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  1. Season’s wild final night shows why playoffs will be must-watch

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:11 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Lakers

    It was the last game on the last night of the regular season — and nobody wanted it to end. Not the  fans in Sacramento, who were loud and would not leave at the end of a wild game. Wild in every way — the shots were wild, the setting was wild,  that this last…

  2. Kobe fined $100K for “distasteful term” used toward referee

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant’s emotional use of a derogatory slang term toward gays aimed at a referee Tuesday night — caught and shown to a national television audience — has led to a hefty fine from David Stern and the league office. “Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable,” Stern said in a…

  3. Kobe responds to reaction surrounding his gay slur

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Last night, in a moment of frustration after receiving a technical foul, Kobe Bryant uttered a word toward referee Bennie Adams that is a derogatory slang word for homosexuals. It was caught clearly by television cameras on the nationally broadcast game, creating an instant firestorm debate on twitter that has spilled over into a national…

  4. LeBron returns to top of NBA jersey sales pile

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Apparently, a lot of you wanted a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Sure, you talked about his massive ego and how the decision was handled and how this reflected on him as a person — then a bunch of you went out and purchased a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. Which means in one sense…

  5. Kobe Bryant may have used a gay slur

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    During Tuesday night’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was hit with a technical foul. When he went to the bench, TNT’s cameras caught him apparently calling referee Bennie Adams a “f******g [gay slur].” (What he said looks pretty clear to me, but watch the video and judge…

  6. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Monty McCutchen

    Kobe Bryant picked up his 15th technical this season in a little tussle with Kendrick Perkins Sunday night. One more T in the season’s final two games and Kobe is suspended for one game. If he picks up 16 in the season’s final game he does not sit out the first playoff game — the…

  7. The Lakers have nary a care for the end of the regular season

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    The Lakers lost their fourth game in a row Friday night to a 93-86 decision against the Blazers. It wound up with a decent point differential but the truth is the game was much more of a blowout. A late Lakers run with bench players made it seem easier, but in reality, the Lakers gave…

  8. Bryant endorses Shaw as the Lakers’ next head coach

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    Brian Shaw

    As you know by know, Phil Jackson is definitely, definitely not going to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The last time the Lakers attempted to replace Jackson, they hired Rudy Tomjanovich and missed the playoffs. What will the Lakers do this time? Will they go with a big-name ringer or try to develop…

  9. “Forgotten” Durant says Derrick Rose is MVP

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Before the season, Kevin Durant was the MVP favorite. He was coming of an NBA scoring title and leading Team USA to gold in Turkey, he seemed destined to take the next step. And then he and the Thunder got off to a slow start. And he slid off the radar. The as the season…

  10. Kobe Bryant in a wacky little Chinese hip-hop video

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

    Kobe China

    Well, you don’t see this every day. Thank God. During All-Star Weekend Kobe did an interview with Chinese media (in the media interview/work room) pushing Sprite and some other products, and I don’t remember much because I was doing my very, very best to tune out the annoying interviews (eventually going to the Miles Davis…

  11. Nuggets win over Lakers should get Thunder’s attention

    Apr 3, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum

    With just 10 days of NBA games remaining, some first round playoff matchups are pretty much set. Out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are almost certainly getting the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Sunday Denver beat the Lakers by outworking them, being more scrappy, playing good defense and moving the ball on offense (95-90…

  12. SI Player Poll: Varejao, Ginobili top floppers

    Apr 2, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Sports Illustrated’s latest anonymous poll of players is out, and the subject is the biggest floppers in the league. The top guys will not surprise you. Here’s the top 5: Anderson Varejao Manu Ginobili Luis Scola Derek Fisher Kevin Martin Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Shane Battier all make appearances in the top 15 as…

  13. Kobe’s China smart car commercial. You read that right.

    Mar 31, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Kobe China

    I have no doubt that the BRABUS smart car is pretty roomy. I bet my six-foot frame would slide in quite comfortably. I still would have loved to see Kobe try to squeeze into the small smart car for the filming of this Chinese commercial (via Ball Don’t Lie). You can make your own jokes…

