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  1. Game of the night: Kobe can’t will the Lakers past the Spurs

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    From the opening tip, it was obvious this was one of those games Kobe Bryant wanted to take over. Call it ego, call it leadership, just know that it has worked before. Many times. He has elevated the Lakers by his sheer will. It worked Tuesday on one level — this was the most energy…

  2. Kobe Bryant not a happy camper after Lakers-Heat

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant‘s won more than his fair share of games during is career. But he’s lost a few, too. It’s just part of the NBA. So it would be easy for him to brush off what happened Saturday as the Heat creamed his Lakers, busting out by 20 point in the fourth quarter and eventually…

  3. Santa puts five games under your tree (or on your new flat screen) for Christmas

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Phil Jackson and LeBron James may not like having to work — you don’t hear police and emergency room doctors complaining — but Christmas is a bounty for NBA fans. Presents, turkey AND ham, family and five basketball games. Perfect. Let’s break the games down. Bulls vs. Knicks (Noon ET, ESPN): This may well be…

  4. Let the “it’s just another game” banter begin

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    The whole of NBA fandom will be watching the Heat take on the Lakers on Christmas in what will rightfully be billed as a possible finals preview. So it’s a big deal, as Brett Pollakoff tried to get LeBron James to say to FanHouse. And LeBron went nowhere near the bait. “If it’s against the…

  5. Heat’s Mike Miller almost went to the Lakers this summer

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Lakers went into this season wanting to upgrade their backup at the three and to add some three-point shooting. Mike Miller does both those things. And he told 790 the Ticket in Miami’s Dan LeBatard that the Lakers made a run at him and it was tempting (via Sports Radio Interviews). Right away, during…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Andrew Bogut’s one arm is better than the Lakers

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while watching the Jib Jab year in review video… Bucks 98, Lakers 79: The Milwaukee Bucks came into this game averaging 100.2 points per 100 possessions — the worst offense in the NBA. They were without Brandon Jennings, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. They were on the second night of a back-to-back.…

  7. Kobe Bryant has sprained pinkie, X-rays negative

    Dec 18, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Philadelphia 76ers

    This will not affect Kobe Bryant. These injuries just don’t bother him. I don’t know if it’s because he just blocks out the pain or if his body just doesn’t react to damage like a Terminator. But this sprained pinkie for Kobe Bryant? Won’t bother him. Because he’s not human. But a sprained pinkie it…

  8. Kobe wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts every game

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Jordan, every time he put on his Chicago Bulls shorts for a game, had a pair of North Carolina shorts on underneath them. Kobe Bryant, every time he has put on his Los Angeles Lakers shorts, has a pair of his old Lower Merion High School shorts on underneath. We all learned that later…

  9. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  10. Kobe Bryant endorses Turkish Airlines, Los Angeles Armenian community protests

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Turkish Airlines is going to start non-stop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul next March, and they wanted to raise their profile in America and abroad with an international star as an endorser. Meet Kobe Bryant. He’s big worldwide and pretty much the king of Los Angeles, so the two sides inked an endorsement deal.…

  11. Should the Lakers be worried about the Spurs, Mavericks?

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season. We get that. But we can’t help but wonder… When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just…

  12. Kobe Bryant and Barack Obama talking trash

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

    Kobe Bryant has met Barack Obama enough times that when asked how many times he had met the president he had a hard time remembering exactly if it was four or five. Whatever, it was one more after Monday when the Lakers did the traditional “champions meet the president” thing in a nontraditional way at…

  13. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: On the cultural currency of the MVP award

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and Rob Mahoney hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk.…

  14. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: The hits just keep on coming

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What happened while you were falling backwards into the endzone…. Friday Bulls 88 Lakers 84: I’m just saying. At some point, maybe, if the Lakers are in a one-possession game with less than 40 seconds remaining, two-for-one or no, maybe the Lakers should work for a quality shot instead of giving Kobe Bryant the ball…

  15. Avery Johnson: Kobe “could be 1-A” to Jordan’s 1-B

    Dec 12, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant with Michael Jordan

    In a story that’s sure to invite no comments below, Avery Johnson today essentially said he believes Kobe Bryant to be “as great” as Michael Jordan. From the New York Post: “[Bryant] could arguably be 1. In some polls, he’ll be 2,” the Nets coach said yesterday about the players he has seen since he…

  16. Kobe likes Derrick Rose but he’s not passing any torches

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    Does anyone actually think Kobe will willingly pass on the torch to the next generation? That’s not how he thinks, how he works. You want to be the lion in the pride, come and get it. He’s giving away nothing. So no shock after Bryant and the Lakers beat the Bulls in Los Angeles last…

  17. Ron Artest doesn’t really get the triangle offense — or how to be vegan

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    I’ve come to really enjoy Ron Artest because he is entirely driven by impulse. The way we all kind of wish we could be more of on some level. He may be more id driven than anyone else on the planet, but it just works for him. Even if he doesn’t understand all the rules.…

  18. Obama to meet with Lakers at community service event

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    The Lakers have been saying for some time that they didn’t want this trip to the White House — for the annual President shakes the hand of the NBA Champions meeting — to be another Rose Garden photo op. Everyone’s been there and done that, they wanted something different. They will get together and meet…

  19. We’ve played 20 games, let’s give out some awards

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    CPaul-layup

    There’s a lot of people around the league that say you don’t really know much until you’re about 20 games into an NBA season, then the patterns have established themselves. Well, we’re about 20 games in now, one quarter of the season gone. Patterns are established. So… Let’s give out some first-quarter awards to players…

  20. Game of the night: John Wall and Trevor Booker — who? — make the Lakers work for it

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Lakers

    Tuesday night we learned some things about the Washington Wizards — and maybe this is the kind of game where maybe they learned some things about themselves and what it takes to win. What we learned about the Lakers we already knew: That the Lakers are better than the Wizards; That the Lakers are a…

  21. Kobe’s high school gym to be named after him

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    kobe_bryant_highschool_photo

    NBA fans around the league know of Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia because of this announcement: “At guard, 6’6”, out of Lower Merion High School… Kobe Bryant.” Next week Kobe Bryant will be a permanent part of the school as its gym gets named after him. Well, to be fair that happened after Bryant…

  22. What’s wrong with the Lakers? The usual.

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers have lost three games in a row and the San Andreas Fault is the only thing that shakes up Los Angeles worse. Despite back-to-back titles and a head coach who treats the regular season as a means to an end, Lakers fans can get pretty worked up — the team has only lost…

  23. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    Okay, you’ve had almost 20 games now, you should have some favorites for Most Valuable Player now, right? Kevin Durant came in as the preseason favorite for many, but his teammate Russell Westbrook has been better so far… so why not Westbrook? Or how about Chris Paul? Want to go with the old classics of…

  24. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Wade_Mavs

    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

  25. Shaq calls Celtics “the best team I’ve been on”

    Nov 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Oneal_peace

    Does anybody take digs at the places he’s been quite like Shaquille O’Neal? The latest was a comment, courtesy WEEI,  sure to go over well in Boston and no so well in Los Angeles and Miami. “This is a great team. The best team I’ve been on. They’ve got a lot of weapons on this…

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