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  1. Report: NBA stars exhibition tour a go, starts in Puerto Rico Saturday

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s on. Eighteen NBA stars — led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard — will be on a two-week exhibition tour of the world. It will start this Saturday in Puerto Rico, a stop that was in doubt 48 hours ago but now everything seems to be a go. That is…

  2. First stop in Kobe, LeBron world tour already in jeopardy

    Oct 24, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    It’s going to happen in some form because the biggest names have signed up — Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and others are in for a six-game world exhibition tour. ESPN’s Ric Bucher reports that 14 players have inked deals. But it’s not that simple to put together a tour, and already…

  3. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  4. Jerry West found Mike Fratello’s offense dull, too

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Jerry West Mike Fratello

    More and more bits from Jerry West’s autobiography are leaking out (here’s a good roundup via KD). With each one, I can’t wait to read the book more and more. While a lot of the anecdotes tie to his time as a player and GM with the Lakers, the Commercial Appeal found some stuff about…

  5. Report: Kobe, LeBron to lead stars on world exhibition tour

    Oct 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    NBA basketball players Wade, Anthony and Paul gesture to fans as they arrive at a promotional event at an outdoor basketball court in Beijing

    We’ve been hearing rumblings and kind of waiting to see when a huge, star player barnstorming tour would gain some traction. One that features Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and many others. It has — and the fact it gets leaked on a key day of NBA labor negotiations is no coincidence…

  6. No Kobe, but looks like Italy may get Andrea Bargnani back

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant for Andrea Bargnani is not a fair trade. Not even in Italy. But it seems to be what has happened — with Kobe out of the picture (save for maybe a “Kobe Cup” tour) it appears Virtus Roma (not the team after Kobe) is close to signing the Raptors forward, according to La…

  7. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

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    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  8. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  9. Report: Garnett, Kobe, Pierce shut down 50/50 talks before deadline on their own

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    you know, in a way, I’m kind of glad for stuff like this. I mean, the lockout had become downright depressing. Both sides were “miles apart” but “ready to make a deal.” We’ve lost games, good games, which may or may not be rescheduled. Both sides seem more interested in rhetoric than progress, and it’s…

  10. Younger players taking brunt of reputation hit during lockout

    Oct 13, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

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    Kobe Bryant is good, don’t worry about him. Dirk Nowitzki’s reputation is at an all-time high. LeBron James’ status isn’t any worse than where it was after his self-inflicted wounds from a year ago. It’s not that the NBA lockout isn’t damaging player reputations — something that will worsen the longer it drags out —…

  11. Italian team asks President Obama to help recruit Kobe

    Oct 13, 2011, 9:10 AM EST

    kobe-obama-420

    Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Italian league club Virtus Bologna, is both a media whore and desperate. He has tried desperately to land Kobe Bryant and gone public with it to get attention every step of the way. Now, with a $2 million offer for one game out there, Sabatini found a way to come…

  12. Report: Kobe Bryant close to $2 million, one-game deal in Italy

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    I’ll believe it when I see him walk on the court in another uniform, but the Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors remain the cockroach of rumors and will not go away. But if it were to happen, this new one-game “Kobe night” rumor makes more sense. That is the latest report out of Italy via…

  13. Kobe wishes he could play with Carmelo Anthony

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Let the New York tabloid speculation begin. Actually, even they likely can’t come up with a reasonable scenario where Kobe Bryant becomes a Knick (not that tabloids make their money on being reasonable). But when asked who Kobe most wants to play with, he named the Knicks Carmelo Anthony (via Hoopsworld). “I would actually like…

  14. Kobe Bryant tells a story that sums up Kwame Brown

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Kwame-Brown

    Kobe Bryant finally won his NBA MVP trophy during the 2007-08 season. But frankly he deserved it more the couple years before that. If you watched the post Shaq-trade Lakers, Kobe carried that team. Bynum was raw and learning, Lamar Odom was inconsistent (some things never change) and Kobe dragged a team that STARTED Kwame…

