Posts Tagged ‘los angeles lakers’

Kobe Bryant went to Disneyland

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You’re Kobe Bryant, and you’ve just retired following a legendary twenty year NBA career. So what do you do next?

You go to Disneyland! At least, that’s what Kobe did this week, and a bunch of Lakers fans documented it on social media…

Kobe Bryant and Ellen Degeneres team up for hilarious prank

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be finished on the basketball court, but he’s just getting started in his post-playing career. What will he do to fill his time? I’m not certain, but after watching the video below, maybe he should pursue a career doing a hidden camera show. For his first post-retirement interview, Kobe paid a visit to the Ellen Degeneres show, and Ellen and Kobe teamed up to trick a doctor with an elaborate and hilarious hidden camera prank…

Animated highlights of Kobe’s final game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It was just a week ago that Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game, when he quite memorably went for 60 points against the Utah Jazz. But before we let Kobe ride off into the sunset, here’s a cool video with some animated highlights from Kobe’s final game…

VIDEO: Animated Kobe

(via r/NBA)

The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s final game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On a night where the Golden State Warriors set a record by finishing the season 73-9, the story of the night was the final game of Kobe Bryant. As it turned out, even in his final game, one of the NBA’s greatest players still had some magic left in him. Kobe finished with 60 points, on 22-of-50 shooting, in the performance of a lifetime, as the Lakers came from behind to win, 101-96. Players from around the NBA watched and shared their reactions on social media…


Kobe says goodbye, even to the haters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Kobe Bryant preps to play his final home game with the Los Angeles Lakers tonight against the Utah Jazz (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), the tributes just keep coming. And this new commercial from Nike — with guest spots (and singing!) from Phil Jackson to Rasheed Wallace — manages to convey one interesting aspect of the Kobe experience: Win or lose, love or hate, Kobe always found fuel to thrive.

VIDEO: The Conductor

Which number should the Lakers retire for Kobe Bryant?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s the final day of the NBA season, April 13, which means today is Mamba Day, the final day in the legendary career of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. And while it’s safe to assume the Lakers will have some sort of extended tribute tonight for Bryant when they host the Jazz (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2), they’ve already revealed one facet of their celebration:

Because even though Kobe has worn number 24 since 2006, for the first decade of his career he wore the number 8. It works out pretty evenly: ten years wearing number 8, ten years wearing number 24.

Which leads to an interesting question: Which number should the Lakers retire in honor of Kobe Bryant? Cast your vote below…

Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With just hours left before Kobe Bryant‘s final game in Los Angeles, who better to pay tribute to Kobe than a Los Angeles native, hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar? This song, “Fade To Black,” which was written by my main man Scoop Jackson, goes through the entire Kobe history, detailing all the highlights, and explaining why Kobe has meant so much to Los Angeles. And I love the moment before the song starts when we see Lamar struggling to even grasp the concept of Kobe leaving. He’s not the only one who feels that way…

VIDEO: Fade to Black

Don’t tell Kobe Bryant he’s getting old

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the things we love about Kobe Bryant is his competitive spirit. As Kobe has aged, he’s worked harder and harder, and even now, with just days left in his career, he’s maintaining the same high standards. This new commercial for Apple TV plays on that part of Kobe’s spirit, as we find out what it would be like if the actor Michael B. Jordan was playing Kobe in a biopic. Short answer? Don’t tell Kobe he’s getting older…

VIDEO: Kobe Father Time

Nike declares April 13 “Mamba Day”

VIDEO: Mamba Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve known for a while now that this would be Kobe Bryant‘s final season, but the clock is about to finally run out. Next week, on Wednesday, April 13, Kobe Bryant will play his final NBA game. And to celebrate his final appearance on an NBA court, Nike has named that date “Mamba Day.”

According to a release from Nike…

Beginning today, Nike-sponsored athletes worldwide will celebrate the player many love to hate by wearing black and gold shoes, a metaphoric nod to Bryant’s golden career fading to black on April 13.

From the golf course in Augusta to football pitches in Europe and numerous fields of play in between, accomplished athletes including Rory McIlroy, Mike Trout and Carli Lloyd will honor one of the world’s most polarizing champions. Bryant is a hero to fans and a villain to others, but nobody can question his fierce competitiveness, which has led to five world championships, 18 All-Star appearances and two gold medals.

And already, Nike athletes are rocking their black and gold. Yesterday at round one of The Masters, for instance, Rory McIlroy broke out some spikes that fit the bill, and even had 4/13 written on them…

Wade crashes Kobe’s postgame news conference

By Jeff Case

Just seven games remain in the Kobe Bryant farewell tour (and only two more in Los Angeles). Last night marked the final showdown between Bryant and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade, which Bryant’s crew won in overtime thanks to youngster Julius Randle‘s hook shot.

Afterward, Kobe did his traditional news conference … and got an unexpected guest as Wade crashed it.

Fast-forward to the 8:40 or so mark below to see a classic exchange between the two future Hall of Famers …

VIDEO: Wade crashes Kobe’s news conference