January 30, 2014 |
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
January 23, 2014 |
MIAMI -- Kobe Bryant kept asking people to vote for someone besides him for the All-Star game. So when the votes were tallied and he was announced a starter Thursday , he didn't exactly celebrate. Bryant said it was "always a tremendous honor" to be selected to the All-Star game but added that, uh, he had no desire to play in it. "No, I don't think so," he said flatly. How come? "With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well.
January 18, 2014 |
NEW YORK - When the Clippers called Hedo Turkoglu and expressed interest in him, the free-agent forward said he knew it was the place he wanted to be. Turkoglu had spent 12 years in the NBA and had reached the NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic in 2009, losing to the Lakers. So by signing with the Clippers on Thursday, Turkoglu felt he might get an opportunity to win a title. "Well, if you look at it, they are a great team," Turkoglu said. "They have a lot of great players.
January 16, 2014 |
Adidas and the NBA have unveiled the 2014 NBA All-Star game uniforms, which will be short-sleeved jerseys in vibrant colors with unique decals honoring New Orleans, the host city. An official release on NBA.com said "the uniforms are inspired by New Orleans' rich and unique culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras colors and shiny brass and silver accents on a short-sleeved silhouette. The NBA All-Star logo appears on the chest of the blue 'East' and red 'West' jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana, with a purple 'W' or green 'E' cut out to identify the conference of each player.
January 5, 2014 |
Vote for Kobe Bryant as an All-Star? Kobe Bryant wouldn't. The Lakers star said Sunday he preferred fans vote for younger players to participate in the midseason showcase Feb. 16 in New Orleans because he did not anticipate playing at a high level by then as he recovers from a broken bone in his left knee. "I probably won't be able to come back soon enough to be able to make my stamp or make my mark on the game," Bryant said, "so my advice would be to vote for some of the younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they're more than deserving to be out there and playing that weekend.
January 1, 2014 |
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. NBC will broadcast it. Lots of local players are participating and several are expected to announce their college choices, though be careful because in the past players have changed their minds and their announcements mean nothing until they sign a letter of intent on Feb. 5. Here's the link to the roster ....