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  1. Kobe Bryant says he’s still looking overseas

    Sep 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    You may have thought after talks broke down (or never really existed) with Besiktas, that the hubub about Kobe Bryant playing overseas would die down. But Bryant loves playing, will never admit that he needs time to rest, and has an insatiable desire to beat other human beings at basketball. So Bryant wants you to…

  2. Brown thinking more Gasol and Bynum, less Kobe for Lakers

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Mike Brown wants what Phil Jackson wanted — the offense to run through the post. Not a Kobe Bryant isolation play or him coming off a high pick, but Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as the hubs of the offense, standing at the high and low block. Will Kobe buy into it? Well, does he…

  3. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  4. Shaq says he told Celtics not to trade Perkins (and talks Kobe)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:09 AM EST

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Shaquille O’Neal feels like a lot of Celtics fans do — that the Celtics shouldn’t have traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the deadline last season. But Shaq went a step farther telling GM Danny Ainge he might not be back and not to make the trade. That’s just one of the interesting things…

  5. Kobe’s twitter account comes. Then goes. But will be back.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Kobe Bryant was the talk of twitter Wednesday night. It’s not the first time, from hitting game winners to just being Kobe in post game conversations he’s been the buzz of twitter. But Wednesday it was because he joined twitter. For about three hours. Then the account was shut down after one tweet (“Can you…

  6. Michael Jordan in the clutch vs. LeBron James

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is not a slam on LeBron James. This is not about who is the better player in the clutch, Michael Jordan or LeBron. Or who is the better player, period (not sure that’s a debate right now). It’s about the attitude Jordan had, what Jordan learned, and what LeBron James needs to pick up…

  7. What the Lakers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Welcome to the first installment of a fun lockout series here at PBT… okay, there nothing is fun about the lockout. It blows. But whenever it ends teams are going to have to scramble to fill holes and make moves. What follows is a discussion of what the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to…

  8. We need a season because it’s now or never for Kobe v. LeBron

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was supposed to be 2009. Whoops, thanks Orlando and your ridiculously hot shooting. Then it was supposed to be 2010. Whoops, Boston strikes again. Then, no, seriously, surely it has to be 2011, we don’t even have the rest of the Cavs to blame it on. Whoops, Dallas denied. And now we’re on the…

  9. Kevin Garnett said he was almost a Laker in 2007

    Sep 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Because it resulted in a ring and because Kevin Garnett is now almost a Boston icon, we forget that he almost didn’t go there. Garnett was being traded in the summer of 2007, having essentially forced his way out of Minnesota as they were going young and he was wildly unhappy. There were plenty of…

  10. Jennings says Kobe isn’t L.A. enough for Drew League

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    The Drew League wants a rematch. The legendary Los Angeles pro-am league flew its best to Washington D.C. to take on the Goodman League and its best lost by one point with some controversial refereeing thrown in. Drew League officials are working to make a rematch happen on the West Coast. As part of that,…

  11. Kevin Love says barnstorming tour of China coming

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    You know Kobe Bryant and other stars have talked about a “barnstorming” tour of China, to make some money and promote their brands if the lockout drags into the season. You also know there are obstacles, because this is China. But something is coming together, Kevin Love told Sports Illustrated. Oh, it’s very real. I…

  12. Drew League to sit down with Kobe about Goodman rematch

    Aug 23, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    After a one-point loss on the wrong coast, Los Angeles-based Drew League players and officials said they wanted a rematch with the Washington D.C.-based Goodman League. This time on their turf. Drew League officials are working to pull together a Sept. 10 event in Los Angeles, which is not a lot of time to get…

  13. Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams working out with Kobe

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

    Derrick Williams

    I don’t know how good No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams is going to be as a pro. Probably pretty good, especially as a scorer, but we don’t know what his ceiling is. Timberwolves fans, this however is a good sign. Monday he is having his first summer workout with Kobe Bryant. Williams tweeted it…

