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  1. Kobe wants to pass Jordan on all-time scoring list

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    I’m not sure how this is surprising to anyone. In an article discussing how an extended lockout could impact Kobe Bryant’s assault on the record books, Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how Kobe really wants to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list even though Kobe denies it at every…

  2. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club officials in August

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:52 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

    We’re still not sure how serious this is from Kobe’s side, but Turkish club Besiktas — the club that signed Deron Williams to play for them next fall and had Allen Iverson last season — is still trying to court Kobe Bryant. The club’s very talkative coach explained to the Los Angeles Times how the…

  3. LeBron, reportedly the one star not “open” to Europe

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Chris Paul is the latest NBA star “open” to playing in Europe next season if the NBA lockout drags on. He joins Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and a host of others who are open to the idea. Personally, I’m open to dating Scarlett Johansson. I’m open to winning the…

  4. Besiktas coach confirms talks with Kobe, but don’t expect a deal

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas (which recently signed Deron Williams) knows marketing. Which means he knows Kobe Bryant is the most popular NBA player internationally, so if you want to generate some heat, talk about him. Reality of the situation be damned. Which is what he did when D-Will was signed,…

  5. NBA “European vacation” roundup: Kobe a long shot

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:56 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the NBA lockout drags out — and the two sides are not expected to talk seriously until August — the rumors about NBA players heading overseas continue. All these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt — for one, international basketball governing body FIBA has yet to rule if an NBA player…

  6. NBA Schedule released, here are your highlights

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    This NBA season is shaping up to be a fun one. Yes, we know, we know… IF there is an NBA season. But deep down we want to believe that the owners and players are too smart to piss away all the momentum the league has built up. For today we’re going to move ahead…

  7. Kobe speaks in China about Yao Ming’s impact

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:00 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

    Yao Ming is expected to officially announce his retirement Wednesday at a press conference in China. (And good on the NBA league office for clearing Rocket officials to go to the event in spite of the lockout). As you read this, Kobe Bryant is in China, the latest of his annual trips to China to…

  8. How intense are lockout negotiations? Fisher headed to Philippines.

    Jul 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We tried to tell you earlier that there are no meaningful negotiations going on between the owners and players, that everyone is playing a game of lockout chicken, waiting for the deadline to put pressure on the talks. Here is another sign just how little is going on — union president Derek Fisher is heading…

  9. Lakers to open against OKC, host Bulls on Christmas Day

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:38 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    If you’re into the whole good news/bad news thing, then this is the place for you.  The good news is, the NBA is going ahead with releasing its schedule for the 2011-12 season, and doing so Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern. The bad news, as we’re all well aware at this point, is that there…

  10. RetroBall: Rockets-Lakers ’07 and the night Yao stood too tall for Kobe

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Since billionaire owners and millionaire players are bitterly divided over how much money they’ll be splitting over the coming years and have locked us out of actual basketball to talk about, PBT will be regaling you this summer on the weekends with RetroBall. Using the advanced powers of the internet and NBATV, we’ll bring you interesting stories…

  11. Kobe joins the “Hey, I may play overseas” parade

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Kobe China

    Make no mistake, this is about leverage in negotiations. However the threat of going overseas to play sounds reasonable coming from Kobe, a guy who has the money and is a competitor at heart. Doesn’t mean the guy whose body could use a little rest is actually going to go over to Europe or China,…

  12. Report: Kobe Bryant was near deal with Besiktas in Turkey prior to match-fixing scandal

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Hey, so that whole thing about Besiktas being in trouble for football match-fixing? Yeah, bad timing on that. Jonathan Givony from Draft Express reports that Besiktas was nearing a deal for Kobe Bryant for $450,000 a month. That’s a $250k increase over what Deron Williams is reportedly getting. Which makes sense, since Bryant is arguably…

  13. Kobe, Chris Paul part of star-studded Philippines exhibition

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant

    If you want to see NBA players on the court, you need to head to the Philippines. There may be a lockout stateside killing even Summer League but a couple big exhibition games have gotten approval in Manilla and will feature Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and other NBA stars, according to the Philippines Star newspaper…

