NBA: Kobe Says Dwight Howard Needed to Be Like Magic, Bird or Jordan For Him to Hand Over the Lakers

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Kobe Bryant is out for the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff; that coupled with the promotion for his documentary “Kobe Bryan’t Muse”, means he’s doing a lot press, and that coupled with the fact he’s nearing the end of his career makes him a quote machine.  He’s spoken on a lot of things including his relationship with Phil Jackson and Shaquille O’Neal, now he’s speaking on Dwight Howard.

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(Video) NBA: LOL Lakers Celebrate Ending 7-Game Losing Streak, Kobe’s Reaction is Priceless!

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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 118-111 on Sunday night ending a seven-game losing streak and winning just their 14th game of the season.  During Jeremy Lin’s post game interview, Nick “Swaggy P” Young and Jordan Hill jumped in and to say they were excited is an understatement.  Kobe Bryant is out for the rest of the season but appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the next day and was shown the video.  You can pretty much guess what happened next.

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(Video) NBA: Kobe Bryant Reveals Who He Was Almost Traded To In 2007, Speaks On Beef With Karl Malone

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Wow! I literally had no idea that Kobe was very close to being traded in 2007. I don’t want to spoil it for you so you can hear him say it, but let’s just say the NBA would be MUCH different if one of the two possible trades occurred. Kobe killed one of the trades because he wasn’t happy about it and the other scenario just never came to fruition. While he was speaking about that, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons asked him about the Karl Malone beef and you could till Kobe doesn’t even think about that. Check out the clip.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Says the 2011 Lockout Was Made to Restrict the Lakers

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Kobe Bryant did an in depth interview with GQ where he discussed a variety of things including his turbulent early relationship with Phil Jackson and his lack of friends due to his personality.  Another topic he discussed was the 2011 NBA lockout.  Of course the negotiations were mainly about money and the splits between the teams and the players but it was also about parity in the NBA.  Bryant believes the tactics used were specifically created to restrict the Lakers.

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NBA Report: Goran Dragic Wants to Leave Suns, Prefers Lakers, Heat or Knicks

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Though there were conflicting reports about what the Phoenix Suns wanted to do with Goran Dragic, he’s reportedly made it clear that he does not want to remain with the team.  Dragic wants to be traded and if he isn’t, he says he will not re-sign with the Suns this summer.  The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow which means the Suns don’t have much time to get a deal done, but Dragic has also made it clear which teams he prefers.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Explains Why He Hated Phil Jackson

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There’s a few things Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant have in common; they’re both strong, outspoken and winners.  While most like to think that the two had the best relationship and Jackson has even referred to Kobe as “my son”, Jackson has also written and expressed some damaging things about the Black Mamba.  In an interview with GQ, Kobe explains those turbulent times with the Lakers while he was trying to work with Shaq and Jackson and how rough things were between them; at one point Kobe even hated Phil Jackson.

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NBA: Carmelo Anthony & Kobe Bryant Talked Last Summer & Decided Playing Together Wouldn’t Work

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Last summer had some big names in the free agent pool including Carmelo Anthony.  One of the teams Anthony met with was Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers dropped out of contention pretty quickly as Anthony narrowed his choices down to the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.  Everybody assumed it was because the Knicks could offer the most money and the Bulls had the best championship contending team but there’s another reason Anthony decided not to join the Lakers.

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NBA: Nick Young on Lakers Without Kobe: “just give me the ball and get out of the way”

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Kobe Bryant will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday for a torn rotator cuff.  That means the Los Angeles Lakers have to find another way to provide offense.  Enter Nick “Swaggy P” Young.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant on Recruiting Rajon Rondo: “I’m not stopping until he signs an extension”

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Prior to Rajon Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, he had a very public breakfast with Los Angeles Lakers superstar, Kobe Bryant.  There were reports that the Lakers wanted to trade for the star point guard but they lacked the assets necessary to get the job done.  Rondo has been thriving with his new team and the Mavericks will certainly make it to the playoffs but he will still become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.  Many think he will re-sign with the Mavericks but Kobe Bryant is determined to continue recruiting Rajon Rondo and convincing the PG to join him.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Says He Can’t Even Name 5 Celtics Players

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With both teams falling on hard times as they find themselves in the rebuilding stage, the Boston/LA rivalry just isn’t what it used to be…so much, that when asked about the Boston Celtics during an interview, NBA star Kobe Bryant said he can’t even name FIVE Celtics players!

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