Kobe Leaves Game to Be At Odom’s Bedside

Further evidence of how critical the situation with Lamar Odom has become is the smoke and mirror subterfuge of last night’s Lakers game in Las Vegas. Kobe Bryant suffered a minor injury to his calf/knee and left for the locker room for treatment in the third quarter. He didn’t return to the bench even as…

Jim Buss Pushing Kobe Out The Door

So now we know. Jim Buss, Lakers Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations, made it clear where he stands on Kobe Bryant’s 20th season. He sees it as Kobe’s final farewell, a swan song, a serenade. Good for him. But, getting Kobe to agree to Buss’ grand exit see you later plan however is a whole…

Kobe and Shaq: Truth and Reconciliation

Eleven years since their very bitter divorce, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have taken their private relationship public. Appearing on Shaq’s podcast which airs on Monday, Kobe reflects on being Shaq’s teammate in those wonder years. It’s a reminder that the past is never quite past, and that the line is thin between selfless and…

Kobe Squashes Retirement Rumors (Sort of)

Beginning his 20th NBA season in a couple of months, Kobe Bryant is approaching the finish line. The wind is behind him as this long and grueling marathon that began in 1996 with a lot of skepticism and doubt has taken him to a celebratory place, and a very rich one as well. Two decades…

Kobe Doing Silent Kobe Things

When the Lakers paraded their free agent signings in front of the media it was a run of the mill yawn, what happens when you strike out for the third year in a row on a premier free agent and you don’t dominate the headlines in your own city but pretend something special is in…