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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers watches as Mo Williams takes a shoe to the face by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers after a steal in the closing seconds of the first half at The Quicken Loans Arena.
Lakers went on to win the game and be the first to give the Cavaliers a loss in Cleveland.
New Garden Record… check out every point scored….
MEMPHIS, TN – MARCH 22: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a layup past Mike Miller #33 and Hakim Warrick #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies on March 22, 2007 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Kobe became the 4th player in NBA history to score over 50 in 3 straight games tonight. He lead the team to victory and scored 60 points along the way!
Kobe vs Nash.
Lakers vs Suns.
Win or go home.
Let’s do it!
“Maybe he wasn’t hugged enough as a kid.”
-Kobe in response to Raja Bell calling him a pompous, arrogant individual.
Too bad Mr Bell is suspended for tonights Game 6 matchup between the Suns and Lakers. Now there gonna have to stick James Jones or Shawn Marion on Kobe to try and contain him leaving on Diaw to cover Odom. All I know is that they are going to have to do a lot of double and triple teaming on Kobe and Lamar to try and stop either of them. That’s just not happening.
from yahoo sports
Basketball babies: Kobe, Shaq become fathers again
Just like old times, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal are celebrating. The former Lakers teammates became fathers again Monday when their wives gave birth to girls six minutes apart.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born at 2:03 a.m. PDT in Orange County, Calif. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are already parents to 3-year-old Natalia.
“The arrival of our new daughter Gianna early this morning is such an incredible blessing for me and my family,” Bryant said in a statement. “We are all full of beautiful emotions after such an incredible day.”
Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal became parents for the sixth time when Mearah Sanaa O’Neal was born at 4:57 a.m. EDT in a South Florida hospital.
It’s the third girl for the O’Neals, with Mearah joining sisters Taahirah and Amirah and brothers Myles, Shareef and Shaqir, who turned 3 last month.
Both mothers and their new babies were said to be doing well.
Fatherhood helped O’Neal and Bryant end the feud that led to the breakup of their pairing with the Lakers. When the Miami Heat played at Los Angeles in January, O’Neal congratulated Bryant on the birth of his daughter and the impending birth of the second one.
Bryant and O’Neal are both in the playoffs. Bryant’s winning shot in overtime Sunday gave the Lakers a 99-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns and a 3-1 lead in their series. The Heat and Chicago Bulls are tied at two games apiece in their series.
Bryant didn’t attend practice Monday or travel with his teammates to Phoenix for Game 5, to be played Tuesday night.
“I told him not to worry about that, to come when he can and get the rest he needs,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “Hopefully he’ll get there tonight, or if not, shootaround tomorrow.
“There’s a huge emotional feeling about having a child that’s just beyond belief. We’re happy for him. The timing’s right, he’ll have some rest, but I’m sure it’s not easy to sleep after all those things happen.”
LOS ANGELES – APRIL 30: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the buzzer beating game winning shot in overtime against the Phoenix Suns in game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 30, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Okay, so to get the bad out of the way early, and because I know you want to here it. The Braves got swept by the Brewers. Ouch. I know. Sheets pitched good today, but I don’t know what happened. They were all relatively close, the Braves just lost them all. All Three. They are now 5 games behind the Mets and actually behind the Phillies in the standings. This will be very short though. The Braves start a 3 game series against the METS tomorrow. More on that later. Speaking of which, the Braves didn’t allow Barry Bonds any home runs. The Mets allowed 2. And that ain’t BS.
In good news, The Lakers have tied the series against the Suns. Kobe Bryant played great tonight and put Steve Nash in his place. The series is far from over, and the Lakers are big under dogs, but you know what I’m rooting for hard. It will take a team effort but that doesn’t necessarilly mean that Kobe will have to be a team player. P.S. Kobe dunked on Steve Nash HARD. Great Game. 1-1.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored a staggering 81 points — the second-highest total in NBA history — and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 122-104 Sunday night.
With the fans at Staples Center chanting “MVP! MVP!” Bryant made two free throws with 43.4 seconds remaining for his final points, putting him behind only Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list.
