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NBA / Aug 1, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Carlos Boozer Isn’t Done Yet & Plans To Lead In LA

Mitch Kupchak, Carlos Boozer

There are many facets to a person no matter what walk of life they chose to undertake. Nobody is ever just one thing, but when you are an NBA player, on-court performance is often the only thing you are measured by. It defines you and perception often becomes an unfair reality dowsed in hyperbole without the true nature of circumstance given its proper weight.

In some extreme cases, lofty statistics don’t seem to hold enough substance, especially if a lucrative contract is affixed to a player. This has been the reality for Carlos Boozer who holds career averages of 16.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 52 percent shooting from the floor. He’s been a productive player for 12 seasons and never averaged less than 10 points per game in his career. He’s a two-time All-Star, a gold medalist and one of the best teammates a locker room can possess. Read More »

instagram, NBA / Jul 31, 2014 / 11:45 pm

Kobe Bryant Still Has Mesmerizing Footwork

Kobe Bryant (photo. kb24fans instagram)

We’re not long for Kobe Bryant’s basketball life, a reality that’s become far too comfortable given achilles and knee injuries that have forced him to miss all but six games of last season. So despite assurances that Bryant is fully healthy as 2014-2015 approaches, it’s still heartening to see flashes of the unmatched skill that’s made him so dominant throughout his legendary career. On the Nike RISE campaign in China, Kobe showed off the typically mesmerizing footwork we’ve so missed the last 15 months. Read More »

Smack / Jul 31, 2014 / 10:15 pm

Swaggy P Tells Lakers Fans Not To Worry, Calls Kobe Bryant “Batman”

Nick Young

Flamboyant Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Nick Young has developed a cult following among NBA fans. Known as much for his quotable persona and glitzy off-court life as he is actual basketball merit, Young became a fixture of the Lakers’ future this summer when the team signed him a to a four-year, $21 million contract. And with longevity in Los Angeles assured, Swaggy P is already amping-up his antics. In an interview with ESPNLA 710 earlier today, Young called Kobe Bryant “Batman” and eased concerns of Lakers fans by saying, “Y’all got Swaggy P back, so don’t worry!” Read More »

Smack / Jul 26, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Wade: LeBron Is New Favorite Opponent, Kobe Second Best Ever

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade exhibited rare perspective and grace by offering public support of close friend LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, that certainly doesn’t mean Wade and the Miami Heat will take it easy on their former teammate in future match-ups. In his hometown of Chicago earlier this week for the “Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy,” Wade said that James – no longer “second best all-time” Kobe Bryant – is now his favorite opponent. Read More »

NBA / Jul 25, 2014 / 11:30 am

Jeremy Lin On Lakers Trade: “I Just Want To Be Myself”

Jeremy Lin

The Lakers introduced Jeremy Lin at a press conference on Thursday. He spoke about Kobe Bryant and was asked about the Linsanity era in New York. Read More »

NBA / Jul 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Jordan’s Record $33 Million Contract Up For Auction

Michael Jordan Gatorade Commercial Phil Jackson

The maximum two-year, $48 million extension that injured, 35 year-old Kobe Bryant signed last November has been a lightning rod for criticism. Just imagine the derision he’d face if Bryant were allowed a salary similar to Michael Jordan’s last one with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s record $33 million contract for his final season in Chicago is up for auction, and serves as a stark reminder of how little today’s superstars are paid in comparison to those of the past. Read More »

NBA / Jul 22, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Kobe Says He Cold-Calls Industry Titans For Advice

Kobe Bryant

As one of the most talented, decorated, and competitive players in NBA history, one might assume that Kobe Bryant relies on no advice except his own. But as he readies himself for a post-playing career that he recently called “scary as hell,” Bryant admits that he’s sought guidance from a litany of people that have enjoyed similar success on other career paths. Read More »

Smack / Jul 21, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Kobe On Seattle: “I’d Much Rather Come Here In The Postseason Than Oklahoma”

Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher

During Kobe Bryant‘s whirlwind tour of Seattle for Richard Sherman‘s celebrity softball game — where he he hit a home run — and the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro Am — where Crawford introduced him as “this generation’s Michael Jordan,” Kobe also found time to stick it to Oklahoma City. Read More »

instagram / Jul 21, 2014 / 11:15 am

Kobe Hits Home Run At Richard Sherman’s Celebrity Softball Game

Kobe Bryant, Jamal Crawford, Gary Payton

Kobe Bryant had a whirlwind visit to Seattle this weekend. After stopping by the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am and getting a nice compliment from Crawford, he played in the celebrity softball game for Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. He played pretty well, too, as you’ll see. Read More »

instagram, Smack / Jul 21, 2014 / 10:00 am

Jamal Crawford Calls Kobe Bryant “This Generation’s Michael Jordan”

Jamal Crawford

The Jamal Crawford Summer Pro Am this weekend in Seattle saw Kobe Bryant stop by to take in the action; Bean was also in town to play in Richard Sherman‘s celebrity softball game. Crawford took a few minutes to introduce Kobe before he came into the gym, and that’s when compared Mamba to Michael Jordan. Read More »