Friday, August 19, 2011

Kobe drew the perfect ending at the Drew


Kobe made an appearance at the Drew League located in South Central L.A. this past Tuesday. He not only dropped 45 but he also did what he does best, he made the game winner while fans chanted his name in the closing seconds. It was true destiny for that moment to happen.

Moments like these are why I am a Kobe Bryant fan. He always makes time for the fans.

Here is an excerpt from The Drew League website about their history:

Alvin Willis established the Drew League in 1973 with 6 teams. Willis believed this league could be a place for young men and women of South Central Los Angeles to learn life lessons through basketball.

The Drew League's goal was to help young people form meaningful relationships on the court that would spill over into the neighborhood, as well as build an institution that would bring top local high school, college, and pro players back to the community.

As a long time friend and mentor to Dino Smiley, in 1985 Willis decided it was time to let Smiley have a shot at directing the league. By 1985 the league had grown from the original 6 teams to 10 teams. Today the league matches up 20 "invitation-only" teams to battle it out on the hardwood.

Almost forty years ago, no one would have predicted that the gym at Charles Drew Junior High School on the corner of Compton and Firestone would play host to Southern California's toughest competition, attracting street-ball legends, collegiate athletes, and several NBA star.

The Drew has been a Mecca for west coast pro-am basketball for nearly 40 years, and it is only getting stronger!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jesus denied by Kobe

Courtesy of Fox5SanDiego.com

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego police are investigating allegations that L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant injured a man during an altercation at church in Carmel Valley over the weekend.

According to a complaint filed with the San Diego Police Department, Bryant and his wife Vanessa were attending a church service Sunday at St. Therese of Carmel on the 4300 block of Del Mar Trails Road. Bryant allegedly grabbed a cell phone from another man who he believed was taking photographs of him and his wife. The man told police that Bryant hurt his wrist in the incident.

Bryant allegedly scrolled through the photos on the phone and didn't find any pictures of himself or his wife. The NBA star and his wife then left the church, according to the complaint.

Police said the man who owned the phone went to a hospital to have his wrist treated.

Dude, cry me a frickin' river. A wrist injury? Seriously? The church is not the place to play Mr. Paparazzi. Only THE man himself is allowed to snap photos of his VIP guests.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NBA 2K12 - Magic makes cover

Jordan makes his second appearance on the NBA 2K franchise video game cover but this time around he has old friends tagging along. Magic and Bird help bring out a beautifully illustrated message to those loyal gamers worldwide...Get ready because you're about to relive our most memorable games with the touch of a button. Callus thumbs here we come! 

Here is the game overview by 2KSports.com:

With over 5 million copies sold worldwide and over 20 Sports Game of Year awards, last year NBA 2K11 allowed you to BECOME THE GREATEST with MJ & the Jordan Challenge mode. This year the NBA 2K franchise is back and bigger than ever, providing fans with the opportunity they’ve always dreamed of – to finally END THE DEBATE as to who are the best teams and players of all time. Featuring such NBA legends as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird as well as all of your favorite NBA players of today, NBA 2K12 will be packed with new and exciting features that will be revealed in the weeks and months ahead that, come October 4th, will put fans center court of an unprecedented basketball experience.

Here are the other two covers you'll see on store racks come this October 4th.



















Here is the official NBA 2K12 trailer:


To think you'll be able to relive the # 1 most memorable game-winner in Lakers history by navigating your pretty little nerd fingers to the X button on your XBOX controller.

To see what the top 5 most memorable game-winners in Lakers history are visit the PurpleandGoldBlog.com. They have the plays listed and provided video clips for your reminiscing pleasures. Where were you when these plays happened? I know where I was...hidden behind the sofa sneaking in a peek.



Friday, August 5, 2011

Matt Barnes loves his Summer punch and socks

Matt Barnes yet again finds himself making headlines in the off-season. This time his uncontrollable angry side punches (or socks if you will) an opposing playing in a San Francisco Pro-Am game last night. Anger Management sessions anyone? 

Chris Shellcroft from LakeShowLife.com said this:

As you’ll recall, last summer Barnes made his first headlines as a Laker by slapping an assistant coach during a summer league contest. Not one to rest on his laurels, Barnes upped the ante by reportedly punching an opposing player this time around...

...For those keeping score at home this is about the fourth incident Barnes has been involved in during his first 365 days as a Laker. First there was the summer league slap. Next came the domestic dispute in NorCal. During the regular season Barnes was suspend for game after mixing it up with the Mavs. And just to bookend his first year in Los Angeles Barnes comes full circle with another summer league altercation.

Pretty gnarly stuff. After how the team exited in the post-season, this recent episode won't reflect well with the organization.

First came the NBA lockout and now possibly a Matt Barnes lockup. Good times.