Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

How the Lakers celebrated Kobe passing Jordan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Lakers/Timberwolves game, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan to move into third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. And while it was a big moment in NBA history, the Lakers apparently wanted to make sure Kobe had a moment to celebrate the achievement, even if that meant hanging streamers on the team plane and having rookie Jordan Clarkson sing over the PA system. Congrats, Kobe.

(via Deadspin)

Kobe Bryant documentary trailer debuts

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen plenty of athletes in the past attempt to tell their own stories, either through book or documentaries. And even though Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is going to be another in that long line with his forthcoming documentary “MUSE,” Kobe never does anything half-heartedly, as this teaser trailer seems to indicate…


VIDEO: Kobe Muse

Throwback Thursday: Bryant’s scoring milestones


VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Scoring Milestones

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Bryant’s Scoring Milestones

Kobe Bryant is just 31 points away from passing Michael Jordan for third on the NBA all-time scoring list. This monumental accomplishment will add another bullet to Bryant’s Hall-of-Fame worthy resume and could occur as soon as Friday when the Lakers visit the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs.

To honor this moment, we look back at images from Bryant’s career scoring milestones.


Gallery: Bryant’s Scoring Milestones

What’s your favorite Kobe Bryant memory? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit forNBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

The NBA on Christmas Day: Talking with John Leguizamo

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The holidays are not only a time of being with friends and family, they also bring about one of the marquee moments on the NBA calendar: Christmas Day, when the NBA is giving us five big match-ups to keep you glued to your couch all day long.

To celebrate the upcoming day, we’re talking with a few famous NBA fans about what the NBA and the Christmas Day games mean to them. Today we check in with the multihyphenate (writer-actor, producer-director, and on and on) John Leguizamo. Though he was born in Colombia, Leguizamo’s family moved to New York soon after, and a lifelong love affair with basketball and the New York Knicks began. His latest project is the loosely-autobiographical film Fugly!, out now on demand and on iTunes.

ME: I’ve seen you at lots of Knicks games through the years. Did being a fan of the Knicks start as soon you and your family moved to New York?

LEGUIZAMO: Yeah, definitely. I love basketball — that’s what I played growing up. You know, the sport you play is the sport you end up loving to watch. Somehow, it’s reliving the childhood and the life you never had. So yeah, I was a big Knicks fan back in the day — Clyde and up to Patrick Ewing, Sprewell, Starks, LJ, and up to now, the triangle offense, I’m here.

ME: Even these days, when the franchise is rebuilding, are you still fully invested?

LEGUIZAMO: It’s tough. The triangle offense is a tough thing to figure out. I mean, I guess it worked for Phil Jackson in Chicago and L.A., but how is it going to work on these cats who’ve played so differently all their lives, man? I don’t know, it’s a tough thing to watch. It’s like…(laughing) sending troops into war without weapons. I don’t know. It’s like, “Try and use your fist this time instead of a bayonet!”

ME: Also, to be fair, Phil had Jordan and Pippen in Chicago and Shaq and Kobe in L.A. So there may be a bit of a personnel issue with this Knicks team.

LEGUIZAMO: You mean you don’t think Carmelo is Kobe Bryant? (laughs) I mean, who was Michael Jordan anyway? No athlete will ever equal the excellence of that cat, but Kobe was pretty close, man.

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ME: Let’s get your predictions for the Christmas Day games. First up is your Knicks hosting the Washington Wizards.

LEGUIZAMO: Aw man. I mean, the Knicks will surprise you out of nowhere man, and maybe this is the time they’ll all come together — J.R. Smith and Shumpert — and maybe they’ll still come together for that. So I’ll give it to the Knicks. I mean, they come out of nowhere sometimes and they figure it out, and somehow the triangle offense comes together and somehow they’re loose and free. Or they get totally shut down, I don’t know.

ME: Right, sometimes it’s more like the Bermuda Triangle offense.

LEGUIZAMO: (laughs) Definitely the Bermuda Triangle. I think the Aztecs used The Triangle when they fought the Conquistadores. And what happened to the that empire?

ME: Yeah, didn’t work out so well. What do you do on Christmas Day? Will you watch games, or what’s your plan?

LEGUIZAMO: Well, we travel far. Our families are gypsies, so last year we went to Peru, and this year I’m going to be in Africa on a safari, not a shooting safari but shooting with my camera.

ME: Sounds amazing. OK, next up is the San Antonio Spurs at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LEGUIZAMO: Thunder didn’t show up the other night. I mean, Kevin Durant is back, but I’m gonna go Spurs.

ME: Yeah, it’s hard to pick against them. Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat.

LEGUIZAMO: Aaahhhhhh! Oh dear, that’s gonna be wild. I love LeBron now that he went to the Cavs; somehow he regained my respect and love. But that’s gonna be tough, Look at Dwyane who came in the other day with crazy points. I don’t know, I’m gonna go with the Heat.

ME: Two more. Lakers at the Bulls.

LEGUIZAMO: Bulls. Derrick Rose. That’s all I gotta say, two words: Derrick Rose.

ME: Last one, Los Angeles Clippers at maybe the surprise team of the season, the Golden State Warriors.

