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(Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)
The 2012/13 NBA season looked like it was going to be all about power packed backcourt duos. The offseason saw numerous high profile guard combos hook up - the Lakers with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant; Houston's Jeremy Lin and James Harden; Brooklyn teamed up Joe Johnson with Deron Williams. But which NBA backcourt starting pair have produced the most wins for their team thus far (based on Wins Produced via The NBA Geek)? We've crunched the numbers and ranked the teams, from 1 to 30. Here's Update 5, after about five months of action on the courts.
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Yes he’s a future hall-of-famer. And yes, he is arguably the best player to have ever played in the NBA; some analysts place Kobe Bryant above Michael Jordan on the list of the NBA’s greatest players of all time. Questioning Bryant’s talent and accomplishments is ignorant; numbers never lie. His capabilities shouldn’t be the Laker’s concern, but the effects his presence has
Since the Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's jersey tonight, you knew that the Lakers would reach out to former teammate Kobe Bryant to say some words about Shaq.Below is the full message that Kobe delivered to the Staples Center crowd:
Black Mamba no more? Seems like KB might be incorporating the old nickname with the new one. This Kobe Bryant piece by Yih Tak Wong from Singapore City, Singapore pays homage to the “Black [...]
Kobe Bryant eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain on Saturday night, becoming the NBA's fourth-highest career scorer.
Bryant's jump shot with 7:45 left in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings put him at 31,421 total points for his career. Chamberlain finished his career with 31,419.
Bryant tied Chamberlain 22 seconds earlier with a driving lay-up.
Next on the list for Bryant...
It takes a lot for Kobe Bryant to admit his mortality.
He played an entire season with a torn pinky (wining a gold medal and a championship when he really needed surgery). He had a severely sprained ankle that had him out indfinitely -- he did not miss a game and tried to give it a go the next time out.
Bryant, even with 16 years under his belt, cannot stop father time. It is...
Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and tied a season high with 14 assists despite a nagging left foot injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers kept pace for the Western Conference's final playoff spot by outlasting the Sacramento Kings, 103-98, on Saturday night.
Bryant added nine rebounds and facilitated the Lakers' offense for 47 minutes, 37 seconds after Steve Nash exited early in...
It may be a turbulent season for the Los Angeles Lakers but Kobe Bryant brought some smiles to the team and fans versus the Kings.
Heading into the Sacramento game, Bryant was chasing NBA great Wilt Chamberlain on the All-Time scoring list for fourth place and in the second quarter of action, Kobe did it.
With one shot from the field, Kobe passed Wilt to score 31,423 point...
LOS ANGELES Tuesday night at Staples Center the Lakers will retire the number 34 jersey worn by the great center Shaquille ONeal during his eight-year tenure with the Lakers. Fans may also get to see another retirement of sorts: a public end to the Shaq-Kobe Bryant feud.
ONeal and Bryant both came to the Lakers in 1996 Shaq as a free agent and Kobe as part of a draft day trade...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in his 19th career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 101-81 Tuesday night in a key game for the two teams struggling to get into the Western Conference playoff picture. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds while hitting seven fourth-quarter free throws for the Lakers...
Only Important Injuries:
-Steve Nash likely out (stock up for Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake)
-LeBron, Wade, Chalmers out (stock up for Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Norris Cole)
-Noah, Belinelli likely out (stock up for Jimmy Butler, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson)
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Nate Robinson ($5800)
Steve Blake ($3700)
Kobe Bryant ($9500)
Vince Carter ($5600...
Wednesday morning, 10:45 a.m., Target Center, Minneapolis.
The Lakers shuffle into shootaround, their line single-file, their hoods up, chatter nonexistent. This is not a raucous group, not a particularly cheerful one, and when 39-year-old Steve Nash is doing squats deeper than those of any of his teammates during drills, you know there's at least something of a problem.
Over the weekend Magic Johnson came out in support of his openly gay son Earvin Johnson III and said he could be any happier for his 20-year-old kid. The former NBA great told TMZ that he and his wife Cookie "support him in every way" and "we're very proud of him."
Kobe Bryant was so impressed by Magic's stand on his son's personal life, he lauded...