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Lakers Are Going To Retire Kobe Bryant’s Jersey

The time has come for Kobe Bryant to receive the honor he so deserves after dedicating 20 seasons to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a result of his amazing career, Kobe Bryant will have his number 8 and 24 jersey numbers retired this season in December before the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Throughout his time with the Lakers, “The Black Mamba” managed to snag five NBA Championships, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic Game gold medals, and third place on the league’s All-Time Scoring list, passing Michael Jordan.

Also Bryant is making history, being the only player to have two numbers retired for one team.

 
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Happy Birthday Kobe!!!!

I know it’s a bit late, but yesterday was Kobe Bryant’s 39th birthday. Recently catching some  heat for his post-retirement dad-bod, the “Black Mamba” has earned the right to live life to the fullest after contributing twenty seasons to the NBA. Bryant’s highly decorated career consists of five NBA Championships, two NBA Finals MVP trophies, a Most Valuable Player award, 18 NBA All-Star selections and a lot more.

The NBA has put together his very best plays against all NBA teams that existed during his NBA career. This includes teams before and after relocations such as the Seattle SuperSonics, Vancouver Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Pelicans and more. You’ll also find outstanding plays from a bunch of buzzer-beaters to his poster-worthy(welcome to the NBA) dunk on Dwight Howard and a sick windmill against the Chicago Bulls as he competed against Michael Jordan. Take a look at Kobe’s amazing highlights below and let us know your thoughts.

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Nike’s New Kobe A.D. : “Mamba Mentality”

Kobe Bryant’s legacy continues.

The shoe shows  a stripped down version of the Nike Kobe A.D. NXT and normal Nike Kobe A.D. as each sport a different blueprint-like design on their uppers. Each colorway reflects an emotion in relation to Kobe’s “Mamba Mentality” as purple represents being fearless, red acknowledges passion, yellow reflecting optimism, grey symbolizes Bryant’s neutral yet calm detached emotion and blue as a nod to honesty and trust.

Each model has engineered Flywire cables for enhanced support and strength in addition to a full-length midsole for a lightweight feel on court. Nike’s Zoom Air Unit is placed within its heel for impact cushioning which is complemented by an engineered micro-blade tread outsole for easy movement.

The Nike Kobe A.D. “Mamba Mentality” Pack is set to launch on August 24(8/24) as an homage to both of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers.

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Still KD: Through the Noise

First of all I wanna say that this is an amazing thing to watch.  Being a huge fan of basketball, I just love seeing a good person win.  With all the backlash Durant got, he still went out and worked.  Can’t help but appreciate a person that puts in the work and gets the award.  He deserved the finals MVP and the “chip”.  So check out this documentary about KD working “Through the Noise”.

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Cavalier Kingdom

In this episode of the Musecage Basketball Network (MBN), Kobe explains the Cleveland Cavalier’s offense and how it caused them to lose the Golden State Warriors.  In my opinion there was just way to much iso, and a lot of everyone else just standing around.  There was no flow to there offense, but hey I’m no coach (I would make a great one though lol).  Check out the episode down below and let us know what you think about Cleveland’s offense.

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Congrats to the 2017 NBA Champs….The Golden State Warriors

Its still Laker Nation till the end, just paying respect where respect is due.  2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant & 2X NBA Champion Stephen Curry lead the Golden State Warriors over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Finals. Watch this mini movie and relive some of the moments of the 2017 NBA Finals.

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The Shop

Ok so we all know that the Warriors didn’t sweep the Cavs, and I know people are a bit sad.  At the end of the day its just a game.  Look at me, I am a huge Laker fan and I know its going to be a good long while before we are back in the conversation for the finals, better yet the playoffs.  This is a great video by Uninterrupted about what happens at the barbershop.  The conversations that went on were from various topics such as, the NBA, Olympics, music, football and more.  Featuring Lebron James, Draymond Green and many more.  Check out the video down below and get your mind off a game 4.  Game 5 is Monday.

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The Golden Democracy

This took a lot for me to put this up.  Me being a huge Laker fan, it was only right that I would put something involving the great Kobe Bryant.  His Canvas series is really great for the game of basketball.  I like how Bryant puts his twist and his view on how he sees the game as it is today.

