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May 19, 2015 Updates

Following his freshman year at Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph’s High School, Towns was on the Dominican Republic team that played against the United States’ national team in an exhibition game in Las Vegas on July 12, 2012. That USA team, which was preparing for the London Olympics, included LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant, but Towns expressed the most excitement at the time about playing against Kobe Bryant. Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers have the fourth-best odds in the lottery of landing the top pick at 11.9 percent. The third-best odds (15.6 percent) belong to the Philadelphia 76ers. “The biggest thing I took away from that game was a confidence level that I could play with these players, that I can play with the best of the best,” Towns said. “Kobe talked to me. ... He told me to make sure I keep working hard and he talked about some other things. We had a good conversation.” Yahoo! Sports

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Wilkes played with Bill Walton in college, then won championships with the Rick Barry Warriors and, more famously, the "Showtime" Lakers. And almost 30 years after wrapping up his career, he takes a look at the NBA franchise that defined him and sees Kobe Bryant in a familiar position: getting old. But these Lakers don't have Worthy waiting in the wings. "It's very different," Wilkes told Sporting News. "He has very little help, and I'm sure he feels like it's all on him because it has been for the last 18, 19 years. And I'm sure he doesn't know what to expect from himself or what his body can give him now. But it's clear that he's near the end. He's in the last year of his contract. But physically, he just can't carry the group more. Sporting News

"Personally, I'd like to see his minutes cut where he could play the majority of the fourth quarter. But that's going to be hard for Coach Scott because, Kobe, you think you want Kobe out there all the time. But I think they've learned that he just can't do it all anymore." This season might be rough, even if Bryant stays healthy. But Wilkes, formerly known as Keith Wilkes, is optimistic. "With the current draft coming up and the picks they have and the cap space they have and with Mitch Kupchak being there in the driver's seat alongside Jim Buss, I expect to see serious improvement next season, which to me means competing for the playoffs," he said. Sporting News

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Serena Winters: Clarkson said when LA drafted him, Kobe texted him, but he thought it was one of his friends messing w/ him so he didn't text him back! Jordan Clarkson then called around to make sure his friends weren't messing w/ him & once he really knew it was Kobe, he texted back! Twitter @SerenaWinters

April 20, 2015 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is under contract to sell his home in Newport Coast, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The pending sale is expected to set a price record for the Pelican Ridge community. The current high water mark for the enclave is held by an 8,000-square-foot home that sold for $4.78 million in 2013, property records show. Bryant’s house currently shows a list price of $6.45 million. Daily Pilot

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