Tag:Kobe Bryant
Posted on: February 4, 2009 7:42 pm

LeBron: One All-Star is 'smack in the face'

NEW YORK -- An hour before taking the floor where Kobe Bryant scored an arena-record 61 points two nights ago, LeBron James had a lot on his mind. One topic about which he did not mince words: The Cavs getting slighted with only one All-Star in voting by fans and coaches.

"That’s totally disrespectful to give us one All Star," James said in the Madison Square Garden interview room before Cleveland played the Knicks Wednesday night. "... You look at all the teams with some of the best records in this league. You look at the Lakers, they have two All Stars. Orlando, two All Stars. Boston, two All Stars. San Antonio, two All Stars. These are all the good teams in the league that have really good records. And then you look at us -- one All Star. So it’s a total smack in the face."

The Cav who was snubbed, Mo Williams, probably will be selected by commissioner David Stern to replace injured guard Jameer Nelson of Orlando. If Stern wasn't leaning toward selecting Williams over Boston's Ray Allen for Nelson's spot, he probably is now. LeBron knows what newspapers (and websites) the commissioner reads.

Cavs coach Mike Brown said he wouldn't ask his fellow coaches whether they voted for Williams; they wouldn't tell him the truth, anyway.

"Guys are gonna say, 'Yeah, I voted for your guy,' but you really don’t know," Brown said. "I'll never find out. I just know that our team should have been more represented, in my opinion. And that’s not to say this person should have been off and that person should have been off. We should have had at least another guy on that team from the beginning."

Posted on: February 3, 2009 3:06 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2009 4:29 pm

Reggie Miller: Shame on Knicks fans

Other than Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller was the opponent who had the most transcendent, clutch performances against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Who could forget the eight points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 of the 1995 conference semifinals, or the 25 fourth-quarter points in Game 5 of the '94 conference finals?

Nobody wore the black hat in the Garden better than Miller. Nobody -- not even Jordan -- got after it with Spike Lee on the sideline like Miller.

So, yes, Miller was watching Kobe Bryant's 61-point game against the Knicks Monday night. And yes, he was impressed. But he was also appalled that Knicks fans who used to torment him were chanting "MVP!" for Kobe. So appalled that he was texting his old nemesis throughout the game.

"I was texting Spike as the game was going on, saying how disappointed I was in the fans chanting "MVP!" for Kobe," Miller said Tuesday, speaking on a TNT pre-All-Star conference call. "I was like, 'How the mighty have fallen.'" Because I remember in times past, I never got cheered. I'm sure Jordan never got cheered. And now they are chanting "MVP!" for Kobe? And all (Lee) kept doing was texting back and going, 'Look, times have changed. The climate has changed.'

"I wish I would've gotten the red carpet treatment when I went to the Garden," Miller said. "That would've been nice."



Posted on: February 3, 2009 11:29 am

Kobe predicts quadruple-double for LeBron

A prediction worth reading, especially if your name is LeBron James.

As I followed Kobe Bryant down a narrow corridor leading to the exits after his Madison Square Garden-record 61 points Monday night,  someone asked Bryant, "How many points do you think LeBron's gonna try to score?" James, the last visiting player to score 50 at MSG before Bryant's outburst, visits the Garden Wednesday night. The bar has been set pretty high.

"I don't know," Bryant said. "He’s not a natural scorer, though. He’s more of a facilitator."

"I know, but he sees you score 61 at the Garden?" the fan said. "Come on."

"That would be my inclination," Bryant said. "But he’s more the passing type. He might come in here and have a quadruple-double though. He might have 33, 15, 12, and 10 steals or something."

Not a bad prediction. Last March, LeBron fell two rebounds shy of a rare 50-point triple-double -- 50 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds. So there you have it, LeBron. Your turn on Wednesday.


Posted on: December 17, 2008 10:57 am

Shocking: Marbury shows up at Knicks game

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the Stephon Marbury saga that he would show up and buy a courtside ticket for the Knicks-Lakers game at Staples Center Tuesday night. This is what Stephon-a-non-grata is all about: shining the spotlight on himself.

What did come as a surprise was a comment Marbury made to the New York beat reporter crew, which he of course knew would surround him and extract every last drop of drama and dysfunction it possibly could out of him. (Some by choice, some reluctantly. More on that later.)

When Marbury wasn't berating certain writers by name -- since I'm away from the daily Knicks soap opera, I have been replaced by Frank Isola of the Daily News and Alan Hahn of Newsday as his favorite target -- he did deliver a piece of news. Or at least a hint of a piece of news.

"Only thing I got to do is get free," Marbury said. "The team that I'm going to go to, I think a lot of people will be shocked."

Hahn, in his Knix Fix blog, offers sound speculation as to which team Marblehead is referring to: The Suns. Hey, why not?

"They currently have an open roster spot and a need for a backup guard," Hahn writes. "Marbury played with Suns coach Terry Porter in Minnesota and, quite frankly, the Steve Kerr-Robert Sarver duo would love nothing more than to take the player Mike D'Antoni exiled and make him an asset."

Marbury said being banished from the Knicks and not playing basketball anymore "has been great for me. ... I'm getting healthy. This is going to save two or three years of my career."

At one point, Marbury said, "I'm still earning my check by doing nothing." He even went so far as to say that he's told Hal Biagas, the NBA Players Association attorney representing him, to chill for a while. "I basically told him don't even worry about it," Marbury said. "Let them do what they're going to do and make a decision when they're ready to make a decision. ... I didn't create this, so I don't regret a thing. This is all their doing."

Meanwhile, overshadowed by all of this was a thrilling game between the Knicks and Lakers -- a 116-114 Los Angeles victory. It had everything ... the Lakers battling back from a 15-point halftime deficit despite several key players battling illness (including Pao Gasol, who was sent home due to strep throat), Kobe Bryant talking trash with Chris Rock, and of course, Marbury making himself the center of attention once again.


Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:33 pm

Kobe to debut new shoe vs. Celtics

Sports Business Daily has a nice roundup of opinions on Kobe Bryant's new low-cut Nike shoe, which he'll debut against the Cetics in a nationally televised Christmas Day game.

Kobe had a hand in designing the Nike Zoom Kobe IV, telling Nike to create "the lowest, lightest basketball shoe ever." Some are calling it a gamble, although Gilbert Arenas and Steve Nash have long been proponents of low-tops.

"It's always good to come with something that's not caught up in the sea of sameness, something that brings a little bit more change, a little bit more energy to the game," Kobe said. "So from the business side of it, I feel like it can't come at a better time."

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