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  1. Video: Derek Fisher hits game winner for Lakers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    When will people learn to cover Derek Fisher on a potential game winning shot? Let’s be clear — Derek Fisher has almost nothing left and should barely see the court for the Lakers. But what he still has in abundance is a self-confidence that in the biggest moments lets him fearlessly let a shot fly.…

  2. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  3. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  4. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  5. Clippers showing a lot of room for improvement… and still winning

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Chris Paul is still trying to get his guys to know what he wants them to do. Chauncey Billups is still firing away without enough consideration and dribbling like he’s the point guard at times. Caron Butler is still finding his legs. DeAndre Jordan is still adapting to being the anchor of the defense down…

  6. Chis Paul strains hamstring in win over Lakers

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    During the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers Saturday night, while Kobe Bryant was shooting his way out of an early game slump on his way to 42 points on 28 shots, Chris Paul was slicing and dicing for 33 of his own on 22 shots. Paul was a monster against the Lakers, and the…

  7. Video: Nike’s latest spot for the #KobeSystem: ‘Success for the Successful’

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    While we showed you the teaser clip for the KobeSystem a couple of weeks ago, the ad campaign for Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe — the Nike Zoom Kobe VII — has now officially launched. It’s star-studded, and continues with the theme of Bryant as motivational speaker somehow convincing everyone that by adapting his system…

  8. Lakers-Clippers: 5 Things to Watch

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Saturday night is the first matchup of the new-look CP3-lead Clippers against the old guard Los Angeles Lakers. The Showdown at Staples, Part 1. The Lakers are coming in hotter than a pistol behind Kobe Bryant‘s 40-point streak, while the Clippers have also managed to hold on despite some questions about their defense, standing just…

  9. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Gregg Popovich’s talk about defense isn’t just his usual grousing. The Spurs were brilliant the first handful of games defensively but their regression has seemed very emblematic of last year’s team. They are slipping further and further away from what…

  10. Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

  11. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  12. Can Kobe keep scoring like this? Is it good for the Lakers?

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    It’s the question Lakers fans are asking Thursday — can Kobe Bryant sustain this? He scored 48 against the Suns Tuesday and 40 against the Jazz and long-time nemesis Raja Bell on Wednesday. Kobe now leads the NBA averaging 30.3 points per game. He is using nearly 40 percent of the Lakers possessions when he…

  13. Tim Duncan passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan played maybe his best game of the season Wednesday night, he had a little jump in his step that is not there every night like it once was. Getting old sucks. Duncan scored 17 points, which pushed him past Larry Bird up to No. 27 on the NBA all-time scoring list. Duncan has…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: “Kobe really wants that MVP”

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while you tried to shame your kid into behaving…. Clippers 95, Heat 89: The game where the rims were afraid was our game of the night. Lakers 90, Jazz 87 (OT): The Lakers might not have gotten to the overtime without Kobe Bryant dropping 40 points — but when Kobe went cold…

  16. Nash calls Kobe’s 48 against the Suns “one of the best performances” he’s seen

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    By now you’ve surely heard about Kobe Bryant‘s 48 points he put up in a win over the Suns on Tuesday. You likely are also aware that Bryant is playing through torn wrist ligaments in his shooting hand, and that perhaps he’s been shooting too much, to the detriment of this Lakers team. The fact…

  17. Kobe Bryant wants you to keep on doubting him

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Six years ago, if Kobe Bryant dropped 48 points in a game, we called it Tuesday. It seemed like nothing out of the ordinary. There were a couple highlights on SportsCenter, his fantasy owners patted themselves on the back, and then we pretty much moved on because we saw this all the time. But in…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof. Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around. By the way, West apologized for his…

  19. Video: Watch Kobe Bryant drop 48 on Phoenix

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    Kobe Bryant is an aging jump shooter with bad knees and a sore wrist and… well, it sure didn’t look anything like that on Tuesday. Kobe got to his spots on the floor against the Suns (Grant Hill can’t handle him), was feeling it and dropped 48 on Phoenix to power a Lakers win. Half…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  21. Mark Cuban will be on your television during Super Bowl

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Obama Welcomes NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks To White House

    Are there going to be any NBA players on your television during the Super Bowl? Well, LeBron James will not be on the sidelines (the Heat play at home that day). Maybe he or Kobe Bryant show up in an ad, maybe not. But there will be one NBA owner — Mark Cuban. Selling Skechers.…

  22. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  23. Kobe not having experimental procedure on wrist after all

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant can’t go to Germany right now, and Germany is not coming to Los Angeles. Kobe wanted to but is not going to have the experimental procedure done on his wrist that he had done on his knee this summer, according to the Los Angeles Times. Of greatest importance, the German doctor whom Bryant…

  24. Monday And-1 links: Who is Lakers second scoring option?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum. Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit…

  25. Warts and all, the Lakers still better than Grizzlies Sunday

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Gasol brothers

    The Laker have flaws. Unless it improves, their point guard play is going to come back to haunt them. Same with their depth issues. That night was not Sunday night against Memphis. The Lakers deficiencies were on display but could not be exploited by a Memphis team trying to find its way without Zach Randolph.…

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