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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Game 7 with a guy in a Lakers poncho

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

        The top video, pretty much straight forward. That second video, for those of you who have been watching the post game press conferences on NBA TV and wondering “who is the nutjob in the Lakers poncho?” the answer is Vic the Brick Jacobs. He is a Los Angeles sports talk radio legend, now…

  6. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 6: Blogbook thinks the C's have 'Tremors'

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 6… You’re all familiar with “Tremors“, right? Classic mid-90’s comedy horror film about gigantic sand-worm-like creatures that come up from the ground and suck people into the earth, eating them? Yeah, the Lakers were a lot like that tonight. They overwhelmed Boston from the beginning, and you could…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Lakers, it is back to the beginning

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    What do you do when things aren’t working? Because things are not working for the Lakers. In a series that was going to be decided inside, Boston is wining the war. The Lakers shot just 47 percent (8 of 17) at the rim last game. That is 47 percent on layups and tip ins. The…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  9. Kurt Rambis on Pau Gasol: "He just looks tired."

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is not soft. He is tired. That is what former Laker assistant and current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis sees, and what he told Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis. Gasol looked good in the first two games when he was getting help from Andrew Bynum, but with Bynum fading and Odom…

  10. Guy making himself some money in the finals: Tony Allen

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    There is no better time to be a free agent then after a good run in the playoffs. Just ask Hedo Turkoglu. Boston’s Tony Allen is no Turkoglu — on a number of levels  — but he is a guy about to be a free agent coming off an impressive NBA finals. Not on offense,…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Who is the MVP?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Usually five games into an NBA finals, we have a pretty good idea who is going to get the finals MVP award. This finals? Good luck. You’d have an easier time naming all 11 starters on the Slovenian national soccer team. Really, the only consistently good player on both sides has been Kobe Bryant. The…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston making the big plays, Lakers not defending

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Boston was talking about the big plays they made while the Lakers were talking about the defense they didn’t play after the game.  

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson plays good cop, Kobe Bryant plays bad cop

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Walking into the locker room after a crucial Game 5 loss, Kobe Bryant could be heard going on an expletive-filled tirade at his team. His comment later to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was telling. “We’ve regressed since Game 1,” Bryant confessed to Yahoo! Sports. “Our defense belongs on milk cartons in the last two games.” A…

  14. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 5: Blogbook will not be sitting next to Kobe on the ride home

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 5: Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were a combined 4-18. Let’s just let that one sit for a minute. And what’s even more stunning, Artest my have actually played worse than his shooting line indicates. At one point, he pulled off another I made the comment during the…

  15. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Kobe Bryant hit lightspeed and left the Lakers behind

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant’s third quarter was transcendent. It was simply brilliant individual basketball. He nailed a series of shots that literally, only he can make. He was incredible in turning low percentage shots into conversions time and time again. One handed runners falling out of bounds? Terrific. A near 28 foot three? Money. It was as…

  16. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 5: Rajon Rondo may actually be a weakpoint?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has arguably been the MVP of the playoffs up until the Finals. He has been brilliant, dominant at both ends of the floor. He’s been so good that smart, reasonable people, like myself, lost their minds and actually started wondering if Rondo was the best point guard in the league. And he’s been…

  17. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Paul Pierce says 'you can't predict' if he'll get going

    Jun 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Big 3 have yet to have a game where they are all clicking the finals. Typically, this kind of element elicits one of two reactions from the players in question. Either a Kobe-esque “We’ll be fine. Next game, we’ll come out and take care of business” or a more focused “We have to step…

  18. Kobe Bryant: Jerry West is the greatest Laker

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:57 PM EDT

    If you put it to a vote of the fans, Magic Johnson would probably win with Kobe Bryant a close second. Then again, maybe Chick Hearn deservedly wins it all. But among the candidates there seems to be a mutual admiration society. Jerry West said Kobe Bryant was the best Laker ever. Saturday, Kobe returned…

  19. NBA finals: Kobe Bryant needs to create shots… but not just for himself

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    We have reached that point in the series. Faced with a 2-2 series tie after the Celtics’ resiliency was greater than the Lakers’ size and talent advantages, the popular sentiment is turning to “It’s Kobe time.” As we speak, sportswriters across America are preparing their statements about how Kobe Bryant needs to “step up” and…

  20. Kobe Bryant can't shoot better than a busboy

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant may think he can get his shot anytime he want, but as the ultimate busboy Ricardo shows, he’s not all that. At least at pop-a-shot. By the way, Barney’s Beanery rocks.

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: The Big Baby and Nate show

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Here’s a clip from the best press conference of the playoffs — the Big Baby and Nate show. Also Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson talking about the Celtics bench and their energy.  

  22. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 4: Blogbook drools like a Big Baby

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Lakers-Celtics Game 4… If Glen Davis is a Drunken Seal, tonight was the big show at Sea World and everyone clapped for him. Davis was a beast, and his ability to create shots against the Lakers’ bigs was pretty much the difference in the game. Davis’ emotion seems like a…

  23. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Pierce comes alive as Celtics even series

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    In game four, the stifling defense of the Boston Celtics was once again able to keep the Lakers from doing what they wanted to do on the offensive end. For the second game in a row, the Lakers had trouble establishing their post game (Bynum being limited to 12 minutes certainly contributed to this), and…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4, halftime: Lakers lead after ugly half of basketball

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    There comes a point in a seven-game series when the games get ugly. Teams have watched the film, lived the other team for a few games and they now anticipate everything. They know where the next pass is headed, the next cut is going. They can stop things before they happen. We are there in…

  25. Kobe the Kloser willing to mock himself

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The newest Vitaminwater ad with Kobe Bryant is fairly amusing but notable for one thing — Kobe mocks his own fashion photo shoot in the middle of it. Good of him to join the club, everyone else already has.

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