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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2011 |
Ron Artest blew kisses to the crowd in the first overtime after his three-pointer gave the Lakers a 119-116 lead. Artest kissed his biceps after his steal led to his dunk and a 135-132 Lakers lead in the third overtime. Get the picture? Artest was animated during the Lakers' 139-137 triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night at Staples Center. Photos: Lakers vs. Suns Why? "I kind of knew what the outcome was going to be, so I was relaxed" Artest maintained.
February 1, 2012 |
The Lakers have played one-third of their games and would be on the road if the playoffs began today. They might want to change that between now and April 26. Maybe the Black Mamba was playing possum, but Kobe Bryant all but conceded the top two spots in the Western Conference, saying the Lakers have endured too many alterations in the off-season to be atop the West. "Because of the changes in the players and so forth, you just can't come out of the gates and fight for a 1 seed or a 2 seed," he said.
April 27, 2012 |
Below is a breakdown of the Lakers' starting lineup entering the postseason. 1. Kobe Bryant. Finally, the Black Mamba enters a postseason where he's fully healthy and rested. Those lingering knee and ankle issues that hobbled him in the playoffs for the past two years? He took care of that last summer in Germany. That torn ligament in his right wrist he suffered at the beginning of the season? Bryant played through it and it eventually healed. Same with his broken nose and neck pain stemming from whiplash and a concussion he suffered during the All-Star Game.
December 3, 2013 |
There was one obvious tendency when Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time in almost two weeks. He passed the ball. Over and over. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? He didn't take an outside shot in the 20-minute portion of a full-court scrimmage open to reporters. "Get that on tape, will you?" Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said jokingly. "That won't happen a lot. " Then D'Antoni added, "He does that in practice sometimes. He can get a shot when he wants to. " Bryant's one basket during the open part of scrimmage was a left-handed dunk after a steal.
September 6, 2013 |
Colorado and federal officials are investigating whether about 75 hospital cases, including three deaths, are connected to the use of synthetic marijuana. In a news release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Friday that it is teaming with local hospitals and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore whether the patients were sickened by the same product. “Initial reports show approximately 75 people who reported smoking a form of synthetic marijuana may have been seen at hospitals in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs beginning in late August.