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There are few players in the course of NBA history that had more of an impact on the NBA game than Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. In the upcoming issue for Sports Illustrated, writer Chris Ballard did an incredible piece on the Lakers star called Kobe Bryant’s “Twilight Saga”. Today, Ballard published some more quotes that he left out of the long form story on Twitter and noted that when Bryant was asked about the players who maximized their potential, he surprisingly said that Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen was one of them: …and 2) Tony Allen. "Tony Allen is a big favorite of mine. Just how he plays and what he does." Which led me to call Tony… (contd) — Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) August 22, 2014 When Ballard asked Allen about it, Tony was honored by the comment from Kobe: And Tony said: "Oh man, that’s an honor! From him?!…(pause). Don’t want to let that get to me though. Got to keep my competitive advantage" — Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) August 22, 2014 Tony Allen also called Kobe: “the closest thing to Jordan in my era" and "I get to be able to tell the story that I got to guard that guy.” — Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) August 22, 2014 But my favorite quote from Tony, being Tony, on Kobe: “Ain’t no scouting report for a guy who scored 82 points in a game!" — Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard) August 22, 2014 That’s a classic line from Tony! *** Allen image courtesy of Getty Images

Kobe sent LeBron great text message in 2010

Kobe Bryant’s incredibly competitive spirit was on full display in a text message he sent LeBron James during the infamous summer of 2010. The summer of 2010 was the one when LeBron left Cleveland for Miami to form a Big 3 with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Heat. Prior to James announcing his […]

Photo: Anyone seen this over-the-top Kobe Bryant ‘Achilles’ sculpture?

I do not even know where to begin with this! The fine folks of Taiwan really like Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. I mean reallllllllyyyyy like Kobe. But after seeing this sculpture of Bryant depicted as “Achilles” (see what the artist did there?) I have to say his fans in Asia worship him as a god. Check out this sculpture of Kobe as “Achilles” complete with a mamba (again see what...

Kobe Bryant Believes NBA Players Like Him, LeBron James Are Underpaid

Kobe Bryant believes that elite NBA players, including him, are underpaid. The Los Angeles Lakers star told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard — who wrote the most recent cover story on Bryant — that he doesn’t think that the league’s maximum contracts are fair or that players should be pressured to take pay cuts to create more cap room for their team. KB believes players...

36 of Kobe's greatest moments for his 36th birthday

Heading into his 19th (19!) season in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a long list of career highlights and accomplishments. The five-time champion and former MVP turns 36 this weekend, and in honor of his birthday let’s take a look at 36 of the top moments in his legendary career in no particular order. Kobe 62, Dallas Mavericks 61 through three. Throughout his...

Watch: First Trailer for New “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” Documentary

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is a legend. He’s a NBA icon. An all time great. And now, he’s a movie star. Showtime is creating a documentary on the Black Mamba, showcasing his desire to be great. Check out the first trailer from “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” documentary which is scheduled to air this fall. Are you excited for this documentary to air? The post Watch: First...

Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant’s New Challenge

It seems as though Kobe Bryant has been gone an eternity; perhaps he has been gone that long, and then some, in basketball years. He has not played much  since tearing his Achilles tendon late in the Dwight Howard Experiment. Another leg injury in the past campaign compounded the problem. However, Bryant now claims to […] Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant’s New Challenge - Hoops...

NBA GM on Kobe’s market value in trade: ‘Zero.’

Kobe Bryant is under contract with the Lakers for two more seasons and $48.5 million, a deal which he and the team were both widely criticized for agreeing to under the circumstances. The thinking was that Bryant should have taken a far more substantial discount in the twilight of his career, in order for the team to have the cap space necessary to add enough talent around him so...

Kobe Says He and Lebron are Underpaid

The Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a 2-year $48.5 million dollar contract which many believe has stifled the club financially, but if you ask Bryant he and players like Lebron James are still underpaid. KB believes players like him & LeBron are underpaid (put LBJ free market at ~ $75 mil). Believes important to set an example in contracts… — Chris Ballard (@SI_ChrisBallard...

Kobe Bryant thinks he and LeBron James are underpaid

Kobe Bryant believes that elite NBA players, including him, are underpaid. The Los Angeles Lakers star told Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard -- who wrote the most recent cover story on Bryant -- that he doesn't think that the league's maximum contracts are fair or that players should be pressured to take pay cuts to create more cap room for their team. As ProBasketballTalk...

Is a Healthy Kobe Enough to Lead LA Back to the Playoffs?

Last season, the storied Los Angeles franchise had arguably it’s worst season in almost a decade, with an abysmal record of 27-55, only a .329 win percentage. With the deteriorating health and age of superstar Kobe Bryant and the loss of big man Pau Gasol, many fans in purple and gold are left to wonder, “what’s next?”. After a disappointingly mediocre 2012-13 campaign(which...

Video: Trailer for new Kobe Bryant documentary looks good

Showtime and Lakers’ Kobe Bryant are set to debut a new documentary on Bryant himself and from the looks of the trailer, it ought to be good. In it, you see Kobe rehabbing his injured Achilles while talking about choices and giving a motivational talk about not being average.  

Pistons’ Brandon Jennings Feels Kobe Bryant Is ‘Greatest Ever’

Brandon Jennings thinks Kobe Bryant’s is the best to do it – Mandatory Credit: USATSI via CBS Sports Michael Jordan has been unanimously been deemed the best basketball player to ever play the game. Or, at least the majority of people feel that way. Everybody except Detroit Pistons’ guard Brandon Jennings. There’s always going to be a “who’s better” debate in every...

Joel Embiid Reassures Andrew Wiggins On Twitter, Sends Him Picture Of Kobe Bryant As Charlotte Hornet

At long last, the Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins mega-trade became official on Saturday, and the former Kansas star now has the awkward distinction of never playing for the franchise that drafted him. Fellow Jayhawk rookie Joel Embiid took to Twitter, as he is wont to do, to reassure his former teammate that everything would work out. In doing so, he compared Wiggins to Los Angeles Lakers...

Do the Lakers want to Win this Season?

(Photo Credit via Keith Allison) There seems to be a lot of positive energy around the Los Angeles Lakers this off-season.  Five-time Laker champion Kobe Bryant is as confident as ever.  He is predicting an “epic” season, and says he has completely altered his game to maximize his abilities at age thirty-five.  Plus, with a rare top ten selection, the Lakers drafted Kentucky...

Shaq says Julius Erving, not Michael Jordan, is the best player ever

Shaq famously didn't always get along with Kobe Bryant. However, when he was asked recently who was better between Kobe and another former teammate of Shaq's, LeBron James, Shaq said a couple surprising things.First of all, he didn't use the opportunity to bash his former foe/Lakers teammate, as he has done in the past.(Anyone remember 'Kobe, tell me how my ass taste...
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