In late August, we got a very brief glimpse at the Los Angeles Lakers' new Hollywood Nights jersey for the 2013-14 season. Now, we don't know about you, but the teaser video made us anticipate the day we would see the entire jersey. And luckily, that day is today. With none other than Black Mamba rocking the newest jersey, which "acknowledges the celebrities like Jack Nicholson that have long supported the team," the uni looks mean. Checkout the video above where our good friend Executive VP of Business Operations Jeanie Buss talks about the jersey, the design and what it signifies. What do you think?
Kobe Bryant wants Dwight Howard back in Los Angeles with the Lakers next season. Even though Howard struggled at times last year, the Black Mamba still wants him in his corner. So he's planning on talking to Howard this summer when he becomes a free agent."For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be," Bryant told ESPN Los Angeles during an interview yesterday. [Read More]
Lakers fans and Kobe Bryant supporters had a dark day earlier this month when the athlete tore his Achilles tendon during a game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant is expected to be out for at least 9 months, but with an injury of this nature there’s not telling what the future holds for the superstar athlete. For now, we’ll just pray that the Black Mamba can pick up where he left one day. To help with his spirits, Nike put together a special video montage dedicated to Kobe, dubbed You Showed Us. Enjoy.
Kobe Bryant will now deprive the entire world of the best part of current Lakers games: his tweets. The Black Mamba's posts to Twitter were noticed by just about everyone remotely interested in the NBA Playoffs this weekend and even managed to catch the attention of coach Mike D'Antoni. Bryant's tweets from his bed were somehow becoming a distraction, so he is going quiet. [Read More]
This weekend, Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair his torn left Achilles Tendon. While we initially speculated about Bryant's timetable to recover from such an injury, the Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has officially declared that Kobe will be out for six to nine months. When discussing Bryant's situation, Vitt didn't hold back with the details, calling the Achilles injury a "complete rupture," as well as saying that the tendon needs "to be sewn back together." Yikes! Following the surgery, Bryant will be immobilized for a month or more. With everything goes to plan, Kobe could be available by the start of the 2013-14 season. Get Well Mamba.
Last night was a special one for the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. Prior to the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers retired the No. 34 jersey worn by Shaquille O'Neal from 1996-2004. The ceremonies kicked off with a video message by Kobe Bryant, who luckily didn't refer to him as "Four" but did call Shaq "the most gifted physical specimen" he's ever seen play the game of basketball. Then, Phil Jackson took the mic and added some light-hearted commentary that included what he called "some indelible images" that he'll never forget. Yeah, we'll let the Zen Master explain what he's talking about there. After Jackson's speech, Jeanie Buss went to center court and unveiled O'Neal's jersey hanging in the rafters. But enough of us summarizing the moment, just check it out. Also click here for the extended version of Shaq's thank you speech, which includes a mention of Kobe and their rocky relationship. Enjoy.
In anticipation of 2013′s Easter Sunday on March 31, Nike Basketball has unveiled its collection of Easter-inspired footwear for flagship athletes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Opting for pastel colorways and taking cues from the Easter tradition of dyeing and decorating eggs, the collection marks the debut of King James’s new LeBron X Low – a low-top iteration of the reigning MVP’s 10th anniversary signature complete with a Hyperfuse upper, exposed Dynamic Flywire, a 360 Max Air unit, and included here in a predominately mint green makeup. [See & Read More]
Even though the Lakers are three games under .500 right now, Kobe Bryant doesn't sound worried. For a piece that appears in the new issue of Sports Illustrated, writer Jack McCallum had the audacity to ask KB24 if he thought the Lakers were going to make it to the playoffs this season. And, Kobe responded by saying that there's not an "if" in his mind right now. "It's not a question of if we make the playoffs," he replied. "We will." [Read More]
Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi competing against one another in a commercial? Who could've secured such a star-studded athlete advertisement? How about Turkish Airlines? In the ad, Bryant and Messi compete against one another through a variety of different skills, including balloon animal making, stacking playing cards and of course, ball tricks from their respective sports. Who (or rather, what) wins will surprise you. Enjoy.
In the beginning of November, Steve Nash suffered a small fracture in his left fibula after bumping into Portland's Damian Lillard. He was originally supposed to miss only a couple weeks and was expected to be back around this time. But, Nash is still experiencing tingling sensations in his nerve endings and will make his return once those sensations go away. The thing is, no one knows exactly when that will be. [Read More]