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Thursday , Mar , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kobe Bryant’s superb catch and reverse lay-up Vs. Mavericks

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Think he’s past it? Think he’s lost his edge? Think he’s no longer a crème de la crème superstar?

Well, Kobe Bryant is still first class. Watch Mr. Laker go backdoor on the Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd, catch and hold an alley-oop pass in the air, draw the foul, and hit an unbelievable reverse lay-up.

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Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant calls Derek Fisher trade ‘difficult’ and ‘weird’

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters on Friday for the first time since the team traded his longtime backcourt running mate, Derek Fisher, following the Lakers' 97-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. His words were measured. While some expected Bryant to unleash a tirade after management parted ways with Fisher, considering the pair won five championships together and came into the league together as rookies in 1996, Bryant's message to the media was more somber than sharp. "Very difficult," Bryant said. "I'm not used to it because I've been with him my entire career, aside from that little stint that he had away from us. So, it's very different for me. It's pretty weird."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was difficult for his heart. It wasn’t difficult for his head.

Kobe Bryant was saddened by news the Los Angeles Lakers sent teammate and friend Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets on trade deadline.

After all, Bryant and Fisher have history.

They entered the NBA together as rookies with the Lakers in 1996. They played together for 13 of their 16 seasons. They won five championships together. And they also lost together.

Key word: together.

Along the way, they became close friends with Fisher having the clout to criticize, and even call out, Bryant.

Father Time finally caught Fisher. Even Bryant knew his 38-year old friend could no longer compete with the table-setters in the Western Conference.

Instead of doing the expected and trading Pau Gasol on Thursday, the purple-and-gold moved Fisher after acquiring Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

Make no mistake about it, Sessions is an upgrade at point guard. He can attack the basket and is better at staying in front of elite 'ones' like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook on defense.

That only makes the loss of Fisher somewhat easier to handle.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Hollywood shocker: Lakers send Fisher to Rockets

The Lakers have traded Derek Fisher and a first round pick to the Rockets for Jordan Hill. The pick sent to Houston was acquired by the Lakers from the Mavericks in the Lamar Odom trade. The Rockets accumulate yet another draft pick, while the Lakers get younger and save on the luxury tax.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This will be a hard sell.

Rather than trade veteran Pau Gasol, the Los Angeles Lakers sent franchise stalwart, co-captain, and good guy Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets for young forward Jordan Hill.

On-court, this makes sense. Fisher is 38 years old and would have sat behind Ramon Sessions -who the Lakers acquired at the deadline in a separate trade.

Off-court, this is much more complicated. Fisher and the Lakers won five championships together in large part because of the table-setter's professionalism and clutch shots.

Best of all, Fisher has a personal and working relationship with Kobe Bryant, the club's franchise face and Alpha Male. In fact, Fisher was one of the few people who could call out Bryant.

So this transaction could have a big impact in the Lakers' locker room.

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Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rockets and Lakers still talking Gasol trade?

Lakers front office telling people that "nothing is happening" with Pau Gasol, league sources say. For now, anyway.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Los Angeles Lakers want great, not good.

So it doesn’t matter that Pau Gasol was an integral part of the purple-and-gold winning two championships. To stay great, the Lakers must make changes -and that likely means parting with Gasol.

In the last year, the Spaniard has been linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves, included in Dwight Howard trade talk, and nearly sent to the Houston Rockets as part of the nixed Chris Paul deal.

Bottom line: Lakers’ management are willing to sacrifice their All-Star so they can rebuild for another championship on the fly.

Fair enough. What if the Lakers can’t trade Gasol for a superstar before the deadline?

Then Kobe and company will have the unenviable task of pushing for a championship with a disgruntled second star.

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Monday , Mar , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant: Wade and LeBron aren’t worthy rivals

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has always been lauded for his self-motivation and drive to be the best. It's a good thing he has that internal ambition, because according to Bryant, he's gone through his 16-year career without a true rival on the exterior to push him to succeed. "I didn't have one," Bryant said after scoring 38 points in the Lakers' 115-107 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Gee, Kobe Bryant, tell us how you feel?

Bryant has every right to say he measures himself against Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, and not LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Bryant, like Jordan and Johnson, won many championships, while James and Wade combined have one championship.

And Bryant played seven seasons in the NBA before James and Wade were drafted as part of the highly touted 2003 class.

This wasn’t about hoisting the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, though. This was about an edge -as Bryant’s Lakers faced James and Wade’s Heat in a much-hyped nationally televised game.

