Recovering from injury, Kobe Bryant hits floor for ‘set shooting’
There was never any doubt in Bryants mind either. So when you wonder what thorny issues await the Lakers as they ride this newfound harmony, its easy to latch on to the reality that there is only one ball for one Nash and one Bryant. The most logical scenario to end the post-Dwight good vibrations is Nash wanting to play one way and Bryant wanting to play another. There arent many historic NBA tandems comprising two truly great guards. (Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars? Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe?) Nash and Bryant might run into trouble with Mike DAntoni rededicated to playing pick-and-roll Nash ball while Bryant is reluctant to relinquish control even to his helicopter pilot. The higher-ups in the organization are hoping Bryants injury opens his mind further to the benefits he has always seen in operating behind the defense. If things are going well one way in DAntonis first Lakers training camp, Bryant can fit himself into that flow.
Michael Jordan: I could beat LeBron one-on-one, but not Kobe
Kobe Bryant hit the practice floor Wednesday to shoot the basketball. “He was out today, shooting a little bit, jogging,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He just keeps getting better.” The Lakers All-Star guard is recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon, suffered in April. “He’s just going up on his tiptoes,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t think he was jumping. It wasn’t flat-footed, but it was set shooting.” Bryant hasn’t participated in practice through training camp. The team isn’t sure when he’ll be able to truly return to the court. “[The trainers] haven’t set a timetable,” D’Antoni said. “As soon as he can be ready, he’ll be ready.” Bryant still hasn’t been cleared to run or jump. He’s a regular on the team’s AlterG weight-bearing treadmill.
Obama welcomed the Lakers to honor their 2009-2010 season and their second consecutive NBA championship. Bryant shoots a jumper over Carmelo Anthony, No. 15 of the Denver Nuggets, in the fourth quarter of game one of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2009. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 105-103. Bryant, top, and New Jersey Nets’ guard Kerry Kittles fight for a rebound in the first quarter on April 3, 2002, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Bryant celebrates after game five of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009, in Orlando. The Lakers won 99-86 for their 15th title and first since 2002. Bryant had 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as the Lakers completed a four-games-to-one victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. Bryant holds his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals on June 14, 2009.
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On course to be pursued by Kobe’s Lakers, the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola writes otherwise: The Knicks have between now and July 1 to prove to Anthony that they are building something resembling a contending team. A person familiar with Anthonys thinking says that Kobe Bryant could be the X-factor in the Knicks negotiations with Carmelo. The Lakers will have cap space next summerand if Bryant promises Anthony that together they can make a run at a championship in Los Angeles, Dolan may be doomed. Anthony owns a home in Southern California and his wife, La La, has spent a lot of time in Hollywood the last two years making movies. The possibility of Anthony burning New York in 2014 is very real. His quest for a title could lead him elsewhere if the Knicks aren’t fit to contend. This doesn’t mean he’ll sign with the Lakers, either. Their ability to give him what he wants lies within Kobe, just like everything else.
