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December 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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 | By Eric Pincus
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.
March 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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 | By Mike Bresnahan
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 | By Ben Bolch
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 | By Chuck Schilken
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 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
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 | By Melissa Rohlin
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 | By Broderick Turner
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.
December 5, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since tearing the meniscus in his right knee Nov. 22. "I could get hurt 10 more times -- I'm never going to stop," Rose said.  KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Rose suffered the injury 10 games into the season after missing the entire 2012-13 season while coming back from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. Rose is expected to miss the rest of this season with his right knee injury, but said he's not ruling out the playoffs just yet. "If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," Rose said.
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