March 1, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan calls Kobe Bryant the "masked marvel. " -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Bryant's 31-point effort in the Lakers ' 104-85 victory Wednesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves . -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford marvels at Bryant's 31-point performance against Minnesota despite wearing a plastic mask. -- The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda details how the Timberwolves struggled without Kevin Love.
February 27, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' John Cherwa reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the 2012 NBA All-Star game and would be evaluated Monday in Los Angeles by an ear, nose and throat specialist. -- The New York Times' Howard Beck focuses on the Bryant passing Michael Jordan for the most points in NBA All-Star history. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr noted it was a rough night for Bryant and Andrew Bynum in the 2012 NBA All-Star game.
October 17, 2012 |
The competitive nature in Kobe Bryant forever lingers. But there's no reason for the Lakers star to fret about the team's 114-80 loss Wednesday to the Utah Jazz at Honda Center, let alone its 0-4 preseason record. Instead, Bryant has his mind on other things. Once a few media members trickled away from his locker room stall, Bryant quickly shifted focus to another result that bothered him. "The Yanks lost again, huh?," Bryant asked a reporter. They sure did. The Yankees' 2-1 loss Tuesday to the Detroit Tigers put them in a 0-3 deficit in the American League Championship Series.
October 11, 2012 |
As he's watched Steve Nash throw crisp passes, direct the offense efficiently and take over the ball-handling opportunities, Kobe Bryant admits: "I'm salivating. " Bryant knows Nash's presence will provide him easier scoring opportunities. It lessens his workload. It increases Bryant's chance to collect his sixth championship ring. Even though he's openly considering retiring once his contract expires after the 2013-14 season, Bryant may feel healthy and energetic enough to keep going because of Nash's arrival.
August 16, 2012 |
Greeted by a forest of upraised arms, Kobe Bryant received a warm reception Thursday in China. Of course, Bryant gets this everywhere. When he enters and leaves a Lakers game at Staples Center. At the London Olympics. And, in the case documented in the photo above, at an event in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province as part of his yearly Nike tour. Bryant told The Times in February that he found that the Chinese were especially welcoming when he hosted a clinic in 1998. "I enjoyed being around that," Bryant said.
October 12, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant always believed any passes he made to Smush Parker would go unfulfilled. But after Bryant dished at length this week about how Parker didn't belong in the NBA, his former teammate fired some shots back. “You can't knock the man's legacy, you can't knock what he's done in basketball," Parker told Hard 2 Guard Radio , as transcribed by Larry Brown Sports . "His work ethic is tremendous. There's not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball -- you've seen that throughout his career.