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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 4: It's over, but the Jazz want it to be over on their terms

    May 10, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Three losses. By a total of 14 points. All where the Jazz had a fourth-quarter lead. That is a tough out. Tonight the Lakers look to sweep the Jazz in a series that is decided. The only thing not decided is how much the Lakers get before the Game 1 with the Suns next Sunday…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Shaq, Duncan, Kobe, and the one for the thumb

    May 9, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    At Spurs blog Pounding the Rock, a discussion for today’s Game 4 centers around a plea from a fan to not allow the Spurs’ dynasty to die. But a line caught my eye. “I don’t want it to be over. I so desperately want to see Tim (Duncan) get his fifth ring (before Shaq, before…

  3. Kevin Durant joins the big time, named to All-NBA First Team

    May 6, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    This season at a Clippers/Thunder game, my media row seat was next to two advanced scouts checking out the Thunder for upcoming games for their teams. Three times during the game, Kevin Durant did something that had these scouts — jaded guys who have seen more basketball than you and I ever will — look…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz: As if the Jazz don't have enough problems, Kobe is back

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    At one point in the first round, Kobe Bryant was showing all the leaping ability of Ron Artest. You could hardly tell them apart… well, except for the hair. And the build. And the fluidity of motion. Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. Oklahoma City was blanketing him with very…

  5. NBA All-Defense Team filled with playoff participants. Coincidence?

    May 5, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Defense wins championships. Or, at least you gets you into the playoffs. That’s the one easy takeaway from the announcement of the NBA All-Defensive teams. There are no shocks on here, everyone belongs, which is what you get when the coaches vote and not media members paid by teams who have their own agendas. Of…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Jazz have no answer for Laker frontline

    May 5, 2010, 2:38 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz have the best point guard in basketball. They’ve surrounded him with good outside shooting and talented forwards. They have one of the best coaches in the league and run the flex with precision. They’re a tough, physical team who don’t back down from any challenge.  What Utah doesn’t have is the kind…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 2: Can the Jazz find a way to get easy buckets? That or grow taller.

    May 4, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    It was clearly a shock to the Jazz’s system. They came from facing a Denver defense where the players’ main goal is to get back on offense, there is no discipline in the system, nobody really breaking up the passing lanes on Jazz cuts. There were a lot of easy baskets. Then they have to…

  8. Kobe vs. LeBron: The rap references mix

    May 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are not basketball players, they are cultural icons. They are brands. They are images. And they referenced in rap and hip-hop as much as the chronic. Well, not that much, but a lot. But who has the better references? Kobe with Lil Wayne? LeBron with Jay-Z? Complex put a list…

  9. Kobe looks odd, a little creepy in high fashion shoot

    May 3, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Disclaimer: I am the last person in the world who should be discussing or writing about fashion. I own a lot of jeans and khaki colored pants because it’s very, very hard not to match things with those — and I still screw it up. My wife has a lot of practice looking at what…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Lakers Jazz Game 1: The Lakers are a big, long team and that's a problem for Utah

    May 2, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    It was feeling like a lazy Sunday at Staples Center — Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals crazy delicious. The Lakers were exploiting their numerous matchup advantages against the Jazz, Kobe was getting into the lane, the crowd was checking their Blackberries and LA was comfortable and up between 8 and 12 points for seeming…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: The Thunder learn some hard lessons, are eliminated by Lakers

    May 1, 2010, 4:46 AM EDT

    Chin up, Oklahoma City. Sure, losing sucks, we get that. But you have to learn how to win in the NBA playoffs — people remember Michael Jordan the champion, not the guy who lost to the Detroit Pistons three straight years on the playoffs. Enjoy the ride, you have a fun team, a special team.…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: Russell Westbrook must attack Kobe Bryant

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Sitting by their lockers after game five, Thunder players admitted it caught them off guard — Kobe Bryant locking down on Russell Westbrook. It threw the young Thunder out of sync, it made Westbrook hesitant. It cost them the game, and now they trail the Lakers 3-2. If they are to pull off one of…

