Bryant Lowers Price on Ocean-View Home, Now Awaits Surgery

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Associated PressLos Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on the bench after tearing his rotator cuff last Wednesday against New Orleans.

Things aren't going well for Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant -- on or off the court.

The Lakers announced Monday that Bryant will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, almost certainly ending his 19th NBA season, all with the Lakers. And to add a real estate insult to the injury, Bryant has had to lower -- again! -- the price of his home in the stunning Newport Coast community in the city of Newport Beach, this time to $6.995 million.

The Mediterranean-style estate in Orange County, California, has been on the market since 2013, starting at $8.599 million. The ocean-view home's latest haircut was by more than $600,000, bringing it down to less than $7 mil, the Los Angeles Times reported over the weekend. Bryant bought the place in 1997 for only $1.7 million and has since remodeled it.
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Jason Merritt via Getty ImagesVanessa and Kobe Bryant at a 2013 charity dinner in LA.

We hope that things are going better in Kobe's private life. In 2013, Kobe and wife, Vanessa, announced they were dropping plans to divorce. But the reconciliation came a year after Kobe reportedly transferred three Newport Coast homes (including the above-mentioned house) into his wife's name.

The 8,500 square-foot manse currently on the market is in a guarded community and has its own set of massive gates, which help keep fans and gawkers at bay. The four-bedroom, seven-bath home features:
  • Unobstructed ocean and city light views.
  • An 850 square-foot gym.
  • Hair salon.
  • Paneled office with shark tank.
  • Extra-deep pool.
  • Outdoor kitchen.
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