PODCAST: Kobe’s future, the Olympics, and a Scalabrine story

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Once upon a time, Jason Kidd’s son, T.J., dressed up as Brian Scalabrine for Halloween. This was back when T.J. was smallish, the Jason-Joumana marriage was rock solid, and the Nets played in the dreary confines of the Meadowlands, where T.J. had his own locker. I only got to make a brief reference to that small piece of Scalabrine history this morning in an interview on Sirius-XM NBA radio, partly because Scalabrine was busy predicting that Kobe Bryant will shoot 37

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Today is Kobe Bryant’s 37th Birthday

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Best wishes to the Mamba. Here, courtesy of former ESPN researcher Peter Newmann, are a few fast facts on the player we have seen too little of over the past two seasons. (Although yesterday, Saturday, he finally put up some shots for the first time since his rotator cuff surgery). [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Night: Kobe Bryant shows his ‘Style’ in joining Taylor Swift onstage

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We’ve officially reached the slow period of the NBA offseason, when free-agency fun is weeks removed yet the opening of training camps remains a month away. For NBA players, that lull in activity means rare downtime before their schedules pick up dramatically in late September. In some cases, that means extended family time and/or vacations. For Lakers’ icon Kobe Bryant, it also offers the opportunity to take in a Taylor Swift concert in his own arena.My pleasure @taylorswift13 Keep breaking records and changing lives #1989TourLA

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PODCAST: Former Lakers Forward Samaki Walker Discusses Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson

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Former Los Angeles Laker Samaki Walker won an NBA title with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson in 2001-2002 and played with Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Dwyane Wade over the course of his 10-year career. He was my guest on this week’s NBA Press Break podcast, where co-host Max Kirshblum and I discussed all things Phil and the Knicks, Kobe and the Lakers and which current superstars could have survived in the rougher NBA of 15-20 years

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EXCLUSIVE: Kobe Bryant in the Mix for 2016 Rio Olympic Team

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LAS VEGAS — Kobe Bryant has a chance to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, even though he is not attending Team USA’s minicamp this week, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo told SheridanHoops Tuesday. “If he had a great year, it would be a great story for him to try to close out his career by winning a gold medal,” Colangelo said. Bryant and Colangelo actually discussed the possibility in June during an NBA/USAB sponsorship conference in New

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Bernucca: While Selling a Brand, Lakers Forgot to Build a Team

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So this is how it ends for Kobe Bryant, huh? A top-10 all-time player, Bryant will spend his last four years as the face of arguably the most storied franchise in NBA history, watching it plunge into unprecedented irrelevance. What has happened to the Lakers happens to a lot of successful family-owned businesses. It was handed from the patriarch to the next generation, which was in over its head. It took its brand for granted and treated the competition with disdain rather

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NBA players react to a glorious first day of free agency on twitter

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The golden age for NBA players wasn’t supposed to arrive before 2016 when the new TV deal would kick in, but it has clearly arrived early enough for the free agents of 2015. It started just as the free agency period kicked in with the calendar turning July when Anthony Davis agreed to the largest single contract ever for an NBA player. While other big-name players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Monta Ellis and Marc Gasol are still trying to figure out what they want

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