In this episode he talks about the Golden State Warriors.  With there rare style of the game with all the passing, screening, and defense.  Also there speed and how they wear out there opponents. Take a look at the Golden Democracy down below and let us know what you guys think in the comment section.

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“NBA On TNT” Remakes Hip Hop Covers with NBA Stars

The 2017 NBA Playoffs begin this weekend (April 15th), which means that there’s at least one more month of arguably the best NBA show out, Inside The NBA, aka NBA On TNT.  The show decided to remake some hip hop covers just like Marvel did, but this way with NBA basketball stars instead of comics.

The Notorious Big‘s Ready to Die, Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same, Nas‘ Illmatic, the Migos‘ CULTURE, JAY Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne and 2Pac‘s Me Against The World are remade with the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, really nice I may add.

Check them out below.

*** Update

The TNT crew has dropped some new ones to add to the remake covers.  Check out the new ones below.

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Michael Jordan vs. LaVar Ball

This man LaVar Ball is all over sports tv talking a lot of this and that and never played in the NBA.  He say’s  1-on-1  he would beat The Goat, Michael Jordan, because he is to little.  Has he ever watched the Goat  play basketball before?  So Sports Illustrated put together a NBA 2k17 simulation game between Michael Jordan and LaVar Ball.  Check out the video below and let us know what you guys think in the comment section.

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World Record: 180m Shot off a Dam

Three Australians set a World Record for the longest basketball shot.  YouTube’s How Ridiculous reclaimed there title , beating American rivals Dude Perfect Crew’s 162 meter (531 feet) shot from the top of a skyscraper.  The Australians traveled to Mauvoisin Dam in Switzerland and nailed a 180 meter (590 feet) shot in just three tries.

Steph Curry, think you can top that?

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Steph Curry Breaks NBA Record For Three Pointers

With just one game after breaking his streak of consecutive games with a made three, to my Lakers (lol).   Steph Curry set a new NBA record with 13 three-pointers in a single game. This all happen with the Golden State Warriors’ 116-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. The reigning MVP finished with a amazing stat line going 15-26 from the field and 13-17 in three pointers for 46 points in just 36 minutes. Making the win more impressive is that he drained a triple on three consecutive possessions to seal  the fourth quarter. Check out the historic shot below.

P.S. He passed up my guy Kobe Bryant.  It’s ok records are made to be broken.

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New Podcast Alert!!!!!!!

So I know it has been sometime since you guys heard the voices of the #somethingaboutnothing podcast, but I’m here to tell you that’s it’s coming soon.  Just tweaking somethings with it and will be up in a few days for all of you guys to enjoy. Just because you guys are so patient with us and letting us know that you love our show I’m going to let you know what the topic is.   

Oh yea this is going to be good people.  Have a nice day today guys and make the best of the day. 

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Unlimited Together

Nike celebrates the strength of unity and power of team with “Unlimited Together,” a moving film featuring original lyrics from Chicago-born artist Chance the Rapper.  Let us know your thoughts on the video in the comments.

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Lebron One of One?

LeBron James finally brought a championship back to Cleveland after 52 years. Bill breaks down why LeBron James is truly “one of one”.

Let me be honest, if you know me I’m not the biggest Lebron fan period.  I bleed purple and gold til the day I die.  Kobe will be one of the greatest to ever lace up and play the game of basketball in my opinion.  Had to throw Kobe in this (lol).  Bill Simmons breaks down how Lebron is “great”.  Check out the video below.  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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2016 NBA Finals Game 2

The Golden State Warriors dominated in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to take a 2-0 lead over the Cavaliers with the help of Draymond Green’s 28 points.

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2016 NBA Finals Game 1

The Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals with the help of their bench and Shaun Livingston who scored a postseason career high 20 points.

