This picture perfectly reflects the new landscape of the NBA; LeBron and Shaq yucking it up with Kobe frowning in the background. (more…)
Literally one of the first things I thought about after the Lakers sealed the deal on Kobe’s 4th NBA title was in regards to Shaq’s famous freestyle post-Miami championship.
Well that is why God created twitter.
I truly don’t care what Stew Scott thinks about Kobe’s latest victory. I know what Magic thinks. Who are the Barry brothers to chime in? The most interesting opinion to me has to be that of Shaq. (more…)
The clip above is a promo from Dream Season: 23 & 24. ESPN aired the hour long short film the other night. It is a great watch that documents the past year from the shoes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. This is the kind of thing a sports league loves–gigantic stars, in their primes, battling.
That is whu David Stern must have been crapping his pants this morning at the NBA headquarters in New York. This can’t really happen can it? Could BOTH the Lakers and Cavaliers lose in the conference finals?
Sure the Magic have Dwight Howard, the charismatic defensive player of the year. Still, no one wants to see that. I want Kobe vs. LeBron. This match-up won’t just happen every year in the playoffs. Think about it; when Lebron is in New York he will still be in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, Kobe is destine to finish his career in LA, the Western Conference. The only way they will meet is in the NBA Finals.
Yes LA won game one but they did not look like the better team for the majority of the game. A definite cause for concern going into game to for Lakers fans. I’d love to see a Los Angeles-New York final series down the road. Nonetheless, this is the year to see LeBron approaching his apex battle against Kobe at his.
For the time being we are going to be witness to two potentially great conference finals.
Saturday night ESPN is premiering Spike Lee’s new movie called Kobe Doin’ Work. It is a Spike Lee picture. It runs about an hour and a half and will air commercial free on ESPN at 8 PM EST.
For those who may not be around in prime time on Saturday night, it will re-air at midnight as well as 2 AM (with commercials).
Shaq and Kobe were named Co-MVP’s of last night’s All-Star game. They had been seen joking around with each other in pre-game warm-ups and being friendly all weekend.
Of course this caused the media to inquire as to the status of their relationship. Kobe said he didn’t want to talk about the past but Shaq, as usual, had a bit more to say. (more…)
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Sports and the Economy looks at the effect the current economic conditions are having on sports leagues, teams and fans across the country.
Kobe Bryant gets paid about $22 million annually from the Los Angeles Lakers. On top of that base, Fortune Magazine estimates that in 2007 Kobe made $16 million in endorsements.
Like many athletes today Kobe has an official website. It is located at kb24.com. I’m not going to lie, as far as athlete website go, it’s pretty damn nice.
FanHouse via LAballtalk reported that Kobe is now offering a “premium membership” to KB24.com. Here is what you receive for your $49.95:
I’m all about free market economics. I love capitalism, totally belive in it. However, I have to call a spade a spade. This is insanity.
First, why does Kobe need an extra couple grand? Second, who the heck is going to buy this?
Other athletes are blogging for free at sites like Yardbarker or have their own personal webspace like Chris Cooley. Cooley sells ads and pushes endorsements, and again, that is all totally fine. But he does not have the balls to charge FANS of his to read his thoughts and buy his crappy t-shirt. Cooley instead has a plug for a charitable cancer research organization.
If you remember, Cooley also took a picture of his junk and posted it to his blog (by mistake) earlier this season. For $49.95 I better be getting “all access” to Kobe, his wife Vanessa and maybe even some exclusive footage from that night back in 2003 in Denver. You remember the one. Too soon?
People are going through some really tough times financially. The current economic state is not one to relish. People all across the country are looking for ways to supplement their normal income. If Kobe really sees fit to charge the already hurting NBA fan for access to his thoughts, to shake his hand and a t-shirt… than so be it. It just doesn’t give an already unlikeable guy anymore credibility in the humanitarian department.