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My list of Kobe Bryant moments ?>

My list of Kobe Bryant moments

As Kobe Bryant capped his storied NBA career on Thursday (April 14 in Manila) with a 60-point outburst in Los Angeles’ 101-96 come-from-behind win over the Utah Jazz, I want to share some of my own recollection of the Black Mamba’s highs and lows with the Lakers. Personally, next to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant is the next great competitor in the NBA all-time. SEE: Saying goodbye to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant No disrespect to other NBA legends like Wilt Chamberlain,…

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Saying goodbye to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant ?>

Saying goodbye to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

I gained consciousness of the NBA during the 1980s, back in the days when Earvin “Magic” Johnson, James Worthy, Byron Scott and all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar formed the core of the Los Angeles Lakers’ “Showtime era”. Magic Johnson’s passion for the game and his long, hardcourt rivalry with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics kept me glued on television, even when their games were basically shown on delayed telecast at ABS-CBN or re-runs by GMA-7. When Magic Johnson and…

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Struggling Lakers and Dealing with Change ?>

Struggling Lakers and Dealing with Change

Change. In sports, change is a common theme every offseason. Take for example the Los Angeles Lakers. As one of the NBA’s winningest franchises, the Los Angeles front office made changes in the offseason in the hope of expecting a better, more productive 2015-16 season. Sophomore forward Julius Randle is back after playing just one game last season.

A “Take-Home” From Kobe Bryant’s New NBA Record Of Misses ?>

A “Take-Home” From Kobe Bryant’s New NBA Record Of Misses

There’s no doubt that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will go down in pro basketball history as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. I’ve followed his career since he started as an 18-year-old NBA player straight out of high school. In fact, I just recently watched his playoff shooting boo-boos on Youtube against the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of Western Conference semifinals during his rookie season.

My Top Seven Players In Lakers History ?>

My Top Seven Players In Lakers History

The Los Angeles Lakers are just three years removed from their 16th NBA championship, but that title conquest seemed more like a distant memory to a lot of the purple-and-gold fans. Well, the Lakers have opened the NBA’s 2013-14 season without their franchise player Kobe Bryant, who is still recovering from ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered at the tailend of the 2012-2013 regular season. While Bryant’s return remain uncertain, Lakers fans are at least, assured of their basketball hero’s stint…

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Wilt Chamberlain And God ?>

Wilt Chamberlain And God

Long before centers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson ruled the “painted area”, one dominant big man by the name of Wilt Chamberlain terrorized the opposition during his prime. Standing at 7’1″ and weighing over 250 pounds during his prime, the slotman out of the University of Kansas reigned supreme during his colorful 14-year NBA career (1959-1973). Starting with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, where he went on to establish the still unmatched individual scoring record of…

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Pau Gasol’s Move Back To His All-Star Self ?>

Pau Gasol’s Move Back To His All-Star Self

I think Pau Gasol could greatly benefit following Dwight Howard’s defection to the Houston Rockets on Friday (Saturday in Manila). The seven-foot Spaniard is coming off an injury-ravaged NBA 2013 season, which saw him just play 49 out of the 82-regular season games. By spending more time on the sidelines than on the court, Gasol finished the season with a career-low 13.7 points, as he appeared lost under coach Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun type of system. While Gasol did finish with…

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Dwight Howard’s Color Switch Won’t Guarantee Immediate NBA Championship ?>

Dwight Howard’s Color Switch Won’t Guarantee Immediate NBA Championship

After following the Dwight Howard free agency drama, my silent hunch was confirmed this weekend with DH12’s transfer to the Houston Rockets. Houston greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler also made a pitch to convince Howard to join the Rockets’ young roster that includes James Harden and Jeremy Lin, a move which for sure made life easier for Houston’s GM Daryl Morey. With Howard now joining the Rockets, it would be interesting to see how he can make an immediate…

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Questions The Lakers Will Try To Answer ?>

Questions The Lakers Will Try To Answer

Now that the ordeal is over for the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers, the biggest moves and speculations leading up to Dwight Howard’s “big decision” starts today. The 6’10” Howard ended his first season with the Lakers in an unlikely fashion – an ejection after picking up his second technical foul in Game Four earlier. Already without injured stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, Steve Blake, backup big man Jordan Hill and now Howard, the Lakers were simply left to be…

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