Kyrie Irving was a huge fan Kobe Bryant growing up and when he entered the league, the Los Angeles Lakers legend welcomed him with open arms. They had a solid relationship for years which is why Irving was so distraught when Kobe tragically passed away in a helicopter crash back in January. Since Kobe’s death, multiple players have shared some their favorite stories regarding the legend. Recently, Irving did the exact same thing during an Instagram live session.
Irving spoke about a particular moment in which Kobe dropped 42 on him. What made the game so special was an instance in which Kobe blocked Kyrie and then got the bucket going the other way.
“Kobe had 42 points that game and he guaranteed that he was gonna give us 40. So I get it at the top the key, I hear the crowd and the crowd was like; they;re all erupting silently. They’re like: ‘oh!!’ and everybody starts clapping like: ‘oh yeah!’ and it’s at the top the key. Now what does that remind you ?
Back in the city, back in Jersey, when you get in that moment, this is your time. So I get at the top the key and I make a move, he stutters for a minute and I spin. When I spun, this dude was waiting for that and he punched that shit. He punched it, he punched it bro.”
Irving’s story is yet another example just how great the Black Mamba was. Needless to say, this entire NBA season is dedicated to Kobe.
Cardi B may still have her theory that some celebrities are being paid to say that they’ve contracted COVID-19, but if you ask these famous figures, they’ll insist that their experiences are very real. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba (and his wife), Harvey Weinstein, Slim Thug, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Scarface, Jason Collins, Rand Paul, Andy Cohen, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Christian Wood, Kevin Durant, two mystery Los Angeles Lakers players, and many others have been revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Nigerian-American singer-songwriter-producer took to Instagram to share with his 15+ million followers that his fiancé, Chioma Rowland, has recently been diagnosed, as well. In a lengthy social media statement, Davido also revealed that he and their baby tested negative. He said he postponed his tour due to the pandemic so he returned home to his family who had just come back from London.
“We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly fine but because our recent travel history we decided to take ourselves and our all close associates we’ve come in recent contact with for the COVID-19 test on the 25th March,” the singer wrote. “Unfortunately, my fiancé’s results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby.”
He added that she still hasn’t exhibited symptoms and no one needs to worry. “She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days. I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread this virus!” Read his message in full below.
Iman Shumpert recently recounted how LeBron James has a “superpower” basketball IQ, and adding to his superhuman abilities is Carmelo Anthony with another story about the Los Angeles Lakers star. Carmelo and Dwyane Wade were on Instagram Live Friday evening (March 27), and during their split-screen conversation, they brought up an incident that occurred while they were on vacation.
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“That got me sweatin’ thinking ’bout that,” Carmelo said before asking Dwyane Wade where he was during the frightening moment. Wade set the record straight that he didn’t leave their boat. “Remember we jumped f the boat in the Bahamas. We went—everybody swam to the little grotto underneath,” Carmelo recalled. “We came out. All y’all went to the boat and I’m… It’s was my fault, though. I’m still trying to see the last little bit the barracuda snorkeling and all that. It was my fault.”
Then, Carmelo looked around and notices he was alone. “The current is taking me in the middle the ocean. Like, opposite from the boat,” Melo added. Dwyane chimed in that no one could see him. “It was windy, all type sh*t was going on through my head. Imma be honest with you. Then I look up at the boat and I see Bron jump f the boat like he is MacGuyver.”
The two friends laughed as Carmelo described his LeBron James rescue. “He was bringing me back with one arm. He swimming with the other arm and he carrying me in one arm… He saved my life.” Dwyane added that he’s told people that he’s watched as LeBron has done amazing things in the paint, but nothing tops seeing him jump in the ocean and swim to save Carmelo Anthony. Check out these two laughing about the experience below.
NBA players are currently in the midst the most bizarre crisis they have ever been a part . The league has completely shut down and it has nothing to do with a lockout or CBA disagreement. Instead, it has to do with the fact that the Coronavirus is ravaging its way throughout North America and the league needed to take action.
Prior to the break, the Los Angeles Lakers were first in the Western Conference and Anthony Davis was having himself a wonderful year. Now, the Lakers star is speaking out about COVID-19 and what his teammates are doing now that they can’t play or practice together. As you’re about to read, everyone is very bored.
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“We’re sending each other highlight tapes because we miss the game,” Davis said according to Tania Ganguli the Los Angeles Times.“Guys are finding a way to work out safely because you know the season isn’t over. We want to make sure we pick up where we left f. We were in a great place.”
The Lakers are considered championship contenders and if the league ends up canceling the season, many will feel as though the Lakers were robbed. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how all the different scenarios end up playing out.
Shaq is arguably one the greatest basketball players all time although his prime didn’t last as long as some other players. When he was at his best, Shaq was able to win three-straight titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and his partnership with Kobe Bryant remains iconic. Regardless how you feel about Shaq, there is no denying his greatness. In fact, had he made basketball his sole focus, he could have been in the discussion for greatest all time.
