In the summer of 1996, the Los Angeles Lakers made two moves that forever altered the organization. In one offseason, L.A. acquired shooting guard Kobe Bryant on draft night and signed Shaquile O’Neal via free agency. In the years since, the Lakers have won five NBA championships. That includes a three-peat with the combination of Bryant and O’Neal intact, and another two with the former leading a new set of stars. For all of their differences, one thing can be said unequivocally: both
Over the past summer, we learned just how big of a Kobe Bryant fan Brandon Jennings truly is. The Detroit Pistons point guard received plenty of criticism when he openly stated that Bryant is greater than Michael Jordan, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing unwavering loyalty to his favorite player of all-time, and that trend continued on Tuesday after reading the controversial ESPN article about why Bryant is going to be the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers’ downfall.
The Orlando Magic just secured the future of their post position for the foreseeable future, agreeing to a 4-year extension worth $54 million with their talented, young center, Nikola Vucevic. The extension serves as an early birthday gift for the Montenegran native, who turns 24 later this week. Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc Spears tweeted out the details of agreement.
There has been plenty of concern since the summer on whether Derrick Rose would be able to regain half the form that made him the MVP of the league a few seasons ago. The point guard was selected to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, but was noticeably ineffective despite playing against mostly inferior competition. After his breakout performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the concerns are beginning to subside. Despite losing 107-98, Rose looked dominant on the
It’s not that often that something happens that’s either funny or newsworthy enough to merit following up on Tweet subject from the previous night. However, early this morning, as most of America, at least those of us on the east coast, were sleeping, former NBA star and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Gary Payton shared some hilarity that he found on social media. News outlets in practically every market had to report on the Sunday Night Football game between the
As many fans often suggest, Sunday is a day for football. And, with the NBA’s 2014-15 regular season yet to have started, many fans, including those within the association, have their eyes afixed on the entertainment that is the National Football League. The Sunday Night Football game between the Broncos and 49ers drew attention from many eyes around the NBA, among which included 13-time NBA champion and New York Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson.
The Big Aristotle is back in full-on clown mode. With the NBA season just over a week away, and the NBA On TNT crew is due to kick things off with a doubleheader on opening night, the timing is all too perfect for Shaquille O’Neal to be entertaining fans with a top-notch Charles Barkley and crew Photoshop. What better way to go than to feature the Round Mound of Rebound and TNT cohorts Grant Hill, Chris Webber and Kenny Smith in their
There’s no getting around the fact that injuries are a part of basketball. Whether it’s something as minor as a thigh contusion or something devastating as a broken bone, it’s the frustrating aspect of playing a sport that most simply can’t avoid. Having to sit and watch while everyone else plays can become particularly difficult if the injury is a lingering one, and Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers appears to be having a pretty tough time at the moment.