Chamberlain scored 100 points for Philadelphia against the New York Knicks at Hershey, Pa., on March 2, 1962. His second-highest total was 78 against the Lakers in three overtimes on Dec. 8, 1961.
“I couldn’t even dream of this when I was a kid,” Bryant said. “There was no way possible.”
Bryant left to a standing ovation with 4.2 seconds remaining, having shot 28-of-46 from the floor and 18-of-20 from the foul line. He was 7-of-13 from 3-point range.
Elgin Baylor held the previous franchise record of 71 points at New York on Nov. 15, 1960.
Michael Jordan’s career high was 69 points, and only four players had ever scored more than 70 — Chamberlain, Baylor, David Thompson and David Robinson.
The 27-year-old Bryant made it five.
He played nearly 42 minutes, going the entire second half until being lifted by coach Phil Jackson. He scored 27 points in the third quarter and 28 more in the fourth.
That came on the same night the NBA had its highest-scoring game in 11 years when Seattle beat Phoenix 152-149 in two overtimes. The last 300-point game in the league came when Dallas beat Houston 156-147 in two overtimes on April 11, 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Bryant’s previous career high was 62 points during a 112-90 victory over Dallas last month, but sat out the fourth quarter because of the one-sided nature of the game.
Lamar Odom’s 3-pointer with 7:04 remaining gave the Lakers a 100-93 lead, and Bryant scored 30 seconds later to give him 61 points and his team a nine-point advantage.
Bryant scored all but 15 of the Lakers’ 42 points in the third quarter, shooting 11-of-15 including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Six of his points came during a 12-0 run to finish the period, giving Los Angeles a 91-85 lead.
Smush Parker was second on the Lakers with 13 points and Chris Mihm added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Mike James had 26 points and 10 assists for Toronto. Chris Bosh added 18 points and eight rebounds and Jalen Rose scored 17 points.
The Lakers outscored the Raptors 38-14 to finish the third period to go ahead for good.
With Bryant on the bench, the Lakers were outscored 10-3 in the first 6 minutes of the second quarter. Sasha Vujacic’s 3-pointer was their only field goal in 11 tries during that time.
The Raptors led by as many as 16 points in the period before settling for a 63-49 halftime lead. Bryant had 26 points and James had 19 points and nine assists in the first half.
Toronto shot 15-of-22 including 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the first quarter for a 36-29 lead.
Bryant scored a season-low 11 points in the Lakers’ 102-91 victory over the Raptors in Toronto last month. He had 14 in the first quarter of this game. … The Raptors have gone 13-12 since losing 15 of their first 16 games this season. … Bryant has led the Lakers in scoring in the last 21 games in which he’s played. He entered with an NBA-leading 34.8-point average, and is averaging 45.5 points in 10 games since sitting out a two-game suspension. … Toronto C Rafael Araujo, who has made 30 starts this season, missed his second straight game and third of the season because of a sore right shoulder. … Bryant made his first five foul shots before missing late in the second quarter, snapping his streak of consecutive made free throws at 62. Michael Williams made an NBA-record 93 straight for Minnesota in 1993. … Bryant received a technical foul with 10:44 left — shortly after being accidentally struck above the right eye.
They basically blew a 14 point lead to the Jazz in the fourth quarter. the Jazz took the lead with 47 seconds to go in the game after trailing the entire game. Jazz had the ball and a lead, got fouled, missed one of the free throws, and lead by 2 with about 20 seconds to go. Lakers inbounded, ran the offense around, Kobe got a shot, and initiated contact with the defender. He missed by a mile and I heard the ref blew his whistle. Marv Albert thought the game was over. It was replayed to see how much time was left on the clock because the shot was at or near the buzzer. Live during the game, it looked like a foul. I certainly am glad that it was called a foul. Kobe went on to hit the two shots and tie the game. Game goes to overtime, Kobe fouls out, Sasha is clutch and key to winning this game, Lamar is 1 assist short a triple double, and the Lakers win by 4 in overtime. But man, they nearly blew it. They stink again this year. but then again, it’s expected. Phil did say his plan calls for 3 years.
