November 25, 2013 |
The Lakers experienced an early day, a 9 a.m. charter flight to Washington D.C. As usual, Kobe Bryant was up before any of them. He signed a two-year contract extension Monday morning for $48.5 million that stands to keep him with the Lakers until he is two months shy of his 38th birthday. PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant through the years He ended several months of speculation before even playing a game, terminating his lame-duck status in what could have been the final year of a contract paying him $30.5 million this season.
November 21, 2013 |
Former NBA players' union executive director Billy Hunter has claimed that Lakers star Kobe Bryant and agent Rob Pelinka, acting on behalf of union president Derek Fisher, meddled with his efforts to end the 2011 lockout. In a Los Angeles Superior Court filing Thursday that is part of his wrongful-termination lawsuit, Hunter stated that he received a call from Bryant and Pelinka the night before he was scheduled to meet with league officials in October 2011. According to Hunter, the player and his agent told him to agree to a 50-50 split of basketball-related income.
March 15, 2012 |
Among the highlights in Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak's press conference on the Lakers acquiring Cleveland guard Ramon Sessions for a 2012 first-round pick, Christian Ayenga for Luke Walton and Jason Kapono as well as acquiring Houston forward Jordan Hill for Derek Fisher. --Sessions and Hill plan to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday so they can play against Minnesota. --Ayenga will play with theD-Fendersof the Development League. --Kupchak on Sessions: "We expect him and are hopeful he will make an immediate contribution.
September 26, 2011 |
The Italian team Virtus Bologna says its top offer to Kobe Bryant is a one-year contract worth $5 million. With NBA players locked out, Virtus hopes the Lakers star agrees to a deal before he arrives in Italy this week for a tour arranged by one of his sponsors. "An Italian brand well known around the world" is prepared to provide cash for the deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday, indicating the unidentified company is not Bologna's main sponsor, Canadian Solar.
April 4, 1993 |
Michigan-Kentucky provided the first overtime at a Final Four since the 1989 championship game, which was won by Michigan over Seton Hall, 80-79. Saturday was the fourth anniversary of that game. Four of Michigan's last eight games--victories over Michigan State, Illinois, UCLA and Kentucky--have gone into overtime. "Hard on my heart," forward Ray Jackson said. "Hard on my body, too." Said teammate Rob Pelinka: "We just want to keep everybody tuned in to their TVs.
April 2, 1993 |
Michigan Coach Steve Fisher, whose work often seems to be overlooked, came in for high praise from Kentucky counterpart Rick Pitino. "He has the patience of a saint," Pitino said. "I know I couldn't have coached five freshmen (last season). They understand the team concept (at Michigan). I think he's a remarkable man and a remarkable coach."