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

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Game of the night: Where you can’t throw anything new at Kobe

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

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    Kobe has seen it before. On much bigger stage. He knows how a Tom Thibodeau team is going to defend him. Whenever and wherever he got the ball Tuesday night he patiently waited to see where the double would come from, then he would try to pass to the cutter. Or he kicks it to…

  7. Kobe Bryant is wearing Grinch shoes on Christmas. Seriously.

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is going Grinch for Christmas. Those shoes burning a hole in your retina to the right are the Grinch edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI (via The Basketball Jones), Kobe’s latest signature shoe. Based on the iconic Dr. Seuss character that’s as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel,…

  8. Kobe Bryant calls Michael Jackson his mentor

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is a complex man. We like to paint our athletes into easy to define boxes — Kobe learned his drive by watching Michael Jordan — that are not always accurate fit. They often are not with Kobe. For example, he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo he learned his drive by his friendship with…

  9. Tom Thibodeau helped make Kobe Bryant the player he is today

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Tonight the Chicago Bulls roll into Los Angeles and Kobe Bryant will try to do to them what he does to every team that rolls through — mercilessly destroy them. But Kobe likely would not be in this position, not be the player he is today, without Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. In a fascinating story…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Heat are running and cruising

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:17 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    What you missed while listening to Johnny Depp read Keith Richards autobiography… Our game of the night is a reminder that the Spurs are still the Spurs, click for details. Heat 123, Suns 96: The Heat came out and wanted to make sure Chris Bosh felt loved and wanted — he had the first eight…

  11. Game of the night: Where the Bucks didn’t want a shootout with the Lakers

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:01 AM EDT

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    This was supposed to be strength-on-strength. Los Angeles versus Milwaukee. The League’s best offense so far (the Lakers) versus the best defense so far (the Bucks). The Lakers were scoring 116.7 points per 100 possessions, the Bucks were giving up just 96.9. Something had to give. The Bucks gave. Not just gave, collapsed. Reverted to…

  12. Kobe tells owners to “look in the mirror”

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant, when he is serious, is direct. You will not confuse what he says with what he means — it is straight and plain. Kobe was serious when talking with CBS’s Ken Berger about the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. “I think the owners need to look in the mirror,” Bryant told CBSSports.com when…

  13. Some Sunday highlights, where Kobe is just ridiculous

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

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    We know you couldn’t take your eyes off that gripping Bills/Lions game yesterday, who could? That is some captivating sports television, right there. But that means you missed some NBA action, like the Lakers losing due to a flurry of threes from the Suns. And of course, you missed the usual flurry of NBA highlights.…

  14. Game of the Night: Suns bury Lakers with 22 threes

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

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    What a crazy game in Los Angeles. The Phoenix Suns managed to hand the Lakers their first home loss of the season despite losing their starting center (and the only Phoenix player who would have had a chance of keeping the Lakers off the boards) early in the game, but it was far from easy.…

  15. Carmelo Anthony says nice things about Denver, but does that change anything?

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    Denver has a good basketball team right now. We were reminded of that last night when they hung with the Lakers in a scoring fest, got good play off the bench (I could swear I saw Al Harrington on help defense) and played enough defense late to hand Los Angeles its first loss. The capacity…

  16. Kobe Bryant becomes youngest player to 26,000 points

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

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    Thursday night, with a turnaround jumper from the right block area, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player ever to score 26,000 points in the NBA. Bryant is 32 years, 80 days old, which means he got to the milestone a few weeks a head of Wilt Chamberlain. Now, if you want to go by games…

  17. Kobe looks good in slo-mo

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Fun video of Kobe Bryant making it a rough night for OJ Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies. As he has done so many others. But watching him in slow motion — and the reactions of Mayo trying to stay with him — gives you a real sense of just how difficult he is to defend.

  18. That “average” Lakers defense is better than you think

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

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    The Lakers are the defending champions and undefeated and on top of everyone’s power rankings two weeks into the season. Well, almost everyone’s. Come June all that and $4 will get them a latte at Pete’s. What matters is what they are building (and what the Heat are building, and the Magic, and the Celtics).…

  19. The Lakers and 72 wins? Phil Jackson isn’t into it.

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Before the season the talk was about the Heat and 72 wins, with everybody sane saying it wouldn’t happen and wasn’t worth the effort. But that never stops the talk. But the Lakers? They are off to a 7-0 start. They look deeper, they have a healthy Kobe Bryant and a rested Pau Gasol and…

  20. Kobe Bryant hears the Call of Duty, brings Mamba gun

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant has a cameo in the new commercial for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The fact they have Kobe in a commercial like this one shows you how much money is in video games, but that’s a discussion for another day. For now, watch Kobe blow things up.

  21. LeBron is in for 2012 Olympics; Wade and Bosh unsure

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Right now, Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London looks like Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and… LeBron James. Those three alone could go 3 on 5 and get out of group play. LeBron is in, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. The other two/thirds of the Miami triad are not deciding yet.…

  22. Dwight Howard throws his hat in for the 2012 Olympics, too

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

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    I guess we’re doing this now. It’s not like we are 19 months and basically two full NBA seasons away from the USA Basketball camps where the team for the London Olympics will be chosen. We’re asking now who wants to go. Count Dwight Howard in. Asked by the Orlando Sentinel if he was going…

  23. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Celtics tried to give one away, but couldn’t

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:55 AM EDT

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    What you missed while figuring out where to buy the Wii Michael Jackson game… Denver giving the improved Dallas defense their first real test was the Game of the Night. Celtics 105, Bucks 102 (OT): Boston got lucky. They were up 6 with 1:22 to play. Boston closes that out. Ray Allen doesn’t miss free…

  24. Kobe Bryant tells Coach K he’ll be there in London if wanted

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Mike Krzyzewski is all about recruiting. College basketball ultimately is about recruiting, and you don’t get to Coach K’s status without being very good at it. He’s already started recruiting — and landing top players — for his side gig as USA Basketball head coach for the 2012 Olympics in London. First up, Kobe Bryant,…

  25. Kobe Bryant is pretty sick of talking about his knee

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

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    If you enjoy “Messin’ with Sasquatch” then you’ll enjoy a fun new game from the Lakers locker room: ask Kobe about his knee. Of course the assembled media did after the Lakers win Sunday night, and Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has the response. “Leave me the (heck) alone about my (expletive) knee,”…

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