I guess Phil Jackson just wanted to remind us that he’s a boss?! Lol. We got it Zen Master, don’t worry. How dope is it that he can share this picture?! It’s 13 NBA championship rings that include two he won as a Knicks’ defensive specialist. He should have pulled out Hov’s line, “Any Questions?” Lol.
Kobe Bryant has beaten the Minnesota Timberwolves 22 straight times, and he may have gotten away with one in his latest victory.
Ricky Rubio insists Bryant fouled him on a 3-pointer on the last play of the game. Bryant said no way.
“That’s not a foul. They ain’t calling that s—,” Bryant said. “I don’t think I got him. That’s a tough call to make. I just put my hand in. It’s not like I went out and smacked him across the arm or anything like that. It is what it is.”
Would Bryant have been “surprised” if a foul was called?
“No. We would have gone into overtime and won the game. It’s as simple as that.”
Just like the Lakers always do against Minnesota.
Bryant had 31 points and seven assists in his first game filling in for the injured Metta World Peace to lead Los Angeles to a 120-117 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, extending the longest active winning streak against one team in the NBA.
YOU be the judge:
Jerry Buss, in Los Angeles, was simply synonymous with championships.
He loved to party and gamble and travel and savor the many flavors of the world, but he also loved to win, and he did what he could to keep the Los Angeles Lakers adding to their NBA titles.
Buss passed away Monday, according to one of his sons, Jim Buss, the Lakers’ executive vice president of player personnel.
Jerry Buss battled cancer for a long time, and his death will be felt deeply in the Lakers family and throughout the NBA.
Buss — listed as born in 1933 by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 2010, and 1934 by many other sites — was generous with players, and generally treated them like royalty during and after their careers. Many players, past and present, had been visiting him at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in the past weeks.
il Wayne was in the crowd for the Miami Heat/Los Angeles Lakers game; we say WAS because the rapper claims he got kicked out for rooting for the wrong team!
Wayne, a big hoops fan, tweeted a short time ago that he got tossed from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami because he was rooting for the Lakers.
A rep for the Miami Heat says, “In response to your inquiry, please note that Lil Wayne was not ejected from the building. He chose to leave.”
A day after Kobe Bryant demanded urgency from his injured Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Howard fired back Thursday afternoon in defense of his precautionary approach to rehabilitating his shoulder.
“That’s his opinion; that’s it,” Howard told ESPN. “He’s not a doctor. I’m not a doctor. That’s his opinion.”
But Howard showed that urgency Thursday night in returning to the Lakers’ starting lineup in a nationally televised game at the Boston Celtics. It didn’t matter, though, as the Celtics trampled the Lakers 116-95. Howard had nine points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes before fouling out.
Howard missed the Lakers’ previous three games and initially was listed as a game-time decision for Thursday night’s contest at the Boston Celtics. The All-Star center has taken criticism from many for his hesitance to return, but he dealt with the same torn labrum in his right shoulder earlier this season and had back issues that caused him to miss the end of last season for the Orlando Magic.
But Pau Gasol tore a muscle in his foot Tuesday night, leaving the Lakers short on height and health.
“We don’t have time for (Howard’s shoulder) to heal,” Bryant told ESPN on Wednesday. “We need some urgency.”
It’s a refrain repeated by many fans, particularly after Howard said Tuesday, before Gasol’s injury, he wouldn’t play hurt if he thought he was putting his career at risk. That kind of talk, despite its logical roots, doesn’t fly with fans. Or Bryant, apparently.
Howard stuck to his guns Thursday before deciding he was well enough to play.
I want to play,” he told ESPN. “I mean, why wouldn’t I want to play? But at the same time, this is my career, this is my future, this is my life. I can’t leave that up to anybody else because nobody else is going to take care of me. So, if people are pissed off that I don’t play or if I do play, whatever it may be, so what? This is my career. If I go down, then what? Everybody’s life is going to go on. I don’t want to have another summer where I’m rehabbing and trying to get healthy again.”
Jalen Rose explains how Shaquille O’Neal dissing him on Twitter was really a way for him to extend an olive branch to Kobe Bryant and details the tweet that he wrote but didn’t send in response.
Gotta love Kobe’s openness and honesty on Twitter. He’s been interacting with fans a lot lately and recently two fans asked the Black Mamba if he would ever be an analyst and where Kobe sees himself in 5 years. Kobe answered both questions and pretty much reveals where his mind is at once he retires. Check out his answers…
The soap opera that is the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers apparently took another juicy turn Wednesday as players “went at each other a little bit” during a team meeting in Memphis, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.
According to a person who witnessed the meeting, things got a little heated when Kobe Bryant asked Dwight Howard if the big man liked playing with the Lakers star.
Here’s how things played out, according to the report:
Coach Mike D’Antoni started it by saying he was tired of reading newspaper stories about players questioning his offense or wanting more touches. Bryant and Howard each fell under that category after the Lakers’ lifeless 95-83 loss Monday in Chicago: Bryant said the offense needed to slow down while Howard expressed displeasure after taking only five shots.
D’Antoni then told the team to stop worrying about offense and start playing better defense. The Lakers are fifth in scoring (102.6 points a game) but 26th in defense (101.4 points a game).
He then asked players to speak up. Steve Nash went first.
Nash, in his first season with the Lakers, said he didn’t care how they played, whether it was via pick-and-roll or fastbreak or whatever. He just wanted everybody to be comfortable in the system. It was seen as a sacrifice by Nash, who played four seasons under D’Antoni’s run-and-gun offense in Phoenix and won two NBA MVP awards while doing it.
Bryant also spoke up, acknowledging he could be “hard to play with” and asking Howard if that bothered him.
Howard’s answer was unclear, though he did not engage Bryant in nearly as vocal a manner as Bryant engaged him.
“He didn’t go back at Kobe,” said the person who witnessed the meeting.
The meeting apparently didn’t help the Lakers on the court as they fell to the Grizzlies on Wednesday night for their fourth straight loss. The star-studded squad has had a nightmare of a season so far and it might only be getting worse.