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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 not some opponent he can outmaneuver and will victory over. He is 34 years older and has the miles of someone who has played a bit longer with all the Playoff games and the college games he missed playing those early years in the NBA.
Kobe is the kind of player who will not accept the fact his abilities are diminishing and he knows only one way to play. At some point, like some of the great scorers before him, he just will not be able to do that.
Bryant does not want to reach that point, and he is hoping to set retirement on his own terms.
When that might be? Bryant hopes to decide that this summer, a...
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Kobe Bryant has given his notice to the basketball world, as he says he'll retire after the 2013-2014 NBA season, according to an interview Bryant did with NBA.com.Bryant says that he'll talk about his decision with his family and really see whether or not if it's worth getting back on the court."I'll talk to my family and stuff and really see if I want to continue...
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 [...]
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...
Kobe Bryant has a habit of scoring a few points hear and there in case you haven't noticed. After doing it for 17 seasons the man has scored quite a few points, and on Saturday against the lowly Sacramento Kings he scored enough to move past Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the all-time career scoring list in the NBA.
It really doesn't come as a surprise. He would have had...
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...
(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...
LOS ANGELES -- As is the norm when Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant are involved, ONeals jersey retirement ceremony was a mixture of happiness, celebration and oddity.
Bringing back fond Lakers championship memories on Tuesday night at Staples Center, Shaq began his speech by yelling, Can you dig it?, which he did after the Lakers won their first three championships of the Phil...
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...
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...
Tuesday night’s Lakers ceremony retiring Shaquille O’Neal‘s jersey was a special affair. Jack Nicholson appeared, the fans chanted for Phil Jackson to return, and even O’Neal and Kobe Bryant appeared to be getting on good footing as Los Angeles honored No. 34.
But, as tends to happen in some special moments, the Lakers got one little detail wrong. That little detail is now...
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)
Lineup 1 (60K)
Nate Robinson ($5800)
Steve Blake ($3700)
Kobe Bryant ($9500)
Vince Carter ($5600...