Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

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!

Will Ferrell causes mayhem at Pelicans game

VIDEO: Anchorman 2

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know Will Ferrell is an NBA fan — see the video above from last year where I talked basketball with Ferrell and his Anchorman 2 co-stars. And we’ve also seen him through the years at NBA games in cities where he’s filming movies.

So it wasn’t a surprise that Ferrell turned up at last night’s Lakers/Pelicans game in New Orleans, where he’s in town with co-star Mark Wahlberg filming the movie Daddy’s Home. But what was a surprise was at halftime, when Ferrell came onto the court and filmed a scene where he pegs a cheerleader in the face with a basketball and then gets carried off the floor by fake security guards. IN THE FAAAACE…

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.

Throwback Thursday: Wilt Chamberlain traded

VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s early days in life and the NBA

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: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

In the modern NBA, virtually no player is untradeable. That belief was true, too, in the early days of the NBA — even for a future Hall of Famer like Wilt Chamberlain.

Despite being named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in his first NBA season (1959-60) with the then-Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Chamberlain found himself on the trading block. In the middle of the 1964-65 season — one that would result in the first of three straight NBA MVPs for Chamberlain — he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 15, 1965 for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments as well.

Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

What’s your favorite Kevin McHale memory? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best NBA Teams Of All-Time

VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Plays – 1996

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: NBA’s Best Teams

On January 8, 1997, the NBA announced the Top 10 Teams in NBA history as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The list was created by members of the media and presented without ranking.

Top 10 Teams Of All-Time

1964-65 Boston Celtics
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
1969-70 New York Knicks
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
1985-86 Boston Celtics
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
1991-92 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls

To honor this historic group of teams, we look back at the best teams from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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

Gallery: Best Teams – 1960s

Gallery: Best Teams – 1970s

Gallery: Best Teams – 1980s

Gallery: Best Teams – 1990s 

Who do you think is the best team of all-time? Should a team after 1997 be included in the top 10? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or leave a comment below.

Tyronn Lue poses for picture with fan wearing Iverson shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in Allen Iverson‘s career came in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Iverson’s Sixers squared off against the Lakers, and Iverson put on a performance for the ages, finishing with 48 points in Philly’s overtime win. But the moment seared in everyone’s brains from that game was probably when Iverson shook free from Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, and then drained a jumper as Lue tripped and fell. Then, Iverson turned and with an exaggerated gait, stepped over the prone Lue on his way back up the court. (Lue and the Lakers got the last laugh, however, winning the next four games of the series to take the 2001 NBA title.)

Iverson retired and has moved on from the game, but Lue remains involved with the NBA, and he currently works as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when the Cavs recently visited Philadelphia, a fan wearing a shirt depicting the Iverson/Lue moment asked Lue for a photo. To Lue’s credit, he obliged, albeit with a bit of a smirk.

VIDEO: Lue Shirt

And if you want more AI moments, here are his top ten plays of all time. Always worth a few minutes of your time…

VIDEO: AI Top 10

The Nick Young and Jeremy Lin Show

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we checked in Lakers guard Nick Young, who despite enduring a miserable season has continued to keep us entertained. A few hours later, at a Lakers all-access event, Young teamed up with Lakers guard Jeremy Lin for a full-on comedy routine, with a cameo appearance from Wayne Ellington. Thankfully, ESPN’s Arash Markazi was there to chronicle the entire thing…


Nick Young can’t stop the swag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We love Lakers guard Nick Young around these parts — the man known as Swaggy P who is at the very least always interesting. And for all his exploits, which you can read about here, he’s not afraid to take the big shots.

Last night in Portland, for example, after the Blazers tipped a ball into the backcourt, Nick trotted back, picked up the ball, took a couple of dribbles and drained the impossibly long Swaggy three at the shot clock buzzer…

VIDEO: Swaggy 3

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