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Hoops Hype
Excerpted from Excerpt from “Showboat, The Life Of Kobe Bryant” by Roland Lazenby, published by Little, Brown and Company. Copyright 2016 by Full Court Press, Inc. A basketball shoe revolution began in 1984 with Nike’s explosively popular Air Jordan product line, and it was driven by an odd combination of the NBA’s “ban” on the shoes, Michael Jordan’s embarrassment over his skinny legs, and a raunchy sex scene in an indy film. By the early 1990s, three characters at the heart of that revolution had left Nike and were running Adidas America and hoping to recreate that old magic...
Nov 29, 2016
Hoops Hype
Kobe Bryant. LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 30: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics looks on as blood rolls down his cheek during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Celtics won 110-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via ) Russell...

Website lists Spurs’ Ginobili among NBA favorites to retire next year

DALLAS – With such greats as Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning and Vin Scully calling it quits, 2016 will be remembered as the year of big-name retirements in sports. Looking ahead to 2017, SportsBettingDime.com on Wednesday released its list of big-name favorites to retire from the NBA after
Hoops Hype Nov 29, 2016
Bloody moments in recent NBA history

Bloody moments in recent NBA history

Kobe Bryant. LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 30: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics looks on as blood rolls down his cheek during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Celtics won 110-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via ) Russell...
Silver Screen and Roll Nov 25, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Discussing how Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose's departures have been addition by subtraction with Sean Highkin

Two franchise icons departed Los Angeles and Chicago this summer, and both teams have dealt with their absences differently. Locked on Lakers returns from its Thanksgiving hiatus with a new Friday episode, featuring a discussion with Sean Highkin of the Athletic Chicago and Locked on Bulls. Sean joined Anthony to discuss Luol Deng's inauspicious start to the season, the ways Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose's departures have affected the Lakers and Bulls, respectively, and Sean's first visit to Roscoes. Before that, Harrison and Anthony briefly discussed the Lakers getting beat down by the...

Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs Philadelphia 76ers

Short-handed Conley and Gasol had to grit-n-grind out a win in double OT John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports Happy Thanksgiving, sports fans! Grizz appreciators have much to be thankful for right now. After a frustrating 4-5 start to their season, David Fizdale’s Memphis Grizzlies ride into Turkey Day with a 6-game winning streak, thanks to a bounce-back start from the man they call Big Spain and what looks like an All-Star leap for Mike Conley (though one could argue Kobe Bryant stole his spot in 2015). A depleted Memphis Grizzlies squad (now 10-5) struggled against a...
Silver Screen and Roll Nov 22, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Comparing Russell Westbrook to Kobe Bryant and previewing the Thunder with Fred Katz

Can Los Angeles avoid the storm following in Westbrook’s wake? With the Los Angeles Lakers set to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, host Anthony Irwin couldn’t think of anyone better to bring on the show than Norman Transcript Thunder beat writer Fred Katz. Before bringing in Fred, Harrison and Anthony gave some brief keys for the Lakers against the Thunder. Then, Fred and Anthony discussed the similarities between Kobe Bryant and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and the run Westbrook is currently on. Do the Lakers have any chance? Find out on the latest episode of Locked...
Orange County Register Nov 18, 2016
Pau Gasol, Luke Walton relished each other as teammates, pingpong foes

Pau Gasol, Luke Walton relished each other as teammates, pingpong foes

LOS ANGELES – The reunion normally triggered nostalgia both for his affection for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. This time, San Antonio forward Pau Gasol’s emotions centered on something else. Even without Bryant’s presence, Gasol considered it...
Orange County Register Nov 18, 2016
Pau Gasol relished Luke Walton as teammate, ping pong foe

Pau Gasol relished Luke Walton as teammate, ping pong foe

LOS ANGELES – The reunion normally triggered nostalgia both for his affection for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. This time, Pau Gasol’s return will be different. When the Lakers (7-5) host the San Antonio Spurs (9-3) on Friday at Staples Center,...
Pounding The Rock Nov 18, 2016