Fans were especially curious to see how Bryant would respond to Wade’s hard foul during the 2012 All-Star game in Orlando.

Bryant, in typical Black Mamba fashion, took no offense to the foul, which broke his nose and gave him a concussion. He simply proved his point by leading the Lakers to a 93-83 win over the Heat.

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Saturday , Mar , 03 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Hakeem Olajuwon: LeBron can get even better

"I knew he recorded everything we worked on," Olajuwon said. "I know he's practiced it. I can see that. But the comfort level, when you get into the competition, you start playing to your strengths, which is more of (an) outside (game). I see him post up. But I still see a lot of opportunities there. He's not capitalizing as much as he should. He needs more of a refresher course where he can become more comfortable. I see him (improving his post game), but he needs more time."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The best always get better. That's why they are the best.

After all, Michael Jordan developed an amazing post game; Magic Johnson added his ‘baby hook’ and three-point shot; Kobe Bryant has extended his range over the years.

So, there’s no doubt LeBron James, who will surely win his third MVP award this spring, can get better. According to his tutor Olajuwon, it starts in the post, where the 6-8 man-child has only scratched the surface.

James’ can also take his one-on-one defense, outside range, and conditioning to another level. When he does fans will be watching an all-time great.

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Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wallace in, Gasol (perhaps) out for Lakers?

CSNNE.com has learned that the former Boston Celtic forward plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Wallace hasn't played in an NBA game since Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, alerting the C's shortly before the game that he planned to retire. Although he had two years remaining on his contract, Wallace and the Celtics came to terms on a buy-out of the remaining years believed to be worth about $1 million.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Signing Rasheed Wallace works on many levels for the Los Angeles Lakers.

First, if in shape, the former All-Star provides depth down-low, giving the purple-and-gold three massive posts in Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Wallace.

Second, coach Mike Brown will love Wallace’s defense, specifically his ability to help and communicate with teammates.

Third, Wallace, most importantly,  can serve as a short-term stop-gap if the Lakers trade Gasol before the trade deadline.

Make no mistake about it, the Lakers will move the Spanish four if they can land a point guard to run Brown’s offensive sets. The club isn’t getting enough from the inconsistent Steve Blake and aging Derek Fisher.

So Wallace is, reportedly, the Lakers` latest move. He won’t be the last -as they attempt to rebuild on the fly.

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Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers interested in Ray Felton?

Portland is making a change — Jamal Crawford, not Raymond Felton, will be the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers when they face off against the Spurs tonight, reports the Oregonian. So here’s your starting job, Mr. Crawford, enjoy trying to stop the hottest player in the league in Tony Parker. But the move isn’t a surprise. Felton is shooting a career low 37.1 percent so far this season, 22.9 percent from three, his assists are at a career low while his turnovers are at a career high, his PER is 10.5 (that of of a third-string guard) and he helped lead the Trail Blazers to a franchise low 7 points in the first quarter against the Lakers Monday night. Portland is struggling, Felton is struggling and coach Nate McMillan decided to shake things up.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Their make-over probably won’t stop with Rasheed Wallace.

Reports indicate the Los Angeles Lakers are speaking to the Portland Trail Blazers about Ray Felton, who is upset after losing his starting spot.

Face it: Derek Fisher is old and Steve Blake has struggled since signing with the purple-and-gold.

Coach Mike Brown would surely run Felton through pick-and-rolls like Mike D’Antoni did in New York last year. And the veteran table-setter would also fit Brown’s get-stops mentality on defense.

Best of all, Felton has the tenacity to stand up to Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant -without creating a Smush Parker type standoff.

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Wednesday , Feb , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers want Mike Beasley?

The Lakers' front office knows Kobe Bryant is looking for it to improve the roster, and GM Mitch Kupchak has been working the phones. He's spoken to Minnesota about Michael Beasley, and sources say the Lakers are intrigued by the Timberwolves' small forward. The Lakers were actually in discussions with Minnesota about a potential trade for Beasley before the season started. If they would have been able to pull off the deal for Chris Paul, there is a good chance that a trade for Beasley would have followed.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It makes sense.

Acquiring Michael Beasley would be wise for the Los Angeles Lakers because the NBA’s glamour team is old and stale.

With Shannon Brown in Phoenix and Lamar Odom doing the reality television thing in Dallas, the purple-and-gold struggle to get easy hoops in the open court.

Beasley, despite having off-court issues, can flat-out score. He can hit the three, get to the hoop, and post up opposing forwards on the block.

