Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Kobe Bryant would like to remind you how good the 2001 Lakers were

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors may be the latest NBA champs, but Kobe Bryant would like to take a moment and remind you of the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers. Back then, Kobe and Shaq teamed up to win a second championship with a pair of dominant performances, leading the Lakers to a 15-1 postseason record. According to Kobe, he just happened to come across this picture, the day after the Warriors won the title, so he posted it on Instagram…

Came across this and just had to post it. #DominantDuo #2alphas #23yrsYoung #lakers #shaq #mamba

A photo posted by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on

Have we seen the 2015 NBA Finals before?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — They say everything old is new again. Perhaps that applies to the NBA as well? A YouTube user took the audio from NBC’s coverage of the 2001 Finals, when Allen Iverson and the Sixers took on Shaq and Kobe and the Lakers and applied that to some visuals of this year’s Finals. I guess the David/Goliath storyline is applicable to many situations, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry


VIDEO: 2015 vs 2001 Finals

(via SLAM)

NBA legends, players chime in on Curry’s run

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two games into the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors have a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets as the series moves from Oakland to Houston. And through those games, the Warriors have been led by the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, who despite being the focus of the Houston defense has managed to score 77 points through two games, including shooting a ridiculous 11-for-22 on three-pointers. Steve Nash is one of the NBA’s greatest three-point shooters ever, but as he noted yesterday in a Reddit AMA, Nash believes Curry is a better shooter than he ever was.

How does Curry do it? Last night on NBA TV’s GameTime, Nets guard Jarrett Jack, a former teammate of Curry’s, made a guest appearance and talked about exactly what makes Curry so tough…


VIDEO: Jack on Curry

Also, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter and explained the riddle of defending Stephen Curry…in 140 characters or less…

All that aside, when you’re able to do stuff like Curry does in the Vine below, how you defend the dude may not matter…

Kobe has some words for Westbrook’s haters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRussell Westbrook has been playing out of his mind the last few weeks, single-handedly keeping the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff hopes alive. His most recent big game came Sunday against the Pacers, when Westbrook finished with 54 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Westbrook scored that 54 points on 43 field goal attempts, although he did make almost half of his shots (he finished 21-43). So while that 54-9-8 line looks great, some people pointed out that maybe Westbrook took too many shots.

But maybe we should listen to someone who understands not only volume shooting but also deflecting criticism: Kobe Bryant

Lionel Messi meets Gheorghe Muresan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best soccer player in the world right now is — arguably — Lionel Messi, the Argentinian dynamo who plays his club soccer for F.C. Barcelona. We’ve seen him share screen time with Kobe Bryant, so we know Messi has at least some familiarity with the NBA. So last night, with the Argentina National Team in Washington D.C. to play a friendly against El Salvador, Messi and his teammates took in the Washington Wizards versus Indiana Pacers game.

As Messi posted on Instagram, he had a pretty good seat…

Viendo basquet

A photo posted by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on

Also, here’s a long surveillance video of Messi (with Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez) sitting in the team’s luxury suite…


VIDEO: Messi NBA

And when you have an important person in the house, you better send Gheorghe Muresan to go and greet him…

Kobe isn’t thrilled with the Lakers celebrations

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be out for the season after shoulder surgery, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to go quietly.

But before we get to Kobe, let’s rewind to Sunday night, when the Lakers beat the Celtics in overtime, 118-111. The win was just the 14th of the season for the Lakers, and during Jeremy Lin‘s postgame interview, Jordan Hill and Nick Young showed up to blow off some steam, in funny fashion…


VIDEO: Lakers postgame

Back to Kobe. Last night, Bryant appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and Kimmel played Kobe the tape of Lin, Young and Hill. And let’s just say Kobe didn’t seem thrilled about it…

(via B/R)

Throwback Thursday: 1998 All-Star Game


VIDEO: All-Access: 1998 All-Star Game at MSG

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: 1998 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden

This Sunday’s All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden will be the first held at the “Mecca of Basketball” since 1998, when Michael Jordan won his third and final All-Star Game MVP after scoring 26 points with eight assists in the Eastern Conference’s 135-114 win. Second-year pro Kobe Bryant led the Western Conference with 18 points as he matched up with Jordan.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor this classic All-Star Game with the All-Access video above and the photo gallery below.


