HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

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Griffin on Thursday before practice told an inspirational story about working hard. “I’ve heard millions of Kobe (Bryant) stories about late-night workouts,” said Griffin, whose team takes on Detroit on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “One I heard, one time I guess he was in Italy and called Marco Belinelli (of the Spurs) at like 1, 2 o’clock in the morning and asked him if he had a gym for him, and so Marco found him one and he went there to shoot with him. “And he (Belinelli) was like, ‘I thought we were going to just get some shots up, but we had like a full workout.’ Things like that. That’s work ethic, real worth ethic. It’s not just coming in when you have to and going hard. It’s doing extra, going above and beyond.” Los Angeles Daily News

More on Griffin on Thursday before practice told an inspirational story about working hard. “I’ve heard millions of Kobe (Bryant) stories about late-night workouts,” said Griffin, whose team takes on Detroit on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “One I heard, one time I guess he was in Italy and called Marco Belinelli (of the Spurs) at like 1, 2 o’clock in the morning and asked him if he had a gym for him, and so Marco found him one and he went there to shoot with him. “And he (Belinelli) was like, ‘I thought we were going to just get some shots up, but we had like a full workout.’ Things like that. That’s work ethic, real worth ethic. It’s not just coming in when you have to and going hard. It’s doing extra, going above and beyond.” Los Angeles Daily News

Imagine, Griffin doesn’t even mind admitting in his own way he looks up to Bryant of the rival Lakers as well as James, who Griffin intimates is the ultimate player, like he wants to be. “A guy like LeBron, he’s doing so many things for his team,” Griffin, 25, said of the Miami Heat star. “He makes shots, but he also makes plays, makes good decisions, he gets stops, he does everything. That’s kind of a goal, to be a playmaker who can affect the game in a lot of different ways.” Los Angeles Daily News

The Lakers’ official 2013-14 team photo about sums up his feelings on the season: The look on Kobe’s face says a lot of things. It says “The two guys to my immediate left are Wesley Johnson and Ryan Kelly.” It says “I just signed a two-year extension hoping for a superstar teammate that’s a year away from being realistic.” It says “Andrew Wiggins had better be as good as advertised.” For The Win

March 20, 2014 Updates

After all the surgeries, he missed three of the next four years, so you can understand why Walton has empathy for what the NBA has gone through lately, this season with Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Al Horford, etc., etc., all missing chunks of games with major injuries. Then there's Greg Oden, too often compared to Walton and not because they both were celebrated big men selected first overall by the Blazers. "I've been there," Walton said, quietly. "It hurts me to see that, to see them go through, to an extent, what I went through, to know these talented young men must deal with factors beyond their control, and also to see how it has affected a game that I love so much." SportsonEarth

March 19, 2014 Updates

Asked by Patrick whether Obama would make the current roster in Los Angeles, Bryant said almost immediately, “yes, he could, actually.” The comment wasn’t a slight against his current Lakers team, which despite promising young talent is comprised mostly of borderline NBA players; Bryant said his belief in Obama is more a testament to the President’s skill: “That’s not a diss to the current roster that we have, its more of a sign of respect of the skill that the president possesses.” SI.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

Fans have bailed on the Los Angeles Lakers during their miserable 2013-14 season, with local TV ratings down sharply from last year. Looking at Nielsen’s “Live plus same-day” ratings for the 2013-14 season, the 57 telecasts of Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet have averaged 199,000 viewers — down a whopping 49% from last year at this time (390,000). The team has been without stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash for just about all of the season, and has one of the worst records in basketball at 22-44 this season. Variety.com

Everybody knows your dad was a Laker fan, but you were in Seattle. How did that work? Were you a Laker fan? Isaiah Thomas: I was a little brainwashed. My dad's from LA, so growing up in his house, I was a Laker fan. But I loved the Sonics, I loved Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. The Glove and the Reign Man, those were my two favorite players. But growing up, like I said, I was in a Laker household and got brainwashed. My favorite player is Kobe Bryant. I like the Lakers. It sucks. I mean, it doesn't suck I got drafted by the Kings, but that's their biggest rival, so you gotta watch what you say about the Lakers around Sacramento. SB Nation

March 17, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest and most decorated players in Los Angeles Lakers history, but he could have played for their oldest and most hated rivals. Before the 1996 NBA draft, Bryant worked out for several teams, including the Boston Celtics. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a photo of the Black Mamba in Celtic green: For The Win

March 15, 2014 Updates

In February 2009, Michael Lewis (of Moneyball fame) wrote an article for The New York Times Magazine about Houston’s Shane Battier being the preeminent Kobe-stopper. Bryant told Grover he needed to counter this for an upcoming game against Battier—and he wanted that Sweetchuck guy’s help. Procopio discovered the issue wasn’t Battier, but Bryant. See, Battier funneled Bryant toward Rockets star Yao Ming, daring Bryant to shoot over the 7-foot-6 center. He fell for it way too often. Telling Bryant he was taking too many shots, and a lot of dumb ones, was tough, but Procopio did it. Suffolk Magazine

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