Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Kobe Launches Kobe, Inc.

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when an injury keeps you from playing basketball? If you’re Kobe Bryant, you turn your full attention off the court and get a head start on a post-playing career in business.

As Kobe told ESPN over the weekend, he recently founded “Kobe, Inc.”

“I have always had ideas and always had a vision of where I wanted to go going back to 2000, but they are just ideas,” Bryant said. “Now, once the Achilles injury took place, I’m sitting at home for months not moving, a couple things set in. One is that there is only so many Modern Family episodes a person can watch. And then two, what do I do now?”

Bryant said he then put pen to paper and began executing his vision, which included a mission statement.

“We want to own and help grow brands and ideas that challenge and redefine the sports industry while inspiring,” Bryant said. “If it doesn’t have the limbs of the sports industry, which I understand extremely well, then I probably won’t touch it.”

Going forward, Kobe said, instead of endorsing products he wants to take ownership and use his name and experience to help run the businesses and make them successful.

His first endeavor? A sports drink called Body Armor. Kobe took to his millions of social media followers this weekend to help spread the word, writing, “I believe in innovation that will help athletes train and perform at their best. Finally we have a product that is THE UPGRADE athletes have been silently demanding for years! @drinkbodyarmor #entrepreneur #TasteRevolution #UpgradeYourSportsDrink”

Kobe’s scouting report on President Obama

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers have had a nightmare of a season, with injuries eliminating most of their core and forcing the team to plan ahead to next season. Which might explain why in their just released team photo, Kobe doesn’t look like the happiest fellow, although Kobe meeting with the Wish kids seems to brighten his day.

But yesterday while on The Dan Patrick Show, Kobe was asked about playing pick-up ball with President Barack Obama. To whom would Kobe compare the President? How about Tiny Archibald?

To hear Kobe on this and more, check out the entire interview below…


VIDEO: Kobe On Dan Patrick Show

Chris Paul follows up Clippers win with extra practice

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


VIDEO: CP3 Does Extra Work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Golden State Warriors in a game between two of the better teams out West. The Clippers led throughout and finished with a 111-98 win, but that apparently wasn’t good enough for all of the Clippers. Following the game, Chris Paul went back out to the court to put in more work. Paul, who finished 5-15 from the floor (and 1-3 on threes) apparently wasn’t satisfied with the win. Perhaps you’ll recall Kobe Bryant once did the same thing after a Lakers loss game in Miami. In the video above, Paul explains that he feels like the Clips have a special team this season and he has to do his part.

Throwback Thursday: 60-Plus Point Games


VIDEO: LeBron lights up Bobcats for 61 points

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 TBT topic: Players to score 60+ points in a game

LeBron James became the 22nd player to score 60 or more points in a game earlier this week when he erupted for 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

However, James’ high-scoring affair wasn’t the first time someone went for 60-plus points in March, as Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Tom Chambers and Tracy McGrady all accomplished the feat in the past, too.

This week’s Throwback Thursday honors these players, as well as 11 others, who have scored more than 60 points in a game.

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: 60+ Scorers

Which of these performances was the most impressive? Leave your comments below!

What If Kobe Made Everything? (Update)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we examined a “Kobe Piano,” or at least what was purported to be a Kobe Bryant piano. It was a piano in the shape of Kobe’s Nike logo, although upon closer inspection, it may not have actually been physically possible to make.

Perhaps in response to the closer examination of the piano, Kobe took to Instagram to show several other everyday products as they might look if Kobe was the creator. As Kobe said in his caption, “The Kobe Piano, The Kobe Pen, Kobe Kobe Beef, The Kobe Light Bulb #madebykobe”

UPDATE: As for the piano? Turns out it’s for the latest commercial from Foot Locker…


VIDEO: Kobe Piano

Kobe Shares Picture Of Kobe Logo Piano

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the weekend, Kobe Bryant tweeted out a picture of what appears to be a piano built in the shape of Kobe’s Nike logo

Only…I don’t think this is real. Now, I’m no expert, and I fully expect you guys to correct me in the comments section if I’m wrong, but I’m calling shenanigans here. First of all, the reason the left side of the piano is longer than the right side is because the strings need to be longer to create the lower notes. I suppose you could avoid this by having this piano not actually be an acoustic piano — if it were a synthesizer you could built it however you want and just have the sounds created electronically. Still, the bigger issue is that the keys are incorrect. An octave on a piano has eight whole notes (C through C), with five sharps and flats, which are the black keys. Each octave has two black keys together, and then three black keys together, repeating over and over. And this piano, down on the left end, has some crazy key patterns.