Regardless, Shaq is still on all time great and in a recent top 10 list, he was placed 8th. The list had Michael Jordan and LeBron James at 1-2, while players like Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson were 6th and 7th, respectively. Shaq reacted to the list in a pretty modest way as he claimed he should have been tenth. The two players that would have jumped ahead him are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell.
This list is still pretty bizarre when you consider how Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan, and Larry Bird are all in the top five ahead players who arguably deserve it more. Regardless, Shaq has made his feelings quite clear and is leaving it at that.
With this list in mind, let us know where you would place Shaq on a top 10 list.
LeBron James and the rest the NBA is on an indefinite hiatus due to the Coronavirus. Typically, LeBron is wearing a new colorway his signature shoe, every single game. Now that the league is on pause, we won’t be able to see the King don new colorways out on the court. While this may be the case, it hasn’t stopped Nike from revealing new ferings all on their own. You might be wrapped up in isolation but sneaker brands are making sure you have plenty options for retail therapy out on the horizon.
Los Angeles Lakers fans will be particularly happy about this new Nike LeBron 17 Low colorway as it has a white base with purple and yellow accents. Simply put, the shoe is modeled after the Lakers’ jerseys. If you have your own Lakers merch at home, this shoe will match it perfectly. We posted a teaser this shoe yesterday but now, Nike has blessed us with the ficial images.
You can expect these to drop sometime in April for $170 USD. Let us know in the comments below what you think these and whether or not you plan on copping.
Dwight Howard has had an interesting career in the NBA filled with ups and downs. In the late 2000s, Howard was one the best players in the league and was downright dominant as a member the Orlando Magic. He led the team to an NBA Finals appearance although his team ended up losing at the hands the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2012, Howard joined the Lakers but his tenure didn’t last long as he started to hit a decline and for many, he ultimately fell f.
Now, Howard is in the middle a resurgence in his second stint with the Lakers. The star was on IG live recently where he was speaking with a fan who was asking some harmless questions. At one point, the fan asked what he did to recover from falling f in 2012. Howard had a very simple reply for the fan, saying “what fall?”
Eventually, Howard answered the question after the fan elaborated. The Lakers star said that he just had to learn how to block out all the negativity and just focus on his game. Clearly, that strategy has paid f because Howard is playing his basketball in years.
If the NBA season comes back, hopefully, we can see Howard do his thing during a deep Lakers run in the playfs.
For the last two weeks, the NBA has been completely shut down. We have had no games to watch and news is pretty dry. At this point, the only thing we have left to write about is the antics that the players are engaging in at home. Listen, things could certainly be a lot worse. We are simply being asked to stay inside until further notice. Once this thing is over, we will all go back to normal except this time, with a whole new lease on life.
With the NBA shutdown in mind, there are certainly some consequences to consider. For instance, the league may have to cancel the season. If this were to happen, some the best teams in the entire league would be affected. Magic Johnson made note this on First Take today as he explained how the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are hurt most by this hiatus.
Johnson’s reasoning is quite simple as he notes that both teams were at the top their games when the league suspended operations. If the league were to return, the layf could make both teams rusty. Essentially, the wind has been knocked from their sails and the momentum is no longer there. Also, if the season is cancelled, their efforts will have been for nothing.
Hopefully, a full cancellation doesn’t have to happen. However, if things don’t get better, it may just happen.
During the early 2000s, the Los Angeles Lakers had a complete stranglehold over the NBA. In 2002, the Lakers were going for their third-straight championship with Shaq and Kobe Bryant at the helm. They ended up going against the New Jersey Nets who didn’t have much a chance. The Lakers easily won the series in just four games and proved themselves as one the greatest dynasties all time.
In a recent interview, Shaq was asked about the 2002 NBA Finals and unsurprisingly, the NBA legend had some harsh words about the series. Considering the results, Shaq’s comments are almost impossible to disagree with.
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“It was boring,” Shaq said. “It was boring because, what was that center’s name – Todd MacCulloch? Todd MacCulloch playing me? Stop it. You know what’s crazy? I actually got mad when we were playing in Jersey. You think Todd MacCulloch is going to stop me at the crib in Jersey in front my grandma and grandpa?….Sheeeeeit! No. Stop it.”
After this championship, the Lakers eventually split up with Shaq going to the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, Kobe stayed in Los Angeles and won two more championships in 2009 and 2010.
Now that Kobe is no longer with us, we’re sure Shaq looks back on those early Lakers days with newfound fondness.
Josh Hart has been the subject a lot memes over the last couple years. Of course, he is known as the guy who constantly gets left hanging by all his teammates. Whether he is on the Los Angeles Lakers or the New Orleans Pelicans, he is constantly being dissed up by his teammates, although at this point, it’s become one huge inside joke.
Recently, Hart was streaming video games on Twitch along with Donovan Mitchell the Utah Jazz and De’Aaron Fox the Sacramento Kings. At one point, Hart noted that Fox is the only player keeping Kings fans engaged and that one day he will bring them back to the glory days. That’s when Fox noted to Mitchell that Hart has never made the playfs before which led to a hilarious exchange.
