Lowry gets 25 in Raptors' 105-97 preseason win over Lakers

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMarre Carroll added 10 points and six rebounds in the Toronto Raptors' 105-97 preseason win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Kobe Bryant suited up for his third straight preseason game and scored 16 points at Citizens Business Bank Arena in just over 20 minutes of play, a number that coach Byron Scott said was...
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Sam Mitchell gave Tyus Jones hilarious advice on defending Russell Westbrook

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell clearly believes in teaching through experience. This is the guy, of course, who let Kobe Bryant drop 81 points on his team, refusing to switch defensive coverages despite his team's apparent inability to stop Bryant.So when going over the Timberwolves' game plan with rookie Tyus Jones, Mitchell had some simple advice on how to stop Oklahoma...
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Editor: ‘Players Tribune is becoming an athletic community’

An excerpt on my latest column for Poynter: ****** When The Players’ Tribune issued a release it had hired Kevin Durant as its new deputy publisher last week, it prompted the usual jokes on social media and elsewhere. USA Today even did a post noting that Kobe Bryant, who holds the title of editorial director for The Players’ Tribune, can’t be happy about Durant leapfrogging...
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Marcus Smart: Better NBA player than Kobe Bryant?

Celtics fans will love this one.  Today, ESPN.com released No. 81-90 of its #NBArank feature.  Boston's second-year point guard Marcus Smart checked in at No. 85: Up 72 spots from last season, @smart_MS3 is No. 85 in this year's #NBArank. pic.twitter.com/r2p36waHcI — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 8, 2015Yesterday, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was given the 93rd spot in the rankings...
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Execs Expect Kobe Bryant To Have Limited NBA Options If He Leaves Lakers In 2016

If Kobe Bryant decides to continue his career in the NBA and is unable to agree upon a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league insiders say his available options are likely to be slim. One executive mentioned the New York Knicks and another brought up the Los Angeles Clippers as teams possibly interested in signing Bryant. "The problem that Kobe has that's different from anybody...
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Ronda Rousey offers Kobe Bryant advice on his potential retirement

As Kobe Bryant embarks on his 20th NBA season, questions are swirling whether this will be his last playing basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers as retirement seems to be a serious option. UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is still at the peak of her career, but she's often asked about retirement because of her dominance over the women's division, not to mention her new career...
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Los Angeles Lakers-Kobe Bryant making Strides

After a disappointing first preseason game Kobe Bryant looked and played almost entirely different in last night’s overtime loss to the Utah Jazz. In his first outing after having spent approximately 9 months on the disabled list as a result of a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder Bryant looked disappointing to say the least. The 37 year old star played 35 games games in the...
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Report: Only one out of 24 league insiders think the Lakers should bring Kobe back

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has always been a polarizing figure, but it seems the public opinion regarding him -- at least in NBA circles -- is tilting more towards the negative end of the spectrum. According to a report by ESPN.com, only one of the 24 "league insiders" -- team executives, agents, scouts, etc. -- who were surveyed for the article believe it's in the...
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Lakers' D'Angelo Russell after glute injury: 'I feel fine'

The Los Angeles Lakers’ flashed before the franchise’s eyes on Tuesday night. As they watched rookie D’Angelo Russell lay on the floor after a collision with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, memories of Julius Randle going down against the Houston Rockets and Kobe Bryant having his season end early in three consecutive seasons crept into the team’s psyche. Was this really happening...
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Kobe Bryant on Julius Randle: ‘Lamar Odom in Zach Randolph’s body’

Lakers forward Julius Randle has never really gotten a chance to fully show off his stuff ever since The Curse of David Stern’s Veto claimed another victim and he broke his right leg in the Lakers’ regular season opener last year. But with the former No. 7 overall pick heading into the 2015-16 campaign with...Read More
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Kobe Bryant: Julius Randle is 'Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body'

We've seen the second-fiddle version of Kobe Bryant when he was winning titles with Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson. We've seen the cold-blooded, laser-focused version of Bryant when he was the unquestioned alpha dog on the Los Angeles Lakers. And we've heard stories of Bryant making teammates cry. But in 2015-16, we're seeing a whole new version of the future Hall of Famer --...
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One way or another, this Kobe Bryant ranking will probably upset you

Ranking all of the NBA's players is an annual rite of fall. As another season of professional basketball starts, it's always fun to take stock of just who the best players in the league are.And no player raises more ire every year with his ranking than Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. With so many diehard fans of Bryant and the Lakers on one side and so many people who view...
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Kobe Bryant On Former Kentucky Star Julius Randle: “He’s Lamar Odom In Zach Randolph’s Body”

