NBA: Reggie Miller Reveals The Real Reason He Hated Kobe So Much

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When Reggie Miller was in the NBA, unless you were a fan of the Pacers you pretty much hated him. There were many players in the league who couldn’t stand him so it’s interesting to hear him talk about someone that he hated. That someone was Kobe Bryant but as it turns out, he has some pretty decent reasons for hating the mamba.

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(Photos) NBA: Kobe Bryant Gives LeBron James His Autographed Game-Worn Sneakers

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As I posted earlier, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are much closer than people know.  Prior to Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, he shared the “most important” advice he gave to a young James before he entered the league.  Their friendship began that day when Bryant gave James a pair of shoes and Bryant said farewell last night by giving James another pair of shoes.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Reveals the ‘Most Important Advice’ He Gave LeBron James

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As much as some Kobe Bryant and LeBron James’ fans wanted the two to hate each other, they’re actually good friends.  “We’ve been close,” Bryant said, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. “We talk more than people know.”  The two bonded before James even entered the league.  It began when Bryant gave James a pair of shoes before the teenaged LeBron was to play in a high school tournament against Carmelo Anthony’s Oak Hill Academy.  Bryant revealed the most important advice he gave James that day.

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NBA: Lakers Inquired About a Kobe Bryant For LeBron James Trade in 2007; Kobe & LeBron Respond

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Everybody knows the controversial story of Kobe Bryant demanding a trade from the Lakers in 2007.  The Black Mamba himself confirmed the report and revealed that the Chicago Bulls were his No. 1 choice.  Well what if a trade did happen?  Not to Chicago but to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Bryant’s late career rival, LeBron James.  A new report reveals that this is something that was discussed.

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NBA: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says Tim Duncan Has Had a Better Career Than Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson Disagrees

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Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are often compared due to the longevity and success they’ve both achieved in their careers.  They both have won five NBA championships a piece and both did it with one team, Duncan the Spurs and Bryant the Lakers.  Kobe is obviously the more popular player and many have likened him to Michael Jordan, therefore automatically touting him as the better player with the better career.  But that is not a unanimous opinion.  Duncan, also known as the “Big Fundamental”, is considered by some as the best power forward in the history of the NBA and unlike Kobe, he’s still playing at a fairly high level.  Lakers legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson were asked to pick who had the better career between Kobe and Tim, they each had a different answer.

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(Video) NBA: Paul George on How He Beat Kobe Bryant: “Well, he is old”

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Kobe Bryant has been playing much better lately but during the Los Angeles Lakers 89-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he couldn’t quite take on Paul George.

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NBA: Steph Curry Recalls The First Time He Tried To Trash Talk Kobe As A Rookie….It Didn’t Go Well!

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Steph Curry is currently enjoying being recognized and respected as one of the best players in the world, if not THE best player in the world. Steph’s rise to stardom has been more recent though. Back when he was a rookie, not many people cared about him or how he felt and you can count Kobe Bryant as one of those people.

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(Video) NBA: Kobe Got Dunked On, Came Right Back With Game Clinching Shot, Adds Finger Wag For Good Measure

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The Lakers surprisingly looked pretty decent last night. I realize it was against the lowly Pelicans but still! Kobe in particular looked good as he dropped 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Late in the game however, he had to be reminded he doesn’t have the hops he used to, as Ryan Anderson threw down the hammer on him. In classic Kobe style though, he came right back down the court and buried the game clinching three point shot and threw in a Dikembe Mutombo style finger wag.

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(Video) NBA: Still Salty… Sam Mitchell on Kobe Bryant: ‘I hate him’; Check Out Kobe’s Response

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On Tuesday night the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Minnesota Timberwolves.  There was a familiar face for Kobe Bryant, Sam Mitchell, the new head coach of the Timberwolves, was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors that faithful night when the Black Mamba scored 81 points.  Mitchell probably thought things would go a lot smoother this time around with Bryant struggling but instead, Kobe scored a season-high of 38 points including seven three-pointers as the Lakers ended a 10-game losing streak with a 119-115 win over the Timberwolves.

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NBA: Check Out Why Byron Scott Says Kobe Bryant Wouldn’t Make a Good Coach

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There’s been jokes before about Kobe Bryant being a player/coach but what about an actual coach?  Prior to the Lakers 119-115 win over the Timberwolves, Byron Scott was asked if Kobe would make a good coach.

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