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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Kobe accused of injuring man’s wrist in church incident

    Aug 16, 2011, 8:21 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    I’ll be up front, not sure this passes the smell test for me. But, it’s out there and being reported in multiple places now, people are talking about it, so I will pass it along. A man in San Diego has accused Kobe Bryant of injuring him during an incident at a church, and the…

  19. Most minutes played in NBA history, regular season and playoffs? Kareem.

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    When we talk about the wear and tear on a player’s body, we can quickly look up how many regular season minutes a player has racked up. But that leaves out the playoffs. For a player like Kobe Bryant, that is 8,165 minutes — the equivalent of three more 82 game seasons at his regular…

  20. Report: Kobe offered more than $1.5 million a month to play in China

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:21 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

    Kobe Bryant dropped out of negotiations with a Turkish squad, but you knew other teams were going to make big money runs at him. And they are coming from China, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) has offers north of $1.5 million a month to play in China,…

  21. Durant’s agent says players can make NBA money overseas

    Aug 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When you see big-name NBA stars talking about going overseas, it’s not about the salary. Even if you pay Kobe Bryant $2 million a month he will not make half his NBA salary next season. It’s about the marketing, the branding. To quote Mars Blackmon: It’s got to be the shoes. Which is what superagent…

  22. Kobe Bryant breaks off negotiations with Turkish squad

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is not going to Turkey. But other suitors still are seeking him out. Kobe and his agent Rob Pelinka met with representatives of Besiktas last week and the talks have broken off because the two sides could not reach a financial deal, reports Sportando.net. According to Obrad Fimic of Alti Sport who was…

  23. Should the NBA age limit go up? One more year? Two?

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Lebron-James_draft

    Interesting tweet Thursday from Mike Rice, the college basketball coach at Rutgers (via Pete Thamel of the New York Times): I keep hearing NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs to enter the draft. I am not mentioning this because I trust the coaches sources, but…

  24. What active players are bound for basketball’s Hall of Fame?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Chris Mullin is in. So is Artis Gilmore. Arvydas Sabonis is in (more for his European career than what he did in the NBA after that). Dennis Rodman will join them (in spectacular fashion). Those are the NBA players entering the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday. All of them deserving. But what current…

  25. Poll: Who wins, 1992 Dream Team or 2008 USA Olympic squad?

    Aug 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    1992-dreamteam

    Magic Johnson came out recently and said exactly what you would expect Magic to say — the original 1992 Dream team was better than the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team.” “When you think about the Olympics and the Dream Team, I have to throw it to you. Kobe [Bryant] and them won by 22 points. Ehh,…

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