Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kobe's Season High 31-Point Game Video Recap

Lakers Looking for a Lifeline

Anyone can see that the Lakers are having a tough time so far this season as nothing seems to be going right. The team's recent loss against the historically terrible Philadelphia 76ers was a particularly low point for the season. Add in the retirement of Kobe Bryant and you can see why many are beginning to fear for the franchise's future. Regardless of the team's troubles on the court, the Lakers apparently have no plans to change anything regarding Kobe's victory lap.

After the game against Philadelphia, ESPN shared coach Byron Scott's thoughts on Kobe's poor performance. He hinted at what the player could be doing to improve his abysmal field goal percentage, which currently sits at 30.1%.

“Got to get some better shots than that, but other than that, just got to keep playing," said Scott. "I do trust that he’ll get to the point where he’ll make them on a much more consistent basis, but it has just not happened yet.”

The loss to Philadelphia was tough to swallow but thankfully it looks like Kobe might have listened to his coach. He had a much better game against the Washington Wizards, with Bryant dragging Los Angeles to victory with 31 points of his own. Kobe shot 10 for 24, which, while nowhere near the numbers fans have come to expect from the aging superstar, is actually his second best performance he's had this year.

Washington recently defeated Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, so it's definitely a good sign to see the Lakers take down the team that just beat last year's Eastern Conference champions. Hopefully this will help to restore some much needed confidence for the team.

The Lakers are currently 3 and 15 with more than 60 games left in the season. With so much time remaining, the Lakers could potentially turn things around after the holidays. It's going to take some work, though, and a couple of new players probably wouldn't hurt either. Betfair has some helpful info for fans looking to find insights on the current market regarding the Lakers' chances, but don't get your hopes up too high. As the site makes clear in their rankings, the team is still a very long shot to even make the playoffs, much less start thinking about titles again.

It should also be noted that the blame for the Lakers' current performance can't entirely be placed on the shoulders of Kobe. One man doesn't make a team and it definitely takes a team effort to play like this. The defense has been woeful this season and allowed Philadelphia to score 53 second-half points, according to Bleacher Report. Even though the team picked up Metta World Peace to provide a much-needed defensive boost, the Lakers still haven't found their feet. It bears mentioning that Peace is only one year younger than the retiring Kobe Bryant and looks to be in his last days of his career as well. We would be legitimately surprised to see World Peace playing in the NBA next season. Prior to re-signing with the Lakers, the small forward was playing ball in China and Italy.

Continuing to sign aging stars isn't going to right the ship at the Staples Center. Until the Lakers start to look to the future, it's going to be a long season for the fans. At least we can stay entertained wondering what Los Angeles will do with all of its newfound cap space next year.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Players' Tribune - "Dear Basketball" by Kobe Bryant

When I heard the news that Kobe made his retirement announcement on The Players' Tribune, I honestly didn't know what it was. After doing a little research and realizing who its' founding member is I felt somewhat foolish. It all makes sense now why Kobe chose this platform given Jeter's recent retirement from a game he's devoted so much to, just like Kobe has to basketball.

As for the literal reason, it makes more sense...
The Players' "Tribune" - a popular leader; a champion of the people.

Here are several excerpts from the site:
A message from the website:
Welcome to The Players’ Tribune, a new media platform that presents the voices of athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and publishes first-person stories directly from athletes. From video to podcasts to player polls and written pieces, The Tribune strives to be “The Voice of the Game.”

A message from Jeter:
"My goal is for the site to ultimately transform how athletes and newsmakers share information, bringing fans closer than ever to the games they love."

In case you missed it, here's Kobe heartfelt message:

Throughout this season - and as we always have - we will strive to remind our visitors who the greatest Laker and arguably the greatest player of all-time is.

When we started this site many moons ago, we chose the singular title by absolute design.

Thanks for all the great memories Kobe.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Los Angeles Lakers Opening Game Less Than A Week Away

The Los Angeles Lakers are within a week of their regular season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves, which is set for October 28th at the Staples Center.

New addition Lou Williams has been handling most of the scoring duties during the team’s preseason slate. In the Lakers first three preseason games, losses to the Utah Jazz twice and the Toronto Raptors, Williams led the team in scoring with 14, 20 and 19 points in the respective games.

Kobe Bryant looked healthy in an exhibition against Maccabi Haifa on October 11th, leading the team with 21 points while rookie guard D’Angelo Russell dished out 11 assists. Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring in their next three preseason games, having 17 points each time. In seven games, the Lakers have gone 3-4 with one final preseason contest before the games start counting.

The Lakers face the defending champion Golden State Warriors Thursday night at the Honda Center. According to, the average ticket price for the preseason finale is $112.28 with a get-in price of $38. It’s an opportune time to see quality basketball before the regular season begins and the ticket prices rise. The average price for Lakers tickets for the home and season opener against the Timberwolves is $256.88 and a get-in price of $62.

Los Angeles plans on being significantly better than last year’s disastrous season, which ended up being one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Lakers are playing as if they had two top picks in the draft, as they selected Russell with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and have Julius Randle returning from injury. Randle was hurt in the first game of last season and missed the entire year after being selected No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Although the Lakers had a poor season and saw another injury to future Hall-of-Fame guard Bryant, they discovered Jordan Clarkson who was named to the All-Rookie team.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Celebrities react to Lamar Odom

In case you missed it - Kobe scored 21 the other night

Kobe's just fine...21 points on 10 shots in 18 minutes.