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  1. Kobe Bryant in a wacky little Chinese hip-hop video

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe China

    Well, you don’t see this every day. Thank God. During All-Star Weekend Kobe did an interview with Chinese media (in the media interview/work room) pushing Sprite and some other products, and I don’t remember much because I was doing my very, very best to tune out the annoying interviews (eventually going to the Miles Davis…

  2. Nuggets win over Lakers should get Thunder’s attention

    Apr 3, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum

    With just 10 days of NBA games remaining, some first round playoff matchups are pretty much set. Out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are almost certainly getting the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Sunday Denver beat the Lakers by outworking them, being more scrappy, playing good defense and moving the ball on offense (95-90…

  3. SI Player Poll: Varejao, Ginobili top floppers

    Apr 2, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Sports Illustrated’s latest anonymous poll of players is out, and the subject is the biggest floppers in the league. The top guys will not surprise you. Here’s the top 5: Anderson Varejao Manu Ginobili Luis Scola Derek Fisher Kevin Martin Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Shane Battier all make appearances in the top 15 as…

  4. Kobe’s China smart car commercial. You read that right.

    Mar 31, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Kobe China

    I have no doubt that the BRABUS smart car is pretty roomy. I bet my six-foot frame would slide in quite comfortably. I still would have loved to see Kobe try to squeeze into the small smart car for the filming of this Chinese commercial (via Ball Don’t Lie). You can make your own jokes…

  5. Derek Fisher receives retroactive flagrant-2 foul for incident with Chris Kaman

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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    During the Lakers’ 112-104 win over the Clippers on Friday, things got a little heated between Derek Fisher and Chris Kaman. In the game’s final 30 seconds, and with its ultimate result having already been decided, Kaman went to set a screen away from the ball, beyond the three-point line on Fisher. That’s when the…

  6. Calipari still regrets not drafting Kobe Bryant. Ya think?

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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    John Calipari knows talent. Think what you will of him as a person or coach, the guy knows how to spot and recruit young talent. So back in 1996 when he was the brand new coach of the Nets and he worked out a high school senior named Kobe Bryant before the draft, any chance…

  7. Coach K almost came to Lakers in 2004; will not now

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Phil Jackson is going to walk away from the Lakers after this season, whether he makes it an even dozen rings or not. Brian Shaw is your front-runner. He almost certainly will be the head coach for the Lakers next season. But there will be rumors. Like Kurt Rambis (if he is let go in…

  8. Derrick Rose will win MVP. There are better choices.

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Stan Van Gundy is right — Derrick Rose is going to win the MVP award this year. He has everybody including Michael Jordan’s endorsement. Influential media members are lining up behind him. The question is: Does he deserve it? Or, more accurately, do others deserve it more? You can make a good argument for Rose…

  9. Lakers resurgence reminds us bigger is better

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    Why, every year, do people fall for this? Back in December Lakers fans were freaking out — and the rest of the league hoped they were right — because something seemed off about the Lakers. They weren’t bad, but the two-time defending champions were not dominating everyone, were not focused, were not defending, were not…

  10. Lakers, Suns put on a triple-overtime show of shows

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:51 AM EDT

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    This was the most entertaining game of the season. Not the best played, there was plenty of slop (Vince Carter’s 2-of-13 from three) and some odd decisions — Lamar Odom, why in the name of Unbreakable are you fouling a three-point shooter up three with a second to go? But there were also amazing plays…

  11. Quote of the Day: Kobe loves Fisher, taking shots at Smush

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    “You mean when I was throwing to Smush? I shot w/ three mother **** on me. That’s the difference. Now I only shoot w/ one, maybe two.” —Kobe Bryant, on whether he missed Derek Fisher when he left the Lakers in 2004 (via the LA Times Mark Medina on twitter. Fisher stepped up and hit the…

  12. Bosh says real men cry, Kobe should have been kicked out of the gym

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    I’m not sure why the alleged crying in the Heat locker room is still an issue, but it is for some. To me it showed they cared, I’d be more concerned as a Heat fan if they were joking and blasting Drake in the locker room after a last-second loss. (Actually, I’d be concerned if…

