Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

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)

Pau Gasol screams a lot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For many years, Bulls forward Carlos Boozer was known for his willingness to yell “AND ONE” pretty much any time he shot the ball near the basket, whether or not a foul actually occurred. Boozer may be gone to Los Angeles, but he’s been replaced by Pau Gasol, who, it turns out, has his own vocal theatrics. Check out this video from Bulls fan Dylan Connolly, who cut together Gasol screaming from a few games. AHHHH!


VIDEO: Pau screams

Snoop Dogg starts recruiting Russell Westbrook to the Lakers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers may not be very good this season — they are currently 13-40 — but they have a chance to improve down the road, as they could have a pretty good draft pick coming up (depending where it lands), and then have a chance to add parts via free agency. So it’s understandable if Lakers fans are looking toward the future. But rapper and Lakers fan Snoop Dogg is not only looking toward the future, he’s actively trying to change it. Yesterday he took to Instagram to post a photoshopped image of Russell Westbrook, OKC pg and All-Star MVP, who could hit free agency in 2017. Westbrook is not only a great player, but he’s a Los Angeles native. And he’ll probably be a target for the next few years.

Come on home !!

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Talk Show: Hailey Clauson

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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.

That time a dolphin tried to kill Nick Young

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One day, if we are lucky, the All Ball blog may just become the Nick “Swaggy P” Young blog. I mean, we keep doing Nick Young stories, because he keeps giving us great stuff to write about.

Like yesterday when he told everyone about that time when a dolphin tried to kill him.

First, a little background: Nick’s girlfriend, pop star Iggy Azalea, started all of this on Monday when she tweeted…

Then, last night before the Lakers hosted the Denver Nuggets, Swaggy P talked to reporters and ESPN’s Baxter Holmes got to the bottom of things

“He was playing with everybody else, doing what dolphins do — the ‘ack ack’ and all that,” Young said. “It was my time to ride the dolphin. For some reason, he took me all the way to the bottom. He was trying to drown me. But I saw it happening so I jumped out of the water and took off the little life vest and threw off my little water shoes and stayed outside.”

Young said the dolphin took others around in circles but didn’t do the same when it was his turn to interact with it.

“He went straight down,” Young said. “He was trying to kill me. I think he was trying to get on Iggy. He was a little friendly, kissing her and stuff. He was trying to take my woman.”

And after that, if you read the source material, Young got fined by coach Byron Scott because he showed up late.

Swaggy P goes punk rock

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, why do we write about Nick Young? Because he has fun off the court, and he makes sure to chronicle it for the world via social media. In these videos, Swaggy P is inside some sort of department store with an unplugged electric guitar in hand. He appears to be calling this “band” either Dogs Of The Moon or Dog And The Moon (he uses both in captions). But he may have a brilliant idea in pitching Panda Express to become their new spokesperson/theme song composer…

(Dog and the Moon) album coming soon lol

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Panda Express I cAn be yall new spokesman… Holla at me (Dogs of the Moon)

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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…

The Lakers rookies are carrying around baby dolls

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of being an NBA rookie is paying your dues. How those dues are paid varies from team to team and place to place. While the Sixers just use a little aluminum foil, the Los Angeles Lakers have created a more interactive experience for rookies Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black. Clarkson explains his rookie duties in the video below.


VIDEO: Lakers Babies

(via FTW)

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!