  13. Kobe Bryant still king of NBA Jersey sales, LeBron is queen, Celtics fans will buy anything.

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant. Love him or hate him, you buy his gear. Admit it. The Lakers sudden defensive stopper topped the sales chart at NBA.com and the NBA Store in Manhattan for the second straight year, according to a league announcement Wednesday. LeBron James was second, because really the NBA is all about LeBron and Kobe…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 5: Kobe brings the tough defense and the Lakers bring the blowout

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant is too old. He’s too injured. He’s no longer explosive. He’s played to many minutes over too many years. He’s lost a couple steps. He’s not THAT Kobe Bryant anymore. Don’t try to sell that to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “Kobe had an impact on the game the stat sheet doesn’t show,” said…

  15. Crazy Lakers fan, not as far off reality as you'd hope

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Yes, this video is fake. It’s an actual local LA television news look and intro, so it feels real. But it is not. The beauty of it, of all good satire, is that it is just close enough to reality to hit home. And if you’ve interacted with Kobe fans, if you’ve seen how some…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Now we find out what the Lakers are really made of

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Lakers meandered through the second half of the season without a care in the world. At least they played like it. So Los Angeles fans and media set up imaginary tests for them. The five game road trip was one. Late season matchups with the Thunder, the Magic, a couple with the Spurs all…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Thunder Lakers Game 4: That's what you call an old fashioned beat down

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:27 AM EDT

    This is exactly the kind of game you expect when the top seed Oklahoma City team gets those young, eighth seed Lakers on their home court. The better team wins big, runs them out of the building from the first tip. Just an old fashioned, no mercy beatdown. Wait, what? The Lakers were the top…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Is Kevin Durant really a Kobe stopper? Or was Kobe the Kobe stopper?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant is being treated like basketball royalty today — he stepped up like a superstar should. With the game on the line, he asked to cover the other team’s best player. He went mano a mano with Kobe Bryant. That takes stones. He deserves the praise. And the Thunder won. That is ultimately how…

  19. Kobe's bad shooting night still good enough to pass Jerry West

    Apr 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Drowned out in all the noise in Oklahoma City was another milestone for Kobe Bryant — on a third-quarter 16-foot jumper he passed Jerry West to become the all time leading playoff scorer. Bryant now has 4,465 points scored in the playoffs, putting him eight in front of West. Earlier this season he passed West…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City plays like veterans and the Lakers fold under pressure, just like we expected

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

    Everyone expected this to be a series of close games, of exciting finishes. In the end, it would be the team with the calm demeanor, the team that played like they seen pressure like this a thousand times and knew how to handle it that was going to win. Oklahoma City, of course. Thursday —…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Tonight is OKC and Durant's time to shine

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Thunder are outmatched. Make no mistake about it. They’re in over their heads, a young team of athletic defenders facing arguably the most talented juggernaut in the league. They don’t have the depth inside to dominate the Lakers, though their block efforts in Game 2 helped. They don’t have the star power to draw…

  22. Kobe settles lawsuit with former maid, can we move on now?

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    It was basically a she said/she said case, but with the potential for sensationalism. We’re just not going there today. Know that a settlement has been reached between Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa in the lawsuit filed against them by a former housekeeper, according to the legal Website Onpointnews.com (via Ben Maller). No details…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Lakers lock down Durant, Thunder to win Game 1

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    On a superficial level, the Lakers and Thunder appear to be polar opposites in a lot of ways. The Lakers are the defending champions. The Thunder have never been to the playoffs before. The Lakers are the #1 seed. The Thunder are the #8 seed. The Lakers are a veteran team. The Thunder are the…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Thunder to taste playoff experience, do the Lakers have too much of it?

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers and the Thunder are a lot alike in some ways. Think about it this way: Dominant superstar? Check. Second offensive option who is a borderline All-Star? Check. Long, lanky versatile forward? Check. Guys who can come in off the bench and change the game? Check. But off the court these franchises are totally…

  25. We say again, San Antonio should aim for LA in 1st round

    Apr 4, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich said before Sunday’s game with the Lakers that every Western Conference team is trying to avoid the Lakers in round one. Via ESPN: “The ones that say, ‘We don’t care who we play,’ they’re full of baloney,” Popovich said. “We’re all trying to hide from the Lakers in the first round and that’s…

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