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NBA / Oct 15, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The Three Best “Bets” To Win The 2015 NBA MVP, Where LeBron Is Heavily Favored

Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin

Last season Kevin Durant prevented LeBron James from winning this third straight MVP award. The Spurs prevented ‘Bron from taking home his third straight NBA championship. This season, James is the overwhelming favorite to win MVP (5/6), and the Cavs are the favorites to win the title (5/2). But who is the best bet to win the MVP award based off the odds? We got you covered. Read More »

Smack / Oct 14, 2014 / 11:30 pm

Former Kobe Bryant Teammate Tells Stories Of 1-On-1 With Lakers Legend

Kobe Bryant

We knew that Kobe Bryant’s work ethic is among the best basketball has ever seen before Phil Jackson said it “went beyond” Michael Jordan’s. The Zen Master’s assessment, though, lent even more credence to Bryant’s hallowed, unrelenting drive than we ever thought possible. That of the Mamba’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Tony Gaffney won’t do the same, but will still prove a useful anecdote as we immortalize Bryant for decades to come. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 13, 2014 / 5:30 pm

The Top 20 Shooting Guards In The NBA Right Now

James Harden, Klay Thompson

The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.

What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 13, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Kobe Bryant Says His Leadership Style Is “More Nurturing” This Year

Kobe Bryant

This surely won’t be what Kobe Bryant’s legion of die-hard fans want to hear. In a story by ESPN’s Arash Markazi, the Black Mamba said he’s taking a “more nurturing” approach to leadership in 2014-2015 than he has in the past. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 13, 2014 / 10:00 am

Video: Kobe Gives Stephen Curry Props After Deep 3

Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry

The Warriors again blew out the Lakers in their exhibition game last night, exposing LA’s dire need for some defense. Kobe Bryant took on the challenge of guarding a red-hot Stephen Curry at one point midway through the third quarter. He couldn’t slow him down, either, and gave him some props after Steph shook him off for the hoop. Read More »

NBA / Oct 11, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Kobe On Lin: “I’m…Going To Challenge Him To Be A Great Defensive Player”

Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant

It’s going to be a long season for Jeremy Lin in Los Angeles. The Lakers aren’t going to be very strong defensively, and that’s on everyone. But after the Warriors beat the Lakers, 120-105, Thursday night, Kobe Bryant — taking on a pseudo-coaching role, it seems — was clear that Lin will have to make his defense a priority this season. Read More »

Video / Oct 11, 2014 / 3:15 pm

A Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard Hybrid? Gregg Popovich Would Take It

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich (Soobum Im, USATODAY)

The San Antonio Spurs won their second round of competition in the NBA’s Global Games on Saturday, beating Fenerbahce Ulker 96-90 in Istanbul. As a result, Gregg Popovichwas in a bit more affable post-game mood than he was two days ago after his team lost on a buzzer-beater. Asked after today’s game by a foreign reporter why “Kobe Leonard” didn’t play for the Spurs, an initially confused Popovich offered the perfect response. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News / Oct 10, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Kobe Bryant Praises Klay Thompson: “He Has The Whole Package”

Kobe Bryant, Klay Thompson

Maybe agent Bill Duffy should send Kobe Bryant a care package? Duffy is currently stuck looking for a max deal for his client Klay Thompson, with the two sides $2-3 million apart with three weeks left to sign an extension. Kobe witnessed Klay first-hand during Golden State’s 120-105 preseason win last night at the Staples Center and had nothing but high praise for the young shooting guard after the game. Read More »

NBA / Oct 10, 2014 / 10:00 am

Video: Kobe Bryant Strips Steph Curry For The Jam

Kobe Bryant

The Lakers defense looked totally disorganized during Golden State’s 120-105 win last night, but Kobe Bryant again proved he’s back in form with 10 first-quarter points including this sick fadeaway. While the team defense struggled, Mamba showed off his quick hands by stripping Stephen Curry late in the first and taking it for the breakaway slam. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 9, 2014 / 11:15 pm

Video: This Sick Fadeaway Is A Shot Only Kobe Bryant Can Make

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant scored 10 points in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ exhibition game against the Golden State Warriors tonight. The Black Mamba was impressive on both ends, making typically difficult shots and at one point swiping steals on successive possessions – one of which led to a very basic dunk. There was a single move in particular, though, that had us shaking our heads. Read More »