The Lakers' Pyrrhic Victory Lays Bare The NBA's Flawed Incentives

With the game tied 111-111 with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, the Lakers' Jordan Clarkson made a layup to defeat the 76ers. Clarkson was the 46th pick in the draft, sandwiched between two guys named Dwight Powell and Russ Smith. Both Powell and Smith have already been traded—in Powell's case three times—and have… » 3/31/15 12:26am Today 12:26am

This Knicks-Lakers Game Is A War Crime

We might be in the NBA's Belle Époque, but this 15 second sequence is the lowest moment in NBA history. These two shots are crimes against humanity. If you are watching the Knicks-Lakers game please hit yourself in the face, and then instead watch the Cavaliers and Spurs on TNT. » 3/12/15 11:44pm 3/12/15 11:44pm

Hassan Whiteside Just Won't Quit

There has been no stranger story in the NBA this year than the rise of Hassan Whiteside, the 25-year-old center who spent the last two seasons playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales, Al Mouttahed Tripoli, and Jiangsu Tongxi—making the trip back to China after being released by Tripoli—and now won't stop throwing up… » 3/05/15 1:46pm 3/05/15 1:46pm

Byron Scott Says He Doesn't Believe In Analytics. No Shit.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott, whose coaching philosophy basically boils down to "let's go out there and do dumb and bad things on the basketball court," was asked a few questions yesterday about how he utilizes analytics to try and improve his team. Brace yourself for his shocking answer. » 2/26/15 11:07am 2/26/15 11:07am

Kobe Bryant Watches Joyous Lakers Teammates, Feels Pain

Look at Kobe Bryant's face as he watches these young Lakers celebrate snapping a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Celtics. That's the face of a disgusted man. » 2/24/15 10:20am 2/24/15 10:20am

Kobe Bryant Doesn't Have Any Friends

GQ's got a big interview with Kobe Bryant today, one in which Kobe continues to fully embrace his image as a sociopathic genius who doesn't give a fuck. It's up to you to decide if this is an old and wise Kobe finally being brutally honest about himself and his career, or just the result of his latest recalibration in… » 2/17/15 10:09am 2/17/15 10:09am

Karl Malone Is Totally Down To Fight If Kobe Bryant Wants To

Karl Malone went on Huff Post Live today, and host Marc Lamont Hill asked him about his relationship with Kobe Bryant. For those who don't remember (or are too young to remember) 2004, Bryant accused Malone of making a pass at his wife Vanessa. From the ESPN story at the time: » 2/12/15 12:01am 2/12/15 12:01am

Nick Young's Near-Death Dolphin Tale Sounds A Lot Like A Kevin Hart Joke

On Tuesday, Lakers guard Nick Young told a harrowing story about a dolphin trying to kill him, but there's something odd about his tale: Young's near-death dolphin experience is quite similar to an old Kevin Hart joke. » 2/11/15 1:00pm 2/11/15 1:00pm

Report: Broken Old Mummy Kobe Bryant Out For Season

Kobe Bryant injured his right shoulder Wednesday night against the Pelicans; now, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne is reporting that he'll miss the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff. Neither Kobe nor the Lakers have confirmed, yet; there's still some talk of uncertainty over whether he'll opt for surgery or "various… » 1/23/15 4:00pm 1/23/15 4:00pm

Kobe And LeBron Spent A Great Game Being Old And Having Fun

They've both been banged-up, they've been frustrated, their supporting casts not carrying the load of some of the great teammates of the past, and if last night's Cavaliers win over the Lakers brought out the best in Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, the whole thing had the melancholy tinge of a World War II reunion;… » 1/16/15 9:29am 1/16/15 9:29am

For Maybe The First Time This Season, Kobe And LeBron Have Some Fun

Neither Kobe Bryant nor LeBron James has had a very enjoyable season. Kobe is fighting an increasingly sclerotic body and plays for the hopeless Lakers, while LeBron has already missed his most games in a season ever and plays for the dramatically underwhelming Cavaliers. But in a narrow Cavs win Thursday night, the… » 1/16/15 1:20am 1/16/15 1:20am

Byron Scott Wants Kobe To Shoot More. No, Really. 

Since Kobe Bryant came back from a week of DNP - Old, the Lakers have gone 1-2, with a win over the Nuggets featuring an old-man triple-double from Kobe, and a close loss to the Grizzlies, a much better team than the Lakers. By any measure, this represents drastic if short-term improvement. Naturally, Byron Scott… » 1/04/15 1:04pm 1/04/15 1:04pm

Kobe Flips Out Because Jeremy Lin, Rest Of Lakers Are Morons

Kobe Bryant hit a clutch three last night to bring the Lakers within one of the Grizzlies at Staples Center. He did this with 24 seconds remaining in the game, which meant that Los Angeles needed to foul and stop the clock. Jeremy Lin, guarding the Memphis ball-handler, did nothing. So Kobe took matters into his own… » 1/03/15 1:06pm 1/03/15 1:06pm

The Lakers Had Fun With Kobe Bryant Sitting Out

The Lakers ran the NBA-best Warriors out of the Staples Center, winning 115-105 even after taking their foot off the gas in the fourth, and they did it all without Kobe Bryant. And everyone not named Kobe Bryant seemed pretty darn happy about it. » 12/24/14 8:48am 12/24/14 8:48am

Vlade Divac Half-Court Shot Is Lakers' Top Highlight Of The Season

Retired NBA star Vlade Divac hit a half-court shot to win $90,000 for charity at tonight's Warriors-Lakers game, a feat that will unquestionably go down as the top Lakers play this season. » 12/24/14 12:27am 12/24/14 12:27am

Kobe Needs To Have A Seat

Kobe Bryant had himself an atrocious game against the Kings yesterday, scoring 25 while missing 22 of his 30 shots and committing nine turnovers in 38 minutes of sad, clunky run. Old Man Kobe maniacally shooting his team out of games is something that's been happening a lot this year, but yesterday felt like a turning… » 12/22/14 10:14am 12/22/14 10:14am

Jeremy Lin Wishes Kobe Would Let Him Shoot A Game-Winner

On Friday, the Los Angeles Hindenburgs Lakers actually hung tight with a Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder squad. Down 104-103 in the waning seconds, the Lakers were cued up for a Kobe Bryant game-winning shot attempt. Despite getting a solid look from the left elbow, Bryant's shot was just off the mark. We… » 12/20/14 9:06am 12/20/14 9:06am

The Lakers Threw Kobe Bryant A Sad Little Plane Party

Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list last night, and after the game it was time for Kobe and his teammates—his friends, his confidants, his brothers in arms—to cut loose and celebrate the man's tremendous accomplishment. » 12/15/14 9:45am 12/15/14 9:45am

Kobe: "These Motherfuckers Ain't Doing Shit For Me" (VIDEO UPDATE)

The 6-16 Lakers are garbage and will likely continue to be garbage, but Kobe Bryant refuses to give up. His latest motivational tactic: Emotionally dismantling his teammates during practice. Getting yelled at by a champion will make you a champion, maybe. » 12/11/14 4:26pm 12/11/14 4:26pm