Sunday, February 7, 2016
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Jason Riley

Jason Riley is the executive director of He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.


We all know Laker ticket prices are higher than Whitney Houston... (I mean her voice, come on now). If you live in So-Cal and aren't hooking up with the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, you're probably not going to be walking by Jack on the way to your courtside seats any time soon. Thankfully, Fox Sports West: Prime Ticket will be bringing back their 'Courtside View' telecast for Friday's game vs. Sacramento (7:30pm PT).


According to Forbes Magazine, the addition of Amar'e Stoudemire turned out to be more economically useful than another Larry O’Brien trophy. The Knicks are the champions of the bottom line – the franchise was appraised at $655 million, up a surprising 12% from last year, despite losing out on in the LeBron James sweepstakes. The defending champion Lakers came in just behind New York at $643 million, up 6% from last year.


We've shown you a pair of trailers for Kobe's upcoming movie, "The Black Mamba." Nike announced today that the world premier will take place on Saturday, February 19th at 1am PT.


Last week, the trailer to Kobe Bryant's movie leaked (see it here). This week, we've got another 'leaked' trailer for you.


It's crazy to think that it's been half a decade since Kobe spent 48 minutes locked on 'Eff-You' mode and smashed the Toronto Raptors with 81 points. In my opinion, it was the single greatest offensive performance in professional sports history and the ultimate “everyone shut-up and just hang on to my cape” moment.


Last week, Lamar announced the filming of his new E! Reality TV show alongside his celebrity wife, Khloe Kardashian... this week, we learned that Kobe has filmed a movie (yes, a real movie) promoting his latest Kobe VI shoe and coming apparel line, "True Colors". Per details first reported by Kevin Ding, the 'movie' was directed by Robert Rodriguez and Nike plans to build a viral campaign around it during the All-Star break.


While we were busy wondering what was wrong with the Lakers, the rest of the league was busy fearing them. One of our favorite tweeters, Kevin Ding (O.C. Register), wrote this morning that according to an S.I. poll conducted during December, 69% of NBA players polled picked the Lakers to celebrate a third consecutive title in June.


According to sources (e.g. Stephen A. Smith on the Dan Patrick Show), Rasheed Wallace is planning to come out of retirement and return to the C's because (and we quote) "He wants another shot at the Lakers in the Finals."


Kobe followed through on a post-game promise: "I'm going to kick some ass in practice." Per multiple Lakers' media sources, Kobe was "feisty" and "aggressive" with his teammates during today's practice. He, once again, left without speaking to the media. Let's hope that intensity boils over into Tuesday's match-up with the West leading Spurs.


It happens just about every Christmas. The Lakers suck the cheer out of the day like a Jon Benet Ramsey documentary. In ’03, Steve Francis (remember him?) carved the Lakers up like Freddy Krueger. In ’04, Shaq ate Chris Mihm in his first visit to L.A. after the Kupchak fire sale. In ’05, Gary Payton – at 87 years old – demoralized the Lakers D. In ’06, Wade (40/11/4) made Kobe (16/4/2) look slower than Eddy Curry after a Chinese buffet.


Per Tony Gaffney (an ex-NBA'er and former Laker), Carmelo Anthony wants to be a Laker, and a rumored deal revolving around Lamar Odom and draft picks is being discussed. On Gaffney's Facebook page, he also claims to have 'plenty of sources' to back this up.


The Jersey shore seems to be a popular destination for Jackson cast-off's, where Sasha Vujacic will join another ex-Lakers guard, Jordan Farmar, on a 6-19 Nets squad. According to several ESPN resources, the Lakers will receive veteran forward Joe Smith - who just celebrated his 91st birthday and will be playing for his 43rd NBA team - and the draft rights to Houston's Sergei Lishchuk (or, as our own Kam Pashai suggests, just 'Lish'). The champs will give New Jersey their 2011, lottery protected, first-rounder.


So, the Lakers beat the Clippers last night for the 874,593rd time in franchise history. Add Charlie Sheen + Hooker in there somewhere and we'll have the least surprising story of the decade. In a game of familiar headlines (Kobe hitting big shots, the Clippers playing the Lakers tough, Artest shooting sub-25% from the floor), none were more customary than the final one:


Join Jason Riley & TLN for a Live chat during tonight's Wizards vs. Lakers game, 7:30pm PT, only on The Lakers Nation!



With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.
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