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The Latest: Kobe gets a set of Jordans as a retirement gift

TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local): --- 10:30 a.m. Kobe Bryant has gotten one impressive retirement gift from Michael Jordan. The Jordan Brand gave Bryant a full set of the sneakers released so far in the Air Jordan line - 30 pairs in all. The gift was presented early Saturday at the Jordan Brand All-Star...
Via AP on Fox
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Kobe’s all-star farewell

All-Star games are pretty boring, thought the NBA game has it’s moments at times. With Kobe Bryant getting to say farewell the game will be even more ridiculous. How many shots will Kobe miss?
Via The Scores Report
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Rick Fox needs only one word to describe his favorite Kobe Bryant memory

TORONTO, ON. — When Rick Fox joined the Lakers in 1997, Kobe Bryant was only a second-year player. He was a prospect, a 19-year-old at the start of the season. When Fox retired as a Laker in 2004, Kobe was a star, a three-time champ. He was a different person.That's why it was no surprise that Fox needed only one word to describe his favorite Bryant memory when asked for it after...
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It's Kobe's world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend

TORONTO (AP) Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. He announced plans to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, thanked fans from Japan and even asked a reporter how to say a phrase in Mandarin. It all made perfect sense. The basketball world belongs to Bryant, at least...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant told a joke in Spanish at his last All-Star Game Media Day

Kobe Bryant went through the last All-Star Game Media Day of his career on Friday in Toronto, and it was quite eventful.He got a retirement gift from a Japanese media member and the nicest possible compliment from LeBron James.The most impressive part of Kobe's press conference, though, had to be when he dropped a joke in fluent Spanish.A rough translation of what Kobe said: "In...
Via Fox Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant receives great gift from ‘media’ member

Kobe Bryant has likely received thousands upon thousands of gifts throughout his legendary NBA career, but you can bet the one he received from a “media” member on Friday was unique. Baxter Holmes of ESPN shared this image, showing off the a picture of the gift, which one assumes is supposed to be Bryant wearing a Black Mamba-themed samurai outfit, complete with dual katanas...
Via Sportsnaut
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kobe gets awesome All-Star farewell gift from Japanese reporter

Kobe Bryant is no Shaquille O'Neal when it comes to nicknames. He's got Black Mamba, and Vino was once en vogue. Well, add one more: Samurai Kobe.During Friday's All-Star Game media session on Friday at Toronto, Bryant was surrounded by a massive group of reporters, even by Kobe standards, eager to talk to one of the all-time greats for one last time in an All-Star setting.One of...
Via Fox Sports
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The top NBA All-Star moments since 2000

NBA All-Star Weekend has a rich history and a plethora of unforgettable NBA All-Star moments, from the memorable dunk contests featuring Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb and Dr. J, to name a few, to the three-point competition in which Larry Bird called game before the game even started. Since All-Star Weekend history is usually reserved for the older crowd, we here...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

(This article originally appeared here and was re-printed with permission from Sports-Reference.com.) The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming up this weekend in Toronto and whether you're looking forward to Kobe's final All-Star start, want to see Steph and Kawhi play on the same team, or just happen to be a really big Sting fan, there's plenty to watch for this year. But this...
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Reggie Miller explains why he's hated Kobe Bryant for 16 years

With Kobe Bryant set to play in his 18th and final All-Star Game, the memories and stories of the Los Angeles Lakers legend are pouring in from all over the basketball world.In Reggie Miller's case, he has an extremely tortured relationship with Bryant."I hate him because, in 2000 when we battled for a championship, he was just too good," Miller told USA Today. "Obviously, along...
Via Fox Sports
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Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

While Shaquille O’Neal likes former teammate Kobe Bryant’s chances at winning a record fifth All-Star MVP, it doesn’t appear as though Kobe is at all concerned with winning the prestigious honor. O’Neal got the ball rolling earlier this week, implying that Bryant will go for the award. “If he can find his stroke and get it going a little bit, I can guarantee you he’s...
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Kobe Bryant Top 100 Dunks of All-Time

Over his 20 year career, LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has had a ton of amazing dunks. To help us all narrow down some of his most memorable moments in the air. Max Frishberg put together a supercut of the best 100 dunks from the Black Mamba of all-time. Get some popcorn, cancel all your calls and watch this epic dunk fest! The post Kobe Bryant Top 100 Dunks of All-Time appeared...
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Byron Scott: D’Angelo Russell’s immaturity ‘at times’ a problem

