Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

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)

Throwback Thursday: Kobe scores 81


VIDEO: Kobe Bryant scores 81 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 Topic: Kobe Scores 81

(NOTE: Watch NBA TV today at 4 p.m. ET as we’ll be playing back Kobe’s 81-point game in its entirety). 

Arguably the most memorable night of Kobe Bryant‘s illustrious career occurred on January 22, 2006. He erupted for 81 points with 30 coming in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 122-104.

 

On the ninth anniversary of this accomplishment, look back at photos, stats and quotes from the incredible night:


Gallery: Kobe Bryant Scores 81

Where were you when Kobe Bryant dropped 81? Leave your comments below!

Kobe’s secret to longevity? Soup

Kobe Bryant eats a hamburger pregame meal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Athletes go through all kinds of dietary hurdles in an effort to stay healthy, to stay strong, to stay on the court or field as long as possible and still be as effective as possible. I’ve seen NBA players ingest all sorts of stuff after games, from protein shakes to pizzas. And while you’d figure most guys could eat whatever they want after playing an NBA game, considering that they just ran a couple of miles, some players are more strict about what they eat than others.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that one of the guys who is most observant about what goes into his body is Kobe Bryant, one of the game’s most ardent competitors. In this story from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, we learn Kobe carefully monitors every meal (unlike the 2002 Kobe eating a pregame hamburger in the photo above). And the super food Kobe eats that helps with strength and recovery?

Soup. Well, not just any boxed broth, but bone broth. As Holmes writes

Bone broth has quietly but steadily become a daily staple of Bryant’s diet over the past three years. It’s the foundation of his pregame meal at home and on the road, and the Lakers put in long hours to make sure it’s carefully prepared for him at all times.

“I’ve been doing the bone broth for a while now,” Bryant said. “It’s great – energy, inflammation. It’s great.”

Bone broth isn’t new, but it has gone mainstream. The New York Times wrote last week that it has evolved from “prehistoric food to Paleo drink.” New York City chef Marco Canora recently opened a storefront window in the East Village where it’s served in coffee cups.

The Lakers’ bone broth revolution began when Shanahan, a devout believer in what she calls its “magical” powers, became a consulting nutritionist for the team in the 2012-13 season, working with players remotely, often via Skype or phone. Others on the team’s training/nutrition side soon became believers, too.

“Everybody is looking for a magical elixir or some cure-all,” said Tim DiFrancesco, the Lakers’ head strength and conditioning coach, “but bone broth is where it’s at.”

Really interesting stuff. Be right back, gonna go make some soup.

Ronnie Price whiffs on dunk attempt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Lakers/Pacers game featured a few odd moments, including a “fight” between Roy Hibbert and Carlos Boozer that was more shoving match than anything else. That battle resulted in Hibbert shooting free throws while Kobe Bryant reacted in the background…

The game ended with Hibbert attempting a game-winner that probably didn’t go as it was drawn up…

And if all that wasn’t enough, don’t miss Ronnie Price, who had a wide-open look at a dunk that got the Lakers bench on their feet…but ended up being a Shaqtin’ A Fool nominee…


VIDEO: Price Whiffs

NBA ode to Christmas Day


VIDEO: NBA TV narrates the season through Christmas lens

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Garden
Ticket holders asked: “Why can’t we just take James Harden?”
The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes that one day a real team would be there;

Across town the Nets were nestled all snug in their beds,
Visions of D-Will’s 40 percent shooting torturing their heads;
And Sam Presti in his kerchief and Chris Wallace in his wrap,
Had just settled down to brush up on the salary cap.

When out on Seventh Avenue there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew in a flash,
Tore open the shutters, ready to do something rash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Seemed as far away as the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Spike
and his pals on the high-priced front row,
When what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a stretch limousine pulled by eight tiny reindeer,
With a tall, slow driver who’d long lost his quicks,
They knew in a moment he must be from the Knicks.

More rapid than a 20-second timeout his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
“Now Gasol! Now Monroe! Now DeAndre! up above,
“On, K.D.! On LaMarcus and Butler! On Kawhi and Love!
To the top of the scoreboard!  To the top of the wall!
Come with me now to save New York basketball.”

As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky,
Over in Brooklyn, Queen B’s land with Jay-Z,
Lionel’s team was still driving him crazy.

So up to the house top the coursers they flew,
The limo filled with millions, and James Dolan, too.
And then in a twinkling, on Presti and Wallace’s roofs
Was the prancing and pawing of designer hoofs.

As they drew in their heads and were turning around,
Down the chimney came Zen Master came with a bound.
He wore a green suit of Benjamins, sewn out of cash,
Ready to recruit his own Brothers of Splash.

A bundle of promises he was ready to dangle,
At anyone not named J.R., who could grasp a triangle.
His eyes — how they twinkled!  Not the face of a meanie;
Of course, the fall-back plan was still the beach with Jeanie.

His droll little scheme, turn around a team soft as a cushion,
And do it all faster than Brooklyn’s rich Russian.
He piled stacks of cash from their feet to their teeth,
And blew smoke till it encircled their heads like a wreath.

He had a wise, knowing face, hardly hint of a belly,
Not at all like Charles Barkley’s each night on the telly;
He was as haughty and sure as a blackmailer with pictures,
Even though his team’s record was down with the Sixers.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Was supposed to give the entire NBA something to dread.
He had played in the glory years with Reed, Frazier and Bradley,
Now these days in his sack just a hollow team playing badly.

He’d spoken all the right words, said he’d soon make them perk,
But without Jordan and Shaq, this might be too much like work.
And laying a finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprung to his limo, to his team gave some whistles,
Nothing he couldn’t clean up with one or two missiles.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he soared over walls of adobe:
“By this time next Christmas, I’ll even settle for old Kobe.”

You can’t leave Vlade Divac open from outside

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Los Angeles, while hosting the red-hot Golden State Warriors, the Lakers had one of those nights. Kobe Bryant may have missed the game to get some rest, but the rest of the Lakers didn’t miss a beat, shooting over 50-percent from the floor and beating the Warriors, 115-105.

But the most surprising moment of the night may have been when former Lakers center Vlade Divac took to the court to attempt a halfcourt shot for charity. And with the way things were going for the Lakers last night, of course Divac nailed it. The best part? The shot was worth $90,000, split between Divac’s and the Lakers’ charities…


VIDEO: Divac Halfcourt