Found October 19, 2013 on HoopStuff:
3 Reasons why Kobe Bryant’s ESPN Ranking Is Ridiculous By Milan George: Hoopstuff Writer.. As the NBA season inches closer, has once again come out with their NBA Player Rankings. These are usually only talked about, because of their controversial rankings and this one takes the cake, as many people are scratching their heads that they named Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar, Kobe Bryant the 25th best player in the league today. Yes, we are talking about the Kobe Bryant who averaged 27 points per game at 34 years old last season, the Kobe Bryant who many youngs guys like Brandon Jennings and Kyrie Irving had a tough time getting by on defense and we are talking about the Kobe Bryant that almost single handliy brought his team to the playoffs. It’s almost disrespectful and although there are many reasons why this ranking is wrong, three come to mind, even though Bryant is still recovering from a torn achilles tendon. Kobe’s Skills at an older age Last season, at the age of 34, ...

Kobe Bryant responds to ESPN ranking him as 25th best player in the NBA

When ESPN ranked Kobe Bryant as the 25th best player in the NBA earlier this week, everyone was waiting for his reaction. Would he give an expletive-laden interview? Maybe a simple tweet saying “lol” would suffice? Bryant has done neither so far, and it seemed he was just going to ignore the ranking altogether. That’s until Eric Pincus from the Los Angeles Times spotted the...

Kobe Bryant sends message with his new Twitter avatar

Ever since Kobe Bryant joined the world of Twitter, he has hashed out some quality tweets.  Some can be called “subtweets”, which is defined as a tweet that is directed […]

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant sprints, shoots and dribbles in Shanghai

The fans in Shanghai didn’t get to see Kobe Bryant play in the pre-season game that they attended on Friday, but they got the next best thing: the opportunity to witness Bryant working out on the court as he continues to recover from Achilles surgery in April. While his teammates were warming up for their game against the Golden State Warriors, Bryant was getting in a good workout...

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant says Achilles is “tight” but feels good about progress

There’s less than two weeks to go until opening night and we still don’t know when Kobe Bryant will be ready to make his much anticipated return to the court. The Black Mamba is making progress, but it’s hard to determine just how quickly that progress is coming along. During an interview with reporters on Thursday, Bryant revealed that his Achilles’ tendon was still “tight”...

Kobe Bryant dunks on Derrick Rose in amazing new NBA 2K14 next gen trailer

Just when you thought the 2K franchise couldn’t get any more amazing… Today, 2K Sports released their first full length NBA 2K14 next gen trailer – in other words, this is what the game will look like on the PS4. The mind-blowing video, which is set to Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”, features a number of different teams and players, but of course, the Lakers were...

VIDEO: Chinese fan screams and freaks out when Kobe signs his jersey

How would you react if Kobe Bryant signed your jersey? It would be pretty cool, right? It seems it was a dream come true for this Chinese fan when the Black Mamba signed his Lakers jersey last week. The fan was situated away from Kobe in the crowd, yet luckily for him, Bryant somehow got hold of the jersey – along with a Sharpie pen – and threw it back to the screaming man after...

Kobe changes Twitter avatar to '1225'

On Friday, Kobe Bryant changed his photo (or avatar) on Twitter to the number "1225." While the Lakers All-Star guard hasn't commented yet on the change, Bryant is undoubtedly using the voice of outside critics as a form of self-motivation. ESPN recently ranked the Lakers as the 12th best team in the Western Conference. The sports website also named Bryant the 25th...

Kobe Bryant’s Aspiration to Be Like Floyd Mayweather Surprisingly Apt, In More Ways Than One

Perhaps scientists should look into whether being globally reviled serves as fuel for aging athletes. The empirical evidence is uncanny. At 35 and 36 years old, respectively, Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather are performing at levels that really shouldn’t be possible in their sports. Michael Jordan‘s last season as a top-five NBA player came when he was 34. Muhammad Ali was never...

Kobe Bryant teasing the date he returns this season?

Kobe Bryant has become pretty savvy at using social media to convey messages. Using symbolism in everything is surely a trait he picked up from Phil Jackson. Could his latest social media avi be telling the world when to expect his return to basketball action? Kobe has changed his Twitter avi to the numbers, “1225.” This is the date I’ve always had circled on my calendar for...

LeBron James Responds To ESPN’s Ranking Of Kobe Bryant

A few days ago, the Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and one of the best players of all-time, Kobe Bryant was ranked 25th by the ESPN player rank. While this does not necessarily mean that he is the 25th-best player in the league since ESPN used a player-forecast “machine”, it is still quite disrespectful to ...The post LeBron James Responds To ESPN’s Ranking Of Kobe Bryant...

Dwyane Wade Is Better Than Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan is the greatest shooting guard in the history of the NBA, and I doubt anyone will surpass him anytime soon. Right now there are two shooting guards in the league who could finish close to Jordan in shooting guard rankings. Their names are Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Now, we all know who ...The post Dwyane Wade Is Better Than Kobe Bryant appeared first on The League News.

Kobe had to fight back tears when he returned to the Staples Center

As he limps out, center Dwight Howard cruises in. “What the f— is going on?” Bryant asks a trainer. “Dwight got ejected,” he is informed. In the retelling, Bryant waits eight seconds to utter another word, looking as if he might literally bite his tongue. “Sports have a funny way of doing s— like that,” he says. L.A. is about to be swept and Howard is about to leave...

WATCH: Lakers guard Nick Young’s halfcourt trick shot

Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young showed off his half court trick shot in Shanghai. Young also had an impressive alley-oop in Shanghai against the Golden State Warriors.

Lakers back to work following China trip

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers held practice Sunday morning after spending nine days in China as ambassadors for NBA global expansion. It was a much lighter affair than most training camp practices, with the regular grind to be resumed Monday. To a player, everyone said they had a great time visiting the Great Wall and performing in front of a basketball-mad country in Shanghai...

Kobe Bryant Passed On The Role Of Jesus Shuttlesworth Before It Was Given To Ray Allen

In a recent article from Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated reflecting on Kobe Bryant’s career, it is revealed that the Lakers star turned down the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s ‘He Got Game’ before it was given to Ray Allen. That summer Spike Lee begins filming He Got Game, a movie with Denzel Washington about a basketball prodigy named Jesus Shuttlesworth. “I...
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