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

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    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…

  8. Heat show some hints of balance

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 PM EST

    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…

  10. Video highlights from the Lakers winning streak

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Don’t know if you’ve heard this, but the Lakers have won eight in a row… what, that got mentioned in the media already? They’re doing it with defense… that got mentioned too? Andrew Bynum? Kobe as facilitator? Lamar Odom is still very tall? All talked about already… Well then, just watch some video highlights. There’s…

  11. Pau Gasol can feel Chris Bosh’s pain

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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    Chris Bosh wants the ball more. And he wants to be on the low block, not the elbow. He’s shooting more jumpers than ever before and he wants some shots at the rim. But also he wants some key touches go get in the flow of the game, not to be the guy watching Dwyane…

  12. Lakers at Heat: Five things to watch

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami wants Christmas in March. The Heat’s Christmas Day beat down of the Lakers was their signature win of the season. A few months later the Heat are just desperate for any win. Getting one against the Lakers would be that much more sweet. But to the dismay of the Heat and four-year-olds everywhere, Christmas…

  13. Kobe on how the Lakers, Heat losing streaks are different

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Don’t know if you heard, but the Heat have lost five in a row. I think that made the news somewhere. Just like it did earlier this season when the Lakers lost four in a row. Or three in a row two other times. Now the Lakers have won 8 in a row heading into…

  14. Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Well, that’s about as big an endorsement as you can get. The five time MVP. The guy with the statue outside the United Center. The one and only Michael Jordan says that Derrick Rose is the MVP, according to ESPN Chicago. “MVP of the season,” Jordan said about Rose after the Bulls’ 101-84 win over…

  15. Race to MVP still has five players in the running

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Derrick Rose is not your MVP. Not yet anyway. Dwight Howard is still making his case, while LeBron James’ candidacy is limping like the Heat the last five games. But that could turn around. Right now, we don’t know who the MVP is. Which is a good thing. A real race down the stretch is…

  16. Next up for Kobe on all-time scoring list? Shaq.

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes. Next up: Shaq. You know Kobe is going to savor that one.…

  17. Lakers send message to Spurs (and anyone else watching)

    Mar 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

    Phil Jackson did not treat this like any other game. He spent extra time in film preparation for this game, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave Miller (a former Hornet assistant coach). He sent Kobe Bryant back into the fourth quarter of a blowout, when Kobe usually has ice on his knees. With 3:11 left…

  18. Time to see if the Lakers have figured out the Spurs puzzle

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    If it is not Lakers vs. Spurs in a May best-of-seven series to be the Western Conference champion, it will be a little disappointing. Sorry Mr. Cuban, Mr. Durant. It’s not personal, we do like you. You’re teams are entertaining and quite good. But Lakers/Spurs would match the two teams in the West best built…

  19. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  20. Kobe Bryant’s Turkish Airlines commercial — and controversy

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant pretty much walks on water in Los Angeles, he has a helicopter shuttle him to work from his home and nobody bats an eyelash. But he has angered one pretty large segment of the Los Angeles melting pot. (Well, L.A. is not so much a melting pot as a cobb salad, the individuality…

  21. Phil Jackson: Artest runs the offense better than Kobe

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Now it is time once again for one of Phil Jackson’s favorite mind games: subtle — and not so subtle – messages to players through the media. What would we do all day if it weren’t for them? Today it is Kobe’s turn to be sent a message. Which is rare because Kobe ignore such…

  22. It’s not always about Kobe, Lakers defense keys win over Thunder

    Feb 27, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Thabo Sefolosha

    The end of the Lakers win over Oklahoma City was the latest Rorschach test for whether or not you think Kobe Bryant is a clutch player. Kobe scored seven of the Lakers final 10 points (all the others were Pau Gasol free throws) and he pushed the Lakers to a 90-87 win on the road.…

  23. Lakers remind fans why maybe they shouldn’t worry so much

    Feb 23, 2011, 3:15 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Those looked like the Lakers everyone expects to see. The Lakers who showed up at Staples Center Tuesday night were up double-digits in the first quarter on a pretty good Hawks team. Those Lakers cruised to a 104-80 win. Those Lakers looked nothing like the ones that dropped three straight games at the end of…

  24. All-Star Game draws best ratings since Jordan era

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    It was more than just Rihanna and Drake (and Kanye). It certainly was more than Lenny Kravitz. It’s the game. The NBA is as hot as it has been since the Jordan era and that continued again Sunday — the All-Star Game from Staples Center had 9.1 million people tune in to watch, the highest…

  25. Video: Kobe Bryant, your NBA All-Star MVP

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant came out like a man on a mission — the guy who wins the All-Star MVP is usually the guy who wants it most. Playing on his home court (well, not actually the court, I have no idea what that two-toned monstrosity was) in front of the home fans Kobe put on a…

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