March 3, 2013
Money well spent? Former Lakers great Magic Johnson, on his efforts to boost the intrigue surrounding the NBA's dunk contest: "Please, LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I'm going to put up a million dollars. A million dollars from Magic to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner. " That answers that Minnesota Coach Rick Adelman, when asked whether there was a point when he gained more trust in Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams: "Well, Kevin Love's broken his hand twice.
December 20, 2009 |
Now to see just whose age this is . . . As Little Kobe and Little LeBron, the muppets Nike calls its "MVP Puppets," announced in their latest commercial, in which they play "SportsCenter" anchors, the rivalry is back on! And just in time for Christmas! With ESPN and Nike as core NBA sponsors, what are the chances Little Kobe and Little LeBron become the first muppets to anchor a real "SportsCenter" between now and the Lakers' Christmas game against the Cavaliers? Nike debuted the muppets last spring, alongside its "Dream Season 23 & 24" documentary, in which narrator Justin Timberlake mused: "As these friends grow closer to a showdown, you have to wonder, what are they thinking?"
January 24, 2009
Rather than argue who's "better" between Kobe and LeBron, let's just say their styles dominate differently. At 6-8, 250 pounds, LeBron is more of a power player, while the more slender and agile Kobe is more finesse. It's similar to Shaq or Kareem -- pick your poison! Personally, in crunch time, I'll go with the better shooter, passer, and free-throw shooter: Kobe. He remains the ultimate assassin for that final play -- mangled fingers and all. Rick Solomon Lake Balboa :: Someone should wake Phil Jackson up so he can explain to young Andrew Bynum that he needs to calm down and have no more 42-point, 15-rebound games or else he will be traded away -- probably to Miami -- because nobody is allowed to take the spotlight away from the great Kobe!
March 9, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant took a lot of shots (31) and made very few (nine) in the Lakers' humiliating 106-101 loss to Washington. Coach Mike Brown critiqued some of Bryant's shot selection after that game, but said Friday he was fine with Bryant shooting "if they're good shots. " "Don't get me wrong, that's a lot of shots, and you hope that it's spread out more [among players], but Kobe's been taking a lot of shots his whole career and he's had success with it," Brown said. "If he's open, I'm OK with him taking it. That's how I was with LeBron [James]
May 7, 2010 |
Lakers fans, if all you're hearing is LeBron, LeBron, LeBron, Celtics, LeBron, LeBron's elbow, Phoenix, San Antonio, LeBron, don't be insulted, be proud. Or, as TNT's Kenny Smith says, "Chill out, Lakers fans, and don't get worked up. It's a compliment if we're not talking about the Lakers. It just means we don't expect the Utah series to be too tough." The Lakers lead the series, 2-0, with Game 3 set for Saturday night in Utah. And as Smith suggests, there's a different feel to these second-round playoff games.
January 3, 2010
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY LeBRON HASN'T LEFT THE BUILDING YET 1. CLEVELAND (27-8) Including win after donning paper party hats for LeBron's birthday --really -- they're 7-0. (4) 2. LAKERS (26-6) At this pace, Kobe will lock up MVP by March 1 and need IV fluids rest of way. (2) 3. ORLANDO (24-9) With defenses taking him away, Howard down to 9.0 shots, 17 points a game. (3) 4. BOSTON (24-8)