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I wonder if Jerry Buss was rolling in his grave when the Lakers unveiled a billboard imploring Dwight Howard to “Stay.” The Lakers were one of the few organizations in the NBA where they never had to beg players to stay or come to the Lakers. Their name and championships were enough to convince any player to join them, but now they’re acting like a desperate lover trying to hold onto someone who was never good for them in the first place and looking desperate is never a good look. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the greatest basketball players of our time Kobe Bryant was in the midst of yet another legendary performance this past Friday night as his LA Lakers were battling the Golden State Warriors and struggling to get in the playoffs. Logging extremely heavy minutes the 34 year old Bryant had just drained consecutive three point shots when his Achilles suddenly popped and just like that, his season was over. Bryant has suffered many injuries in his illustrious career but sadly one could tell by the look on his face that he knew this was it. Now the questions remain. Have we seen the last of Kobe Bryant ? Is this how one of the NBA’s all time great careers comes to a sad ending ? Only time can answer that one. The typical ruptured Achilles tendon can take nine to 12 months of recovery, so there is no guarantee that Kobe comes back even next season at all.
Already the talk has begun about the future of the Lakers. Should the team consider using the amnesty clause on Kobe ? Some important facts to consider are that Kobe turns 35 in August. He will be in the final year of his contract. The Lakers could save an estimated $80 million in luxury tax and because of the injury Kobe could miss a part of or all of next season. Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to overcome. It would absolutely be a PR nightmare for the Lakers to amnesty Kobe but it makes good business sense to at least consider it. Bryant’s salary next season is $30 million, either way he gets his money. He could take the year off get amnestied and then come back in 2014-15 with a discounted deal to finish his career with the purple and gold. There are so many questions, but very little answers right now. One thing that is certain, don’t bet against Kobe Bryant.
written on Jan. 7, 2013
Do you remember when Dwight Howard joined the LA Lakers and the talk around the NBA was that the Miami Heat finally had a legit threat to their championship? Well things are not going so well in LA these days. Superstars Kobe Bryant a no nonsense guy and Dwight Howard a comedian in another life just can’t get along, and there’s no indication that things are going to get better anytime soon, it could all fall apart in LA.
A league source told the NY Daily News that the Lakers stars got into a heated argument following a New Year’s Day loss to the 76ers, and Bryant went for a low blow – referencing and agreeing with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticisms of Howard being soft. I happen to agree with that sentiment, regardless, Howard’s jolly, laughable demeanor does not sit well with the all business demeanor of the Black Mamba.
Howard was restrained from going at Bryant, according to the source, and there have been rumblings from the center’s camp that he’s been unhappy with Bryant since earlier in the season. Well so much for a much anticipated Heat-Lakers showdown in June.
Three days after the altercation, following a disappointing loss to the Clippers, Howard complained about the lack of chemistry on the Lakers. It was a comment seemingly directed at Bryant, who is averaging a league-high 22 shots despite playing with three potential Hall of Famers.
This makes sense on all levels. The Black Mamba is not a young Mamba anymore. The weight of last season I really think caught up with the Lakers and older teams (except the Celtics). So it only is right that now that the NBA will be back in it’s regular season length, that the older players monitor everything.
Coach Mike Brown thinks so…
“If I can, I’d definitely love to keep his minutes down and not have them up to 38,” Brown said. “But I’m sure he’ll tell you he can play 48, which is probably true if he needed to. But we feel like we have a deep team this year and hopefully at the end of the day it leads to reduced minutes for him.”
The luxury of having a deep roster is just what Brown says. Reduced minutes for your superstars. Remember it’s not what happens in November through March that counts. It’s April through June that really matters.
Funny there was no mention of limiting Steve Nash’s minutes though.
…that he’s ever been around”.
I knew that headline would grab you. And that was the point.
“On its face, it’s the best talent I’ve been around,” said Bryant, via the Los Angeles Times. “Whether that translates into winning a championship, that remains to be seen. But just on paper, you’re obviously talking about defensive players of the years, MVPs, All-Stars. You’re talking about a myriad of things where guys are on top of their position and have been at the top of their position.”
Kobe makes a great point about it translating into a championship remains to be seen. Everyone thought the 2010-2011 Miami Heat had all the talent in the world to win it all. But obviously the talent, and a mental lapse by Lebron James, kept them from winning it all and instead the Dallas Mavericks were crowned champs.
I’m thinking Shaq, Robert, Derek and the rest of the boys are not too pleased.
On any given night in the NBA you will see 5-10 players sporting their tattoos as they run up and down the court. However not many of them get to cover non basketball magazines like Urban Ink.
Matt Barnes and his wife Gloria Govan will be on the cover of the magazine for their upcoming issue. I always knew Matt was a tatted up fool, but never knew what Gloria had. It would be great to see more of her body..I’m just saying. Here’s some pictures of their tats courtesy of necolebitchie.com
That’s Shaq’s number for those who were left looking up at the ceiling and thinking “who’s number is that?”
NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper tweeted
Indications are Lakers will retire @SHAQ uniform No. 34 next season. Brief delay due to rush of schedule, not any doubt it would happen.
MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Shawne Williams. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read the rest of this entry »