December 5, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant seems indirectly to be directing programming for NBA TV. With the (now defunct) possibility that Bryant might return Friday in Sacramento from his Achilles' tendon injury, the Lakers-Kings game was added Wednesday to NBA TV's national broadcast. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Now that Bryant will stay in Los Angeles, attention turns to Sunday when the Lakers host the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Predictably, the league announced Thursday that it's dropping the just-added Kings game from the national broadcast -- instead, the Lakers-Raptors game will now be aired on NBA TV. Bryant hasn't played since April but is near a return -- certainly a national story.
January 18, 2013 |
Nike Basketball released its latest Kobe Bryant commercial on Thursday, promoting the Kobe 8 System basketball shoe. Already up to more than 300,000 views on YouTube, the spot boasts, "Best is ahead of better. The basket is ahead of the ball. Kobe is light years ahead of them all. " It also describes Bryant's diet of chicken, rice and broccoli, his work schedule starting at 3 in the morning and, naturally, his shoes, which are "like snakes. " Bryant's nickname is "Black Mamba," a venomous African snake.
August 13, 2012 |
Sitting by himself on the team bus Sunday, Kobe Bryant visualized what was in store for him that day. Team USA would soon play Spain for the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and this pregame ritual is the time Bryant visualizes the game-winning shot or a key scoring spurt he might provide to ensure victory. It also gave Bryant time to reflect on everything that had led up to that point. He knew this would mark his second and last Olympic run. He said without any hesitation that he wouldn't play in the 2016 Games in Brazil, considering that he turns 34 next week and possibly would be retired from the NBA by then.
March 12, 2012 |
On the court, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul remain mad men. They talk trash. Their competitive motors run. Their chippiness persists. Now the two have become masked men. Bryant has worn a plastic mask for the last seven games, including the Lakers' 97-94 win Sunday over the Boston Celtics, after Miami guard Dwyane Wade delivered a hard foul that broke Bryant's nose, giving him a concussion and causing neck pain. Paul wore a plastic mask for the first time in the Clippers' 97-93 loss to the Golden State Warriors two days after suffering a nasal fracture against San Antonio.
December 4, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant practiced for a second consecutive day, the latest step in his comeback from a torn Achilles' tendon. Steve Nash also took the court Wednesday and was expected to take part in 10 to 15 minutes of scrimmaging, Coach Mike D'Antoni said beforehand. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Reporters were allowed to watch only the first 15 minutes of practice before being asked to leave. Bryant did some shooting on the side while teammates did 5-on-0 weave drills.
December 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- What Steve Nash described as “an obviously pretty horrible 13 months for me” could be nearing an end for the veteran Lakers point guard. Or not. “I might not be able to play anymore, I might have to yo-yo it or I might be able to play the rest of the way,” Nash said Friday morning of his comeback from nerve irritation in his back that has sidelined him since Nov. 10 as well as an assortment of injuries that have bothered him since he broke his leg early last season.
November 21, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant is no stranger to putting up a lot of shots and scoring points by the bucketload. But even the Lakers superstar was impressed by the NCAA-record 138 points on 108 shots by Grinnell College guard Jack Taylor on Tuesday night. "Really? Wow. That's impressive. That's crazy," Bryant said when told of the feat following the Lakers' 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. "I don't care what level you're at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane. " When informed that Taylor attempted 71 three-pointers, Bryant let out an incredulous expletive and then asked how many points they had as a team.
April 15, 2013 |
A couple of months ago, Kobe Bryant and I sat down over coffee in Minneapolis to discuss his future. I mentioned Michael Jordan, who was playing for Washington late in his career, and being there the night Kobe dropped 55 points on the old man. "There's not a chance you'll see me" like that, promised Kobe. So I guess I won't be seeing him play again. Bryant is done. He's so done I could run circles around him now, easily defeating him one-on-one. Now he's a Pau Gasol cheerleader, which has to be amusing to Gasol, given how frustrated he was to never get the ball.
March 22, 2008 |
Long-distance turf specialists Obrigado and On The Acorn square off for the first time in 13 months in today's Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Handicap at Santa Anita. When these two geldings raced in last year's San Luis Obispo Handicap at Santa Anita, On The Acorn was pushed wide by One Off and Obrigado won the race by half a length. One Off finished second but was disqualified and On The Acorn was moved up to second. After that race, Obrigado traveled to Dubai for the $5-million Sheema Classic, finished 13th in a field of 14 and hasn't won since.
April 30, 2012 |
During the playoffs, Kobe Bryant becomes intensely focused. His replies to reporters' questions are abbreviated. His smiles are few and far between. He cares about one thing and one thing only -- and that's winning a championship. We caught up with him at a recent Lakers practice while he was still relatively loose-lipped, and asked him a variety of questions, including what's part of his playoff preparation and who is the best Black Mamba stopper in the league.