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What the NBA (and world) looked like before Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan

June 14, 1995: The Houston Rockets just finished off a sweep of the mighty Orlando Magic and repeated as NBA champions. That was the night of Rudy Tomjanovich's famous "never underestimate the heart of a champion" speech. The Houston Rockets walked off the floor at the Summit as back-to-back champions while the young Orlando Magic walked off as a probable dynasty in the making. ...
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WATCH: A New Era Of Lakers Basketball Begins NOW!

A new era of Lakers basketball has officially begun in Los Angeles! For the past 20 years, it's been Kobe Bryant center stage, but now it's the Lakers young core and new head coach Luke Walton. Brandon Ingram, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance, Jr. feel like they are at the start of something new and something great. Watch more of our most popular...
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WATCH: Lakers Media Day 2016: Nick Young

Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young says media day is more boring with Kobe Bryant around. Young is excited to work with new head coach Luke Walton in a system that everyone wants to play in. Young thinks the Lakers will be okay if they build on their young core, and says him and D'Angelo Russell have put everything behind them to get their job done. Young also talks about the difficulty...
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WATCH: Lakers Media Day 2016: D'Angelo Russell Changes His Mentality

Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell says his mentality this year is way different, more business like approach. Without Kobe Bryant, there is a different focus of this team. New Lakers head coach Luke Walton makes everyone feel comfortable. Russell says he's always had the qualities of being a leader, but he's young and doesn't know exactly what it takes yet, so he has...
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WATCH: Lakers Media Day 2016: Larry Nance, Jr.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance, Jr. talks about expanding his shooting range and improving his three-point shot. Nance says he has been working on his shooting with Julius Randle. Nance says he doesn't know yet how he fits into Luke Walton's system, might play the 3 or 4 or small ball 5. On life after Kobe Bryant, Nance, Jr. says it really feels like they are building something...
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Lakers begin life after Kobe Bryant with youth and optimism

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Nick Young took a long look around the Los Angeles Lakers' bustling practice gym Monday, surveying the large gathering of cameras, reporters and teammates with a sardonic smile. ''It's kind of boring in here,'' the veteran guard said. For all the hubbub and optimism around the Lakers as they returned for a new season, the LA native realized something was...
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Shaq cracks perfect joke about Kobe during HOF speech

The Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony Friday night had plenty of touching and emotional moments, but there was some comedic relief, too. And perhaps the best joke came courtesy of Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq thanked a lot of people during his speech, including Kobe Bryant, but he couldn’t say Kobe’s name without throwing in a pretty funny joke about Bryant pushing the Los Angeles...
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Kobe Bryant has great line about Lakers jersey retirement

The Los Angeles City Council previously declared Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day,” and on Wednesday, the city and the beloved NBA icon celebrated the tribute. In a way, Wednesday’s festivities provided a perfect way to bookend a yearlong celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s phenomenal NBA career. Now arrives the time to put his legacy in its proper perspective, which...
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August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

Baller. Global Icon. Selfish. Rapist. Legend. Kobe Bryant has been called those words (and many more) in the 20 years he has been in the public eye. Whatever you want to call him, there is no denying that impact he has had on sports in Los Angeles. After 1,566 games, five championships and a couple of Finals MVPs, the former Los Angeles Lakers guard was honored by the Los Angeles...
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Kobe Bryant starting $100 million venture capital fund

Kobe Bryant has entered the world of finance in a big way. Appearing on Wall Street Monday, the NBA legend announced he’s starting up a $100 million media, technology and data fund. ESPN’s Darren Rovell provided some photos capturing Bryant’s big moment. A bearded Kobe Bryant ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange announcing his new $100M investment pic...
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August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

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