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  1. LeBron, Wade, Durant headline NBA stars at labor talks

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    carmelo-lebron-wade

    Friday is a big day in the NBA labor talks — negotiations over the past weeks and years have led to a larger meeting in New York between nearly half the NBA owners and a number of NBA players. The union will have it’s brightest stars on hand — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade…

  2. Report: Scheduling issues could kill Kobe deal in Italy

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The Italian League where Kobe Bryant is close to playing is not quite like the NBA in a lot of ways. One is the scheduling — as in it’s not set yet. The league is set to tip-off Oct. 9 but the schedule is still being reworked. For example, Venezia was just being added as…

  3. Kobe reaches deal to play in Italy. Almost. Team calls it “95 percent.”

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE #2, 9:56 am: And as fast as it came together, the deal may already be falling apart. Virtus Bologna had requested a special schedule during the 40 days the team was to have Kobe Bryant, but that has been rejected by the Italian league. This may lead to the entire deal to collapse as the…

  4. Kobe Bryant smacks Shaquille O’Neal around. Again.

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    This horse is dead, but we’re going to give it one more swift kick. Turns out, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal don’t really like each other. Who knew? And if you think all the bitterness from those days is gone, you weren’t listening to Italian radio yesterday. Neither were we, but someone with Sportando was.…

  5. Video: Why you don’t want Kobe taking your penalty kicks

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Kobe Bryant is one of the world’s elite athletes. An icon. The biggest name in basketball world wide right now. He’s not the guy you want taking your soccer penalty kicks. Kobe loves the sport and came down to take some PKs after a Turkish soccer game (he’s in Europe on a Nike tour), and…

  6. Kobe says it’s “very possible” he plays in Italy. Sure it is.

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant knows marketing. He knows that if you’re in Italy promoting Nike and your brand, and there are rumors swirling about offers for you to play in Italy during the lockout, it’s bad marketing to say, “No, no way I’m playing here.” You give people some hope if you want to sell more shoes.…

  7. Italian club alters offer to Kobe: $2.5 million for one month

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It sounds like Kobe Bryant and Italian team Virtus Bologna are farther apart on a deal than the NBA owners and players. Recently Kobe reportedly demanded $15 million, before taxes, to play an entire season. Owner Claudio Sabatini was shocked by this (it was more than double his last offer) and came back with his…

  8. Enjoy Kobe Bryant getting knocked out on “The Simpsons”

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Sure, “The Simpsons” jumped the shark long before the movie came out, but it remains some of the better comedy writing on television. You can count on a couple really good laughs an episode. If you’re a Kobe Bryant hater then I know one of them from the season opener last week. We give you…

  9. Report: Kobe tells Italian team he wants $15 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Virtus Bologna — much like Turkish side Besiktas — is making a very public run at signing Kobe Bryant. Sure, they’d like to get him, but if they don’t this is still great public relations (and Manu Ginobili could be the fall back). If they are going to get him they are going to have…

  10. Want to own a Kobe autographed smart car? Move to China.

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    kobe-smart-brabus

    You kind of expect a limited edition, signed Kobe Bryant “black mamba” car to be a Ferrari 360 Modena. Something he owns and seems to fit his personality. Or maybe something he could jump over. A limited edition smart car? That’s the black mamba car and you can’t get it here, according to the Orange…

  11. Who will be on Team USA for 2012 London Olympics?

    Sep 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Mike Krzyzewski — head coach of Team USA — has some brutal choices ahead of him next summer. Team USA is in the 2012 London Olympics and will come in the heavy favorite, but there are some other very good teams out there that could push the USA — Spain and Argentina come to mind,…

  12. Kobe gets $6.7 million offer from Italian team, now his call

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The ball is now in Kobe Bryant’s court, a massive offer is on the table. But even with the lockout, I’d be surprised if he picks it up. Thursday night officials from Virtus Bologna had a conference call with Rob Pelinka, the agent for Kobe, and laid out four different contract options, according to the…

