/ Aug 28, 2014 / 6:30 pm
There’s no end to the mythologizing that’s happening every time we see a new facet to Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated feature on Kobe Bryant. First, came Steve Nash‘s hysterical three-word summary of the Mamba, then we heard about Kobe’s text to LeBron after his 2010 “Decision.” Yesterday came an even bigger scoop, when Kobe waxed poetic about the confidence in wanting to go 0-for-30 rather than 0-for-9. Today, Ballard dropped another gem, highlighting Bryant’s almost superhuman tolerance for pain. Read More »
An aging, wistful Kobe Bryant is the quotable gift that keeps on giving. We’ve already touched on several anecdotes from Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated cover story and Gotham Chopra’s documentary on the Los Angeles Lakers legend, but this one might the best yet. Read More »
/ Aug 27, 2014 / 2:15 pm
Recently retired NBA referee Dick Bavetta named his three favorite NBA crowds in an interview this week.
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/ Aug 25, 2014 / 7:45 pm
Not even Kobe Bryant can always walk the walk. After LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to form a super-team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Bryant sent the reigning MVP an unsurprisingly confident and contentious text message predicting a three-peat for his Los Angeles Lakers. Read More »
Robert Horry turns 44 years-old today. We take a look back at two of his most memorable clutch performances.
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The first trailer for upcoming Showtime documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” has been released. This preview offers a fleeting glimpse of the film’s primary ethos, showing Bryant honing his basketball craft with a voiceover that extolls both the virtues and pitfalls of the extreme dedication that’s made him so successful. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm
Kobe Bryant’s sheer will and competitive fire knows no bounds. That much is clear while watching him play, obviously, but that doesn’t make learning behind-the-scenes anecdotes confirming that belief any less enjoyable. Read More »
Jeremy Lin has already “dunked” on his mother this summer, but apparently that wasn’t enough. To “celebrate” his mom’s birthday, the Los Angeles Lakers guard smashed a cake in her face. Read More »
The Kobe Bryant versus Michael Jordan debate will exist as long as we all have a platform to argue over the topic. Jordan has six rings, Kobe has five. Jordan never lost in six NBA Finals appearances, Kobe has lost twice on the biggest stage. You get the idea. On Tuesday night, Brandon Jennings took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the longest-running bar argument in NBA history.
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/ Aug 20, 2014 / 11:00 am
Among the most necessary attributes of the NBA’s true greats is longevity. A relative flash in the pan of brilliance a la Tracy McGrady or player that enjoyed sustained effectiveness but a fleeting peak like Dwyane Wade are considered steps below the game’s historical elite despite multiple individual seasons that are close to unmatched. Their utmost best was arguably better than Kobe Bryant’s, but the Los Angeles Lakers legend played levels closer to his pinnacle for far longer than McGrady and Wade did theirs. That matters, and as Bryant steps firmly into the twilight of his career, don’t think he doesn’t know it. Read More »