  14. Derek Fisher receives retroactive flagrant-2 foul for incident with Chris Kaman

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

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    During the Lakers’ 112-104 win over the Clippers on Friday, things got a little heated between Derek Fisher and Chris Kaman. In the game’s final 30 seconds, and with its ultimate result having already been decided, Kaman went to set a screen away from the ball, beyond the three-point line on Fisher. That’s when the…

  15. Calipari still regrets not drafting Kobe Bryant. Ya think?

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

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    John Calipari knows talent. Think what you will of him as a person or coach, the guy knows how to spot and recruit young talent. So back in 1996 when he was the brand new coach of the Nets and he worked out a high school senior named Kobe Bryant before the draft, any chance…

  16. Coach K almost came to Lakers in 2004; will not now

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Phil Jackson is going to walk away from the Lakers after this season, whether he makes it an even dozen rings or not. Brian Shaw is your front-runner. He almost certainly will be the head coach for the Lakers next season. But there will be rumors. Like Kurt Rambis (if he is let go in…

  17. Derrick Rose will win MVP. There are better choices.

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Stan Van Gundy is right — Derrick Rose is going to win the MVP award this year. He has everybody including Michael Jordan’s endorsement. Influential media members are lining up behind him. The question is: Does he deserve it? Or, more accurately, do others deserve it more? You can make a good argument for Rose…

  18. Lakers resurgence reminds us bigger is better

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    Why, every year, do people fall for this? Back in December Lakers fans were freaking out — and the rest of the league hoped they were right — because something seemed off about the Lakers. They weren’t bad, but the two-time defending champions were not dominating everyone, were not focused, were not defending, were not…

  19. Lakers, Suns put on a triple-overtime show of shows

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:51 AM EST

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    This was the most entertaining game of the season. Not the best played, there was plenty of slop (Vince Carter’s 2-of-13 from three) and some odd decisions — Lamar Odom, why in the name of Unbreakable are you fouling a three-point shooter up three with a second to go? But there were also amazing plays…

  20. Quote of the Day: Kobe loves Fisher, taking shots at Smush

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    “You mean when I was throwing to Smush? I shot w/ three mother **** on me. That’s the difference. Now I only shoot w/ one, maybe two.” —Kobe Bryant, on whether he missed Derek Fisher when he left the Lakers in 2004 (via the LA Times Mark Medina on twitter. Fisher stepped up and hit the…

  21. Bosh says real men cry, Kobe should have been kicked out of the gym

    Mar 17, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    I’m not sure why the alleged crying in the Heat locker room is still an issue, but it is for some. To me it showed they cared, I’d be more concerned as a Heat fan if they were joking and blasting Drake in the locker room after a last-second loss. (Actually, I’d be concerned if…

  22. GQ calls Lakers fans worst in the NBA

    Mar 17, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    In case you missed it while checking out the Armani ads, GQ (via The Basketball Jones) went looking for the worst fans in sports — congratulations Philadelphia! — and wouldn’t you know it only one NBA team was able to make this storied list: The Los Angeles Lakers. Congratulations, Angelenos! You are the fairest of America’s…

  23. Kobe Bryant game-time decision Monday night

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant played through a sprained ankle aggravated during the Lakers thumping of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, but now that the ankle has had a couple days to really swell up and get sore, he is a game-time decision for Monday night’s big game against the Orlando Magic. So said Phil Jackson, and we trust…

  24. Phil Jackson: Kobe is not Jordan, nobody is

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Phil Jackson has been there, he has played golf with Michael Jordan. He has had dinners with Kobe Bryant. He has coached them both. He has won championships with both. His perspective on comparing the greatest player of his generation (if not all time) and his heir apparent may have the most insight. And he…

  25. Kobe Bryant injures ankle, may not play Monday vs. Magic

    Mar 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It has not been a stellar 60 hours for Kobe Bryant. After going into hero mode versus the Heat, chucking up a few clangers and losing, Bryant then put himself through a grueling post-game workout for over an hour in front of the media, which probably made him feel better about himself, but also was…

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