Lakers start the season 1-0. Welcome back Phil. Hello Smush Parker.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, goes up for the winning shot over Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller in the Lakers’ 99-97 victory in overtime in Denver on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
1) Which of these players will win the scoring title?
32.4% Allen Iverson (76ers)
27.6% Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
17.1% LeBron James (Cavaliers)
13.9% Tracy McGrady (Rockets)
3.8% Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
2.8% Vince Carter (Nets)
2.4% Gilbert Arenas (Wizards)
2) Which of these players will lead the league in rebounds per game?
45.4% Kevin Garnett (Timberwolves)
29.9% Ben Wallace (Pistons)
6.2% Dwight Howard (Magic)
5.2% Emeka Okafor (Bobcats)
4.3% Shaquille O’Neal (Heat)
3.5% Jermaine O’Neal (Pacers)
2.5% Elton Brand (Clippers)
1.9% Shawn Marion (Suns)
1.0% Troy Murphy (Warriors)
3) Which of these players will lead the league in assists per game?
50.3% Steve Nash (Suns)
33.1% Jason Kidd (Nets)
4.6% LeBron James (Cavaliers)
4.3% Andre Miller (Nuggets)
2.9% Allen Iverson (76ers)
2.4% Brevin Knight (Bobcats)
2.4% Stephon Marbury (Knicks)
4) Which of these players will win the Rookie of the Year award?
41.8% Chris Paul (Hornets)
13.9% Andrew Bogut (Bucks)
11.3% Deron Williams (Jazz)
8.7% Rashad McCants (Timberwolves)
8.0% Charlie Villanueva (Raptors)
6.5% Marvin Williams (Hawks)
5.5% Raymond Felton (Bobcats)
4.2% Sean May (Bobcats)
5) Which of these players will win the Defensive Player of the Year award?
34.9% Ron Artest (Pacers)
20.0% Ben Wallace (Pistons)
13.5% Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)
5.9% Tim Duncan (Spurs)
5.3% Bruce Bowen (Spurs)
4.3% Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
3.7% Kevin Garnett (Timberwolves)
3.5% Tayshaun Prince (Pistons)
3.4% Larry Hughes (Cavaliers)
1.5% Shawn Marion (Suns)
1.4% Allen Iverson (76ers)
1.1% Shaquille O’Neal (Heat)
1.0% Manu Ginobili (Spurs)
0.5% Jason Kidd (Nets)
6) Which of these players will win the Most Valuable Player award?
31.9% LeBron James (Cavaliers)
12.5% Tim Duncan (Spurs)
10.7% Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
9.9% Shaquille O’Neal (Heat)
8.4% Dwyane Wade (Heat)
5.8% Kevin Garnett (Timberwolves)
5.5% Tracy McGrady (Rockets)
3.9% Allen Iverson (76ers)
2.6% Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
2.2% Ron Artest (Pacers)
1.9% Jermaine O’Neal (Pacers)
1.2% Steve Nash (Suns)
1.2% Vince Carter (Nets)
1.0% Yao Ming (Rockets)
0.6% Jason Kidd (Nets)
0.5% Shawn Marion (Suns)
Total Votes: 28,267
I love this Lakers team.
Sure, they do not have the individual talent that they had last year with guys like Karl Malone, Gary Payton, and Shaquille O’Neal gone but this team has a lot of heart.
It’s almost the end of a battle for a strugg-a-ling Timberwolve team and because of guys like Caron Butler they are hanging in. Kobe Bryant is currently out with a strained ankle.
I dig Butler’s energy. I dig Lamar Odom’s ability. I like Chucky Atkins at the 3. Brian Cook is a completely different player. Chris Mihm has been suprisingly excellent.
After losing the Hall of Fame quality last year after a very disappointing end to the season it seemed as if the Lakers were destined towards mediocrity this year. Although they are not one of the elite teams anymore they are still a playoff team in a very difficult Western division. This team excites me. One of the greatest coaches in Phil Jackson is gone. Rudy Tomjanovich is his replacement, a very reputable coach.