Gallery: 1998 All-Star Game at MSG

What are your favorite All-Star Game moments? Leave your comments below

Talk Show: Hailey Clauson

Hailey Clauson 2

photo credit Getty Images // Michael Stewart

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA All-Star Weekend about to tip-off in New York City, we decided to talk to some celebrities who know both basketball and New York, to chat about what’s happening in the NBA, their advice for people visiting New York, and whatever else happens to come up in discussion.

Today we catch up with the model Hailey Clauson. A native of Los Angeles, Hailey has been the face of several brands, and she’s about to make her rookie debut in the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. You can keep up with her on Instagram.

We spoke last week during a snowy day in Manhattan…

HAILEY: I just got to New York late last night, and I just went outside to walk my dog and it’s pretty rough.

ME: Yeah, I just went outside a little while ago and it’s pretty brutal today.

HAILEY: It’s quite a shock for me.

ME: Right, because you’re from California, right?

HAILEY: Yeah, and I just got back last night from California, and I’ve been gone for like a month-and-a-half.

ME: You must travel a lot, right?

HAILEY: I do, I’m all over the place. I’m actually back and forth to L.A. a lot, which is nice but yeah, I’m all over the place.

ME: Were you a basketball fan growing up?

HAILEY: Yeah, I was always a Lakers fan. My dad was always super into basketball, so when I was a kid that’s all we did was watch Lakers games.

ME: Wait, you must be relatively tall if you’re a model. Did you ever play basketball?

HAILEY: I did play basketball. I played for five years. I’m six feet tall and I’ve been six feet since I was twelve.

ME: So you were like the Shaq of the league you were in?

HAILEY: Pretty much (laughs). I was towering over all the other girls. I had long arms.

ME: Did you like playing basketball?

HAILEY: Yeah. I was definitely a good defensive player, but wasn’t that good on offense. I was good at blocking… (her phone cuts off; we reconnect a few minutes later).

ME: You OK?

HAILEY: I’m sorry. My phone is all messed up, and when my face touches it, it hangs up. So now it’s on speaker so that won’t happen again.

ME: It seems like being able to touch someone’s face should be one of the main jobs of a phone.

HAILEY: Well, it’s because I dropped it in the toilet and somehow it’s still working.

ME: You were saying you were a defensive specialist when you used to play. When did you stop playing basketball?

HAILEY: I stopped when I was about 13, which was when I started modeling. So I started to use my tallness for something else.

ME: At least you’ve always been able to put it to some use.

HAILEY: I know, I took advantage!

ME: So when you were growing up back then in L.A., did anyone like the Clippers? They weren’t as good then as they are now.

HAILEY: No. I mean, we would go to Clippers games because the tickets were reasonable. No the Clippers are killing it, and that’s cool. I’m kind of sad for the Lakers, but everyone has their moments.

ME: Were you Team Kobe or Team Shaq with those Lakers teams?

HAILEY: I was Team Kobe And Shaq. We had a signed Shaq jersey framed in our house. My Dad washed cars and he washed Shaq’s car, and Shaq gave him the signed jersey, which was pretty cool.

ME: Who was your third-favorite player on those teams?

HAILEY: Um, Derek Fisher probably.

ME: OK. I co-host a podcast with Rick Fox so I was going to see if you happened to mention him. I’m actually glad you didn’t choose him.

HAILEY: I liked Rick Fox! He was always like, in movies and stuff, too, so I thought he was cool.

ME: So are you still a Lakers fan now even thought you moved to New York?

HAILEY: Yeah, I’m still a Lakers fan. I’ll always be a Lakers fan.

