Found September 13, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Kobe Bryant admitted on Wednesday that he's been thinking about the inevitable. My career is winding down, Kobe said during his annual news conference at My Friend's Place, a shelter and education center for people who are currently homeless. And at the end of my career, I don't want to just look back and just say that I had a successful career because of the number of championships I've won. There's something else that you have to do with that. I don't want to be too cheesy and quote Spiderman, but with great power comes great responsibility, and that's something I'm trying to live by. Bryant and his wife Vanessa became involved with My Friend's Place a little over one year ago, when they were driving home after a game at Staples Center and noticed the overwhelming number of people without permanent shelter or food. Just a couple blocks from where I work and where I spend a lot of time there were people struggling just to find a place to sleep, Bryant said at the time. I felt I wanted to step in and do something to help and that's why I teamed up with My Friend's Place. The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation has helped with refurbishing the showers at My Friend's Place and purchased new furniture and paint for the facility. As he said when he first got involved, the Bryant family is all in. Homelessness isn't a topical or popular issue, said the Lakers' future Hall of Famer, and that's why you have to get your hands dirty a little, and it's not something celebrities usually rally around. This is something that we're going to change. And Bryant has been extremely hands-on with the mechanics of change, spending time with the homeless, listening to their stories and providing encouragement to keep going and turn their lives around. Last night, I spent time at the (Los Angeles) Mission and down on Skid Row, Kobe reported, and I spent some time with the people who are living on the streets. It was very emotional. They told me about their backgrounds, how they ended up in this position and what's going on inside of them. You can almost see that switch go on, when they decide they want to change their life, turn their life around, and it gave me great perspective. It's easy to say 'hey, you're homeless; you made a bad decision, so it's your fault. But in life we all make mistakes. And to let someone continue to live like that isn't right and it isn't fair. We all make mistakes. His foundation is also involved in building eight brand new housing units so families or individuals who spend most of their time sleeping on hard concrete and going without the basic amenities of life are able to get out of that situation. This way, Bryant said, no kid or no person gets turned away, and they'll be welcomed with open arms and be made to feel at home. And we'll continue to move forward and expend what we're doing. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky was also at the news conference, and he cited some jarring statistics about homelessness in Los Angeles. At any one time, there are 45-50,000 homeless people every night, Yaroslavsky said. About eighteen percent are veterans of our Armed Forces, and close to ten percent are transition-age youth. It's a national shame; a national stain on our country that we have so many people in any community that are homeless. Most politicians don't get involved in the homeless issue, because it doesn't get you a lot of votes. You only do it because it's the right thing to do. That's why having Kobe and Vanessa Bryant not only giving their resources, but their celebrity as well, to this issue makes it cool to deal with the homeless issue of Los Angeles. And it's something Kobe and Vanessa plan to stay involved with for a very long time. Absolutely. Why not? Bryant said when asked if he would continue this type of work once he retires. It's going to be a long fight and we're in it for the long haul. Everybody is going to have to sacrifice to get this done.

Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Looking to Sign Leandro Barbosa, Should Consider Other Options

Despite the Lakers’ headline-grabbing offseason moves that put together the best starting five in the NBA, GM Mitch Kupchak is still busy solidifying a somewhat thin Lakers’ bench.  The Lakers are set at point guard, shooting guard, and power forward, not in terms of talent but in terms of players that have guaranteed roster spots. [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Lakers have bad news about Howard

The Lakers say center Dwight Howard won't finish his rehabilitation from back surgery in time for the start of training camp or Los Angeles' first preseason game. The Lakers gave an update on the newly acquired center's condition on their website Thursday night. Howard recently began working with the Lakers' training staff on his recovery from spinal surgery in...

Van Gundy details awkward presser

Stan Van Gundy took some time to give his perspective on his role in the bizarre press conference with Dwight Howard, one of the most awkward scenes of recent memory.

Dwight Howard Still Not Expected to Be Ready for Start of Lakers Camp

Dwight Howard still is not expected to be ready for the start of training camp. And, well, that is all. Howard, who joined the Lakers as part of a four-team trade last month, is rehabbing from surgery in April to address a herniated disk. At the time of the trade, it was reported that Howard would miss the start of the 2012-13 season. Since training camp happens before the season...

Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Hire 3 Assistant Coaches to Mike Brown’s Staff

Lakers’ General Manager Mitch Kupchak has announced the addition of three new assistant coaches to Mike Brown’s staff. Eddie Jordan, Steve Clifford and Bernie Bickerstaff will join the Lakers staff this year. Eddie Jordan, a former NBA player and head coach, played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1980-1983, helping them win the 1982 NBA [...] [[ This is a content summary only...

Abdul-Jabbar makes 'Guys with Kids' cameo

Axe-Man: Want a 10-foot tall Steve Nash-themed guitar? Got $10,000? (photo)

Steve Nash always has been a beloved basketball player during his many stops on his NBA tour, and while it appears to only be a decorative piece as an accomplished professional musician would have to be 20-feet-tall to wield it and take it on a tour of his or her own, for$10,000, one of his [...]

Lakers confirm Dwight Howard won’t be ready for training camp or start of preseason

I’ve been voicing the same concern regarding Dwight Howard- whether it was Dwight with the Lakers or elsewhere – what’s up with his back? As expected, the Lakers had an evaluation of Howard at their facilities this week and confirmed that he will miss both training camp and preseason. But this shouldn’t be cause for [...]

Barbosa a Laker? Maybe

Could it be that the Lakers aren't done bolstering their bench? Probably.According to SportingNews' Sean Deveney, 9-year veteran Leandro Barbosa could end up with the already revamped Lakers. In the article, Barbosa expresses his patience in his decision due to his desire to be "in the right place" rather than his salary dictates the city he'll end up playing...

Picture: For $10,000 you can have a Steve Nash painted guitar

  It’s never too early to begin Christmas shopping especially if you have a Steve Nash fan you have to find a present for. Oh, and if they play guitar, then this may be the mega jackpot. It’s a 10-foot guitar that has a Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash painted on it and it’s ONLY $10,000! [...]

Former Spur Horry not sold on Lakers

While the 2012-13 season is still over a month away from tipoff, many NBA fans and pundits have been quick to name the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat the participants of the 2013 NBA Finals. If only it were that easy. Among those that are skeptical of the Lakers' Finals chances are former San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry, who had a few Finals appearances in...

Cuban on Lakers: Winning the summer means nothing

You know how it goes. A team acquires a player, and there is a rush to analyze the move and declare immediate winners and losers. The L.A. Lakers were declared big winners this summer for their acquisitions of two marquee guys in Steve Nash and... oh... what's his name. It is yet another "super team" that's expected to become an instant contender. But...

Guess who’s not impressed with the Los Angeles Lakers? Mark Cuban

  I get Mark Cuban, I truly do. Mark Cuban is all about making the Dallas Mavericks out to be more than what they are, and at the same time that means downplaying other teams. You know, like saying the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t that big of deal although they have the best center in [...]
Lakers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.