Moreover, superstar Kobe Bryant could mentor Beasley and steer him away from off-court temptations in Los Angeles and the trappings of Hollywood.

Most importantly, the Lakers need a jolt if they’re to rebuild on the fly, contend in the Western Conference, and capitalize on the final years of Bryant’s career.

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Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kobe Bryant still has ice in veins with winning shot vs. Raptors

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s still has ice in his veins. Always has, in fact.

This weekend Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant showed he still has ice in his veins by nailing a game-winning jumper against the struggling Toronto Raptors.

Click the video and see what we’re talking about.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kobe Bryant supports Lakers signing Gilbert Arenas?

Kobe Bryant would give his approval for the signing of Gilbert Arenas, according to two people familiar with the situation. Bryant reportedly reached out to Arenas recently to let him know he’s on board with Arenas joining the Lakers.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: 'The Man' has given his approval.

Word is Kobe Bryant will support the Los Angeles Lakers if they sign Gilbert Arenas, the controversial shooting guard who was recently released via the amnesty clause by the Orlando Magic.

On the surface, this doesn’t look like a big deal. Arenas is a free agent. The Lakers are struggling. Seems a match, right?

Well, consider the context. Bryant, despite his recent denials, met Dwight Howard this summer to tell the All-Star post he’d be the third option if he joined the Lakers.

Translation: the purple and gold are Bryant’s team until he retires. There will be no passing of the baton under the Black Mamba's watch.

So Bryant likely relayed a similar message to Arenas and his people when he reached out to the former Washington Wizard.

After all, Arenas will see whatever team he signs with as an opportunity to salvage his career and reputation. And such an approach won’t help the Lakers climb the Western Conference standings.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Legend of Jeremy Lin grows against Kobe’s Lakers

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is Linsanity bigger than Tebow time?

Well, the Jeremy Lin story went up another notch with the Harvard grad dropping 38 points and 7 assists in the New York Knicks win over Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers last night.

Watch the video and tell us what Lin will do against Ricky Rubio and Minnesota Timberwolves?

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Wednesday , Feb , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kobe on supposed rift with Dwight Howard: ‘It’s not true’

“omg! I’m not getting mixed up in this kiddy drama spit, bro. too old for that spit,” Bryant responded via email. "How do you think I feel at my age having to chase down this stuff,” I answered. “I understand your position. But if it’s untrue, any of it, and allowed to circulate throughout the league, which already is happening, I would think you’d want to say it’s not.” “It’s not true,” Kobe responded.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was a no-win situation for Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers’ talented and polarizing shooting guard.

Bryant would only feed the rumor by addressing allegations he told Dwight Howard he’d be the third wheel on the Lakers. So Bryant stayed silent, which, of course, fed the rumor.

Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.

After much prodding, Bryant finally denied telling Howard he’d have to be the ‘Tyson Chandler of the Lakers’. In fact, the All-Star went all Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies, claiming to be ‘too old’ for this stuff.

Hopefully, no serious damage was done, and the Lakers still have a chance at Howard.

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Tuesday , Feb , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kobe Passes Shaq for Fifth All Time in Scoring

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kobe Bryant notched 28 points to pass former teammate turned rival Shaquille O’Neal for fifth on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list.

Of course, Bryant won’t be happy with the personal accomplishment, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat his Los Angeles Lakers 95-90.

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Sunday , Feb , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Did Kobe’s ego hurt the Lakers’ chances of getting Dwight Howard?

Howard stated that there was "no way" he would give up everything he has in Orlando to go to the Lakers and be the third option, a source close to the situation said. Howard certainly wouldn’t mind being a third piece on a star-studded team, similar to the situations in Miami and Boston. However, he was turned off by Bryant's presentation as it suggested something totally different.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard isn’t interested in being the Third Wheel for the Los Angeles Lakers behind Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

After all, Howard is the current franchise face and superstar for the Orlando Magic. Being the third amigo, the ‘Tyson Chandler’ of the purple-and-gold, wasn’t a selling point for the NBA‘s best center.

Howard was expecting co-star status when meeting Bryant this summer to discuss joining the Lakers. Instead Bryant told Howard he’d have to wait until he retired, which wasn’t especially appealing.

So Howard has turned his attention elsewhere. His initial wish list -which started with the Nets, Mavericks as well as the Lakers - has expanded to include the Bulls and Celtics.

And if Howard ends up elsewhere, Laker-nation may blame Bryant.

