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  1. Kobe Bryant to play Monday despite missing shootaround

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 5:43 pm: Like we didn’t all know this is how the story would end. Kobe was the first Laker to the arena Monday and was putting up shots, according to the twitter account of Dave McMenamin with ESPNLosAngeles. He’s going to play. Of course he’s going to play. Did you really expect anything else?…

  2. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  3. Magic play some defense, Lakers miss some shots, Magic cruise

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol

    If you came into this game thinking the Lakers win in Boston was a mirage and they still can’t beat elite teams consistently, you watched this game and felt vindicated. You shouldn’t. If you believe that the Orlando Magic are elite despite recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics (and even Hornets), that they…

  4. Kobe Bryant is open to playing in Italy in the event of a lockout

    Feb 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Anyone familiar with Kobe Bryant‘s mythology is aware that he spent a significant amount of his childhood in Italy while his father played ball there. He speaks fluent Italian, and has demonstrated a very real love of the country in past interviews. It turns out he’s so receptive to the country, he’s amiable to the…

  5. Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around. Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here. Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking…

  6. Phil Jackson bids farewell to Madison Square Garden

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    This last tour around the NBA for Phil Jackson has not really been all that filled with fanfare. Probably because he insulted every city he’s been in, then his teams went out and generally stomped the opponent. Not the way one generates a lot of love. But Madison Square Garden, that’s different. That’s where he…

  7. Is Kobe Bryant clutch? You want to bet on it?

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Remember the debate last week about whether or not Kobe Bryant is clutch? With the numbers saying he and he Lakers are really just slightly above average in that situation? Kobe’s been down that road before and had an answer when asked about it by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. “People kind of get bored with…

  8. Lakers ride out Boston’s emotional high to get win they want

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In the end, the Boston fans got what they came to see — they witnessed history. Ray Allen has now made more 3-pointers than anyone else in NBA history. But the Lakers left with what they wanted — a win over a quality opponent. It reinforces that their play of late has not been just smoke and…

  9. Tonight is Ray Allen’s record night. Maybe.

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Ray Allen needs to drain just two more threes to become the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. It’s hard to picture a more perfect setting to break the record than tonight: At Boston Garden in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers with Reggie Miller, the current record holder, an analyst on…

  10. Thirsty? You need some official Lakers Gatorade.

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    So let’s say you’re in Los Angeles and feeling dehydrated. You need some electrolytes pumped into your system. And we’re going to assume you’re dehydrated from an intense workout and not because you were at Tom Bergin’s until closing. What you need is some Lakers Gatorade. In Los Angeles, while supplies last (which we bet…

  11. Lakers to measure themselves against Celtics: What to look for

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are the two-time NBA defending champions. They have the newest shiny rings and the banner has barely had time to gather dust. Every time they step on the court they are the team the opposition wants to measure itself against. Except Thursday night. Then the roles will be reversed — the Lakers will…

  12. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  13. Video: Kobe Bryant’s first All-Star Game

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    With the end of the Super Bowl fans attention will turn to… well for a few days the breakdown of that game and the ticket fiasco. But after the sports world’s attention drifts to the NBA and the All-Star Game. We’ve talked about the starters, the reserves and there will be a lot more talk…

  14. Ron Artest says he doesn’t want to be traded, wants to win

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Ron Artest being traded or not remains a moot point — no other team is going to take on the three-years, $22 million left on his deal after this season. Still, for the record, despite the reports, Artest told media members at Lakers practice Wednesday he does not want to be traded (as reported by…

  15. Kobe Bryant tells critics to kiss his a–

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Seemingly every fan on a Lakers message board for the past week. Kobe Bryant has a message for you. He was asked in a post-practice reporters scrum Wednesday about the criticism the team has had and the rumors of trades to motivate the team, and his response (captured by Lakers.com) was…

  16. Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol to be the Black Swan

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol is a lot of things. Skilled. Spanish. Intellectual. A good guy. But he often defers. When Kobe Bryant steps up his aggressive play, Gasol will fade back. That’s not what Kobe wants — he wants a true partner — so he explained it to Gasol is an intellectual (or at least pseudo-intellectual) way,…

  17. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    This is amazing — a chart and video of every dunk and its score in every NBA dunk contest. Click that link and you will waste a lot of your day checking out old dunk contests. You know what, waste is not the right word… spend. Spend your day. Marcus Camby will not be playing…

  18. Magic Johnson is down with Lakers trade. We must stop the madness.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Mitch Kupchak tried to give his Lakers a swift kick in the motivation by talking trades. Not that Kupchak wouldn’t consider it, but he has no reasonable options so it was more talk than legitimate option. Lakers fans didn’t care, they jumped on it. Today, no-longer-a-Lakers-owner Magic Johnson (he still has a statue out in…

  19. New trailer for the Kobe “movie”

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    We’ve told you about the Kobe Bryant/Nike/Black Mamba movie (okay, commercial)  coming to a laptop screen near you All-Star weekend. It’s full of Bruce Willis and plenty of over-the-top acting and action. Which means it should be pretty fun. You’ve seen the first trailer, here is the new one enjoy.

  20. The Lakers problem isn’t Kobe, it’s Gasol. And defense.

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    It’s easy and maybe even trendy to say it was Kobe’s fault. It wasn’t. True, Sunday the Lakers offense against Boston Celtics was a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant. And way too much Kobe in isolation. It’s an easy storyline to say Kobe shot too much, but it’s not wholly accurate. The reality is there…

  21. Celtics Lakers: Choose your own finish as Celtics out-draw Lakers late

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The talk this week was all about clutch. And in the closing minutes, the Celtics were a clutch beast of unstoppable force, coming together for the most cohesive showing in a big game setting they’ve shown this season, right when they needed it most, at the same time as the Lakers came unraveled, possession by…

  22. 10 things about Modern Celtics-Lakers XX

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are regular-season games, there are important regular-season games, and then there is Celtics-Lakers. On Sunday the two contenders will meet for the 20th time since the start of the 2007-2008 season, when the rivalry was truly renewed as Andrew Bynum emerged and the Lakers became good enough to justify trading for Pau Gasol, and…

  23. Kobe Bryant moves to 8th all-time scorer, hits 21 in 1st, 1-5 clutch in loss

    Jan 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Last night was just a big night for Kobe Bryant in general. You might even say it was a rollercoaster of emotions for him. Perhaps a rollercoaster of love. Maybe not. By the end of the night he’d hit another amazing career milestone, had an insane first quarter display, a disappointing end, and a loss.…

  24. Kobe isn’t as clutch as you think, but he’s not as bad as some think

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    There is no middle ground when it comes to Kobe Bryant — you either worship him or you hate him. The shades of gray have been washed away and he exists only as the guy in the white hat or the black hat. Of course, reality is never that clean and simple. One think Kobe…

  25. PBT’s Friday morning one liners

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Gilbert Arenas’ separation from his long-time, on-and-off girlfriend is an ugly mess. Nicolas Batum felt his knee “stretch” on Thursday night and even though he thinks its nothing he will get an MRI Friday. What about Tyson Chandler for All-Star center in the West? Kobe Bryant will pass Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time NBA scoring…

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