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

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…

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.

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.

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.

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

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

(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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