Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Martell Webster recently sat down and admist learning the triangle offense up in Minny, he had this to say about Kobe Bryant.

ESPN: “He’s a legend,” Webster said. “He’s a playing legend right now. [Our] relationship right now, he’s a teacher. He still plays the game, he understands the game and he’s a teacher. I’m just trying to get as much knowledge as I can.”

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Deron has much respect for the Lakers. It’s no secret a majority of his post-season career has consisted to losing to the Lakers the last three seasons. Here is what he had to say about the Lakers in a recent interview.

SLT: “I hate ’em, you know,” he said the other day. “I hate the Lakers. They’re so good. I hate them because they win all the time. They’re a tough team. … We definitely talk about it. It’s not a secret. We hate the Lakers.”

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Kobe Bryant was at the London School of Basketball this summer, and was asked, “Who would normally win between you and LeBron one-on-one.”

Being the competitor he is, he didn’t have to think twice…

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Kobe dominates the league in Europe.

Lakers BasketBlog: The Lakers head to Europe Thursday evening for a preseason in London and Barcelona, in a continent where Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 sits at No. 1 on the list of most popular NBA jerseys for the third straight year.

That information, released by the NBA, comes a week after it was announced that Bryant also retained top selling status in China for the fourth consecutive year, and in the U.S./online for the third time in four years.

Bryant’s teammate Pau Gasol joined him on the European list, coming in at No. 4 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

Below is the Top 10 in Europe:

1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers*
3. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
4. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
5. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

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According to the Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, it looks like we have some minor injury news.

Injury update: Luke Walton suffered a minor right hamstring strain; & Matt Barnes a minor left hamstring strain.

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Description: They’ve said he isn’t the best. They’ve criticized him and continued to make every argument work in their favor. At the end of the day, Kobe is the greatest player of our generation and everyone else is chasing his greatness. As his legacy continues, make no mistake Kobe is not only the best, but far from finished.

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It looks like the big bandwagon Shaq is at it again…

ESPN: Shaquille O’Neal lounged in his family room last June observing the Lakers’ championship celebration on his flat-screen television, listening to the comments of former teammate Kobe Bryant with a bemused smile. When asked what his fifth championship meant to him personally, Bryant declared, “I got one more than Shaq. So you can take that to the bank.” My first thought [after hearing that] was, ‘Well, I guess I’m still relevant,'” O’Neal said. “Kobe is still thinking about me, I guess. I’m still someone to be measured against.  But I don’t compete with little guards. I don’t compete with little guys who run around dominating the ball, throwing up 30 shots a night — like D-Wade, Kobe.

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Media day was finally here (I know you all bought your tickets in advance), and I finally found an excuse to write about the Lakers and basketball during football season. Which is quite the accomplishment, thank you. With talk of Bynum’s surgery, and the almost certainty of him missing the start of the season, dominating most of the day, I thought it would be more than appropriate to go over the pros and cons of the Lakers’ big off-season acquisitions, as well the motivation behind all of them. Big Drew’s knees being one of them.

As most of you know, Dwayne Wade’s Heat have already been tagged the number one team in the East, as well as a major factor as to why the Lakers swung their off-season into high gear, singing free-agents Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Theo Ratliff, resigning Shannon Brown, and keeping drafted players like Derrick Caracter, who they originally intended to trade to the Nuggets after drafting. And, while the latter may be true, I think the former is… debatable. And by debatable I mean highly debatable. And by highly debatable I mean I don’t agree with it. While many are already crowning the Heat the toast of the East, even going as far as the team of the decade, don’t count me as one of those people.

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Yahoo! Sports: Long accustomed to waiting on Andrew Bynum(notes), the Los Angeles Lakers could be without their starting center for the first month of the season.

Bynum said Saturday during the Lakers’ media day that he doesn’t expect to be back playing until late November. Bynum had surgery on his right knee on July 28 and said he needs to rest his leg for another four weeks before he can even begin working out in earnest.

The Lakers open their season Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets.

“I see more towards the end of November,” Bynum said. “The doctors are telling me this could be somewhere around there. There’s no exact date.”

Continue reading ‘Bynum could be out until late November’

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It looks like Kobe had some suggestion for ‘Melo. Remember there was once a time where Kobe wanted out of L.A. too. I’m glad he’s reaching out to Melo.

Yahoo: “We’ll see if he signs a reasonable extension and if he’s 100 percent happy that it’s where he wants to go,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports Saturday. “If not, don’t make a move just to get out of the situation. …Make sure it’s a move that you’re very happy in and you’re comfortable with. “I’m closer to him than anyone else from my Olympic team. My advice is to do what he feels is right for him and his family. It starts there. He has to be happy with the situation that he is in because if your heart isn’t where it should be, it could have a half-ass effect. You don’t want that. You can’t please everybody. You just have to do what’s right for you.”

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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.