LEGUIZAMO: Wow, that’s a tough one. I mean, I love the Clippers, man, I love CP3, and after all they went through, I’m going to do the emotional choice instead of the smart choice (laughing), I’m going to go Clippers.

Kobe shows off impressive vertical leap

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may have missed parts of two seasons with injuries, but this year, even in his 19th season, he’s looked pretty good leading the Lakers through a tough start to the season. He showed off his athleticism last night while going after a loose ball and, instead of crashing into the stands, he opted to go up and over. At least he stuck the landing.

(via r/NBA)

Mamba reaches, Burks teaches

On Sunday night in a preseason contest against the Jazz, Kobe was on the wrong side of an old-school hardwood axiom.


VIDEO: Alec Burks slips Kobe, then completes the tough layup in traffic

It’s not often you see a guy with a first-ballot Hall of Fame ticket abused like this. It’s doubly unusual when this Hall of Famer has 12 All-NBA Defensive Team selections under his belt.

Kudos to Alec Burks, who went back at the five-time NBA champion after being on the receiving end of a Kobe corner 3 the possession prior. He also reminded us it rarely pays for a defender to lunge for a steal, even if said defender is 16th all-time in that department.

This isn’t something the uber-competitive Bryant is likely to forget.

Throwback Thursday: All-time points leaders


VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sets the NBA’s all-time scoring mark

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Points Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: All-time scoring leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time rebounds leaders
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

How Kobe Bryant is like a cheetah

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In yesterday’s New York Times, there was a long interview/conversation between Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington, the media executive perhaps best known as the founder of The Huffington Post. The two apparently struck up a friendship after Kobe reached out to her, and the entire thing is worth your time to read, as they talk about everything from process vs results to meditation.

But toward the end of the piece, Kobe reveals some insight into his game — specifically, how he figured out how to fix his fadeaway jumper…

PG: There’s your Showtime documentary, “Kobe’s Muse,” in November. What’s that?

KOBE: You’ll see all the things I do, on and off the court. Every little detail, every tidbit, every improvement. And from that, we peel back the layers to get to who I am — because you can’t understand what I do without understanding who I am.

PG: Sounds like a series.

KOBE: That’s the vision. I’m the first “Kobe’s Muse,” then we’ll build it out. I want to know how Arianna became Arianna. I had this conversation with Hilary Swank once, and I asked about acting. And she broke down her process all the way to what would the character be watching on TV, what music would she listen to, how much money in her purse, how much change. I’m so interested in all those details.

AH: People want to know those things.

PG: As a lens for understanding each other?

KOBE: Exactly. I’ll give you an example. When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?

AH: That’s amazing.

KOBE: Inspiration surrounds us.

And CBS’s Matt Moore found photo evidence — Kobe really is becoming a cheetah…

Buy a pack of NBA cards, get a piece of a game-worn shoe?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Basketball cards have long been more than just photos and text. Years ago companies started inserting cards with little authentic game-worn keepsakes built-in to the card — swatches of jerseys, a piece of a court, etc. But this season cards are going where they’ve never gone before.

In Panini America’s 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball collection, releasing on Friday, they’ve managed to incorporate cards that have pieces of game-worn shoes from everyone from Kobe Bryant to Kevin Durant to Larry Johnson inside the cards. Panini wrote about the genesis of the idea on their official blog

“The idea to create the Sneak Peek memorabilia cards came while we were looking at a pair of Kobe Bryant game-worn sneakers in the Panini Authentic memorabilia room,” said Jim Stefano, Panini America’s Senior Director of Product Development. “NBA players, more so than any other athletes, wear sneakers that reflect their personalities. Their sneakers are an extension of who they are. It’s all about the swag.”

That swag, of course, takes various forms. Shaquille O’Neal’s Reebok Pumps. Blake Griffin’s Jordans. Kobe’s Kobes. Larry Johnson’s Converse Reacts. LeBron’s Nike Lebron Xs. It was one thing to create a wishlist of game-worn sneakers to target for Sneak Peek; it was another thing altogether more complex to actually acquire them and then figure out how best to incorporate them into a trading card.

But Panini America acquisitions officials worked their relationships with exclusive and non-exclusives athletes alike to turn a wishlist into a checklist; from there, the game-worn sneakers made their way through Panini America HQ, with each department — Product Development, Production, Design — helping shape the masterful finished product.

“This was truly a great experience to develop and execute with the various departments within Panini America,” Stefano said. “It was a true team effort that resulted in one of the most singularly spectacular sets of trading cards ever created. The sheer amount of different swatch colors, materials and patterns is a unique and exciting development for the entire trading card category. We believe these cards will not only be sought after by basketball collectors but by sneaker heads as well.”

To see some examples of the cards, check below…

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The House of Mamba’s Kobe Bryant court is amazing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back we took a look at the new court the Charlotte Hornets were introducing next season for use in their arena, specially designed with a Hornets theme. We also have seen courts with impressive light displays as part of the pregame or halftime intros. But what if all came together at once?

Here’s a short video (via SB Nation) of a basketball court that Nike built in China for an appearance by Kobe Bryant at a venue called the House of Mamba. The LED court is covered with lights and lines and designs and, well, just check this out…


VIDE: Mamba court