Kobe Bryant released the following statement on his Facebook page in response to the Lakers’ trade of Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard.
“Well, it looks like Superman has found a home,” wrote Bryant. “I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. I know LA is excited about the deal and rightfully so. The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I’m gone. I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title. Wow, what a summer Jimmy and Mitch have had so far. Unreal! I’m focused on our semifinal game vs Argentina but I had to pause for a few to send you my thoughts, in case you were curious..”
Here are highlights from the first 2 days of the USA Basketball Scrimmages held in Las Vegas, NV. For those wondering why Kobe, LeBron, or other players are in this mix is because practices were closed to media until the last 30 minutes.
Featured in this mix are Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden.
It may not have been what Pau Gasol was hoping to hear. And it certainly was not the kind of blanket — trade him now or do not trade him at all — answer that Kobe Bryant had asked for. But after months of silence, worry and uncertainty, Gasol and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak did indeed speak to clear the air about the Spaniard’s future with the team.
“I have an understanding of where things are,” Gasol said after the Lakers’ shootaround in Detroit on Tuesday, “where they stand and where he stands and where I stand. He [Kupchak] told me to just keep doing what you do, keep playing hard and playing on and from that point on, we’ll see.”
While Kupchak did not tell Gasol that he would not be traded, the conversation seemed to go a long way in settling Gasol’s nerves because he had not been given much if any feedback about his status since he was involved in the failed Chris Paul trade in early December.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the Western Conference’s 152-149 win over the East on Sunday night, the team announced on its website.
Bryant was bloodied by a hard foul from Miami’s Dwyane Wade and stayed in the game, but he left to be evaluated afterward. A CT scan revealed a broken nose.
He was expected to be examined and re-evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Monday when he returns to Los Angeles. He didn’t attend the postgame media session Sunday.
Jeremy Lin is more marketable than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, according to a recent Nielsen poll.
Nielsen’s N-Score measures name and image awareness, appeal and personality attributes such as sincerity, approachability, experience and influence. Lin topped the survey with an N-Score of 102. The Black Mamba scored a 90 while LeBron James gets 84.
About 19% of the U.S. population has heard of Lin, say Nielsen, and of those 30% say they like him.
Peter Vecsey had an email exchange with Kobe Bryant, asking him to clear up a a report from RealGM’s Jarrod Rudolph that he had a conversation with Dwight Howard that did not go well.
“Please separate truth from fiction for me re: Howard stuff,” wrote Vecsey to Bryant several days ago.
“As far as what? I have no clue what’s even being said. I have a lot to deal with as it is,” said Bryant.
Vecsey relayed the report to Bryant.
“omg! I’m not getting mixed up in this kiddy drama spit, bro. too old for that spit,” Bryant responded via email.
“How do you think I feel at my age having to chase down this stuff,” Vecsey said. “I understand your position. But if it’s untrue, any of it, and allowed to circulate throughout the league, which already is happening, I would think you’d want to say it’s not.”
“It’s not true,” Kobe responded.
On Monday, Bryant publicly said he believes the Lakers can contend for a title as they are currently constructed.
The NBA announced their 2012 All-Star Starters on Thursday.
Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum
For the Eastern Conference, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony were the leading vote-getters.
In the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul are joined by Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.
Griffin and Bynum each will be starting in their first All-Star Game.
Kobe Bryant said the Lakers’ offense is more than just a work in progress.
“It’s under construction. Still working on the blueprints actually,” Bryant said after a 98-87 loss to Miami.
“He (Mike Brown) has to see what he has. He knows what he has with me but he needs to see what some of the other guys can do and what they can’t do.
“The only time he can see that is during a game,” he added.
Brown agreed that there was plenty of work to do on offense.
“We still don’t have a good feel in terms of second and third options,” he said. “We are not quite there yet and against better defensive teams it really shows.”
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to trade for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, but sources with knowledge of the situation say the Lakers actually have something greater in mind: acquiring both players.
Chris Paul, Dwight Howard
Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, two sources said.
Whether the Lakers are able to make it happen remains to be seen, but with stars Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom on the roster, they have the talent and the financial capacity to make the trades work.