Tweet of the Day: Kobe Bryant Out For The Remainder Of The 2013-14 Season

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Father time gets the better of everyone from time to time. Just this afternoon, I played pickup ball at the local gym and he gave me the business; knees sore, hip sore, back sore, muscles fatigued…and I am no elite athlete.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, however, is.

But, like myself and many other individuals in this world—All-Star athlete or not, time and injury often prevent us from doing what we love most.

For me, I love art—whether drawing or writing—as much as I love basketball, but I occasionally have bouts with wrist pain that make typing or moving a pencil difficult, just as my surgically repaired ACL doesn’t often hold up when I want to play active sports like basketball.

It’s just nature, the older the body gets, the longer recovery takes.

Bryant, who missed the first 19 games of the season while rehabilitating a torn achilles tendon, suffered a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee in just his sixth game back. Since, he has been limited in his ability to play basketball, much less anything else. He has even voiced his frustrations earlier this week in a sit-down interview with Kustoo.com.

It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience. There’s only so much you can do, so I find myself relegated to riding the bike. After the first few weeks, it’s cool — you’re getting a good workout. Then third, fourth — I need to do something else. I want to play. I want to run. I want to do something different, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

The frustration, while still there, may now subside as the team has officially announced that Bryant will be sitting out the remainder of the season.

Tweet of the Night: Rick Fox says the best part of watching Lakers-Clippers is free gum

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Mike D'AntoniThe Los Angeles Lakers are 21-41 this season, so the logical thing to do was to believe that things couldn’t get much worse for this bunch.

Then Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers happened, where they were historically bad.

After a competitive first quarter between the two teams, the Clippers completely broke the game open in the second quarter, leading 73-40 at half time.

The final score? 142-94.

It was the Clippers’ biggest margin of victory ever, and the most lopsided loss in Lakers’ history. The Lakers have now lost the last two games against the Clippers by a combined score of 84 points. 

Big Day For ‘The Big Diesel’, Shaquille O’Neal

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There are many names for four-time NBA champion and future Hall of Fame great Shaquille O’Neal—many of which he has given himself:  The Big Aristotle, The Big Galactus, Shaqtus, Diesel, Steel and Hobo Master (yes, Hobo Master) among others.

Thursday O’Neal celebrated his birthday. After a long NBA career and continued success off the court, perhaps it’s time to consider a new name…perhaps The Big Father Time?

As he continues to grow older, his popularity still remains. Three of the basketball organizations that he played for professionally—stateside and in international play (having won gold medals in the ’94 FIBA World Championship and ’96 Summer Olympics)—took time recognize his birthday.

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Tweet of the Day: New NBA-Themed Commercials Abound

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Many of today’s NBA athletes have endorsements with major corporations that often require them to be featured in a television commercial. A lot of them have their predecessors to thank for having broadened the reach of the NBA’s global marketing arm. Greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were prominently featured in high profile marketing campaigns during their playing careers.

Recently, with such bold personalities like four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, the door for retired NBA athletes to continue marketing major products has remained open. The ‘Big Diesel’ has continued appearing in prominent ads for products like Icy Hot and Buick.

With the recent retirement of Allen Iverson’s jersey now in the rearview, Reebok has brought both Shaq, Shawn Kemp (otherwise known as the Reign Man) and The Answer back into the fold to help promote the latest edition to The Retro Shop, the Kamikazi.

Bernucca: NBA Buyout Season’s Winners and Losers

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I’m kinda high on what the Charlotte Bobcats did with Ben Gordon.220px-Gordon7_20091204

The Bobcats waived Gordon on Sunday, preventing him from appearing in the postseason should he sign with another team. While they may have alienated his agent – not a trifle thing in the business world of the NBA – two things should be pointed out.

1. When teams waive or buy out players at this time of the season, they are essentially establishing a price they are willing to pay to that player to not play for them.

2. In this case, the Bobcats made it impossible for Gordon to come back to haunt them in the playoffs.

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