  15. Italian squad down to offering Kobe one game contract

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    It looks like the ride on the Kobe Bryant publicity train is almost over for Italian club Virtus Bologna, but the team is going public trying to milk it for all its worth. Not that they didn’t want him — they re-arranged the league’s schedule to help facilitate his arrival. It’s just that it was…

  16. Manu Ginobili not going to Italy as Kobe’s replacement

    Oct 5, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    It’s the rumor that has been floating around out of Italy — if Kobe Bryant doesn’t sign with Virtus Bologna, the team will ink Manu Ginobili to a deal. Kobe described his plans in Italy as “up in the air” at the labor talks Tuesday in New York, but Ginobili is not on board. Not…

  17. Are owners, players closer to a deal than it seems? Maybe.

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:44 PM EST

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    David Stern spent a lot of his post-negotiating session Tuesday trying to make a point — that the players walked away from a fair deal, a 50/50 split of “basketball related income.” It felt like spin at the time, in part because it was an informal concept and part just how Stern portrayed it. Well,…

  18. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett show up for NBA labor talks

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    When you think of the cool, level-headed NBA players you want in the room while the most sensitive of NBA labor negotiations take place, who comes to mind? Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, of course. They were two of the NBA players who showed up Tuesday in Manhattan (New York, not Kansas) for Tuesday’s big…

  19. Expect a “fairly careful” Kobe Bryant to play in Italy

    Oct 4, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Talks are moving along for Kobe Bryant to play for Virtus Bologna in the Italian League — if the NBA labor talks stall out in New York, Kobe might really make the jump. Just don’t expect the full Kobe Bryant. Part of what makes Kobe “Kobe” is an unrelenting drive and desire to win every…

  20. Video: Kobe’s Italian movie trailer (for Nike, of course)

    Oct 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    Got to say this for Nike — that is one awesome marketing department. Out of Nike’s Italian sportswear division comes this beauty of a movie trailer for “Milano Kalibro Kobe.” Which is interesting because Kobe was not going to play in Milan…. unless Nike knows something we don’t. Honestly, I’d see this movie. Subtitles or…

  21. Italian league working “intensely” to rearrange schedule for Kobe

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    If only the sense of urgency and willingness to compromise we see from the Italian league in efforts to bring in Kobe Bryant could be seen from the NBA and its players union in talks to end the lockout. Because in Italy they are doing whatever it takes to get a deal done. We told…

  22. Kobe’s knee work was more cutting edge than we thought

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    We know that Kobe Bryant is playing on knees that have about as much cartilage left as knee as Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has money left. The difference is Kobe is smart about it, and is trying to figure out how to make what he has left last. Hence the trip to Germany this summer…

  23. Report: Kobe working on deal with entire Italian League to play for Virtus Bologna

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

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    It’s hard to buy into any talk of Kobe Bryant playing overseas after the debacle with Turkish team Besiktas. And just like with Besiktas, it’s team officials who are blabbing too much for Italian club Virtus Bologna, threatening to undermine their own chances of landing the five-time NBA champion. But according to Yahoo!, Kobe’s invested…

  24. Other Italian league players plan special welcome for Kobe

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It looks more and more like the plans to get Kobe Bryant playing in Italy are dead in the water. Unless some incentive is found for other teams in the league to re-arrange their schedules to accommodate Virtus Bologna — so the team can get more games in larger venues while Bryant is there —…

  25. Are NBA’s biggest stars underpaid? Actually, yes.

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Is Kobe Bryant underpaid at $25 million next season? What about LeBron James at $16 million? Dirk Nowitzki at $19 million? Dwayne Wade at $15.5 million? Yes, actually they are. A bunch of teachers, firemen, nurses and other hardworking people just cursed my name. If I were on a stage tomatoes would come flying out…

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