But what do I know? If anyone could actually create a working Kobe Logo-shaped piano, it would probably be Kobe. And after all, I can’t play Beethoven. Kobe, apparently, can.

Magic Johnson Tweets That He Will Stop Complaining About The Lakers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the last few years, as the Lakers have tried to get back to championship level, Lakers legend Magic Johnson has not been shy about sharing his thoughts about his former team. Johnson, who owned a portion of the Lakers before selling it in 2010, has been particularly outspoken in recent years about the failings of Lakers management to assemble a title-worthy team and staff, as well as their game play. Just last week, when the Lakers lost in overtime on a last second lay-up against the Bulls, Johnson tweeted…

Earlier this week, Johnson appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” where he was sharply critical of Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni
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VIDEO: Magic On The Lakers
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Since then, however, Magic appears to have had a change of heart. He took to Twitter yesterday to explain that his days complaining about the Lakers are over…

What do you Lakers fans think? Is Magic right? Should he stop complaining about the Lakers? Or do the Lakers need criticism from one of their all-time greats?

50 Cent, Kobe Bryant and Meryl Streep Walk Into An NBA Arena…

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was a story last week in the New York Times about the way celebrities are handled at Knicks games. According to the Times, celebrities aren’t just seated any old place.

The Garden, it turns out, has an ad-hoc celebrity-handling team whose members determine who in fact counts as a celebrity and to what degree; pursue relationships with those people (or their representatives); and deflect demands from lower-level personalities who wish they were celebrities but in fact are not. On game nights, the team also has to contend with such tricky questions as, is Katie Holmes more important than Liam Neeson? And, when you have two rappers with the same last name — Mike D. from the Beastie Boys and Chuck D. from Public Enemy — should you seat them near each other?

Yesterday the Knicks hosted the Lakers. In past years this has historically been one of the NBA’s marquee match-ups, but this season, with the Knicks struggling and Kobe Bryant on the chilling list, the game didn’t make as much noise as it has before. Still, it was a big enough game to draw out celebrities, and this meant we got to see the incongruous and awesome pairing of 50 Cent and Meryl Streep sitting together on the front row.

They got along well enough that after the game they apparently stopped to hang out with none other than Kobe Bryant. Kobe posted a photo on Instagram, calling Streep and 50 “legends”…

Although I kinda prefer the image 50 Cent shared on Instagram, where he noted, “Things got a little gangsta”…

Nick Young Explains It All

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERNick Young has played on a few teams over the years, but this season the Los Angeles native has returned home to play for the Lakers, and the man who calls himself “Swaggy P” has performed well on the biggest stage of his career. But who (or what) exactly influences Swaggy P? Is he actually related to Kendrick Lamar? How many black suits does Kobe Bryant own?

In this 1on1 video from Lakers.com, Nick Young talks about all that and more. I’m actually pretty excited about Swaggy P night.


VIDEO: Nick Young 1on1

Kobe Bryant Goes Back To School

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant famously went directly from Lower Merion High School to the NBA back in 1996. But that apparently hasn’t slowed his interest in learning, as last night Kobe showed up at Boston College to a few classes. With the Lakers enjoying a night off in Boston before playing the Celtics tonight, there was suddenly a flurry of social media activity from BC students in international marketing and product management classes when, randomly, one of the greatest basketball players of all time decided to pop in and take some classes. Hey, you’re never too old to learn, right?

(via HP)