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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 Kobe’s return to the court. The Heat will be in LA on Christmas to face off against the Lakers. Naturally that would be a perfect setting for vino to hit the hardwood. Kobe was recently spotted running light sprints before the Lakers preseason match up against the Warriors in China. The Lakers were also ranked 12th in the West by ESPN and Kobe ranked as the 25th player… Whatever theory you go with, a motivated Kobe Bryant is always interesting. It could simply be a coincidence that Kobe chose those numbers as his Twitter avi. But it clearly represents something like his last visual of a “bear” did a few weeks b...

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...

3 Reasons why Kobe Bryant’s ESPN Ranking Is Ridiculous

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...

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”...

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...

Lakers News: Carmelo Anthony on free agency, the Lakers and his relationship with Kobe Bryant

There’s still around nine months left until Carmelo Anthony will officially become a free agent. but that doesn’t stop the forward from talking about his future. According to the NY Daily News, Melo says he wants to stay in New York, though he doesn’t sound all that convincing: The Melo-drama Part II is under way in the wake of Anthony confirming that he plans to opt out of...

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...

D'Antoni Has No Idea When Kobe Will Begin Practicing

The Los Angeles Lakers will begin the regular season in 10 days and Mike D'Antoni is unsure of when Kobe Bryant will begin practicing. Bryant is recovering from a torn Achilles. “I have no idea,” said D'Antoni. “He has a big desire to come back, but he understands there has to be a few steps he needs to take in order to come back,” Pau Gasol said. “I don’t think...

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.

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.

Mike D’Antoni Has No Idea When Kobe Will Begin Practicing

The Lakers will tip-off their 2013 regular season in 10 days against the Clippers, and Mike D’Antoni says he’s unsure of when Kobe Bryant will even begin practicing. “I have no idea,” said D’Antoni. “He has a big desire to come back, but he understands there has to be a few steps he needs to take in order to come back,” Pau Gasol said. “I don’t think he’s taken...

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...
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