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OKLAHOMA CITY -- I was thinking, as I watched L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant on Monday, how little it mattered his 33 years, his fading youth. Whatever else has faded, Kobe still has that ability to bend a basketball court to his will, to make us say wow, to dominate like few since Jordan.
And so he reminded us again Monday.
Here was a guy fighting for his legacy, for his sixth ring, acknowledging he is 33 and the uncertainty that brings and yet unwilling to concede anything because of age. He scored 42 points and fought and attacked, even long after defeat was guaranteed.
Being media, we immediately attached narrative to this 106-90 loss that sent the Lakers to another early offseason. We had seen a changing of the guard, after all. The young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder were ascending to the Western Conference finals and Kobe and his Lakers time had passed, or so we tried to say.
Kobe was having none of this, refusing as always to be defined by others limits.
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Kobe Bryant called out Pau Gasol after the Lakers' Game 4 loss to the Thunder, saying Oklahoma City is leaving him open and he needs to be more aggressive with the ball.
After shooting 2-10 in the fourth quarter and watching his team blow a 13-point lead with 8 minutes to play against the Thunder in Game 4, Kobe Bryant: a) admitted he shot poorly and took the blame for the loss or b) talked about what his teammates did wrong and what they need to do better.
If you guessed “b,” then you know your Kobe.
“The shots that I took were tough shots...
Kobe Bryant sounded defiant after the Lakers' 106-90 season-ending loss in Game 5 against Oklahoma City.
The Thunder held off 42 points from Kobe Bryant last night to close out the series in 5 games. They now await the red hot San Antonio Spurs. Despite the success of the Thunder, there was tragedy last night following the game. There have been reportedly at least 8 people shot and a pregnant woman [...]
Last night the Thunder ousted the L.A. Lakers from the NBA playoffs. I can't say I'm disappointed. I CAN say I'm pretty happy about that. I dislike Kobe Bryant so much as a human being that I find it impossible to root for him. Yes, I'm a girl. I have a hard time separating a player's personal behavior with his athlete's persona. Don't even get me started...
The Thunder held off 42 points from Kobe Bryant last night to close out the series in 5 games. They now await the red hot San Antonio Spurs. Despite the success of the Thunder, there was tragedy last night following the game. There have been reportedly at least 8 people shot & a pregnant woman [...]
Kobe Bryant criticized Pau Gasol for throwing away a pass with 33.9 seconds remaining in the Lakers' 103-100 loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES –The Lakers bench players either shook their heads in disbelief, let their jaws drop or tried to bury themselves in the palms on their hands as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant drained a fatal 3-point blow to seal Game 4.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Los Angeles Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak met with the media following two days of exit interviews and provided answers to a couple of pertinent questions about the Purple and Gold.
One, Kobe Bryant asking to do his exit interview away from the team's offices didn't mean the superstar was in showdown mode, ready to make demands of management...
The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma CIty Thunder will do battle with a spot to the NBA Finals on the line. The Thunder were able to send the Los Angeles Lakers home last night with a 106-90 victory to close out the series in five games. Despite 42 points from Kobe Bryant, it was too much Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to send the Thunder to their second straight Conference...