Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

That time Kobe scored 36 points in Summer League

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent the last week in Las Vegas at the Samsung NBA Summer League, watching some of the best and brightest young players in the NBA out there trying to make names for themselves. From the more known players, such as Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, to guys who maybe weren’t as well known but played great, like Glen Rice Jr. and Ray McCallum, there were plenty of terrific performances this summer.

This continues a long-running tradition of NBA players on the rise showing out in summer league. Yesterday, someone uncovered this video of Kobe Bryant back in 1996, before he’d played in an actual NBA game, dropping 36 points against the Phoenix summer league team while wearing number 32. Funny how similar his game looks then to the way he still plays now…

VIDEO: Kobe scores 36

Kobe’s secrets to success? Cold-calling

By Jeff Case

Some of the funniest shoe commercials of the last few years were the ones Kobe Bryant did in 2012 billed as the “Kobe System”. In those spots, Bryant plays the role of motivational speaker/coach to a cast of Hollywood celebrities and other famous athletes.

But how has Kobe seeks to transition from NBA superstar to the next phase of his life in a few seasons, Bryant recently shared with Bloomberg how he often cold-calls business leaders and other people he’s interested in learning about cold.

That’s right, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history will just call up business leaders when the inkling strikes him. Granted, that’s not something all of us can do, but Bryant’s advice about not being afraid to learn and/or ask stupid questions of others is worth storing away …

(h/t Los Angeles Daily News)

Kobe calls multiple title expectations for LeBron “ridiculous”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — By now we’ve seen several videos of Kobe Bryant, who was in Brazil for the World Cup, discussing various topics with an array of journalists.

But in this latest video, Kobe is asked about a soccer player needing to win a World Cup to truly be considered great, and if that is similar to the expectations placed on LeBron James. As Kobe notes, for NBA players it becomes about “how many [championships] you get, which sounds absolutely ridiculous. You’re really lucky and fortunate to win one, but now it’s become so jaded, it’s like, ‘OK you only won one, you only won two, you should win five or six,’ which is absolutely ridiculous.”

VIDEO: Kobe on Bron

(via TNLP)

Kobe Bryant attempts to inspire US soccer team

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant visited Brazil and the World Cup a few weeks ago, but he is still apparently following the games and rooting for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Yesterday, before the U.S. took on Belgium in an elimination game, Kobe took to Instagram to try and inspire the US. The message seemed to be that nothing is easy. As Kobe wrote in the caption: “On this day 18yrs ago the hornets told me right after they drafted me that they had no use for me and were going to trade me. #thanku #Believe #usmnt #lakers #jwest #drbuss #letsGo #USA”

(For what it’s worth, Team USA lost 2-1 to Belgium. The lesson here? We can’t all be Kobe Bryant.)

Nick Young’s basketball camp seems like fun

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While we wait to find out what the future holds for Nick Young, the man known as Swaggy P has been busy at his eponymous basketball camp. And not only does Young lend his name to the camp, he gets out on the court with the kids, where Swaggy blocks shots…and — make sure you stick around for the last video — occasionally bites on a vicious pump fake…

Julius Randle is a long-time Lakers fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the seventh pick in last night’s NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Julius Randle. Now, Randle was born and raised in Texas, and then he attended a year of school at Kentucky. But after being drafted by the Lakers, Randle took to Instagram and posted a photo to show everyone that actually, he’s been a Lakers fan for a long time…

Lakers fan posts billboard urging Nick Young to stay

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Almost exactly one year ago, the Lakers posted billboards around Los Angeles in an effort to get free agent Dwight Howard to remain a member of the Lakers. That may not have worked out so well (or maybe you think it did, all things considered), but it hasn’t stopped another Lakers fan from trying a similar tact. All Ball all-star Nick “Swaggy P” Young, the most entertaining member of the Lakers last season, recently opted out of his contract in order to become a free agent. And while he’s said he’d like to stay in his hometown, at least a few Lakers fans apparently agree with him. Check out this billboard featuring a gold-toothed smile urging Swaggy P to stay in L.A….

Kobe Bryant’s World Cup picks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We saw earlier through social media how Kobe Bryant has been enjoying his time in Brazil for the World Cup. And now a video has emerged of Kobe sitting down with Brazilian native Anderson Varejao and discussing the World Cup. Kobe freely admits his loyalties are divided, but seems to have a pretty solid idea of the teams he expects to see make the World Cup final…

VIDEO: Kobe in Brazil

No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Otis Thorpe and Hakeem Olajuwon

Otis Thorpe (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon won a title together in 1994.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Jerome Kersey, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Providence (Thorpe), Michigan State (Willis), Ohio State (Campbell), Longwood (Kersey), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 9th overall by Kansas City Kings (Thorpe), 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks (Willis), 20th overall by Detroit Pistons (Campbell), 46th overall by Portland Trail Blazers (Kersey), 70th overall by Boston Celtics (Carlisle)

Draft fact: Players from the 1984 Draft combined to win 13 NBA championships. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (six championships), Hakeem Olajuwon (two), Otis Thorpe (one), Kevin Willis (one), Tony Campbell (one), Jerome Kersey (one) and Rick Carlisle (one).

VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon guides the Houston Rockets to the 1995 championship

We’re just 13 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 47 – Campbell etches name in NBA lore


The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Tony Campbell

Tony Campbell has both an NBA and a CBA championship ring.

Name: Tony Campbell

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-7, 215 pounds

Birthday: May 7, 1962

College: Ohio State

Drafted in 1984: 20th overall by Detroit Pistons

Draft fact: Tony Campbell, taken 20th overall in the 1984 Draft, had a 47-point game in the playoffs for the Lakers in 1988. That season, he became the only man to win an NBA and Continental Basketball Association title in the same year.

We’re just 47 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.