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  1. Phil Jackson doesn't expect Andrew Bynum for start of season

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Laker fans have not been very optimistic about — or feeling very positive about — Andrew Bynum lately. You can add Phil Jackson to that group. Here’s what he said at his press conference Friday (via Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell). “I don’t see how Andrew is going to be ready, and I really haven’t anticipated…

  2. Kobe Bryant hasn't got time for the finger pain

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It’s pretty easy to predict what Kobe Bryant is going to say about his index finger Saturday at media day: “It’s fine, it doesn’t affect what I do.” Ask a second question and he’ll laugh and say he answered that. A third and he glares at the reporter. But the finger is an issue —…

  3. Overtly complain about a call, get a technical. It's now the law.

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant does it. LeBron James does it. Kevin Garnett does it. Much of the league does it. Rasheed Wallace did it like he was playing down at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Players complain about calls. Or non-calls. They throw their hands in the air in disgust even at the most obvious of calls.…

  4. Kobe Bryant remains top selling NBA jersey in China

    Sep 23, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Kobe is big all over the globe. That includes China, where for the fourth year in a row he tops the league in jersey sales, according to the league. Rounding out the top five are LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, and Derrick Rose. The next five are Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Ray…

  5. Kobe Bryant was pretty dang good back in high school, too

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Thanks to the people at SLAM, who broke out the Kobe Bryant at Midnight Madness as a high school player video. When he dropped 43 and showed all sorts of flash and flare. Like him or don’t, the guy can flat out ball.

  6. Kobe inspired Boston to go get Shaq… and stop pretending that feud is marketing

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Did anybody really buy the whole “Shaq v. Kobe” feud was marketing. Oh, Shaquille O’Neal is smart enough to know how to make these things marketable, but like ancient myths the elaborate stories built up around some kernel of truth. Then when Kobe got ring number five last June and was quick to say he…

  7. Cuban says "hell yes" his Mavericks can beat the Lakers

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Things are going to be different this year for the Mavericks. No more of that “good but not quite good enough” stuff. Time to own the West, the NBA. This is the year the Mavericks beat the Lakers. That’s not me saying that, I still have a shred of sanity left. It’s Mark Cuban, owner…

  8. Who is on Team USA in 2012 in London? Well, probably that Durant guy…

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Predicting who will be the top players in the NBA two years from now is risky business — injuries, development of rookies and a host of other things make the future foggy. As such, predicting the USA Basketball team for the 2012 Olympics in London — watch them right here on NBC! (starting the plugs…

  9. Kobe's new Mamba skin Nike shoes

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Not everyone loves Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba” nickname. Which makes sense in that one should not be able to nickname themselves. Except it’s Kobe, and he can do whatever he wants. So Black Mamba it is. And Nike is down with it. The photo you see at right, via nikeblog.com, is of the new Nike…

  10. Winderman: Team USA's core may be playing themselves out of jobs

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    File this one under “conundrum” when it comes to USA Basketball and those at the back end of the Mike Krzyzewski’s roster at the World Championships. Should the United States win its final two games this weekend, it punches a ticket to the 2012 Olympics, with only the gold-medalists earning an automatic bid. That would…

  11. World Championships roundup: Turkey's fans keep singing, Spain's fans crying over their Tapas

    Sep 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    And it is looking more and more like the gold medal game of the World Championships will be the USA vs. Turkey. Serbia 92, Spain 89: This was an upset — not a massive, Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson upset, but an upset. It was also the fair result, Serbia controlled most of this game, but a…

  12. USA's, world's big guns stayed home this summer, but 2012 Olympics will be different

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    There was plenty of talk about the top American players skipping the World Championships — Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped, LeBron James had to work on taking his talents places, and other excuses piled up for Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and on down the list. But this was not just…

  13. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Rights, wrongs, and trade demands

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and I hope to accomplish in these Pro Basketball Crosstalk…

  14. Kobe's knee rehab going well, at least from what Luke Walton sees

    Sep 3, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant had his knee scoped out this summer, which was not a shock after he had to have it drained of fluid during the playoffs. You can say “just a scope” if you want, it’s still surgery. And it still requires rehab. Kobe approaches rehab just about the way you’d expect Kobe to approach…

  15. Stoudemire suggested the Suns get Steve Nash over Kobe Bryant

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Right now, everybody wants to play with Kobe Bryant. He’s winning; he’s assumed that “veteran who can lead” mantle (although he likes Derek Fisher around to play good cop to his bad cop). A few years back, say the summer of 2004, that was not the case. That was the summer that Kobe was a…

  16. Shaq on Kobe: "I only compete with the big guys"

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal versus Kobe Bryant has become one of the most popular feuds in the NBA. Because they are former teammates and due to the rap disses and press conference disses and general bad blood, it’s natural to wonder how O’Neal feels about Kobe having five rings to his four. O’Neal, though says that he…

  17. Brandon Jennings: "I guess in three years, me, Tyreke Evans, and Stephen Curry should team up, too."

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings has weighed in to TMZ on all the team-ups going on and it’s about what you’d expect. He says that all these team-ups that are going on (and he lumps Boston in with Miami) are bad because it lowers the competition, that “everyone’s trying to play together instead of competing.” He mentions he’s…

  18. Kobe's not going anywhere, ever.

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alongside his tasty little Voltron quote about the Heat, Kobe Bryant dropped another nugget soundbyte yesterday that bears repeating, if only as an admission of what we already know. As a guest of teammate Derek Fisher on Jim Rome is Burning, Bryant said that he was “99.9 sure” he is retiring as a Laker (via…

  19. FIBA's World Championship likely to become World Cup, because we all understand that better

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Every soccer (or football, if you’re elitist and so prefer) player on the planet would give his right hamstring to play for his nation in the World Cup. It is, without question, the biggest stage for the biggest sport in the world. Everyone who can stand, plays. Basketball’s World Championships start Saturday, with many of…

  20. Ron Artest: "I partied hard as hell"

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    No Laker has enjoyed the spoils of being a champion this summer like Ron Artest. Then again, no Laker earned the right to party with a great Game 7 of the finals like Ron Artest. And party Ron Artest has, as he said in an interview with FanHouse. It’s been fun — a little too…

  21. Kobe Bryant hanging in the studio with Kanye West

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    Is there a bigger sign of the divergent paths their careers have taken than knowing Kobe Bryant was hanging with Kanye West and Mos Def last week, and the last we saw of Shaq he was with Justin Bieber? As the people who have not unfollowed Kanye’s shoutout-heavy twitter account knew (or as you can…

  22. Kobe Bryant shows some respect for Spain's national team

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In establishing the hierarchy of teams competing in the FIBA World Championships, Team USA and Spain are clearly on the top tier. Both squads have superior talent to the rest of the Championship pool, and while both have their respective kinks to workout before the competition really ramps up, they’re rightfully considered co-favorites. However, it’s…

  23. The world comes to Rucker Park

    Aug 14, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Rucker Park in Harlem is a hoops Mecca, home of legendary players, the And1 mix tapes and some serious ball. As part of the Nike World Basketball Festival, Kobe Bryant was out there running a clinic, right after Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade had dropped in for an event. Then the world came to Rucker…

  24. Kevin Durant is your favorite for MVP

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Another sign that Kevin Durant is blowing up — he is now the odds-on favorite to be the league MVP next season. Not Kobe, not LeBron, but KD. That according to our friends at Bodog.com, who laid out the odds for the award next season: Kevin Durant 5/2Kobe Bryant 3/1LeBron James 9/2Dwight Howard 13/2Dwayne Wade…

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