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Often curt and occasionally prone to belittling reporters, Kobe Bryant may never be a media darling.
But the Lakers star has always been a hit with social media, a phenomenon that was highlighted Thursday when Bryant won a pair of NBA Social Media Awards presented by NBA TV.
Bryant won the TrendSetter Award as the player who received the most mentions this season on Twitter, and the Thumbs-Up Award as the player who had the most likes or whose Facebook posts receive the most likes.
The Lakers took home the Social MVT (Most Valuable Team) for having the largest social media footprint during the season.
Jeremy Lin won the Epic Award for favorite game (as voted by fans) during the regular season, which may stoke painful memories for the Lakers since it came against them in a New York Knicks victory on Feb. 12 at Madison Square Garden.
The Clippers also were honored with the Fan Nation Award for being the team with the highest percentage of increased exposure across all platforms, including its players.
One of Blake Griffin's dunks earned the Clippers forward the Got Game Award for favorite play during the regular season.
Among other winners, Denver's JaVale McGee received the LOL Award for the player who had the most sharedliked blooper video during the regular season. No argument there.
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Jeremy Lin and three other players will maintain valuable rights in free agency after an arbitrator's ruling.
The National Basketball Players Association said Friday that arbitrator Kenneth Dam affirmed its position that players claimed off waivers can use their ''Bird'' and ''Early Bird'' rights. The union argued that Lin, Knicks teammate Steve...
The Lin-sanity may continue in New York next season. Arbitrator Kenneth Dam ruled on Friday that players like New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin who had been waived and signed by another team would be able to keep their Early Bird rights in order to re-sign with their current teams. This ruling also affects Lin’s teammate Steve Novak, Chauncey Billups of the Los Angeles...
The Players Association won and so did the New York Knicks after Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak were granted their "early-Bird rights" by an arbitrator, giving the team more financial flexibility this summer.
Friday's ruling by arbitrator Kenneth Damm means that Lin— as well as Novak— will be able to re-sign with the Knicks without the confines of a salary cap.
The NBA has released the list of top-selling jerseys internationally for the first time, and it should probably come as no surprise who tops the first the list. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant tops the list internationally, according to Lakers.com. The exact figures were not released, Bryant's No. 24 sits atop a list of 15 released by the league, a list based on sales at adidas...
Bob spoke to The NY Knicks Blog writer Tommy Dee today. The Emmy winner never gloats, but never backs down either. He talked Phil Jackson and what the Knicks should do with Jeremy Lin. Tommy also...
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He is an NBA legend, a champion many times over, an Olympic gold medalist, and is recognizable almost anywhere on the globe -- Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
Bryant has dazzled crowds, put on legendary performances, and though many sure love to hate him (mainly due to his overwhelming arrogance) there is no doubt he is one of the NBA's most popular and iconic players.
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The Knicks can re-sign Jeremy Lin and still have their mid-level exception to spend.
New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak, Los Angeles Clippers' Chauncey Billups and Portland Trail Blazers' J.J. Hickson secured Bird and early Bird rights in a hearing between the NBA players' association and the league, ESPN New York reported Friday. Arbitrator Kenneth Dam affirmed that players claimed off waivers can retain their valuable Bird and early Bird...