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July 15, 2013 Updates

Going into its sixth year, Steve Nash's Foundation Showdown, a charity soccer event benefiting underserved children, made its way to Los Angeles for the first time at Red Shield Community Center near downtown. "We love having our events in the community because this is where we all started playing," Nash said. "We wanted to come back and show everybody that we're just like everyone in this community who grew up playing in parks like this." Last month the Steve Nash Foundation hosted its sixth annual Showdown in New York City, continuing its mission to champion kids' health and helping children get educational, health and motivational support. The showdown consists of an 8-on-8 soccer match played in two 20-minute periods showcasing celebrity athletes from the NBA and soccer's best from around the world. The showdown is free to the public. Long Beach Press-Telegram

July 12, 2013 Updates

One of the L.A. photogs Lamar Odom went nuts on this week has lawyered up, law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... and we're told the man plans to press charges against the NBA star. According to sources, detectives are still investigating the incident -- when Lamar flipped on two photogs in Hollywood, damaging equipment and allegedly smashing one of their cars -- but the case will most likely be forwarded to the L.A. City Attorney soon for criminal prosecution. TMZ.com

July 3, 2013 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers will have to wait to find out if Dwight Howard will stay with the team, but they didn't waste any time removing a banner outside of Staples Center asking him to do so. One week after the team unveiled a massive banner on the side of Staples Center with a photo of Howard alongside "STAY." and the hashtag #STAYD12, the banner was removed. ESPN.com

June 27, 2013 Updates
June 26, 2013 Updates

The sign is one of "six or seven" billboards the Lakers plan on putting up in "various key locations" in order to try to woo the free agent to be, according to team spokesman John Black. The Lakers also unveiled a billboard above Hollywood Boulevard with the same message. Both signs include the hashtag "STAYD12," hoping the message catches on through social media. Black said the team will also take out a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. ESPN.com

June 25, 2013 Updates
May 31, 2013 Updates

Free agency in the NBA is exactly one month away, but the Houston Rockets' bid to steal Dwight Howard away from the Los Angeles Lakers is already gathering some momentum. Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the Rockets have received what has been described as "hopeful signals" that Howard is seriously considering a jump from the Lakers to the Rockets after becoming a free agent July 1. ESPN.com

May 20, 2013 Updates

During the Sports Spectacular event on Sunday night, Kobe announced (via remote video) that he was teaming up with Sports Spectacular to help eradicate homelessness. Kobe, who’s been fighting homelessness in Los Angeles along with his wife and the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Foundation, wasn’t able to be at the event (something about a torn Achilles), but was still excited to share the news. Lakers Nation

Kobe Bryant: “I’d like to officially announce that we’re partnering with Sports Spectacular to help eradicate homelessness. We’re doing an event, it’s called Kobe: Up Close, and it’s about my past presence and future if you are interested. The event is August 15th at the Nokia Theater.” Lakers Nation

April 29, 2013 Updates
April 13, 2013 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who injured his left Achilles tendon late in the fourth quarter of last night’s 118-116 victory over Golden State, had an MRI exam this morning which confirmed a torn Achilles tendon. After confirmation of the injury, Bryant elected to have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon. The successful surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months. NBA.com

March 28, 2013 Updates

With his second, 10-day contract set to expire after Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets backup guard Terrel Harris is expected to be signed for the remainder of the season, according to league sources. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 2, 2013 Updates

Before his team got taken apart by the Spurs on Wednesday, Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap revealed that he uses tape of two players to help mold budding Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker. One of them is the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, a perennial candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player who is widely regarded as the top lead guard on the planet. The other is Tony Parker. “We really feel, mentally and physically, the way those two lead their teams is very special,” Dunlap said. “Different, but they get the same results.” Dunlap isn’t the only NBA coach to use the Spurs’ five-time All-Star as a blueprint for what it means to be a professional point guard. San Antonio Express-News

January 19, 2013 Updates
December 31, 2012 Updates

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans is getting a second opinion on his sore left knee. Evans did not travel with the Kings on Monday to Detroit, where they begin a four-game road trip Tuesday. Instead, Evans is scheduled to visit with Dr. Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles on Wednesday. ESPN.com

December 30, 2012 Updates

But after Cousins' halftime tirade aimed at Smart in a Dec. 21 game at the Los Angeles Clippers led to an indefinite suspension the following day for the center and his reinstatement two days later, not everyone within the organization was happy to have him back. The decision to reinstate Cousins on Dec. 24 was made unilaterally by the team's owners and went against the wishes and planned protocol of the team's front office, according to three people with knowledge of the situation who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. USA Today Sports

December 10, 2012 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers expect injured guard Kyrie Irving to be available to play Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving, who has missed 11 games due to a fractured left index finger, has been cleared to resume practice Monday, the team announced. The second-year star initially was expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks. ESPN.com

November 14, 2012 Updates

What that means, in practice, is that Bryant can focus on the issues that matter to him at any particular time instead of devoting all his power to one cause. So, for his latest charitable endeavor, Kobe went down to Los Angeles's Skid Row — site of one of the largest groups of homeless Americans — to meet with a segment of the population that rarely gets any attention from media or politicians. Yahoo! Sports

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