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Tuesday , Jan , 24 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kobe drops a massive assist on Extreme Makeover

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Kobe Bryant may have lost two houses and $75 million in his recent divorce proceedings, but this didn't stop the All-Star from helping others on ABC's Extreme Makeover. Click the video and watch The Black Mamba's greatest assist. 

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Saturday , Jan , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kobe: ‘Hard to digest’ losing to LeBron and Heat

Kobe Bryant hates losing to LeBron James. He hates it. From Cleveland to Miami, the beatings have come over and over, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers star surly, seething. Ultimately, they’re made easier for Bryant because James has repeatedly failed in the playoffs. Bryant plays for championships, but these magnificent national stages do matter to him. In his mind, embarrassment isn’t so easily dismissed. “It is hard to digest,” Bryant said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s what makes him who he is.

Kobe Bryant’s competitiveness has made him an all-time great, so much so that he’ll be a first-ticket Hall of Famer when he retires.

With such a drive to succeed, it’s no surprise Bryant was still fuming over a loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday evening.

After all, the Heat, not the Lakers, are the NBA’s glamour team. And James, not Bryant, is becoming the NBA’s most dominant player.

Of course, James always posts massive numbers when facing, and usually beating, the  Lakers, which is like rubbing a pound of salt in Bryant’s open wound.

Bryant will respond with hard work. Like Drago in Rocky 4, he’ll train, scheme, and practice with eyes on regular season and playoff rematches.

Such an approach is what has made him great.

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Thursday , Jan , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Michael Jordan believes only Kobe Bryant is worthy

Kobe's ultimate competition is MJ. That's why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn't human. Ditto the Kobester.I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe's the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Michael Jordan thinks Kobe Bryant is worthy. Well, sort of.

Jordan, 'The Greatest of All-Time', thinks Bryant, a legendary scorer, can challenge his legacy because of his work ethic.

This is fair. Bryant is already one of the greatest players in NBA history, but he's not better than Jordan.

Jordan has six championships to Bryant's five. Jordan never lost an NBA Finals, while Bryant lost twice. And Jordan would never have chased Shaquille O'Neal out of town like Bryant did.

Of course, Jordan didn't call Bryant his equal. He said he can be compared -and that's it.

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Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kobe owes Vanessa Bryant $75 million and two mansions?

TMZ has checked official records ... which show on January 5th, Kobe surrendered his interest in 2 of their estates to Vanessa ... on that same day Vanessa surrendered her interest in a 3rd home to Kobe. 

As far as who got what ... the title transfers don't list addresses, but our sources say Vanessa is now the full owner of the mansion she shared with Kobe in Newport Coast. As for the second home Vanessa now owns in full ...  it's the nearby mansion where her mother has been living.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is what happens when a superstar athlete’s marriage goes wrong. He - in this case, Kobe Bryant - pays, especially if he has been unfaithful and doesn't have a prenup'.

Reports are surfacing that Bryant must fork over $75 million and the keys to two of his family’s luxury mansions as part of his divorce to Vanessa Bryant.

You, me, and 99% of the world would be impacted by this. But Bryant, who refused to have Vanessa sign a prenuptial agreement, won’t let it take away from his play on-court with the Los Angeles Lakers.

After all, Bryant played through an incident in Denver, Colorado. He’ll do the same with this.

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Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kobe: Bynum, not Gasol, is Lakers’ No. 2 option

Now it's Kobe, then Bynum, then Gasol. "It seems like it's changed a little bit," Bryant said after the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday. "Andrew is thirsty to score and he can score. He has more of a scorer's mentality [than Gasol], so we'll take advantage of that."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s number two with a bullet.

According to Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, the team’s young and massive center, has surpassed Pau Gasol as the Los Angeles Lakers’ second option.

Opponents have no answer for Bynum’s height, size, and length, especially when the former lottery pick receives the ball deep in the paint.

Here’s the real question: will Bryant ever let Bynum take his spot as the Lakers’ first option?

To some extent, the process is already underway. After all, Jim Buss, the owner’s son, is running the club. He drafted, developed, and refused to trade Bynum. And he let Phil Jackson leave/retire and hired Mike Brown, in part, because the former Cleveland Cavaliers’ sideline boss agreed to empower Bynum.

Bryant, at 33, is getting older. He’s played a ton of basketball and his body has sustained great wear and tear.

Currently the five time champion is battling wrist and knee issues, so Brown may start this transition by encouraging the Lakers to become more of an inside-outside team.

Inside is code for going to Bynum first. Outside is code for going to Bryant second, after Bynum has drawn an extra defender.

Of course, will Bryant let this happen?

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