TAG: Steve Nash
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 »
The Lakers could have used a healthy Steve Nash last season. The 40-year-old two-time MVP only appeared in 15 games for LA in 2013-14 after experiencing extensive nerve damage as the result of a broken leg suffered during the 2012-13 campaign. This is the final year of Nash’s three-year deal with LA, and he’ll likely hang up the kicks for good when the season is over. According to reports, though, it seems his offseason convalescence has improved his broken-down body, at least so far. Read More »
Viral videos and memes are always annoying, but at least the #ALCSIceBucketChallenge is for a worthy cause. The seemingly idiotic videos dominating your social media feed in recent weeks of people dumping ice water on their heads are actually anything but, as evidenced by the surge in donations to the ALS Association. Even better than normal harmless, stupid fun to fight a debilitating disease? When people like Duke University and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski get in on the act. Read More »
The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.
That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »
Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has been a very busy man over the past two seasons. Aside from Kobe Bryant‘s injuries, the Lakers have dealt with extended absences from other players including Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. Vitti spoke about his role on the team this week, and also expressed a lot of confidence in Kobe’s ability to remain an elite player for this upcoming season. Read More »
With the blink-and-you-missed it way basketball has infiltrated our online and television lives, it’s only fair you get some warning for what’s up next. Whether it’s a basketball game halfway around the world, the NBA Finals, a revealing interview, or a high school star’s mix tape, we’ve got you covered with our “Screen & Roll” recap of what’s coming on for the coming week. Read More »