The Los Angeles Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the San Antonio Spurs Sunday, 91-86. The win dropped the Lakers magic number down to 1, meaning any Utah Jazz loss or Lakers win will clinch the playoff berth for the Lakers. That opportunity will come tonight when the Utah Jazz face the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers are close to signing their former 2nd round pick out of the College of Charleston, guard Andrew Goudelock.
The Lakers waived Andrew Goudelock just prior to the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. Since that time he has played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and most recently, Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Goudelock averaged 21.1 points, 5.2 assists and shot 47.5% from the field in 52 games in the NBA D-League. Goudelock is coming off scoring 27 points for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a playoff victory on Thursday.
Phil Jackson has been out of the NBA, and the limelight that accompanies it, for almost 2 years now. Basketball fans have been deprived of the Zen Master’s wisdom, cleverness and cunning approach.
Phil told it like it is, or at least as how he saw it; it didn’t matter the topic, player/person or even city.
He’s called Vladimir Radmanovic a “Space Cadet” for his times of mental lapses on the court.
In his book, The Last Season, he called Kobe Bryant “un-coachable” describing his stubborn nature.
He called the entire city of Sacramento a “cowtown” and the city of San Antonio nothing but a “tourist trap.”
He’s gotten into war of words through the media with the likes of Mark Cuban, David Stern and Clippers’ owner Donald T. Sterling.
Looking at Kobe Bryant‘s numbers from the last 2 games alone is mind blowing: 41+ points and 12 assists. Those numbers on a box score stand out like Dwight Howard playing on the jungle gym with preschoolers during recess.
The amazing part is that the numbers themselves can’t possibly explain the extraordinary circumstances in which those numbers came together. The Lakers down huge in both games going into the 4th quarter, where defeat seemed eminent, every one of those points and assists were needed for the Lakers to snatch a win from the proverbial hands of defeat.
Written by: Fern Rea
Kobe Bryant continues to get portrayed in the media and by fans as a selfish, high volume shooter who refuses to trust his teammates. Such things have been said as Kobe having tunnel vision and only caring about his statistical achievements. Some say that he only cares about his legacy and catching Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
People seem to ignore the fact that Kobe has always averaged around 5 assists per game each season, which ranks at the top of the league every year for shooting guards. This year he is 3rd in the league in assists for shooting guards, only behind James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Monte Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Today marks the 7 year anniversay of Kobe’s astonishing 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors. The game will air on NBA TV and Kobe Bryant will tweet live during the replay. We’ll display all of Kobe’s tweets here and provide our own commentary as we see necessary.
- Its hard to believe this is really his first time. I would guess it is probably the first time he sat and watched the entire game from start to finish.
To nobodys surprise, it was announced by the NBA on Thursday that both Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers were chosen by the fans to start for the Western Conference in the 2013 NBA All Star Game in Houston.
What might be surprising that Kobe Bryant, at age 34, received the most votes, out tallying players like Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Kobe Bryant just edged Lebron James in fan votes, 1,591,437 to 1,583,646.
This will mark Kobe Bryant’s 15 straight All Star game whichs breaks the record for most consecutive All Star games, a title previously held by Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’ Neal.
The Los Angeles Lakers were already having a hard time of it with a healthy front court. They now have to move forward and make their very difficult climb back to playoff contention without their 3 best big men. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol are out indefinitely with shoulder and concussion problems respectively. Jordan Hill is also out for about a week with a hip injury.
The remaining big men on the roster are rookie Robert Sacre and Antwan Jamison who is more of a hybrid forward more penchant for scoring than defending and rebounding.
The Lakers opened up a roster spot with the waiving of rookie point guard Daruis Johnson-Odom yesterday. The Lakers will likely look to add some help in the front court while they wait to get some of the regulars back from injury.
The big men free agent market is not too impressive. Here is a list of the top free agent forwards/centers available:
There was a report in the NY Daily News that there was a supposed fued between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.
Kobe recently joined Twitter and choose this channel to poke fun at the idea that the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstars were close to throwing blows.
- Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”