  14. LeBron says he is in for the 2012 Olympics in London

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    There were concerns that if the lockout is still going on next summer (and there is a real chance of that happening) that the best NBA players would stay away because USA Basketball is seen as a David Stern production. But if you think the best players are going to miss the chance to win…

  15. Report: Chinese team still trying to get Kobe… for exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    Kobe Bryant cannot play in a Chinese Basketball Association league game. Last week that league shut down what might have been an NBA influx ruling that only NBA free agents can be signed by Chinese teams. Players under contract — Kobe, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and others — cannot be signed even with…

  16. Brandon Jennings wants a Drew-Goodman rematch, KD says they’ll oblige. Will Kobe join in?

    Aug 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Kevin Durant dropped 44 in the Drew-Goodman showdown Saturday and the Drew League won 135-134. But, as is custom for exhibition games in which the players are not making much if anything at all in a hastily organized game versus an NBA game for which the players get paid millions and which drives the emotions…

  17. Other pro-am league showdowns popping up now

    Aug 19, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    There’s a lot of buzz about the East Coast vs. West Coast showdown Saturday in Washington D.C. — the Drew League vs. the Goodman League. L.A. vs. D.C. It’s about as close to NBA action — Kevin Durant, James Harden, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and others — as you are going to get for a…

  18. Kobe, Lakers donate playoff money to fired team staff

    Aug 19, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    kobe-clutch

    When Phil Jackson left the Lakers, Jim Buss (son of owner Jerry Buss and the guy running the show now) used the chance to clean house. A lot of teams are laying guys off during the lockout, but the Lakers canned 20 people — video guys, long-time front office people, scouts, trainers and more. Some…

  19. Kobe got run at the Drew League in the most Kobe of ways

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    We all knew about the happy ending — Kobe Bryant shows up at the Drew League (the legendary pro-am league in Los Angeles) where a bunch of people who can’t afford to sit close to the floor of a Lakers game got to see him in action. Got to see him score 43 points. Got…

  20. Chinese paper reports Kobe agrees to deal, Kobe denies it

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    UPDATE 2:37 pm: It didn’t take long for Kobe’s people to shoot this idea down. As expected, Kobe’s people deny there is a deal, here is the tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard who talked with a source: Contrary to reports out of China, Kobe hasn’t agreed to deal w/any team, source says. He’s still weighing…

  21. Chinese league moves to block NBA player influx

    Aug 18, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    We’ve been telling you this was coming, and now it’s official. The Chinese Basketball Association has blocked teams from signing any NBA player under contract from coming to the league, according to sports.163.com (via HoopsHype). That means no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade, no Dirk Nowitzki. Chinese league officials put together a list of 108…

  22. Kobe makes plea for players to stand behind union

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    There are owners counting on the players union coming apart at the seams. They are counting on players used to an extravagant lifestyle who, once they miss a couple paychecks, will start putting pressure on union head Billy Hunter to get a deal done fast. A deal on the owners’ terms. (The players would not…

  23. China will vote to curb NBA influx by end of week

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some of the biggest names in the NBA — Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and others — are looking hard at China. There are good reasons for this. First, there is good sponsorship money there (and companies like Nike might help pay to get stars in the world’s largest shoe market). Also, the league doesn’t start…

  24. Kobe Bryant drops 43, hits game winner at Drew League

    Aug 17, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    How big have the summer pro-ams become? A couple of weeks after LeBron James dropped by the Drew League in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant came down Tuesday night and put on a show — he scored 43 points. Then he dropped the game winner in right over James Harden. Vintage Kobe to get frustrated at…

  25. Kobe Bryant denies injuring man in San Diego church

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    As one would expect, Kobe Bryant has denied injuring a man by snatching a cell phone out of his hand in a San Diego church. His attorney issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Mr. Bryant is aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him,” said a statement issued by attorney Mark Campbell, “and…

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