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Silver Screen and Roll Jul 20, 2016

Lakers News: Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry say Kobe Bryant was better than Tim Duncan

Well there’s our answer. San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan retired a little over a week ago, and given the nature of the offseason, his hanging up his Curry 2 Lows sneakers has led to endless talk over where he ranks among the game’s all-time greats. There have been endless debates, tweets, and columns arguing one way or the other ever since the press release announcing his retirement dropped. One of the most obnoxious arguments among these has been whether or not Duncan’s“selfless” and non-spotlight driven style were better or worse than the way other superstars, such as...

Kobe Bryant's letter to his "younger self" reveals "tears and heartache"

The Players Tribune is often a source of interesting, even revealing, stuff about modern athletes. I recommend checking it out periodically just to

Kobe Bryant has some advice for his 17-year-old self

Kobe Bryant seems to have more time to think, now that he’s retired from the NBA. The Lakers legend has come up with some advice to offer a younger version of himself on the brink of signing his first contract back in 1996 — and he shared it Wednesday in a piece he wrote for the Players’ Tribune....

Mike Krzyzewski: USA Basketball double-checked with Kobe Bryant before naming Olympic team

Kobe Bryantwithdrew from Olympic considerationjust a couple daysbefore USA Basketballnamed finalistsfor the Rio roster. He then followed through on his plan to retire, leaving the Lakers with a memorable final game. Even after all that, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said Kobe still received some Olympics consideration. Arash Markazi of ESPN: Coach K on making []

Report: NHL dismisses neutral arbitrator who reduced Wideman’s suspension

The dismissal should come as no surprise, given the leagues response to James Oldhams ruling.

DeMarcus Cousins: Comment about not understanding Kings’ draft night was twisted into negative

Another DeMarcus Cousins controversy, another instance of Cousins saying we all misunderstood his words. The latest:Cousins said of the Kings draft-night moves, I dont really understand whats going on. I just control what I can control; I let them do their jobs. Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports: Despite expressing his support for the teams additions []

Three takeaways from the Lakers' summer league loss to Cleveland

1. It was all going so well for Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell in the first half Thursday night, the game coming easy and his swag as high as ever. But Russell fell back to earth with a thud in the second half of the Lakers’ 88-80 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer league in Las Vegas....

Lakers say Larry Nance Jr. suffers probable broken right hand

The Lakers said forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a “probable” break in his right hand during an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the summer league in Las Vegas. The Lakers said preliminary results from an X-ray Nance took after the game showed a fracture to the third metacarpal...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 14, 2016

Lakers Offseason: Kobe Bryant is spending his retirement watching Game of Thrones

Living the dream, really. Pretty much everyone who gives HBO’s “Game of Thrones” a chance becomes almost instantaneously addicted. The show is a must for anyone who enjoys binge-watching, and now that he has some more time on his hands, Kobe Bryant has decided to give it a shot. Well, maybe a little more than a shot: .@kobebryant tells @SI_LeeJenkins he is binge watching @GameOfThrones 'like, the whole series in a week'— Maggie Gray (@MaggieGray) July 14, 2016 Literally the only possible outcome from has to be Kobe coming out of retirement. The (in)famously cutthroat competitor...
Fear The Sword Jul 14, 2016

Kyrie Irving FaceTimed Kobe Bryant after the Cavs won Game 7

Irving shared the Cavs’ title win with the Mamba himself. Aside from celebrating with his teammates after winning Game 7 against the Warriors, Cavs guard Kyrie Irving also shared that moment with one Kobe Bryant. After the game, Irving says he FaceTimed Bryant immediately after according to an interview Irving did with thepostgame.com. Here’s an excerpt: "I actually FaceTimed Kobe after the game as soon as I got in the locker room," Irving says. "Other than seeing my dad and my sister right after we won, FaceTiming him was just a great thing, knowing how he has won five and I just won...
Pounding The Rock Jul 14, 2016

Contrasting the difference in the end of the careers of Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant

Two greats took their own unique paths to bid farewell to the game they love. Let's go back and cherrypick some of the headlines that defined each player's swan song. There's more than one way to go about a Hall of Fame NBA career and, as Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant proved, there's more than one way to end one. While neither player's exit could be deemed inherently good or bad, most people seem to agree that these two were very different. Nov 2013 Kobe Bryant signs massive two-year extension to stay with Lakers Kobe Bryant will indeed retire as a Laker. The face of the franchise has signed...

NBA amends 'Hack-a-Shaq' rules

Somewhere, Shaquille O’Neal is smiling. The NBA on Tuesday amended its rule for intentional fouls away from the ball, a move meant mainly to improve quality of play in certain situations. The league currently penalizes teams that intentionally foul away from the ball only in the final two minutes...
Pounding The Rock Jul 12, 2016

How Tim Duncan's most heartbreaking defeat brought him closer to fans

...and brought fans closer to him Imperfection On a day of looking back, I kept thinking about the one that got away.  The painful one.  2013.  I have frankly avoided thinking about it for a couple of years now, other than as a hiccup on the way to 2014.  But with Duncan's unceremonious press release yesterday, it reared its ugly head again, and I thought what a shame it is that he could so easily have had six rings.  He'd be tied with Jordan.  He'd be perfect in Finals appearances, like Jordan.  It would put him squarely above Kobe Bryant in the conversation about all time greats....

Three takeaways from the Lakers' summer-league win over Golden State

1. There were more than enough accolades given to Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell because of his 22-point outburst in the first half against Golden State on Monday night. Russell carried his team when no one else had it going, some said. Russell can score the basketball, others said. Russell has...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 11, 2016

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers appreciate Tim Duncan in wake of his retirement

The NBA has now lost two of it’s most respected and longest tenured players in one offseason. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs aren’t the source of a lot of fond memories for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers. Duncan’s Spurs teams were one of the few to ever beat a Kobe Bryant led Lakers’ team at the height of their powers, and the two most successful teams of the 2000-2010 decade were at times bitter rivals. But after Duncan announced his retirement on Monday morning, Bryant made it clear there was a mutual respect between himself and his longtime adversary. "More cutthroat than...

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