March 14, 2013 |
Was the Dahntay Jones play that injury Kobe Bryant dirty? According to Bryant on his Twitter feed . . . absolutely. #dangerousplay that should have been called. Period. - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 14, 2013 The Lakers guard suffered a severely sprained left ankle in the final seconds of the Lakers 96-92 loss Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks. With his team down two, Bryant took a baseline fadeaway that didn't drop. Jones stepped under the jumping Bryant, who landed on Jones' foot.
July 19, 2003 |
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, one of the most popular and dynamic basketball players of his generation, was charged Friday with felony sexual assault of a 19-year-old hotel worker who went to his room at an exclusive resort. Eagle County Dist. Atty. Mark D. Hurlbert, in a nationally televised news conference, declined to divulge details about the evidence in the case but said Bryant had "caused sexual penetration or intrusion and ... caused submission of the victim through actual physical force."
January 11, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora received a one-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 season. Terms of the deal were not released. Mora signed a five-year $11.235-million contract in December of 2011. The Bruins had a 9-5 record and won the Pac-12 South Division in 2012, their best record since the 2005 season. UCLA lost to Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. The first-year success brought interest in Mora from Auburn and Tennessee, as well as the San Diego Chargers.
March 25, 2013 |
Yes, the main event at last week's Hublot event in West Hollywood was to announce that the Swiss luxury watch brand had tapped Laker Kobe Bryant as its newest brand ambassador - and to unveil the limited-edition King Power Black Mamba timepiece designed in his honor. But it also raised $30,000 for charity. Hublot, which likes to include a charitable element with its high-profile celebrity events (an October 2011 event in Beverly Hills with Usain Bolt, for example, raised $100,000 for the Jamaican sprinter's foundation)
August 16, 2013 |
Before Kobe Bryant spoke Thursday night at "Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel," Robert Horry took the stage. "[Bryant] has all kinds of accolades, all kinds of praise going, but he's still working hard every day," Horry said. "It makes you want to work hard. That's what guys realize when they come to the Lakers organization. " Bryant and Horry won three rings together with the Lakers (2000-02) but the former teammates didn't always see eye to eye. Bryant's intensity in practice and even in games could be a little much for a seasoned veteran like Horry.
August 3, 2003 |
Facing a sexual assault charge, Laker star Kobe Bryant put in a surprise appearance at Saturday's Teen Choice Awards at Universal City with his wife Vanessa. Bryant had attended the show in recent years but was not expected at this year's event after being charged with sexual assault of a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado. Surrounded by security and with his wife by his side, Bryant flashed a peace sign as fans chanted his name.
May 3, 2012 |
As soon as he could, Kobe Bryant ditched the plastic mask. He couldn't right away. Bryant needed it to protect his broken nose and relieve pain after suffering a concussion during the 2012 NBA All-Star game. Even if he scored 342 points through 11 games while wearing the gear, Bryant sounded eager to ditch it after describing wearing the mask as "like a sauna on my face. " Bryant then joked he would donate it to "see if anybody is dumb enough to buy that sweaty mask. " Well, there's been 48 so-called "dumb" Bryant fans who have placed bids on eBay . The current bidding sits at $3,250 with five days remaining, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation's efforts to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles.
January 11, 2013 |
The Angels have hired Mark Langston as their new radio analyst, replacing Jose Mota. Langston, who pitched eight of his 16 major league seasons for the Angels, will join Terry Smith in the radio booth. Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza remain the television broadcast team. Mota will become an analyst on the Angels' Spanish-language television broadcasts. Angels spokesman Tim Mead, who confirmed the changes, said Fox Sports plans to increase its Spanish-language Angels broadcasts from 50 last year to about 75 this year.
August 15, 2013 |
Very early into his hour-long conversation with Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Kimmel asked the Lakers All-Star guard the most important question. Will Bryant be ready to play Oct. 29 on opening night? "I don't know if I'll be ready for opening night. I really don't know," Bryant said. "I know I'm really, really ahead of schedule. " Fresh off his trip to China and the Philippines, Bryant sat down at Nokia Theatre on Thursday night in a special event titled, "Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel" - the proceeds for the event going the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Foundation to help fight homelessness and also to support "Coach for Kids and Their Families" a program of the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Childrens' Health Center that provides no-cost health care to underserved communities.
December 24, 2004 |
Laker owner Jerry Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak met Thursday with Karl Malone and reiterated their desire to hire Malone for a front-office position, but did not discuss Malone's return to the Lakers as a player. The meeting was arranged by both sides in the wake of a public feud between Malone and Kobe Bryant, who accused Malone of hitting on his wife, Vanessa, at a Nov. 23 game at Staples Center. The lunchtime meeting in Newport Beach also included Malone's agent, Dwight Manley.