The Lakers win! This is a great win for a team on the rise. Excellent.
A little bird flew by my window and says that the Kobe case will be dismissed. Let’s see if that bird was telling the truth.
Alright so the lineup is looking a lot different already with possibly a few other changes to come…
C Vlade Divac
PF Lamar Odom
SF Caron Butler
SG Kobe Bryant
PG Gary Payton
F/C Brian Grant
F/C Marcus Douthit*
F Luke Walton
F Brian Cook
F Rick Fox
F Devean George
F Bryon Russell
G Kareem Rush
G Sasha Vujacic*
Today is the day in which NBA players can sign with new teams or be traded. The Signing Period has begun. Lets hope for the best.
Lakers, Clippers make final pitches for Bryant John Nadel / Associated Press
Kobe Bryant wasn’t tipping his hand as the clock ticked down on the final hours of the NBA’s two-week moratorium on trades and free agent signings.
Eager to learn his choice but uncertain when that decision might come, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers awaited word from Bryant or one of his agents Tuesday.
Both clubs made formal presentations to the free agent guard on Monday.
The end of the moratorium was to coincide with the league releasing the new salary cap figure for the 2004-05 season, an announcement that will impact the size of Bryant’s new contract – and those of several other free agents.
Bryant will be eligible to receive a starting salary equal to 30 percent of the cap, which was $43.84 million last season.
While Bryant made everyone in Los Angeles wait, and while his agent, Rob Pelinka, again did not return several phone messages, the process of trading Shaquille O’Neal was being set in motion.
The Lakers and Miami Heat were expected to complete a deal Wednesday sending O’Neal to the Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick.
Among the top free agents whose plans were not yet known were Karl Malone and Derek Fisher of the Lakers.
Martin was weighing whether to sign an offer sheet with Atlanta or Denver after sign-and-trade discussions between the Nuggets and Nets broke down.
Malone, puzzled by the breakup of the Lakers, was being courted by the Spurs.
“Without a doubt I’m serious (about the Spurs),” Malone told the San Antonio Express-News. “I’ve had serious dialogue with them, and more than once. I’ve talked to Coach (Gregg) Popovich two or three times and (general manager) R.C. (Buford) one or two times. They call about every other day. I’ve had great dialogue with them.”
Malone, however, said he will not make a decision on next season until he knows whether he can perform at 100 percent of his capability. He recently underwent surgery on his left knee, which he sprained twice last season.
Okay, I’ve thought about it and I see this as an acceptable solution.
Phil Jackson retires.
Karl Malone retires.
Kobe Bryant is acquitted and stays.
Gary Payton stays.
Derek Fisher stays.
Shaquille O’Neal stays.
A new coach is hired (George Karl, who else is available that doesn’t stink?)
Size, shooting, and depth is bought in free agency.
Fresh legs are drafted.
on another note, i am going to be using this new blog to track fantasy related sports stuff about my teams; http://www.twobs.com/fantasy/
But it isn’t.
Lakers need a couple of the following to win tonight
1. Shaq scores 50
2. Shaq gobbles up 25 rebounds
3. Kobe scores 50
4. Someone else scores at least 15
5. Kareem Rush makes 5 3-pointers
6. Karl musters up the strength to play as if its his last game ever
7. Slava doesn’t suck.
8. Chauncey Billups gets knocked on his ass and breaks his ankle.
9. Rasheed gets 2 technicals and gets kicked out of the game.
10. Implementation of the Hack-A-Ben strategy. Ben Wallace is the NBA’s worst FT shooter all-time.
11. Deveon George doesn’t suck.
12. Luke Walton has a Bill Walton type performance.
13. Shaq makes 20-25 free throws.
14. Kobe makes more shots than he misses.
15. The Refs need to call a foul when a foul is a foul.
There are more things that need to happen but if a couple of these happen then the Lakers can force a Game 6 and bring the series back to LA. If not, then congrats go to the better team.
As Snoop would say, Ain’t nothing to it but to do it.