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  1. LeBron James popularity, brand will return with wins

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Winning cures all ills in sports. Right now, LeBron James popularity has taken a hit. A Los Angeles based poling company, E-Poll Market Research, released the results of a survey that found his ratings on words like “appeal” and “exciting” dropped by double digits, while his rating on the word “overexposed” was up 26 percent.…

  2. John Salley has a conversation with Rony Seikaly you would never have with Kobe

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Got to love John Salley. Not so much when he was a key part of the Bad Boys, but now as one of the funnier ex-players. A guy willing to tell some stories. Which he is doing for Deadspin (and to promote his new podcast). The first one is classic — playoff veteran and champion…

  3. Kobe Bryant realizes he is not cut out to be a coach

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Wayne Gretzky. Superstar players usually make bad coaches or managers. Players who can just do rarely have to study the game in detail like a coach. There are exceptions, like Pete Rose had a pretty good managerial record… well, there was that whole betting on baseball thing. We’ll go with Larry…

  4. Summer Lovin', featuring Kobe Bryant and Matt Barnes

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes has an incredible tendency to get on his opponents’ nerves, and it’s easy to understand why. Barnes never stops talking. He’s no stranger to the hard foul or the occasional cheap shot. He holds, he pushes, he yaps, and he plays hard. That’s not the kind of thing that makes for an ideal…

  5. Kobe Bryant had knee surgery last week, will be ready to go for camp

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant had  his knee drained during the first round of the playoffs, and immediately afterward had some of his best games. In classic Kobe fashion, he tried to play it off as nothing ad played through it the rest of the way. However, it pretty clearly bothered him. Last week he had his knee…

  6. Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter begin contract negotiations with the Lakers

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    While teams all around the league are spending big to keep pace with the league’s elite, the league’s elite is quietly making moves to get better and better. Last year’s Lakers were only good enough to win the championship, and yet with a handful of small, conservative moves, L.A. looks stronger than ever. Kobe seems…

  7. New Orleans, you don't have to trade Chris Paul

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Larry Coon, the salary cap guru employed by ESPN (you are going to read a lot of him next summer when the lockout comes), made a great point this morning: Three years ago, Kobe Bryant went ballistic. He was frustrated by the Lakers roster, the inability to win, so Kobe demanded a trade. He ripped…

  8. Kobe Bryant is America's most popular athlete. Didn't see that coming, did you?

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Five years ago, Kobe Bryant may have been America’s most loathed athlete. Calling his career as an endorser “washed up” would have been about the nicest way of putting things one could have. Now, he is America’s most popular athlete. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods are tied as…

  9. Shannon Brown close to deal to return to Lakers

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant wanted Raja Bell. Instead, Lakers fans look like they are going to get their dunks back. With Bell clotheslining Kobe one more time and heading to Utah, the Lakers are moving closer to a deal to bring Shannon Brown back into the fold, according to Yahoo Sports. Lakers general manager “Mitch [Kupchak] and…

  10. Dwyane Wade says the team to beat is the Lakers

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Some pundits (and a few of the NBA’s advanced stats community) are pretty willing to hand the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the Miami Heat. The other 29 teams, not so much. Actually, make that 30. Because Dwyane Wade doesn’t even think the Heat are the favorites, as he said before his charity golf event to…

  11. Michael Jordan says Kobe is the best player in the game right now

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

      This actually happened last month at his camp but we just got the video and thought we’d pass this along. Michael Jordan says that right now, Kobe is the best player in the game, not LeBron. This is MJ, winning is what matters to him. So this shouldn’t be a shock. And with the…

  12. Kobe Bryant recruiting one time nemesis Raja Bell to join Lakers

    Jul 13, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    You want to earn Kobe Bryant’s respect? Battle him. Get up for the task and challenge him. Go at him. Compete. Kobe will still win a lot of those battles — because he is Kobe — but he respects the effort. Raja Bell battled Kobe. In 2006 he taunted Kobe, was physical with him and…

  13. Derek Fisher returns to the Lakers — but for three years?

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher was coming back to the Lakers. He flirted with Miami, but they could offer even less money than the Lakers. And more than money, it was about comfort. He fits well in the triangle. He could win titles in L.A. And Kobe Bryant wanted him back. It was going to happen. But for…

  14. Kobe Bryant wants Derek Fisher back. Oh, and he wishes LeBron well.

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    You can tell what gets Kobe’s passions going. When asked by reporters at his youth camp yesterday about LeBron James and the other free agents, he said all the right things. That he hoped they could make a decision that was best for them despite all the hype, he hoped that they were happy. But…

  15. Kobe Bryant planning finger surgery

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    By the finals, it wasn’t even a talking point any more. Kobe Bryant was playing through an avulsion fracture in his finger, and we didn’t blink. As if it was natural, like a salmon swimming upstream to mate or Lindsay Lohan pissing off a judge. We didn’t think twice of it. But it still hurt,…

  16. Ron Harper on Kobe: "He's the closest thing we've ever had to Jordan"

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Ron Harper has perspective. He was on the Bulls during their heyday for three titles. He was on the Lakers for the first two titles of the Kobe/Shaq era. Through it all he was like a coach on the floor. And he told FanHouse Jordan remains the best, but don’t think the gap is very…

  17. Kobe, Lakers want Raja Bell in free agency

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    Do not adjust your computer screen. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have taken a strong interest in free agent guard Raja Bell, with Kobe Bryant being one of Bell’s strongest advocates. Bell is a “Three-and-D” guard who is best known for his physical brand of defense and his feud…

  18. Lakers Championship Parade Highlights

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Ron Artest with a cigar and a top hat. No other sentence can motivate you to watch the highlights of the Lakers championship parade more. Oh, yea, there are shots of Kobe, too.

  19. Video NBA finals: 'Crazy Pills' Artest on the mic

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    When the Lakers won last night, people had a variety of reactions. Some cried happy tears and hugged their loves ones. Some drank champagne. Others beat up some cops and broke some stuff. A lot of people did that, actually. But Ron Artest? He was just humble and wanted to party. And when the Lakers…

  20. NBA finals Video: Kobe has one more than Shaq, and would like to tell you so

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    There’s a surreality to the tone of championship teams. Even after five titles, Kobe still appears stunned that he’s reached the summit again. Phil Jackson, with 11 rings (one for the pinky toe?) still seems like the entire experience is odd. Oddly in the video below, it’s only Pau Gasol who seems nonplussed. And of…

  21. NBA finals: Lakers will parade the streets as champions on Monday

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    The Lakers have announced their parade info. It’s time to party with the champions. Again. For the sixteenth time in NBA history. Seventeenth overall. You’d think they’d get tired of it. These parades come as regularly as the St. Patty’s Day one in Boston. But no, of course, nothing beats a title and the Laker…

  22. Quote of the day, where the Shaq/Kobe feud lives on

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    “Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank.” –Kobe Bryant after Game 7, on what winning his fifth championship means to him individually.

  23. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston blew the championship

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:31 AM EDT

    It was the type of the game the Celtics wanted. It was an ugly game, dominated by defense and sloppy play. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to shoot 12-40 from the floor, and the Lakers shot 32.5%/20%/67.6% as a team. The Celtics had their game plan, and they executed it to a T. Kobe…

  24. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: Kobe Bryant and a legacy at war

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT

    That’s one for the thumb.  Kobe Bryant won his fifth title in 2009-2010, nesting a clutch jumper and a series of icing free throws. The storybook ending was written, with Bryant further cementing his legacy as one of the truly great players in NBA history. His veteran leadership and indomitable will to win is second to…

  25. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

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