Kobe Bryant says Achilles tendon feels ‘really good’
View gallery Michael Jordan during the game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers on January 15, 2013 in North Carolina (AFP Photo/Streeter Lecka) 16 hours ago Miami (AFP) – Michael Jordan says that in his prime, he could have taken LeBron James in a one-on-one showdown and might only have lost to Kobe Bryant because “he steals all of my moves.” The comments came on a promotional video for the “NBA 2K14” video game released Tuesday, in which Jordan lists several players from different eras that he would have liked to have faced in his prime, the 1990s when he led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA crowns. Dwyane Wade , Carmelo Anthony , Julius Erving, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and James, the cover athlete for the video game, were the NBA icons that 50-year-old Jordan said he thought he could have beaten. “I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said, before adding, “other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” Lakers guard Bryant on Twitter, saying that such things were the cycle of life in the NBA. “Domino effect,” Bryant tweeted. “I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine.” James and the Miami Heat were at pre-season training in the Bahamas, where James told the Miami Herald, “It was for my game? It’s good promotion then.” James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who has led the Heat to the past two NBA titles, admits to wondering what a one-on-one showdown with Jordan in his prime would be like. “But no one will ever see it and it’s not going to happen,” he said. “It is good for people to talk about.” Basketball
Michael Jordan Says Kobe Bryant Stole All His Moves
In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that was released Tuesday, Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one – Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony , Dwyane Wade , Bryant and James, who dons the cover of this year’s game. “I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” Responded James: “MJ said that?” James was told of Jordan’s comments after the Miami Heat completed their first training camp practice in the Bahamas on Tuesday, and said that the buzz would serve as good promotion for the game. GALLERY: Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan “Absolutely, I thought about the matchup,” James said. “But no one would ever see it. It’s not going to happen. But it’s good for people to talk about.” Jordan was listed as 6-foot-6 and 213 pounds during his prime. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game during his 15 seasons in the NBA. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest basketball player ever, has had a sponsorship deal with 2K Sports since 2011, when he first appeared on the cover of the popular game.
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But I have no clue.” Assuming he returns from injury, Bryant will likely eclipse Jordan this season for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Jordan (32,292) has only 675 more career points than Bryant (31,617). When Bryant surpasses that mark, plenty of comparisons will arise. They will again should Bryant match Jordan’s championship ring total (six). As if Bryant needs any more motivation. He tweeted “12th” on Tuesday, referring to the ranking ESPN gave the Lakers out of 15 Western Conference teams. “It’s not like every day we say something, but it’s there,” D’Antoni said of the pre-season ranking. “It’s fodder for a half-hour. Then we go on with it.” Overlapping injuries to Steve Nash and Steve Blake last season left the Lakers exposed in the backcourt. Not anymore.
Michael Jordan says he would beat LeBron, maybe lose to Kobe
Family vacations, business trips they’re there all the time.” LAKERS: Jeanie says dad could’ve kept Dwight Bryant, 35, tore the tendon on April 12, during a game against the Golden State Warriors. After undergoing surgery, he was given a recovery time of nine to 12 months. However, all indications are that he’s well ahead of that schedule. A return date hasn’t been made official, but Bryant hasn’t ruled out returning on opening night of the season, when the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers on October 29. Bryant is coming off one of his best seasons in years, averaging 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds a game while shooting 46.3% from the field. He played all but four games for the up-and-down Lakers, earning first-team All-NBA honors as Los Angeles slipped into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season with the No. 7 seed. KOBE: Watch his awesome new Nike commercial Without Bryant, the Lakers were swept by the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Then Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and Earl Clark all left the team this offseason, leaving Los Angeles in a precarious position, particularly if Bryant doesn’t return quickly.
Kobe Bryant tears Achilles, sidelined for months
Five months since he winced in pain, swatted at the back of his leg as though someone were kicking him. Five months since he somehow shuffled to the free-throw line, drained two shots, and slowly limped to the locker room and out of the Lakers’ lost season for good. It was known that night, April 12, that Bryant wouldn’t be ready for training camp. The Lakers are operating under the assumption that he won’t be available for preseason at all. Now, in an interview with CBS Sports Radio, Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Bryant won’t make it back to the court as quickly as he’d like — and that once he comes back, he won’t be the same. It’s a rebuilding year for them because Kobe has been hurting and he has a very devastating type of injury,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a recorded interview airing Thursday between 6-7 a.m. ET on CBS Sports Radio’s morning show with Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson. “I don’t think he will be able to come back as quickly and completely as he would like. It’s gonna be tough on the Lakers this year.” Then, Abdul-Jabbar hit the Lakers with a dose of reality, a grim possibility that no Lakers fan would want to contemplate. “When Kobe does come back, it’s gonna be a different Kobe and that will definitely effect the outcome for the Lakers long-term,” Abdul-Jabbar said.