  13. Report: Kobe, agent to talk with Italian team about new offer

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Kobe Bryant still has an offer on the table from Italian squad Virtus Bologna — one modified from the original offer to allow for a range of options — and he and his agent will have a conference call with the team to discuss it, according to various reports out of Europe. That is all…

  14. Report: Italian club offers Kobe Bryant $600,000 per game

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    kobe-clutch

    For international clubs looking to sign an American star, Kobe Bryant is the biggest fish in (or across) the pond. The Laker guard remains the most recognizable active player on the planet, the most marketable, plus there’s the whole “he’s really good” thing. Kobe has been offered $600,000 per home game to play for Virtus…

  15. Goodman vs. Drew league rematch back on in Los Angeles

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    October 9 was to be the day of the first NBA preseason games. They haven’t been officially cancelled, but good luck finding anyone who thinks there will be games that night. But there will be a game that evening — the rematch of the Goodman and Drew leagues. From the moment they walked off the…

  16. Kobe Bryant willing to loan players money if lockout lingers

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    It’s part of what is behind the NBA lockout dragging out to threaten actual games — there are owners that want to exert their ultimate leverage, the loss of paychecks. There are some owners that want to hurt the union, to break it. The theory goes that when the players start missing paychecks, they’ll cry…

  17. NBA 2k12 News: Lebron James tops Kobe Bryant, Stern and Silver to announce picks

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    In the absence of an actual NBA season, 2K Sports’ NBA 2k12 may be the best some people are going to get this year. The most popular NBA game on the market goes on sale October 4th, and in addition to a wide array of legend players including Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Moses Malone, and…

  18. Kobe Bryant says he’s still looking overseas

    Sep 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You may have thought after talks broke down (or never really existed) with Besiktas, that the hubub about Kobe Bryant playing overseas would die down. But Bryant loves playing, will never admit that he needs time to rest, and has an insatiable desire to beat other human beings at basketball. So Bryant wants you to…

  19. Brown thinking more Gasol and Bynum, less Kobe for Lakers

    Sep 16, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Mike Brown wants what Phil Jackson wanted — the offense to run through the post. Not a Kobe Bryant isolation play or him coming off a high pick, but Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as the hubs of the offense, standing at the high and low block. Will Kobe buy into it? Well, does he…

  20. Jerry West talks about his relationship with Phil Jackson… there wasn’t one

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    Last year, Roland Lazenby’s fascinating biography of Jerry West — detailing his childhood in West Virginia and how that shaped a man driven by a fear of failure. A man who felt relief more than anything when he finally won an NBA title as a player. A fear that drove him as an executive with…

  21. Shaq says he told Celtics not to trade Perkins (and talks Kobe)

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne

    Shaquille O’Neal feels like a lot of Celtics fans do — that the Celtics shouldn’t have traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the deadline last season. But Shaq went a step farther telling GM Danny Ainge he might not be back and not to make the trade. That’s just one of the interesting things…

  22. Kobe’s twitter account comes. Then goes. But will be back.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Kobe Bryant was the talk of twitter Wednesday night. It’s not the first time, from hitting game winners to just being Kobe in post game conversations he’s been the buzz of twitter. But Wednesday it was because he joined twitter. For about three hours. Then the account was shut down after one tweet (“Can you…

  23. Michael Jordan in the clutch vs. LeBron James

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    This is not a slam on LeBron James. This is not about who is the better player in the clutch, Michael Jordan or LeBron. Or who is the better player, period (not sure that’s a debate right now). It’s about the attitude Jordan had, what Jordan learned, and what LeBron James needs to pick up…

  24. What the Lakers should do when the lockout ends

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Welcome to the first installment of a fun lockout series here at PBT… okay, there nothing is fun about the lockout. It blows. But whenever it ends teams are going to have to scramble to fill holes and make moves. What follows is a discussion of what the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to…

  25. We need a season because it’s now or never for Kobe v. LeBron

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was supposed to be 2009. Whoops, thanks Orlando and your ridiculously hot shooting. Then it was supposed to be 2010. Whoops, Boston strikes again. Then, no, seriously, surely it has to be 2011, we don’t even have the rest of the Cavs to blame it on. Whoops, Dallas denied. And now we’re on the…

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