Game preview: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers

The Spurs go into the city of Angels to take on the new-look Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers full-scale reclamation project began in earnest the moment Kobe Bryant walked off the Staples Center court for the last time. Replacing the out-of-touch Byron Scott with Luke Walton was the first step in a long remodeling process. Scott couldn’t resonate with his younger players. He let a 38-year-old Bryant hijack the offense, to the tune of 1,113 field goal attempts in 66 games. He made Russell, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, feel like a shell of himself. Scott was a short-term...
Pounding The Rock Nov 17, 2016

The Spurs will be dangerous once they’re on the same page

With a highly rated offense and defense, but a high number of recent turnovers, San Antonio’s issues are mostly around gelling. In the last week, the Spurs have gone 3-1, gotten Danny Green back, and lost him again to a flying knee he took like a man. Pau Gasol has shown improved comfort with the offense and Tony Parker has looked healthy and productive. In Episode 25 of the Superfluous Poppycock podcast, Seth Warren and I discuss the above, and Jonathon Simmons’ role, Gasol’s issues on defense, the role of Patty Mills, and some Kobe Bryant-related poppycock. Listen via the player...
The Dream Shake Nov 14, 2016

James Harden: The Mavericks’ three-point record is going down

We’re not ever betting against The Beard. The Dallas Mavericks hold the NBA record for three-pointers attempted in a single game with 49. That record dates back to March 5, 1996 when they took on the New Jersy Nets in a regular season game. If you don’t remember the 1996 New Jersey Nets, it’s a team whose incompetence would become immortalized three months later when they passed on Kobe Bryant and drafted Kerry Kittles instead. This past Saturday, the Houston Rockets nearly eclipsed that mark when they put up 47 threes to try and keep pace with the San Antonio Spurs. With the 47...
Orange County Register Nov 11, 2016
Lakers' Luke Walton credits 'unselfish play' for bench success

Lakers' Luke Walton credits 'unselfish play' for bench success

NEW ORLEANS – Nearly every day, they encountered an unstoppable Kobe Bryant, a versatile Pau Gasol and a steady Derek Fisher. The job description seemed overwhelming. That did not stop Luke Walton and the rest of his reserve teammates to vow to do...
Silver Screen and Roll Nov 11, 2016

Kobe Bryant promised his dad he’d be better, at age 10

No one could ever accuse him of not having confidence. Picture yourself surrounded by professional basketball players at 10 years old. The world already seems pretty big, but when everyone around you is larger than life, confidence might be tough to come by. Unless you’re Kobe Bryant. Roland Lazenby joined Locked on Lakers to share stories from his new book “Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant” (in stores now), and one in particular sounds especially Mambastic. (Yes, that is a word I just made up. When you graduate with an English degree, you get to do that kind of thing. Them’s the...
Silver Screen and Roll Nov 11, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Julius Randle spurs comeback against Kings, Roland Lazenby talks Kobe Bryant

Just another win up is Los Angeles North. Well, this is why Anthony and Harrison aren’t allowed to make actual decisions. This is an actual tweet Anthony sent Harrison when the Lakers were getting stomped early in the first half by the Kings. After that first half, the Lakers held the Kings to 36 second half points on the way to a 101-91 victory in Sacramento. The guys talk about what they found impressive from the effort, including the team’s overall and continued lack of quit despite getting down double digits, Julius Randle being a potential sociopath, Timofey Mozgov taking yet...
Record-breaker Curry as Warriors down Pelicans

Record-breaker Curry as Warriors down Pelicans

Stephen Curry set a new single-game record with 13 three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors downed the winless New Orleans Pelicans 111-99. Curry, who on Friday had seen the end of his incredible 157-game streak with at least one three-pointer in a defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers, finished with 46 points after a virtuoso display. The reigning NBA MVP's 13 threes broke the previous record of 12 he had shared with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.

Kent Bazemore revealed why he didn’t sign with the Lakers in free agency

Kent explains why he didn’t want to Baze more in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers front office’s decision making in free agency has been one of the most scrutinized aspects of the team over the last several years since Dwight Howard departed for the Houston Rockets. Howard had his reasons for leaving, but it was the first time a major free agent had left the Lakers. Since that drop of blood was sniffed in the water, the sharks have begun to circle. The team’s decision to hold off on locking in their own guys (outside of Kobe Bryant’s mammoth extension) and keep their cap open the...

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