Hart took it all in stride as he claimed the team would be able to get there, next season. With a healthy Zion Williamson, the Pelicans would certainly be a deadly team that could compete on a nightly basis with some the league’s powerhouses. For now, though, Hart will have to continue being subjected to the slander.
In the meantime, you can expect more NBA players to keep streaming on Twitch as they wait for NBA basketball to start back up again.
LeBron James the Los Angeles Lakers has been going through the exact same quarantine as everyone else. It’s no fun yet here we are. It’s something that everyone has to go through right now as cities all across North America continue to shut down in preparation for what is to come. Hopefully, we are able to flatten the curve and beat this virus, once and for all. Lakers players know this is important and LeBron, in particular, is trying to keep fans entertained during this trying time.
Last night, LeBron went on IG live and fielded questions from fans. At one point, LeBron was asked if there was any team in the league he would never play for. LeBron went on to give a diplomatic answer noting that he is still in the league and must keep his options open. However, LeBron did tell the fans that he wants to be a Laker until he retires.
The Lakers star has made statements like that in the past, particularly in relation to the Cleveland Cavaliers and we all know how that worked out. Despite this, Los Angeles is the perfect place for LeBron at this point in his career and the city affords him numerous financial opportunities that go way beyond basketball.
Only time will tell whether or not he actually follows through on this promise.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are just like everyone else in the world right now as they are currently being forced to isolate themselves. By now, you’ve probably heard about flattening the curve in order to combat the Coronavirus. With numerous players in the NBA testing positive for the virus, it is imperative that people start taking this thing seriously and do something about it sooner than later.
Last night, James went on IG live out pure boredom and began speaking with all his fans. At one point, someone asked LeBron whether or not he was enjoying his little vacation. As he explained, this whole thing has been hard on him and his teammates. They want to be able to play for the fans and as right now, they’re simply not able to do that.
“No, no I miss playing ball. I miss doing what I do. I miss being in front the Lakers faithful. I miss being in front the opposing fans when I’m on the road…we were] hitting our stride,” LeBron said.
LeBron was well on his way to a deep playf run and if the season gets canceled, the Lakers superstar will be robbed an opportunity at a championship. Hopefully, we can get this virus under control and go back to normal so the NBA comes back in short order.
The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the NBA on an astronomical scale, with results from medical reports taken earlier in the week revealing even more positive COVID-19 tests. The latest franchises to be hit with the pandemic now include the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.
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Celtics star Marcus Smart, seen above in a photo taken just nine days ago playing against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, revealed not too long ago that he tested positive for coronavirus. In his video announcement posted by TMZ, Smart says he feels fine and isn’t exhibiting any the symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection. Moving over to the Lakers, it’s just been confirmed by various outlets that two unidentified players tested positive and also that a handful players haven’t even gone under evaluation yet. The 76ers also reported that three members within the organization contracted coronavirus, although it’s unsure if that minor group includes players, coaches, employees throughout the franchise or a combination each. All those confirmed have reportedly been practicing self isolation and are urging everyone to do the same regardless if they’ve contracted the virus or not.
Again, please stay safe everyone. The number positive coronavirus cases have been steadily rising by the day, making it more important than ever to practice self distancing as much as possible.
Adidas and James Harden put together a unique collection Harden Vol.4 colorways this year dubbed the “Su Casa Mi Casa” Pack, inspired by select teams around the league. This includes the white, blue and orange “Madison Square Harden” joint he wore when the Rockets visited the Knicks, the blue and gold “Warriors” pair that he pulled out in San Francisco, and the Thunder-inspired Vol. 4 for his return to OKC.
The “Su Casa Mi Casa” pack will also consist a purple and gold colorway, which is course in reference to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Beard likely would have laced up this “Lakers” Harden Vol. 4 when the Rockets visited Staples Center on March 12th, but that game never took place as a result the coronavirus pandemic. That said, it is believed that Adidas will still release this special edition colorway at some point in the future – although a specific release date has not yet been announced.
Check out the detailed images below.
Things are about to get a lot more difficult for all the NBA players who are having trouble coping with the lack basketball in their lives right now. According to multiple reports, the NBA is closing all team training facilities on Friday. To make matters worse, the league has already prohibited players from using public fitness centers, gyms and college facilities as a result the coronavirus pandemic.
In other words, unless you’re a superstar athlete who has the luxury having their own personal basketball court and gym at their home, you will not be able to train until the ban is lifted.
There still isn’t any timetable for when the NBA season could resume but the shutting down training facilities will surely impact how quickly players will be able to get back into game shape. Los Angeles Lakers veteran forward Jared Dudley explained that injuries will be a major concern when the league resumes if all the facilities remain f limits for an extended period time.
“Realistically depends on how long we cant use our facilities… if we can’t train properly for a month or 2 , an athlete would need at least a month starting from scratch.. injuries would be the biggest concern … so it all depends on this lay-f from our facilities.”
In addition to the league-wide training facility shutdown, the NBA has informed teams that players are no longer permitted to travel outside North America. In a memo released to each team, the NBA strongly urged players to remain in their respective cities although they are not banned from traveling within the country.