Byron Scott has made it clear that he is not the world’s biggest fan of rookie D’Angelo Russell. Russell has been benched multiple times late in games, including once recently for “trying to take over.” The logic doesn’t make much sense if you’re trying to groom a No. 2 overall pick and future franchise cornerstone, but such is life. Given Scott’s rocky relationship...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Kobe, LeBron share court as Cavaliers beat Lakers 120-111

CLEVELAND (AP) With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own. One on one. ''It was just a lot of mutual respect,'' James said of the embrace. ''Sometimes what is known doesn't need to be said.'' The two superstars shared the same floor in Cleveland for the final time on Wednesday night as the Cavaliers, despite playing...
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Minnesota women’s basketball player attracts attention from Kobe Bryant

Senior guard Rachel Banham of the Minnesota Gophers tied an NCAA record on Sunday Feb. 7, putting up 60 points against rival Northwestern, surpassing her previous record of 39 points. This allowed the Gophers to go on to win, 112-106, in double overtime. Banham’s 60 point game demolished the previous Big 10 women’s single-game scoring record and tied the NCAA record set in...
Via Campus Sports Net
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Here’s how close the Lakers came to trading Kobe Bryant in 2007

Kobe Bryant will retire after this season having played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, but a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst suggests that in an alternate universe he could be winding down his career as a Bull or a Piston or even a Cavalier. Windhorst reports that the Lakers agreed to a deal with the Pistons that would have sent Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton...
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The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

It was supposed to be basketball’s next great rivalry — one born in the spirit of Magic-Bird, Chamberlain-Russell and Jordan-Isiah. In the mid-2000s, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant ruled the NBA on opposite sides of the country. Bryant was the three-time champion and consummate gunner who never met a shot he wouldn’t take, and James was the one who got his teammates involved...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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Report: Lakers once tried to trade Kobe for LeBron

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are frequently compared to each other, but did you know that the Lakers once tried to trade their star for James? According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Lakers called the Cavaliers in the summer of 2007 to see if they were interested in a swap of players. Though the report sounds blasphemous, you have to recall the context. It was during that time...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Which job is better, the Knicks or the Lakers?

Two of the most iconic NBA franchises will need new head coaches next season. The New York Knicks fired Derek Fisher, somewhat surprisingly, and it would be nothing less than positively stunning if the Los Angeles Lakers renewed Byron Scott’s contract. That Scott has “outlived” Fisher, Lionel Hollins, Jeff Hornacek and supposedly George Karl incredible, and leaves one to wonder...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: ‘Strong belief’ Phil Jackson eventually returns to Lakers

There is a “strong belief” within the NBA that Phil Jackson will eventually leave the Knicks to head back to the Lakers, according to a report. Adrian Wojarnowski of the Vertical shed light on the firing of Derek Fisher, and included is one tidbit: Jackson’s Knicks tenure, many believe, isn’t going to be long-term. “There’s still a strong belief Jackson will eventually...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would Phil Jackson ditch the New York Knicks to return home with the Los Angeles Lakers? It might not be as outlandish as some would think. The Knicks are in a world of hurt right now, having canned head coach Derek Fisher after falling well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference by way of losing nine out of their last 10 games. This throws Jackson under the spotlight...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

‘Emotional’ LeBron eager to face Kobe Wednesday

With Kobe Bryant’s season-long swan song in full swing and LeBron James only having three more opportunities to face the Los Angeles Lakers icon before it’s all said and done, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar admitted he gets “emotional” whenever he watches the retiring legend play. “Anytime I even watch his games, even when I’m not playing him, it’s always, like...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBron James Says Kobe Bryant Gave Him a Pair of His Sneakers When He Was in High School

The Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in what will be the final time LeBron James will face off against Kobe Bryant on his home floor in Cleveland. Since Bryant plans to retire after this season, James started reminiscing on some of his favorite Black Mamba moments over the years, and he ended up telling a pretty cool story we'd...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul George on how he got by Kobe Bryant: ‘He is old’ (VIDEO)

At 37 years of age, Kobe Bryant probably shouldn’t be guarding Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George. Even one time is one too many. With the Lakers leading 84-83 and under a minute remaining in Monday night’s game, the Pacers smartly put the ball in George’s hands. George, who was being guarded by Bryant on the play, blew by his counterpart and banked home a layup after being...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

The Pacers defended their home court on Monday, beating the Lakers 89-87 thanks in part to some late game heroics from Paul George. George scored 14 points in the first half, but was quiet for much of the second half. All seven of his points in the second half came with less than two minutes to go. Two of those points came when George got the ball beyond the three-point and drove...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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