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Video / Oct 20, 2014 / 5:15 pm

Epic Phantom Cam Hype Video For 2014-2015 Exhibits Emotion, Intensity Of NBA

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Sam Cooper YouTube)

The wait is almost over. Basketball is nearly here. The 2014-2015 season is just over one week away, so it’s time to whet your NBA appetite with this epic hype video that utilizes Phantom Cam to highlight the burning intensity of the league and its superstars. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Multiple Sources Say Kobe Is To Blame For Steep Decline Of The Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Former ESPN True Hoop head honcho and one of the most respected writers in the game, Henry Abbott, published a sprawling, multifaceted feature on Kobe Bryant today. It’s not the usual puff piece, though, with tales of Mamba’s preparatory diligence scattered among clichéd paeans to his greatness. Instead, it’s a roundup from agents, league insiders, front office executives and others around the NBA (many of whom are unnamed) dismaying at all the carnage wrought on the Lakers’ franchise by Bryant. Based on Abbott’s rather extensive array of quotes and anecdotes from sources, it’s Bryant who inherits the majority of blame for LA’s current status as an NBA also-ran. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 20, 2014 / 1:15 pm

GIF: Kobe Bryant Flips Slick Behind-The-Back Pass To Carlos Boozer For Layup

Kobe Bryant

We don’t see Kobe Bryant the passer enough. His proclivity for hoisting difficult two-point jumpers often gets in the way of potential assists to awaiting teammates that only a player with Mamba’s court sense, vision, and creative flair is capable of making. Every now and then, though, Bryant will embrace his inner- point guard and become the playmaking maven he was as a young Los Angeles Laker. This slick no-look, behind-the-back pass to Carlos Boozer from last night’s game against the Utah Jazz is just such an example. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe On Julius Randle Having Him As A Mentor: “It Means He Can’t F**k It Up”

Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle

The Lakers stormed back from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Utah Jazz at home last night, 98-91. Kobe Bryant‘s 26 points and Ronnie Price‘s defense were the biggest reasons why. Rookie Julius Randle had a decent game, too, with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. When asked about mentoring Randle after the game, Kobe made it clear it was on the rookie to soak up as much as he could from Mamba and coach Byron Scott. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 10:45 pm

Video: Watch Alec Burks Embarrass Kobe Bryant, Lakers With Sick Crossover

Kobe Bryant, Alec Burks

Kobe Bryant might still be an offensive force, but his play on the other end has quietly been a liability for the past few seasons. If the Los Angeles Lakers tasked their living legend with defending top-tier wings instead of the opponent’s worst perimeter threat, his defensive deficiencies would be common knowledge. This epic crossover by Alec Burks that left Kobe and his teammates embarrassed are further of evidence that sad reality. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Video: Kobe Bryant Explodes For Vintage Dunk During Lakers Practice

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant has been the lone bright spot of an otherwise disastrous preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers. Notably absent from Mamba’s game despite his surprising success so far, though, is a flash of athleticism that hearkens back to his days as one of the most explosive players in the NBA. No more. At Lakers practice today, Kobe split the defense and propelled off two-feet for a vintage jam. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 7:30 pm

LeBron: “I Love Kobe. I Love His Competitive Nature. I Love Competing Against Him”

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant

We’ve never understood the vitriol between loyal followers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Both players are not only unquestioned all-time greats, but also reigned supreme in the NBA at disparate times – Kobe’s prime coincided with LeBron’s slow maturation, and the latter’s prime is currently coinciding with the former’s slow descent. Appreciating the gifts of one doesn’t mean you can’t similarly appreciate the other; their collective fandom isn’t mutually exclusive. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Video: Kobe Scores 27 Points In 27 Mins; Still Losses By 33

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant took 23 shots in 27 minutes last night (it was actually 27:59, but it makes the headline better), and he made 10 of them. He dropped 27 points in those minutes, and his Lakers lost by 33. While we’re pretty confident Kobe will humiliate Carlos Boozer in LA’s next practice, lets marvel at the Mamba’s possible return to a scoring apex he achieved during his 81-point-game season. Read More »

GIFs / Oct 17, 2014 / 12:00 pm

GIF: Carlos Boozer Flexes After And-1 Layup…Down 21

Carlos Boozer

The Lakers are frightful to watch, with new coach Byron Scott putting an emphasis on avoiding three-pointers, they’re attempting even more mid-range jumpers than ever before — as inefficient a shot as there is in basketball. Plus, their defense is laughable. Last night they were blown out by the Jazz, who had the worst record in the West last season. Still, Carlos Boozer found time to preen even while down big. Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 9:00 am

Kobe On No. 40 ESPN Ranking, “They’re A Bunch Of Idiots”

Kobe Bryant

Welp, this was bound to happen following Kobe Bryant‘s torn Achilles tendon at the end of the 2012-13 regular season and his broken leg only six games into the 2013-14 season. ESPN’s argument machine #NBARank dropped Mamba 15 spots this year to No. 40. You can imagine his response. Read More »