  13. GQ calls Lakers fans worst in the NBA

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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    In case you missed it while checking out the Armani ads, GQ (via The Basketball Jones) went looking for the worst fans in sports — congratulations Philadelphia! — and wouldn’t you know it only one NBA team was able to make this storied list: The Los Angeles Lakers. Congratulations, Angelenos! You are the fairest of America’s…

  14. Kobe Bryant game-time decision Monday night

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant played through a sprained ankle aggravated during the Lakers thumping of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, but now that the ankle has had a couple days to really swell up and get sore, he is a game-time decision for Monday night’s big game against the Orlando Magic. So said Phil Jackson, and we trust…

  15. Phil Jackson: Kobe is not Jordan, nobody is

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Phil Jackson has been there, he has played golf with Michael Jordan. He has had dinners with Kobe Bryant. He has coached them both. He has won championships with both. His perspective on comparing the greatest player of his generation (if not all time) and his heir apparent may have the most insight. And he…

  16. Kobe Bryant injures ankle, may not play Monday vs. Magic

    Mar 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It has not been a stellar 60 hours for Kobe Bryant. After going into hero mode versus the Heat, chucking up a few clangers and losing, Bryant then put himself through a grueling post-game workout for over an hour in front of the media, which probably made him feel better about himself, but also was…

  17. Lakers top Mavs: It’s time to celebrate the arrival of Andrew Bynum

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers and Mavericks did not play a terrific game Saturday night. Neither team shot better than 45 percent from the field, both were turnover-prone, neither could really get into their offensive flow, and both missed plenty of easy, open shots in spot-up situations. Kobe Bryant tried to do too much, again, this time on…

  18. Oh, Kobe Bryant missed practice Friday … wait, what?

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Hey, remember when Kobe Bryant stayed around after going 2 of 6 to close the game against the Heat including three wretchedly decided upon shots to prove how dedicated he was and work on the same wretchedly decided upon shots? And we all talked about how awesome it was that he was so committed to…

  19. Shocking news: Matt Bonner more considerate than Kobe Bryant

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    1st Annual Cartoon Network's "Hall Of Game" Awards - Show

    Kobe Bryant is the fiercest competitor in the NBA, and a relentless offensive force. It’s that drive that makes him one of if not the best player in the NBA, and that force which drove him to hang out for over an hour shooting baskets in American Airlines Arena following the Lakers’ loss to the…

  20. Does Kobe’s explanation for his poor shot selection against the Heat actually make sense?

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Heat’s victory over the Lakers on Thursday was a huge win for them, for a variety of reasons. Miami was getting killed by the national media for being a team that appeared to be coming apart at the seams, and one that couldn’t come through in close games. But the Heat snapped their five-game…

  21. Shaq teaming up on “no holds barred” book

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Think there might be a Kobe chapter? According to WEEI in Boston, Shaquille O’Neal is working on a new book with one of the nation’s best sportswriters, Jackie MacMullan (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). “She knew things that I’d forgotten about. We were sitting at the house talking — we meet twice…

  22. Kobe plays down his post-game workout in Miami

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    “It’s my job,” he said. “You’ve got to work at it.” Vintage Kobe Bryant quote to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register that sums up why he was shooting baskets in AmericanAirlines Arena two hours after the Lakers had lost to the Heat. A game where Kobe faltered — he shot 2-of-11 in the…

  23. Video: Wade steals the game away from Kobe, LeBron seals it

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    LeBron James Miami Heat

    This was the play of the game in the Heat/Lakers showdown. Tied 88-88 with a minute and a half to go, Kobe Bryant tries to drive left on Dwyane Wade from the top of the key (triangle offense be damned the Lakers go isolation) and Wade strips the ball. Then after chasing it down he…

  24. Heat show some hints of balance

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat are still anything but a finished product. Their offense still relies far too much on LeBron and Wade freestyling out on the perimeter while the other watches from the opposite side of the floor. Their defense has been up-and-down lately. Mike Miller has been a huge disappointment, and Bosh has been far…

  25. Heat get some confidence, Kobe gets some fuel — everybody wins

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Here is what you need to know about what Thursday night meant to the Lakers, and why Kobe Bryant has pushed his teams to two consecutive titles. Thirty minutes after the Heat defeated the Lakers 94-88 in a game where Kobe’s shot was off after the first quarter (8-21 overall after starting 4-4) and his…

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