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Kobe Bryant Signs 2-Year Extension

[ESPN] Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. The Lakers did not announce financial terms, but a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the deal is worth $48.5 million. Bryant, 35, will maintain his status as the NBA’s highest-paid player over Read More

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Kobe: November Return is Possible

[ESPN] EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant continued to inch closer to a return, practicing at full speed in five-on-five drills for the first time Tuesday and saying he could see himself returning to game action for the Los Angeles Lakers by the end of the month. “Yeah, yeah Read More

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Vote Is Unanimous to Change Finals

[ESPN NBA] NEW YORK — NBA owners voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 after nearly 30 years of a 2-3-2 format. The change will take place effective for the 2014 Finals in the spring. Commissioner David Stern called it an “easy Read More

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Don’t Judge Kobe’s Family Money Drama

(The Root) — There’s a lot not to like about Kobe Bryant. For one, no matter what he does, he manages to come across as smug and arrogant, something that has been a complaint of fellow players and fans alike. Then there’s the small detail of Read More

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If Only Shaq, Kobe Said It in Public

Even now, years later, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal can’t seem to get together [Los Angeles Times] Shaquille O’Neal dominated the Staples Center court one more time Tuesday, in a halftime jersey retirement ceremony that perfectly mirrored his Lakers career. It was booming. It was poignant. It was funny. It Read More

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Kobe Bryant Thinks He Could Beat LeBron James One-on-One, ‘No Question’

[Sports Illustrated] It’s around this time every year that attentions naturally start to drift away from the slow development of the NBA season and toward more hypothetical matters. Some fiddle with the trade machine. Others have abstract arguments about this player or that, divorced from Read More

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Meet The Black Athletes of Team USA

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Women’s Basketball Seimone Augustus, age 28, studied at Louisiana State University http://www.london2012.com/athlete/augustus-seimone-1133206/ Swin Cash, age 32, studied at University of Connecticut http://www.london2012.com/athlete/cash-swin-1133425/ Tamika Catchings, age 33, studied at University of Tennessee http://www.london2012.com/athlete/catchings-tamika-1133428/ Tina Charles, age 23, studied Read More