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  1. NBA players lockout tour of China has to win over government first

    Jul 4, 2011, 8:03 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Derrick Rose could lead a barnstorming tour of NBA players through China. So could Kobe Bryant. A few agents out there are pitching the idea of a lockout tour of China this fall and it is gaining momentum for the players. But they better check with the Chinese government first. Because while it sounds like…

  2. Players proposed barnstorming tour of China gains Kobe

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    1st Annual Cartoon Network's "Hall Of Game" Awards - Show

    We told you the other day how the Wasserman Media Group was proposing a barnstorming tour of China next fall by NBA players if the lockout is still dragging out. The Los Angeles Times tells us Kobe Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka is thinking the same thing — and that would give a tour real star…

  3. Krstic: NBA players will not be flocking to Europe

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    It is every player’s favorite threat — “I can always play in Europe.” Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, a ton of players have pulled out the Euro card as an option. It’s not really an option, not like they think. So warns Nenad Krstic, who spent the last several seasons in the NBA (Thunder…

  4. Kobe Bryant has experimental therapy on his knees

    Jul 1, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant’s knees are not good. He sat out practices most of last season to rest them (which might have helped cause his team’s poor execution under pressure in the playoffs). But he is getting close to bone-on-bone and there is only so much the doctors can do. At the time Lakers trainer Gary Vitti…

  5. Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown getting along swimmingly, triangle ditched

    Jun 19, 2011, 10:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    There was a lot of intrigue when Mike Brown was hired because the move wasn’t cleared with Kobe Bryant. After all, the franchise is still Kobe’s now that Phil’s gone (or regardless of Phil depending on your viewpoint) until he retires. So Bryant should have been brought in on the conversation. And the idea of…

  6. Kobe’s Dad says he has three-to-five years left

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Kobe is slowing down. It’s obvious. He’ll be 33 next season and he’s not as explosive as he once was. It is a credit to Kobe that his numbers — shooting percentage, PER, points per game, whatever ones you want — don’t really show the decline. You only see it in that he took 3.5…

  7. LeBron James third highest earning athlete in America

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    LeBron James shouldn’t flaunt that after he loses in the NBA finals he goes back to living a charmed life and we go back to our lives… but the dude is raking it in. According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron is the third highest earning athlete in the United States in 2011. Tiger Woods and Phil…

  8. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant took a dig at LeBron James last summer. In a way that was very Kobe. Stephon Marbury has advice for LeBron, too. In case you haven’t seen the picture of Mark Cuban at a urinal holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy, here you go. Talking about what Mark Cuban needs to do next, after…

  9. Barea billboard takes a jab at Kobe

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Barea Billboard

    That is a billboard in Dallas guard J.J. Barea’s native Puerto Rico. The statement on it (via The Basketball Jones, via Bethlehem Shoals), translates to “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.” When the Mavericks were leading by 30 in the final quarter of the final game of a sweep of the…

  10. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Lakers Ring Ceremony Basketball

    An incredibly cool look at every NBA championship ring, from 1947 to 2010. If you click one link today, make it this one. (And why are you only clicking one link a day?) Kobe Bryant is launching a new non-profit on Tuesday, aimed at reducing homelessness in Los Angeles. Great, much needed cause. Anthony Toliver…

  11. The Lakers will retire Shaq’s jersey. As they should.

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    Sometimes lost in all the clowning, all the injuries of the last few years, people seemed to have forgotten what an unstoppable force of nature Shaquille O’Neal was on the court in his prime. A lot of that prime was in Los Angeles, paired with Kobe Bryant. They could not have won those titles without…

  12. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  13. Jim Buss says he was wrong for not bringing Kobe into coaching decision

    May 29, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    File under “things which would have been good to think about five days ago.” The Los Angeles Times sat down with Lakers VP Jim Buss who has been running the show and making decisions significantly different from how his dad has handled things over the last few years. They asked specifically about the hiring of Mike…

  14. Remembering the five best NBA finals ever

    May 29, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    This is going to be one fascinating NBA finals. One of the most improbable and unexpected rematches. But it’s got big shoes to fill after last season, a seven-game thriller between the two most iconic of NBA franchises. In honor of that series and to dream about what could be coming up, we decided to…

  15. Lakers trainer: Kobe’s knee issues “can be dealt with”

    May 27, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant may only be 32 but he has put a lot of miles on his body. He has played more minutes than Magic Johnson, more than Larry Bird, and he’s right there with Michael Jordan (which includes the Wizards years we all try to forget). That has taken its toll on knees that have…

  16. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  17. It’s official: Mike Brown is your new Lakers coach

    May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 6:19 pm: The Lakers have released an official statement on Mike Brown. “In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract…

  18. Report: Kobe Bryant “surprised” Lakers to hire Brown

    May 25, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Superstars are used to being consulted. So the report of Kobe Bryant’s reaction to the Lakers being on the verge of hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, says a lot about how this decision was made. And maybe about how it will be received in the locker room.…

  19. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #3 9:55 am: By the morning, pretty much everyone with an NBA source has confirmed this. The Lakers are going to make an offer to Mike Brown, maybe for three, maybe for four years. The only potential catch is that it is not really going to be a negotiation, if he doesn’t take the…

  20. Are the NBA rules for using the “F” word the way they should be?

    May 23, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah both recently were caught using a homophobic slur that starts with the letter “F,” yet their fines were very different.  Kobe, who directed his shot at a referee, was fined $100,000, while Noah’s use of the term was directed at a “fan,” which only drew a $50,000 fine from the league.  Let’s take…

  21. Joakim Noah fined $50,000 by league for gay slur

    May 23, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 for using a “derogatory and offensive term” against a fan, something caught by TNT cameras during the Bulls Sunday night Game 3 loss in Miami. The term, a derogatory term for a gay person, is the same one used by Kobe Bryant in the regular…

  22. Ring for LeBron could mean $4 billion for Nike in China

    May 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, Kobe Bryant has made bigger inroads into the Chinese market than LeBron James. Part of that is relationships — Kobe was making an annual pilgrimage to China long before most NBA stars. He has his own separate charity there, part of giving back to that massive market. But it’s also about the rings.…

  23. Unanimous LeBron James leads All-NBA First team

    May 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    He wasn’t the MVP, but LeBron James was the only player to be unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team. The actual MVP — Chicago’s Derrick Rose — and runner up Dwight Howard were both one vote short of being unanimous. Here are the teams. All NBA First Team: Forward: LeBron James, Miami Forward: Kevin…

  24. For first time in 13 years no Kobe, Shaq or Duncan in finals

    May 12, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    In the 1998 NBA finals, Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to drill the game winner in what was the end of an era in the NBA. These 2011 finals, wherever and with whomever they take place, will mark the start of a new era. For the first time since Jordan’s final game as…

  25. Kobe says don’t break up Lakers, they can win again

    May 11, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans are ready to break up the team. It’s not like they won two previous championships and 57 games this past season. (Oh, wait…) They had a very bad playoffs, they looked fatigued and disinterested, they ran basic sets of the triangle offense and not the depth of it needed to counter what the…

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