After being picked seventh overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, former Kentucky star Julius Randle wound up missing virtually his entire rookie season, breaking his right tibia just 14 minutes into the Los Angeles Lakers’ first game. Randle is back, playing for the Lakers in the preseason, and so far, he’s been impressive. Last night in a preseason game against Utah, Randle filled...
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Kobe Bryant's goal this season: Stay healthy in 'unchartered territory'

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has accepted the fact that the final chapter in his storied 20-year career is out of his control.He has worked his tail off to rehab and recover from an assortment of injuries over the past few years, and yet, his career can be over in the blink of eye. No player is more mentally or physically prepared for the toll of an 82-game season than...
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End of an era for the Los Angeles Lakers?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24), center, sits with his teammates on the bench during the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 4. 2015, in Honolulu. Bryant only played in the first quarter of the game. The Jazz defeated the Lakers 91-71. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) Will it or will it not be Kobe Bryant’s last season? The Lakers have said they...
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Recap From the Lakers’ First Preseason Game

The NBA season is finally upon us. With the first preseason game of what fans hope will be a part of a long and prosperous season, fans of the Los Angeles Lakers were finally treated to a live contest for the first time in months. As meaningless as preseason games may be, Sunday night’s matchup against the Utah Jazz was intriguing  for a multitude of reasons. For one, superstar...
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He's baaack -- Kobe makes preseason debut for Lakers in Hawaii

  Kobe Bryant scored five points in his first action since undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers' 90-71 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Bryant was 1 of 5 from the field, with his only made basket coming on a 3-pointer from the left corner. He made both of his free throw attempts. Bryant hadn't played since logging nearly 30 minutes at New Orleans...
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Bryant returns as Jazz beat Lakers 90-71 in preseason

HONOLULU (AP) Kobe Bryant scored five points in his first action since undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers' 90-71 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Bryant was 1 of 5 from the field, with his only made basket coming on a 3-pointer from the left corner. He made both of his free throw attempts. Derrick Favors had 16 points and nine rebounds for...
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Mamba back: Watch Kobe Bryant knock down his 1st shot in over 8 months

The Los Angeles Lakers lost their first preseason game of 2015 to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, but there was a sight for sore eyes that was bigger than the result. Kobe Bryant was back on the court -- starting at small forward, in fact, with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson starting at the guard spots.Bryant finished with just 5 points on 1-for-5 shooting in 12 minutes, but...
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Kobe Bryant may play small forward this season

Kobe Bryant is being tested at the small forward position during training camp by Lakers coach Byron Scott. The Lakers’ first training camp runthrough saw Bryant play the wing with D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, according to the Orange County Register’s Bill Oram. Scott’s reasoning is quite simple. The objective is to...Read More
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D’Angelo Russell Has the Right Mentality, but his Play Must Back up his Attitude

Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell during a workout in Hawaii on Tuesday. (Marco Garcia / Associated Press) Whether he likes it or not, D’Angelo Russell has been given the task of rebuilding the Los Angeles Lakers into a championship contender. When a player is selected in the top five, the expectation is for that individual to become the face of the franchise. In the City of Angels...
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Kobe Bryant faces off against Alex Morgan in FIFA 16 commercial

Outside of basketball, soccer might be the most popular sport in the current world that we live in and Lakers star Kobe Bryant is a huge soccer fan. Recently, Kobe and USA women’s soccer star Alex Morgan starred in an EA Sports commercial for their popular soccer video game, FIFA 16. Watch as Kobe and Alex face off on the virtual soccer pitch: *** Kobe Bryant faces Alex Morgan...
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Hangin’ with Mr. Kobe: Los Angeles Lakers 2015-16 Season Preview

Less than five minutes into the Los Angeles Lakers media day, the internet was flooded with images of a 37-year-old Kobe Bryant, once again donning the legendary purple and gold that he is now about to wear for a 20th consecutive season. At the same time, hyped Summer League sensation D’Angelo Russell put on the same colors for the first time. Welcome to the 2015-16 edition of...
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NBA veteran Caron Butler is addicted to Mountain Dew

14 year NBA veteran Caron Butler has had to deal with his fair share of challenges in life. Butler grew up in a rough neighborhood, spent time in jail as minor, and had to work his tail off to become an NBA All-Star.But now Caron Butler is dealing with a new challenge: his severe addiction to Mountain Dew."I'm a Mountain Dew addict," Butler has said in reference to promoting his...
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Forget pacing himself -- Kobe Bryant's workouts have already been insane

Kobe Bryant is supposed to be taking it easy. So what does the 37-year-old superstar do? How about wake up at the crack of dawn and go through a grueling individual workout to help strengthen his surgically repaired right shoulder. Then get to practice a couple hours and get more shots up. And then, of course, participate in a two-and-a-half hour practice, which is specifically...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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