(Video) NBA: Nothing But Backboard… Kobe Bryant Is Rusty in His First Game Back

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The Black Mamba is back!  Well sort’ve…  The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Utah Jazz on Sunday night for their first preseason game.  It also marked the return of Kobe Bryant who sat out last season after undergoing surgery for a torn rotator cuff.  As expected, his first game back showed a bit of rust.  Bryant played just 12 minutes and finished with 5 points after going 1/5 from the field and hitting 2 free throws in the Lakers 90-71 loss.  His first shot of the night was a doozy…

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NBA Report: Kevin Durant Prefers to Join Lakers if He Leaves OKC


It was only a matter of time… Practically every upcoming free agent is always linked to the Lakers at some point and now we have Kevin Durant.  It’s been reported that Durant is heavily leaning towards remaining with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the “homecoming” to the Washington Wizards is a close second.  Now it’s being reported that LA is his preferred landing spot.

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NBA: Kobe Discusses Retirement, If He’ll Leave the Lakers & How Many Minutes/Games He Wants to Play


Kobe Bryant is entering his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers and there’s several questions surrounding him.  Will it be his last season in the league?  Will he leave the Lakers and try to chase a ring elsewhere?  And how many minutes/games will he play after being injured plagued the last couple of seasons?  Well yesterday during media day Bryant answered all those questions.

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NBA: The Return Of The Mamba


Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant or “The Black Mamba” has been cleared to participate in all team activities after sitting out for nine months due to a torn rotator cuff.

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(Video) NBA: When O’Shea Jackson Becomes a Millionaire, He Wants to Buy This From the Lakers

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O’Shea Jackson hasn’t reached the million dollar milestone, but when he does the first thing he’s targeting is Lakers memorabilia.

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(Video) NBA: Shaq Says He & Kobe Could’ve Tied Or Passed Michael Jordan If They Weren’t Beefing


Kobe Bryant went on Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast and discussed their old feud.  Both men admitted regret letting their egos get in the way and acting immaturely at the time, breaking up a dynasty with the Lakers that had already won three titles.  But how many could they have won if they had checked their egos at the door?  Well Shaq has to the answer to that.

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(Video) NBA: Iggy Azalea Discusses Nick Young’s Proposal & Throws a Shot at Him & the Lakers


Iggy and Nick were on vacay in her native Australia, and she made a solo media stop down under to Hamish & Andy while Nick was in the gym. The interviewers mainly asked about Nick’s proposal but when they asked if it was that important for Nick to practice, Iggy took a little shot at her baller boo.

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NBA: Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant: ‘I could feel his hatred’

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By the time he first left the Lakers, Phil Jackson had a pretty broken relationship with Kobe Bryant.  Jackson then published a book highly critical of Kobe, fracturing their relationship further.  So just how bad did it get?

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NBA: Lakers’ Coach Byron Scott Says Kobe Bryant Will Probably Play Power Forward Against Some Teams

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The Los Angeles Lakers have a guard rotation of Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams and of course Kobe Bryant.  It was assumed that Bryant would slide over to the three position for stretches this season and when Lakers’ trainer Gary Vitti discussed it with him, Kobe’s reaction was “I can do that.” Which is probably Kobe’s reaction to every question he is ever asked.  But how about Kobe as a small four?

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NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge Says Knicks Didn’t Want to Meet With Him & Explains If He Left Because of Lillard

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LaMarcus Aldridge was considered the most coveted free agent this offseason.  Request for his services were mainly between four teams, the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers or returning to the Portland Trailblazers.  He had two meetings with the Lakers after numerous reports leaked about how bad the first one went, he never ended up meeting with the Knicks, and there were reports that there was an issue with him and Damian Lillard becoming the franchise player which is why he departed from Portland.  Well Aldridge is finally speaking out and explaining the truth in each situation.

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