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Lakers trying to decide which Kobe Bryant jersey number to retire

    With Kobe Bryant officially announcing his plans to retire from the NBA upon the completion of the 2015-16 season over the weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers are beginning to plan out the finer points of how to send the Black Mamba out into the sunset. One of the points of contention: which of Bryant’s jersey numbers, between No. 8 and No. 24, to retire. According to a...
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LeBron on never facing Kobe in Finals: 'I didn't hold up my end'

Back in 2009, NBA fans came tantalizingly close to seeing a dream matchup in the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, LeBron vs. Kobe never happened in the NBA playoffs, and "King James" is upset it never came to pass.During his first stint in Cleveland, LeBron James and the Cavaliers lost in six games to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. If LeBron...
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76ers raise ticket prices for Kobe's final appearance

Never before in NBA history has it costed as much money as it will cost you on Tuesday if you want to an 0-18 team play live.The winless Philadelphia 76ers host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, marking Kobe Bryant's final career road appearance in Philly. Turns out, if you're in the Philadelphia area, and wanna see the Lakers legend play one last time, it's gonna cost you. ...
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LeBron James feels ‘kind of sad’ about Kobe Bryant retiring

LeBron James admitted Tuesday he is “kind of sad” over how Kobe Bryant will retire at season’s end. “I wanted to be just like him, man,” James said, making mention of how he sported an Afro in high school to emulate his hero. He added that he “always thought of Kobe” when working out during the offseason, knowing full well that Bryant was in some gym somewhere honing...
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Last of a dying breed: Kobe's retirement marks end of an era

"Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man."  - John Steinbeck, 1952, East of Eden   After Kobe Bryant announced on Sunday...
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Jerry West: It’s painful watching Kobe Bryant

    You know Kobe Bryant is having a miserable season when the man who brought him to the Los Angeles Lakers is having a hard time watching him play. Jerry West, who orchestrated the trade that brought Bryant to the Lakers in 1996, recently said it has been “painful” to watch Kobe go out like this. “It has been painful for me to watch him,” West told Steve Ginsburg...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Stuart Scott calls Kobe Bryant’s 81 point highlight

ESPN posted this cool piece of nostalgia earlier today – one of the great individual sporting performances of our lifetime as called by the late Stuart Scott. That performance is of course Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors on January 22nd, 2006 and is noteworthy today because of Bryant announcing his retirement on The Players’ Tribune. The box score...
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Kobe Bryant in context: Cutthroat with care

The career of a giant — in sports or any other theater of human endeavor — is hard to encapsulate in a series of essays, let alone one. You should read the beat writers for the Los Angeles Times and, and the other national basketball writers you’ve come to respect, in order to get a fuller picture of the career of Kobe Bryant, who announced Sunday night that he...
Via Crossover Chronicles
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Lakers give letter from Kobe Bryant to fans attending game

    On Sunday, Kobe Bryant announced this season would be final one via a poem written for The Players Tribune. That same day, the Lakers played a home game against the Pacers. Those who attended the game were given a special souvenir. Upon entering Staples Center, fans received the above pictured letter. It reads: When we first met I was just a kid. Some of you took me...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Kobe Bryant announces he will retire after the season

    Kobe Bryant has made it official: He is retiring after the season. Bryant wrote a love letter of sorts to the sport of basketball for The Players Tribune. He talked about falling in love with the game when he was six years old and how he spent so much time giving himself to the game because he loved it. However, he recognizes his body can no longer produce at an elite...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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