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February 26, 2015 Updates

Q: You've talked about how that should even be the case at All-Star Games, where you'd still go after guys. Kobe: Go back and watch the 1988 All-Star game, the '89 All Star game. Those guys competed. They were trying to win, man. And I always tried to do the same thing. ... You understand, when I'm matching up with Vince (Carter) in the All-Star Game, or matching up with Dwyane (Wade) in the All-Star Game, they know I'm coming. Hopefully All-Star Games will get back to that. USA Today Sports

To say the Lakers could maybe use a player like Towns is to say they've had a good big man or two in their past. They currently own the NBA's fourth-worst record and are on pace to keep the top-five protected pick they owe Philadelphia via Phoenix, though nothing is set in stone until the May 19 lottery. While teammate Willie Cauley-Stein gets all the national highlight attention for his dramatic array of dunks, Towns is more apt to score on an eight-foot hook shot. With either hand. Or a mid-range jumper. Or set up a teammate with a sharp pass from the post. He doesn't project to make the immediate pro splash of Okafor but he'll eventually make someone happy. "He's the one to take for three years from now," said an NBA front-office official who requested anonymity. Los Angeles Times

There were 11th-hour edits to make on his new film, a months-long media tour to complete and inspiration to be shared by way of his 90-minute Showtime documentary titled Muse. Kobe being Kobe, he played on — albeit in gray Nike sweats and a black "Kobe" T-shirt. "I've played with a torn shoulder, man," he told USA TODAY Sports this week while sitting inside this second-story bayside suite in which the documentary about his life, premiering Saturday, was mostly produced. "I've played with the flu before, so it's nothing. I'm loaded on medicine ..." USA Today Sports

As Bryant saw it at the time, the story was too safe. Too predictable, like a collection of Wikipedia facts that the world already knew compiled in cinematic form. Thus, Take Two. He scrapped the completed version and they all started anew. "It was finished," Bryant says of the first version of the movie. "And we just shelved it. (Bryant and Chopra) went into the (Showtime) office and said…, 'This is the vision. This is what I want to do with it.' And (they) said, 'all right, go for it.' And we did." USA Today Sports

"I was in Milan, and I had lunch with Giorgio Armani," Bryant says. "I was curious with how he built his company, and his whole process. And he told me he started Armani when he was 40, and for me it scared the (expletive) out of me, because I understood that a basketball careers typically end around 35, 36 if you're lucky. And I'm going to play a long time, but then what am I going to do? "From that point, I really started thinking about what it is that I really wanted to do, and I started being more active to understand storytelling. Maybe I wanted to be a copy writer, maybe I want to be an art director. Maybe I want to experiment with these things. And it took me 15 years to figure out what it is I want to do." USA Today Sports

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy held an informal coaches summit at the team practice facility last summer and he invited Mike D'Antoni, a coach he credits with doing much to revolutionize the modern NBA with his heavy emphasis on a pick-and-roll foundation and putting four shooters on the perimeter, to join the group. Against the Pistons on Nov. 29, 2013, Williams scored 20 points to help the Lakers win as he hit 6 of 13 3-point shots at The Palace. "We were just talking about the guys he'd coached and, unsolicited, he spoke really, really highly of Shawne from his year with him last year – his attitude, his work ethic and what he thought of him as a player," Van Gundy said. "That's been in my mind all along. I thought he played well for Miami early this year and when he was out there at waiver time, (general manager) Jeff (Bower) and I started talking about him and put in the claim now knowing if we'd be the team that ended up getting him. This is another good move for us. We just want to put together as many good moves as we can, even if they're small ones." NBA.com

 

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