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GIFs, Latest News, Twitter / Oct 23, 2014 / 10:45 am

Julius Randle: “I Don’t Want To Be The Next Shaq. I Want To Be The Next Kobe”

Julius Randle, C.J. McCollum

Rookie Julius Randle always struck us as a bruising power forward, more in the vein of Shaq than any other Laker great; he’s a player with a butt that could back down just about anyone at the college level. We’ll see if that power translates to his first NBA season after being selected by the Lakers with the seventh pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. But Randle — after showcasing some nice body control on some coast-to-coast jaunts last night in LA’s win over Portland — has a different apotheosis in mind. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 23, 2014 / 9:00 am

Video: Ronnie Price Behind-The-Back Pass For Wesley Johnson’s Monster Dunk

Ronnie Price, Wesley Johnson

Kobe Bryant did not suit up for the Lakers’ Wednesday preseason battle against the Portland Trail Blazers, but that didn’t mean that there wasn’t any sizzle on the floor at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Besides Lakers rookie Julius Randle going off for 17 points (on 7-for-10 shooting) and eight rebounds in 24 minutes, another new Laker, Ronnie Price, had a solid outing as the starting point guard. Read More »

NBA / Oct 22, 2014 / 5:45 pm

NBA General Managers Rank Kobe Bryant Third-Best Shooting Guard In Survey

Kobe Bryant, Klay Thompson

Houston Rockets All-NBA First Team honoree James Harden believes that he’s “the best all-around basketball player in the NBA.” Meanwhile, the agent of Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson recently opined that his client is “the best two-way 2-guard in basketball.” So, where does that leave fellow shooting guard and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant? Well behind Harden and Thompson as the league’s third best player at his position, at least according to a survey of NBA general managers. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm

GIF: Kobe Bryant Hits Pair Of Clutch Fadeaways In Final Minute Versus Suns

P.J. Tucker, Kobe Bryant

P.J. Tucker, Kobe Bryant (Richard Mackson, USATODAY)

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns in overtime last night, but wouldn’t have even been there without typically heroic late-game efforts of Kobe Bryant. Leading and completing his team’s fourth quarter charge, the Black Mamba hit a pair of insanely difficult fadeaways over P.J. Tucker in the game’s last 90 seconds to twice put his team ahead. Read More »

Smack / Oct 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Video Emerges Of Willis Reed Fighting Most Of The Lakers Bench In 1966

Willis Reed

Former Knicks center and Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed was in just his third NBA season when he was named captain of the 1966-67 Knicks. That season is not as famous as the championship-winning Knicks campaign of 1970, or Reed’s oft-extolled stroll through the Garden tunnel to take the jump ball in Game 7 of the Finals after suffering a torn thigh muscle in Game 5. But that season of ’66 features an infamous game against the Lakers that showed Reed was every bit the captain and the team, and they wouldn’t be taking any gruff from opponents anymore. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News / Oct 22, 2014 / 10:30 am

Watch Isaiah Thomas Hit Game-Tying Shot & Stare Down Floyd Mayweather

Isaiah Thomas staring down Floyd Mayweather

It may have been providence last night for the Suns and free agent acqusition Isaiah Thomas. The 5-9 point guard was in the perfect spot to knock down a 20-foot jumper and send the Lakers-Suns preseason game into overtime right in front of undefeated boxing savant, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Zeke’s smirking stare towards Mayweather after the bucket dropped was just icing on the cake. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Oct 21, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Paul George, Flea, Phil Jackson Defend Kobe Bryant Amid Media Scrutiny

Kobe Bryant

It hasn’t been a great past few days for Kobe Bryant. After getting absolutely fooled by a sick crossover from Alec Burks, the Los Angeles Lakers legend awakened to media scrutiny unlike most any he’s faced throughout his 18 years in the NBA on Monday morning. But Mamba’s loyal legion of followers quickly came to his defense, and three more high-profile devotees slammed the press today for portraying Kobe in a negative light: Paul George, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phil Jackson. 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 »

Video / Oct 20, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Watch Ronnie Price Get Steal, Go Behind-Back To Wes Johnson For Huge Slam

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson (Gary A. Vasquez, USATODAY)

The 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers might not be Kobe Bryant, a crippled Steve Nash, Julius Randle, and a bunch of cast-off, re-treads after all! Well, not really. But this is still a fun highlight. In a clip emphasizing just how talented even middling NBA journeymen are, Lakers reserve point guard Ronnie Price swipes a steal and leaves a behind-the-back pass to a streaking Wes Johnson for a lengthy poster slam. 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 »