The 2012-2013 NBA All-Star starters were announced tonight for the Eastern and Western conference which was voted on by NBA fans world wide. This years All-Star game will take place in Houston from Feb 15-17.
EAST ALL-STAR STARTERS
WEST ALL-STAR STARTERS
This morning Stephen A. Smith caught up with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in New York to discuss the Lakers struggles so far this season and if changes need to be made.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is the fastest player in NBA History to score 30,000 points in his career. He’s the fifth player to make this list joining Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. It happened on Wednesday night in a game against the New Orleans Hornets with 1:16 left in the 2nd quarter with a running right handed lay up over Robin Lopez.
Legendary Basketball coach and Hall of Famer Dr Jack Ramsay weighs in on the debate that has come about recently of the current USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team could defeat the 1992 Dream Team. This all started when guard Kobe Bryant said “that they could beat them“, then furthee recanted on his statement a day later saying “We’d win a game in a seven game series“.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James has won his 3rd MVP Award in the last 4 seasons. A source close to James said that he was contacted by the league offices today about winning the MVP and will be presented with the trophy by commissioner David Stern on Sunday afternoon in Miami before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semis’s against the Indiana Pacers. James enters some very elite company with his 3rd MVP award with the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone. The votes will for this years award will be revealed on Saturday, with the like of Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant as the runners up. Of course i would believe LeBron would trade in all of those MVP Awards for a NBA Title. Let’s see if he can finally get the job done.
The LA Lakers have traded veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill and a condition 2012 1 round draft pick. Fisher who is 37, was in his second stint with the Lakers was drafted in 1996 along with Kobe Bryant. He won 5 championships with the Lakers and will always be famously known as .4, as he hit a shot against the San Antonio Spurs with .4 seconds left on the clock in the 2004 Playoffs. In return the Lakers are getting another big body in Hill where he can come off the bench and help the Lakers frontline. Fisher is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists per game this season.
The LA Lakers organization has announced that they will be retiring the number 34 jersey of Shaquille O’Neal next season. Shaq is arguably the most dominant player to ever dawn a Lakers jersey. Shaq joined the Lakers in the summer of 1996, the same year they drafted Kobe Bryant forming one the most dynamic duo in Lakers history. While going to the NBA Finals 4 times, winning 3 championships and 3 Finals MVP’s.
Tonight in the 2nd qtr in his hometown of Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant surpassed Shaquille O’Neal as the 5th leading scorer in NBA history. Heading into tonight Kobe only needed 24pts to pass Shaq and with 5:08 left in the 1st half, Kobe hit a 23ft jumper that put him ahead of his former team mate. Hit the link for the full story.
Previously: Nike – Everyone is on the #KobeSystem
Nike releases a series of new commercials featuring some very familiar faces in music, sports and entertainment. Are you ready for the #KobeSystem
Over the last couple of weeks the number of NBA players choosing to go overseas during the lockout is growing. Now one of the leagues Top Tier players maybe just heading in that direction as well. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said yesterday that it’s “very possible“ he will play in Italy during the NBA lockout, adding the country feels like home because he spent part of his childhood there. It seems to me that a majority of the big name players are just waiting for that one person to make that jump and go before the rest follow suit. I know David Stern is not happy about this and the NBA certainly doesn’t want to see their biggest stars go elsewhere to play during this time. Then again what else is there left for them to do, there’s only so many charity games they can put on. At this point it’s only a matter of time.