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Nike Athletes Salute Kobe Bryant

Nike athletes are celebrating Kobe with a befitting global tribute leading into Mamba Day on April 13. Kyrie Irving, Russell Wilson, Allyson Felix, Elena Delle Donne, Odell Beckham Jr, Paul George, Rafael Nadal, Paul Rodriguez, Natalie Anchonwa, Kirani James, Michelle Wie, Richard Sherman, LeBron James, Neymar Jr, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Phil Jackson, Sanya Richards-Ross, Tiger Woods, Clay Mathews, NaVorro Bowman, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Durant, Rob Gronkowski, Ali Krieger, Rory McIlroy, Gerard Pique, Eric Koston, Shao Ting, Javier Mascherano, Yi Jianlian, Andres Iniesta, Marcus Mariota, Mo Farah gave their last word to Kobe, what’s yours? #mambaday

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Remembering Kobe’s All-Star Moments

The bittersweet feeling has arrived and we can only imagine what’s going on in the head of the Black Mamba. One last All-Star game and the location is in Toronto, away from his home crowd back in LA. After unveiling in November that the current season would be Bryant’s last in the league, a trend of goodbyes has been set for the man with 5 championship rings along with an endless list of accolades. Receiving the highest amount of All-Star votes among this year’s elite class of NBA players with 1,891,614, you can expect Toronto’s crowd to be on the edge of their seat as they anticipate one final turnaround jump-shot from number 24.

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81 Remembered

“I thought I was dreaming the whole game to be honest with you.” – Kobe Bryant

Seems like yesterday Kobe served up a massive 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, becoming second the the great Wilt Chamberlin’s 100 point single game record.  It’s 10 years later and were gearing up to see the Black Mamba’s last NBA All Star Game, which happens to be in Toronto.  Seems like the perfect farewell right?  Watch the 5 part video from ESPN and like me be in awww of the amazing night Kobe had.

Kobe Bryant: I didn’t really pay attention to anything that was said. I was just in my own head and in my own zone. I wasn’t high-fiving anybody. I wasn’t talking to anybody. I just felt like I was in a different dimension. Nothing else mattered. Everything was irrelevant. I really wasn’t thinking about the scoring. I was trying to get us back in the game. We were down by 18 points in the third quarter. I remember at the end of the third quarter I had a steal and I had to hustle to keep the ball in bounds, and then I had a dunk and I said, “We’re in this game and we’re going to win this game.” That was the real turning point. Those are the plays that really change momentum — hustle plays. That’s when I knew we’re going to win this damn game.

Mitch Kupchak: Kobe was more than willing to have Phil back on board, and he worked incredibly hard preparing for that season. We had traded Shaquille the previous year, and Kobe had a chance to spread his wings and really just find out in his mind, and our minds, too, where historically he was going to end up. He could have been happy averaging 22 points per game, but this was an opportunity for him to blossom. He wanted to show the world how great he was.

Phil Jackson: I know people in [Los Angeles], particularly, like to see Kobe have a game like that; we all do. Kobe could have attacked if it was a game that was meaningful, flawless and had some competitive zest to it, but that 30-plus [lead] at that time, it wasn’t meaningful.

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Flashback: Kobe Goes For 62

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 62 point 3 quarter masterpiece by watching every single point.  Destroying the Dallas defense and not even playing  the fourth quarter.

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Warrior’s Basketball

This pains me to do because you guys know its #Lakernation for life but check out this great piece on the Warrior’s on HYPEBEAST.

Absent of context, the notion of a beautiful death sounds like one of those conceptual propositions only poets and samurai can get excited about. But after starting the 2015-2016 NBA season with 23 straight wins – an opening streak that ranks as the best in the history of North American professional sports – the reigning World Champion Golden State Warriors are making basketball fans reassess how pretty a bludgeoning can look.

The most compelling aspect of sports is supposed to be the inherent drama of two relatively equal teams competing against each other at the highest level. So it goes, the closer the game, the greater the suspense. The Warriors and their “lineup of death,” however, are beating teams by an average of 15 points per contest. They regularly end games in the 3rd quarter and display a kind of casually brutal dominance that shouldn’t be fun because blowouts are supposed to be boring. Yet the Warriors are somehow dispelling even that sports truism. They have become the most captivating story in sports, in large part, because of their dominance.

