 and underwent surgery the following day. He credited his trainers for the success of his recovery. “The trainers go with me everywhere. Family vacations, business trips — they’re there all the time,” he said.