  14. They love Kobe in the Philippines. A lot.

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Kobe Bryant on his annual tour through Asia, promoting the game, himself and selling some Nike shoes along the way. And he’s the biggest NBA star in Asia because he has been doing this for years. How much do they love him in the Philippines? Watch the video below. Kobe laced them up for an…

  15. Kobe slips from nation’s most popular athlete to No. 3

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    What does it say about American sports fans that Kobe Bryant slipped out of the top spot in a poll of America’s favorite athletes and Derek Jeter replaced him on top of the list? That’s what happened in the annual Harris Poll of the most famous athletes in America (via the Orange County Register). What…

  16. Suns’ Childress doesn’t get NBA players talking Europe

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Olympiacos' Josh Childress (C) shots bet

    Josh Childress has been there — when the Atlanta Hawks tried to lowball him, he took a three-year deal to go play for Olympiacos in Greece. Childress has played at Europe in his prime. He has done what everyone is talking about. He sees a lot of guys — Ty Lawson is the latest, joining…

  17. Report: Kobe, Rose, Durant to play in Philippines exhibition

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

    Kobe Durant AP

    While the talks have been of a barnstorming tour of China, there may be another in the Far East first. Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant will be part of an exhibition game in the Philippines, according to the sports web site of TV5 in the island nation (via SLAM). The three stars will…

  18. Rapper Bow Wow pays $1,000 to find out Kobe is better at hoops

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:06 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Maybe provoking then betting the ultra competitive Kobe Bryant you can beat him at the sport where he is one of the best in the world is not the wisest move. But that’s what Rapper Bow Wow did — he bet Kobe a grand he could beat him at a game of one-on-one and video…

  19. Without Yao, does NBA’s profile in China shrink?

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Yao Ming

    Yao Ming was the face of David Stern’s dream of NBA globalization. The 7’6” center was an eight-time NBA All-Star — a few of those years he actually deserved it — and a huge presence in America and China. Basketball is booming in China and Yao was a big part of that and the reason…

  20. Kobe’s father now head coach of WNBA’s Sparks

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Joe Bryant

    Joe “Jellybean” Bryant — a former NBA player and father of Kobe Bryant — has been promoted to head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Jennifer Gillom was let go over the weekend from the head spot. The Sparks have lost their last five games in a row (4-6 overall) and they have lost…

  21. Kobe Bryant has the will to win… against children

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    This is your standard “Kobe Bryant refuses to lose even in absurd situations when there’s absolutely no reason for him to play like he has to win” post. At Bryant’s basketball camp this week he participated in a friendly game of “Knockout” with some of the camp’s participants. Now, Bryant had a couple of options…

  22. Kobe “open” to playing in Europe. That’s different than going.

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    They want him in Istanbul (and he does endorse Turkish Airlines)… But would Kobe Bryant play in Turkey? Or in Europe in general? He spent some years of his childhood in Italy, would he return as a professional? Maybe, according to the twitter account of Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kobe Bryant is open to considering overseas…

  23. D-Will’s new Turkish coach also wants Kobe. Sure, why not?

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    And I want to drive a Maserati GranTurismo convertible… Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul that has a deal in principle with Deron Williams in a real coup — one that has to get the clearance of international governing body FIBA still — plus has reached terms with  Zaza Pachulia…

  24. Mickael Pietrus says Kobe wants him on Lakers

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Mickael Pietrus did not like how he was used by the Phoenix Suns after being traded to them from Orlando last season. Now he wants to change his focus and play a role on a team that can win a title, he told the French publication L’Equipe (via Hoopshype, who did the translation). And he…

  25. Dallas’ Mahinmi says Kobe is NBA’s most arrogant player

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The Lakers are down are down, and people are lining up to kick them. After three straight trips to the finals and two titles, the Los Angeles was unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs in the second round by Dallas. Then the Lakers lost their coach, who was a bigger star than most of the…

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