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Alphabet Aerobics For Sports

Bleacher Report & Blackalicious Team Up To Recreate “Alphabet Aerobics” For Sports

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Bleacher Report brought legendary hip-hop duo Blackalicious into the studio to drop a sports remix of their hit single “Alphabet Aerobics”, in which Gift of Gab traverses each letter of the alphabet at an increasingly alarming rate. Daniel Radcliffe famously rapped the song during an iconic performance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”. In “Sports Alphabet,” more than 50 sports references have been integrated into 26 wild animation styles, one for each of letter of the ABCs. 

This is so awesome!!!! Check this out please

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Kobe’s Dear Basketball Letter

In a goodbye letter to his first love, basketball, the Black Mamba comes to terms with his inability to perform at a high level, and as a result, his impending retirement. Now that it’s official, we’re anxious to see what the NBA and Nike have in store for the remaining five months of the season. We just hope he can stay healthy.

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

 

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Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant

What can you say about Kobe? There are tons of things you can say about the great Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant. Some that come to mind are, of course black mamba, second coming of Jordan, one of the G.O.A.T.’s, to name a few. Today the Laker basketball player announced that he would be retiring from the leauge at the end of this is 20th season. I was 14yrs old when Kobe came in to the leauge at the young age of 18, now being 37 and in his 20th season I’m still a fan. In my opnion the game of basketball will not be the same after he leaves. I feel there is no one in the game today who has the passion or the drive or just that will to win as much as Kobe has. He is the last of a dying breed of basketball players that play the way he does. He will be truly missed on the court and in a Laker uniform.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season. The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last. “This season is all I have left to give,” Bryant said in what he called a letter penned “Dear Basketball.” Tribute Via FortyFiveFresh.

 

P.S. It’s still #lakernation til I die

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Steph Curry and his Dad play Horse

The Warriors are killing the leauge right now.  The record to date is 14-0.  The way things are looking, it doesn’t look like there is a team that can really compete with them.  It pains me to have to write this , but yall know me its still Laker nation til I die.

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Top 25 Highest Paid NBA Players

Kobe

1. Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) – $25 million
2. Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) – $24.9 million
3. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) – $23 million
4. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) – $22.9 million
5. Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) – $22.4 million
6. Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) – $22.2. million
7. Chris Paul (LA Clippers) – $21.5 million
8. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) – $20.02 million
9. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) – $20.1 million
10. Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) – $20 million
11 (tie). DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers) – $19.7 million
11 (tie). Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) – $19.7 million
11 (tie). LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) – $19.7 million
11 (tie). Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers) – $19.7 million
11 (tie). Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) – $19.7 million
16. Blake Griffin (LA Clippers) – $18.9 million
17. Paul Millshap (Atlanta Hawks) – $18.7 million
18. Paul George (Indiana Pacers) – $17.1 million
19. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) – $16.7 million
20 (tie). Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) – $16.4 million
20 (tie). Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder) – $16.4 million
20 (tie). Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) – $16.4 million
20 (tie). Wesley Matthew (Dallas Mavericks) – $16.4 million
20 (tie). Greg Monroe (Milwaukee Bucks) – $16.4 million
25. Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic) – $16 million

Side note: Where is Curry?

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Underneath the Noise

Dazed & Confused Magazine has released a documentary film by Jon E Price about the UK government’s neglect of basketball as a sport. Even though basketball is the second most popular team sport in the UK, neither the Olympic nor national team has received government funding since July 2014. Compared to its counterparts in other parts of Europe, the British (BBL) and English (EBL) basketball leagues remain severely underfunded with no foreseeable resolutions in the future. Price’s film is a sincere look into the lives of passionate young basketball players of the UK and their denial of opportunity because of the country’s funding criteria based almost entirely on medal prospects. You can watch the documentary above, and read the full article on DAZED

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50 First Career Baskets

Check out 50 first career baskets of NBA superstars stretching from Ossie Schectman to Anthony Davis!  I can’t wait, the new NBA season is right around the corner.

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The Dunk Contest

For those that know me I’m a huge basketball fan. I’m not the biggest fan of Blake Griffin only because of the team he plays for (Laker Nation). I have to say that i’m not a fan of the shoes they are promoting as well, but this commercial is awesome.

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