Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Kobe’s Active Trip in Brazil

Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Kobe’s Active Trip in Brazil

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles ClippersKobe took some time to speak with ESPN in Brazil this weekend while watching the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Italy. A hot topic was Kobe’s recovery, which the star detailed as “going well” since he has been up and walking around without a boot.

Kobe stressed that his career is not over, stating  “I can easily see myself playing another three or four years.” What a great sign for Lakers fans. He spent some time with David Beckham to ask him about the soccer star’s Achilles injury in 2010 and how he got back into top shape. Beckham remained one of the world’s most successful and highest paid players following that injury.

Brazilian Laker’s fans got bold this weekend during the Mamba’s visit. Kobe Bryant was greeted by fans asking for D’Antoni’s dismissal upon arriving to the country. Ouch. It seems his distaste goes past Los Angeles. Check out the image here.

The Clippers pulled off a huge offseason feat, snagging Doc Rivers of the Celtics as head coach. Although the NBA hasn’t approved of the trade yet, it will more than likely go through. It is rare, but not unheard of, for a trade of an active coach. Here are some more details:

“The deal would bring Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is pending a trade call with the NBA office. Rivers, who had three years and $21 million left on his contract with the Celtics, must also reach an agreement on a new deal with the Clippers.”

This offseason has already been interesting, with an uncertain Dwight Howard and a number of staff changes. Stay tuned for more moves as July approaches. Lakers Nation will be here to guide you through it.

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Lakers News

Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan: Whose Legacy is Greater? [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Taking Colorado’s Andre Roberson in nba.com’s Mock Draft [Silver Screen and Roll]

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Breaking Down Lakers Replacement Plan if Dwight Howard Leaves LA [Bleacher Report]

In Case You Forgot, the Goal Should Still Be to Keep Dwight Howard [Forum Blue and Gold]

Jackson: Kobe Wants to Match or Pass MJ [ESPN]

Jeanie Buss Confident in Lakers’ Advantage Despite Limitations [Lakers Now]

Rockets Inch Closer In Their Plan To Offer Dwight Howard A Max Contract [Dime Magazine]

LA Hot Button: What to Do? [ESPN]

Kobe Bryant Can See Himself Playing ‘three to four more years’ [Lakers Now]

Los Angeles Lakers: Even Doc Rivers Knows Only One Team in L.A. Is Worth Beating [Yahoo Sports]

Kobe Bryant Thinks the Lakers Need to Get Younger [Eye on Basketball]

Kobe Consulted with David Beckham on Achilles, Says He’s ‘Pretty Encouraged’ [Bleacher Report]

Jeanie Buss Confident in Lakers’ Advantage Despite Limitations [Lakers Now]

Who Is The Better Trade Partner For Dwight Howard? [ESPN]

Kobe Bryant Calls Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol Best Foreign Players Ever [LA Times]

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NBA News

Celtics, Clippers Reportedly Agree in Principle to Deal For Doc Rivers [Bleacher Report]

Who is the Next Coach in Boston? Maybe Shaw, Frank or McMillan. Not Antoine Walker. [ProBasketballTalk]

Acquiring Head Coach Doc Rivers Will Forever Enhance the Los Angeles Clippers’ Image [ESPN Los Angeles]

Take a Look at LeBron James’ NBA Finals MVP-Worthy Performance, in GIF Form [Ball Don’t Lie]

NBA Wronging Kevin Garnett by Preventing Celtics-Clippers Trade [ProBasketballTalk]

Los Angeles Clippers Agree in Principle to Doc Rivers Deal [ESPN]

Clippers’ Hiring of Doc Rivers as Coach Impacts Futures of Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett [Yahoo! Sports]

Vinny Del Negro to Interview for Nuggets’ Head Coach Opening [Yahoo! Sports]

Popovich: Spurs ‘Hurting’ After Finals Loss [Yahoo! Sports]

LeBron James Clears Air: ‘Danny Green Did Not Party with’ Miami Heat [SI Wire]

Ranking the 50 Best Value NBA Draft Picks of the Past Decade [Bleacher Report]

Sacramento Kings Hire Mike Bratz as Assistant GM [Yahoo! Sports]

San Antonio Spurs have Pieces, Coaching to Return to NBA Finals [SI.com]

Celtics Players Reflect on Doc as Coach [Comcast SportsNet]

Miami Heat Run Up $100K Champagne Tab at Post-Game 7 Bash, Club Owner Comps Them Again [Ball Don’t Lie]

Kevin Durant Makes Jump to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Official [ProBasketballTalk]