Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Jason Riley

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Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. 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.

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Logic be damned, we live in a culture where having money seems to come with the obligation of spending it all, which explains why wealthier-than-average athletes are likely to face some financial challenges in the wake of an extended lockout. According to an L.A. Times interview with Executive Director Billy Hunter, Kobe Bryant is willing and prepared to lend some cash to his fellow NBA’ers if the need is there.

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While the book is said to offer a brutally honest and enlightening account of The Logo, that could be lost in the undertow of insight surrounding the Lakers organization, Jerry Buss, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and more. Here are just a few excerpts that were noted:

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Tuesday (which happened to be day 74 of the NBA lockout) began with optimism, but after several meetings in New York over the past couple weeks, the NBPA and owners remain on opposite sides of what has becomes a nearly impassable financial rift. With training camps scheduled to begin in just 19 days, things continue to look gloomy in the foreseeable NBA future.

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It may have taken a couple extra days, but we have our first (of two) Mophie iPhone Juice Pack winner: Person’s Name. Congrats, Persons name!

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We have a Black Mamba iPhone case to give away TODAY, courtesy of our friends over at Luxmo. To be entered, simply tell us about your favorite 'Black Mamba' moment in the comments section below.

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We have teamed up with our new friends over at Mophie to giveaway a couple of their amazing Juice Pack Plus (purple or yellow) rechargeable cases for your iPhone. To put it simply, the Juice Pack Plus is a rechargeable external battery and protective, shock-resistant case for the iPhone 4, all rolled into one (if you think that means it's big and bulky, think again).

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David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers are back for another episode of VOTN: Fastbreak. This week, the guys discuss the summer of Kobe, LeBron and more!

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In an effort insisted on by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers pooled together a percentage of their playoff bonus from last season and split it between a pair of long-time staff members who were released by the Lakers earlier this summer. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O’Keefe, who were both part of the Lakers video staff, reportedly split $65k.

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Bryant was involved in a minor altercation on Sunday with a churchgoer who he believed was taking pictures of him with his phone. Reportedly, Kobe confronted the man (who has not been identified yet), grabbed his phone and after seeing no pictures on the phone, returned it and quickly left the Church.

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The L.A. Times caught up with Andrew Bynum after a workout in Hollywood yesterday, and for maybe the first time in his career, Drew is saying exactly the right things.

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LakerNation.com caught up with Ron Artest (a.k.a. Metta Worldpeace) at Matt Barnes' Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Golf Tournament and asked him about the NBA lockout, his name change to Metta Worldpeace and all the reality show rumors.

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Lakers Forward Matt Barnes will be hosting the Athletes vs. Cancer 3rd Annual Golf Classic this Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 at Trump National Golf Course on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Spectator tickets are available for purchase, and proceeds go to help a great cause!

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Kobe Bryant was spotted at the Happy Nails Salon in Newport Beach last week to get some, eh, therapy on that troublesome shooting hand.

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According to the L.A. Times, Metta World Peace (e.g. Ron Artest until August 28th) will be joining the Cheshire Jets of the BBL for the 2011/12 season, which begins on September 30th.

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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.