ME: If somebody was coming to New York for All-Star Weekend, where would you tell them to go visit?

HAILEY: I feel like New York’s known for its good restaurants. My favorite restaurant is called Lovely Day, and it’s a little hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant. When it’s not snowing, New York is super fun to walk around, and the Highline and everything is super cool.

ME: Last thing before I let you go, who will win a championship first, the Lakers or the Knicks?

HAILEY: Um…Lakers? Yeah, Lakers. I had to think about it but I have to stick with the Lakers.

Nike introduces the Kobe X, Kobe Bryant’s new signature shoe


VIDEO: Kobe X

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be out for the season after recent shoulder surgery, but he’s got a new pair of shoes to wear while rehabbing. This weekend, Nike introduced the Kobe X, Kobe’s newest signature shoe.

According to Nike, the shoe “comes alive with hybrid cushioning, an advanced traction system and a seamless textile upper. These technical innovations, combined with an inspirational narrative based on transparency, separates the KOBE X from the competition.”

From Nike…

The KOBE X hybrid cushioning combines Lunarlon with Nike Free-inspired siping grooves to enhance natural movement, along with a new Zoom Air unit in the heel. This trio leads to a responsive ride that is a great combination of firm, soft and flexible.

Both the midsole and outsole are encapsulated in a translucent rubber casing to visually showcase the inner-technology. This transparent approach was also inspired by Bryant’s recent willingness to personally open up and reveal more of himself at deeper levels without reservation.

The KOBE X features what could be considered the most effective traction system in the 43-year history of Nike’s basketball shoes.

The outsole features hundreds of “nodules” that grip the court, similar to the intricacy of the treads on performance racecar tires, which grip and splay at high speeds. This new traction system works in tandem with the midsole cushioning to splay, flex and grip the court for zero distractions and maximum grip, similar to tires on a racetrack.

The outsole is finished off with a gold Roman numeral “X,” a hand-drawn design detail from Avar, embedded beneath the Zoom unit; it’s another example of the detailed design obsession brought to each Kobe shoe.

Advanced textiles offer lightweight breathability and are more durable and strong than traditional mesh. The KOBE X introduces a new open-weave textile that is inspired by the pattern and strength of sharkskin.

Inside the shoe a mesh bootie enhances ventilation and provides a comfortable, snug fit. Nubuck fabric on the shoe’s tongue features a mamba-inspired snake scale pattern, while the tongue’s underside features unique graphic prints symbolic of each colorway storyline.

The left heel in each pair features four red lines representing Bryant’s resilient return from injuring his left Achilles tendon. To repair the tendon, doctors used four feet of stitching thread in surgery. The Kobe sheath logo adorns the right heel of each shoe.

Nike says “each KOBE X colorway reveals something new about Bryant’s drive and determination. The lead colorway, 5 AM Flight, takes inspiration from Bryant’s 40-foot, early morning leap from a diving platform in August 2013 as he recovered from surgery on his Achilles. The jump is symbolic of Bryant’s perseverance to overcome the odds and face fear head-on. The shoe’s blue palette represents the pool water of Bryant’s 5 AM flight.”

If you missed Kobe’s dive, here it is…

For more images of the shoe, check below…

Watch Kobe Bryant learn about his shoulder injury

Right now, we don’t know what the future holds for Kobe Bryant. Yes he’s in his mid-30’s, and sure he’s had a couple of injuries the last few years, but none of this has slowed his effectiveness on the floor. That is, when he’s on the floor. Last week it was announced that Kobe had injured his shoulder, and in this video from The Player’s Tribune, we see Kobe receive the diagnosis from his doctor that the muscle has pulled off the bone.

Kobe’s take? “OK.” As Kobe writes in the video’s description, “This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.”

The treatment for Bryant’s shoulder has yet to be determined, but if anything, this video suggests that Kobe will attack whatever treatment is decided upon with the same determination and pragmatism he shows in the video.

OK from The Players' Tribune on Vimeo.

(Player’s Tribune)