Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Dwight Howard Adds Mutombo Impression To Extensive Repertoire

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDwight Howard has always been dynamic, and this is something that has worked both in his favor — his fans love that he has a varied personality — and against him — his detractors argue that he isn’t serious enough. Through the years Dwight has demonstrated that personality in part by being willing to show off his various impersonations, and he added a new one to the repetoire recently. Let’s get in the internet wayback machine and check some of these out…


Mamba Doesn’t Have Bones

This just goes to show that a little time is all you need to get over anger, frustration and disappointment. After visibly showing his displeasure with Evan Turner‘s last-second, rubbing-it-in jam, the Lakers’ in-house Laugh Factory resident Nick “Swagy P” Young was back to his old, quirky self. This time Young steps into the shoes of injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant and does an interview as if he is the Mamba himself.



You have to appreciate the “humility” of Young, because we all know Kobe would never say anybody is better than he is. Even with a broken leg.
(h/t Bleacher Report)

Kobe Bryant Responds To Injury News

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in April, when Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, he posted an epic message on Facebook sharing his most personal feelings. After word came down tonight that Kobe would miss the next six weeks with a fracture in his left knee, Kobe responded via Twitter with a few short but obviously heartfelt messages…

Los Angeles Lakers Attempt To Name Santa’s Reindeer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re not already in the holiday season, here’s video of a reporter (apparently from the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles) asking members of the Lakers if they can name all nine of Santa’s reindeer. Some players do pretty well, some have a little more trouble with the question. I agree with Pau Gasol — Rufus has always been one of my favorite reindeer.

VIDEO: Lakers Name Reindeer

The Epic Return Of Marvin Williams

After much speculation, when it was finally time for Kobe Bryant to make his return for the Los Angeles Lakers, he announced his return via a Facebook video that showed his jersey enduring through various elements in an appropriately epic video called “Seasons Of Legend” …

VIDEO: Kobe Returns

Last night marked the return from injury of another NBA player, Utah’s Marvin Williams. Kobe missed months with a torn Achilles. Williams missed a few games with inflammation in his foot. Kobe has scored over 31,600 career points. Marvin has just over 6,200. So, obviously, we’re talking entirely different levels of impact here. But this didn’t stop one Utah Jazz fan from making his own video touting an epic return from Williams, who went for eight points and five boards in a win over the Kings last night.

VIDEO: Marvin Returns

Kobe Gets Reaquainted With The Rim

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant throws down the first dunk since his return

A dunk is only worth two points, huh?

Not when you have the kind of impact that Kobe Bryant has. Not when you’re 35 years old and you’ve been pushing your body for months to do the unthinkable. Not when you’re only in your second game back from a devastating, career-altering injury and you completely blow all of the doubters’ minds.

OK, so maybe unlike Vino, dunking doesn’t necessarily get better with age. So what if it won’t crack the ultimate countdown at the Dunk HQ as one of the top dunks of the season. So what it lacked some of the bounce, flash and finish that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from Kobe ever since he stole the show as a teen at the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. What this does show is Kobe, repaired Achilles’ tendon and all, still has the fire, competitiveness and ability to pull off the unthinkable. And to do so in such short time, it begs the question: What else will Kobe do to surprise us?

Kobe may not be shocked at all by his feat, but one person who probably didn’t see this one coming is P.J. Tucker, the defender Kobe blew by for the jam. Remember, this is still “The Mamba”. This is just what Kobe does.

Kobe Returns With A New Commercial

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You stayed up last night to watch Kobe Bryant‘s return to action against the Sacramento Kings Toronto Raptors, didn’t you? Yeah, if you’re a basketball fan, you probably did. You don’t have to be a Laker fan to appreciate what a big deal this was. (And if you are a Laker fan, well, maybe you need to reorder your priorities.) This was the Mamba, arguably the best player of his generation, returning to action after suffering the most serious injury of his career.

And you know what? He looked pretty good. He was a little rusty, sure, and the layoff seemed to manifest most obviously in his timing, but overall it was great to see Kobe being Kobe. And to celebrate all the things that make Kobe so special, Nike released a new commercial last night (with Ice Cube on the voiceover) to remind us that Kobe is a pretty singular dude. Welcome back, Kobe.

VIDEO: Kobe Comeback

Nike Unveils Kobe 9 Elite Shoe

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant has been through eight signature shoes as a Nike athlete, but at a media event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the ninth and maybe most dramatic kick yet was unveiled. The KOBE 9, out February 8, 2014, is a mixture of design, fashion and function, and Bryant clearly relished showing it off alongside Nike CEO Mark Parker and Nike Creative Director and VP of Innovation Eric Avar.

After several years of lowtops, the Kobe 9 is huge, reaching high above the ankle — Kobe said the idea came to him while watching Manny Pacquiao train and noticing his boxing shoes. Together with Avar, the idea was honed into the KOBE 9. (Of the design process and going back and forth with Avar, Kobe said he particularly enjoyed it because “I think we’re all geeks at heart.”)

The shoe is largely constructed from Nike Flyknit, the first time the technology has been used in a basketball shoe. According to Nike, Flyknit “defies conventional shoe manufacturing processes by creating a one-piece engineered upper made from single strands of yarns.”

While there are various design hints throughout the shoe to what Kobe referred to as his “muses,” the most obvious key to the shoe is the lines of red embroidered down the back of the shoe, a nod to the stitches Kobe received after his Achilles surgery.

“I draw inspiration from where I am as a player, as a person, and where my career is at this moment,” Kobe said. “I’m trying to do something that the majority of people think is impossible to do. I let my emotions out when I step on the basketball floor, it’s always been my escape, and these shoes will touch a nerve on the court in the same way I do.”

According to some early reviews on my Twitter feed, at least one other NBA player likes the look of the shoe…

For more looks at the shoe, check the gallery below…

Kobe and Messi Compete In (Selfie) Shootout

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant and Lionel Messi are two of the most famous athletes in the world, but more than that, they’re two of the greatest athletes in the world. Part of their greatness is their competitiveness, that quest to win that they just can’t turn off. And in this new ad for Turkish Airlines, we see that their desire to finish first extends even as deep as a cell phone selfie contest …

VIDEO: Kobe vs. Messi

(via Sportando)

Kobe Signs “Lifetime” Extension

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that they had agreed with Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension. By the end of that contract, Bryant will have played 20 years in the NBA.

To commemorate the new deal, the Lakers and Kobe each Instagrammed photos of the contract signing, with Kobe using the hashtag “#laker4life”…