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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.
December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is close to a return from his Achilles' tear, but Friday in Sacramento against the Kings may have to wait. Bryant has ruled out playing against the Kings, according to multiple reports, including by and CNN. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Speaking at a Nike event Wednesday in Los Angeles, Bryant reportedly indicated that playing Sunday at Staples Center against the Toronto Raptors remains a possibility. Bryant was injured April 12 in a win over the Golden State Warriors.
December 5, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is not mincing words about his team's 3-13 start this season. “We are the laughingstock of the league,” Anthony told reporters , according to the New York Daily News. “I mean, it's nothing to hide. We are. " KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? The Knicks play the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday evening on TNT, a game that will be analyzed by the outspoken Charles Barkley, among others. Anthony seems to be preparing himself for the worst.
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 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.
May 23, 2008 | JERRY CROWE
According to various online descriptions and definitions, a black mamba is a large, venomous snake, strong but slender in body, agile and quick and, according to National Geographic, prone to strike repeatedly if cornered. . . . It's an apt nickname, in other words, for Kobe Bryant. . . . Bryant started calling himself "Black Mamba" a few years ago, explaining to ESPN, "The mamba can strike with 99% accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession.
April 15, 2013 | T.J. Simers
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 | 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.
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