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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...

Lakers waive Dairus Johnson-Odom; roster now stands at 16 players

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Darius Johnson-Odom, it was announced today by the team. Johnson-Odom was selected by the Lakers in the 2012 NBA draft and was cut last season, yet the purple and gold signed the athletic guard to their training camp roster. It is somewhat strange timing for the Lakers to make the move seeing as they are still in China and will play a game...

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 […]

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 Injury Update: Jordan Farmar and Wesley Johnson will play in Shanghai on Friday

via L.A. Times So far this pre-season, Jordan Farmar has only played in one game due to a calf injury – the team’s opening contest against the Golden State Warriors at the beginning of the month. Wesley Johnson hasn’t done much better, appearing on only one full game and a part of another before hurting his foot. Now, at last, both Farmar and Johnson are good to go Friday in...

The Los Angeles Lakers : A Square Peg Trying to Fit in the Round Hole of the Western Conference

  At this time last year, Los Angeles Laker fans were jumping for joy as Dwight Howard joined the team. People were penciling them in to play Miami in the NBA Finals.  Needless to say, it was a failure.  Dwight struggled with health issues and trying to find his niche with the team and left after one year, Mike Brown was fired after a handful of games and Mike “NO D” Antoni...

VIDEO: Nick Young gets up court quickly after steal and throws down dunk in transition

This is where the Lakers are a little different this year. Last season, the purple and gold didn’t really have a guy who could change ends quickly and then finish strong with a dunk. Metta World Peace, who obviously has strengths in other areas, is just too slow at this point in his career to pull off a fast break effectively in order to land his team some easy points. Nick Young...

Lakers waive guard Johnson-Odom

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Darius Johnson-Odom, trimming their training camp roster to 16 players. The Lakers announced the move Wednesday. Johnson-Odom was a second-round draft pick by Los Angeles in 2012. He played in four games for the Lakers last season, spending most of the year in the D-League and Russia. Johnson-Odom played in three preseason games with the...

Video: Nick Young nets backwards half-court shot before exhibition game in Shanghai

Tweet Nick Young has developed a reputation over his time in the NBA as quite the scorer. His shot selection shows no remorse and he’ thinks he can make any shot on the floor. Let’s hope this shot that he hit before one of the Lakers’ preseason games in Shanghai doesn’t throw his confidence even further into the realm of irrationality...

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...

VIDEO: Nick Young throws down the fast break alley-oop in Shanghai

Swaggy Shanghai. After throwing down a dunk in transition just moments earlier, Nick Young again was wowing the Chinese crowd after Chris Kaman created a turnover. Steve Blake pushed the ball and, over the top of the defense, found a running Young who threw down the ball to complete the alley-oop slam. The crowd erupted. Young was all smiles. Good to see. .bottom-of-post-responsive...

2011/12 NBA Preview Haiku: Los Angeles Lakers

  High flying slam dunks, gorgeous crossovers, a beautifully executed give and go - basketball is an art form.  So, with that in mind, The Hoops Manifesto is putting an artistic twist on your run of the mill NBA team previews: our previews for all 30 NBA teams will take the form of a haiku.  Next up: Los Angeles Lakers  

ESPN Ranks Kobe Bryant #25

Chris Bosh is ahead of Kobe Bryant in rankings. What rankings you might ask? ESPN NBA Player Rankings. Bosh is listed 24 as well for Bryant his listed 25. This is “BLASPHEMOUS” as Stephen A. Smith would say. Really? 25th? I personally would have put Bryant easily no debate in top 10. The media often fuels Bryant so why do they want to spark a fire? Last season, Kobe Bryant finished...

Dwight Howard says his decision to leave the Lakers was inspired by Batman

With his latest explanation as to why he decided to not re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and instead join the Houston Rockets organization, it certainly seems like Dwight Howard is attempting to co-opt the entire DC Comics superhero universe, leaving only secondary characters for the rest of his NBA colleagues. Why? Because Howard, already […]The post Dwight Howard says his...

Kobe had to fight back tears when he returned to the Staples Center

As he limps out, center Dwight Howard cruises in. “What the f— is going on?” Bryant asks a trainer. “Dwight got ejected,” he is informed. In the retelling, Bryant waits eight seconds to utter another word, looking as if he might literally bite his tongue. “Sports have a funny way of doing s— like that,” he says. L.A. is about to be swept and Howard is about to leave...
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