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Lakers News: LeBron James On Embracing Kobe Bryant During Game

The Los Angeles Lakers played a Christmas Day game without Kobe Bryant for the first time in 14 seasons. With a knee injury, Bryant is expected to miss at least six weeks and that kept him out of the much anticipated Christmas Day game. The Lakers played a dominant Miami Heat team, and although they put up a great fight, they fell to the champions 101-95. Los Angeles had a chance to win the game in the fina ...

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LeBron James Confident Kobe Bryant Will Return At High Level

Before and after the Christmas Day game, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James embraced each other. While most fans want them to be rivals, there is mutual respect and James was actually one of the first NBA players to wish Bryant a speedy recovery following the latest injury. After the Miami Heat came out with a narrow victory, James said he has "much respect" for the five-time champion and spoke about people sugge ...

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Nick Young: “We Tried Our Best” Against The Miami Heat

After getting blown out in two road games by an average of 23 points, most fans predicted the same would happen against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. Without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers battled until the end, but fell short in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter. While there are no moral victories, Nick Young said following the game that the Lakers didn't want to get embarrassed on national televisio ...

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NBA Play Of The Week: LeBron James Dunks On Ben McLemore

This rendition of the NBA's Play of the Week comes by the way of Miami and LeBron James. James isn't exactly a fan favorite around these parts, but when you welcome a rookie to the NBA with one of the nastiest dunks of the year, you've effectively earned a spot in the Lakers Nation weekly top plays post. LeBron turned the corner on a side P&R and attacked the rim. Kings' rookie Ben McLemore slid across the ...

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Lakers News: NBA Players Weigh In On Twitter On Kobe Bryant’s Injury

After working so hard for eight months to get back from a torn Achilles, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will miss at least the next six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of his left knee. Bryant only played in six games for the Lakers and while the numbers don't look pretty, he looked like he was feeling more comfortable in his last game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Still, Bryant e ...

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Heat Can’t Overcome World Peace, Lakers in 93-83 Defeat

Having not defeated the Miami Heat (28-9) since they acquired LeBron James in the summer of 2010, the Los Angeles Lakers (23-14) were finally able to get a win on Sunday afternoon, scrapping their way to a 93-83 victory. With forward Chris Bosh out due to a death in his family, the Lakers were just too much too handle. Kobe Bryant, who donned a protective mask  for the third straight game after suffering a ...

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Is Lakers’ Kobe Bryant the Frontrunner for MVP?

 I get it. It's early. Very early. Probably far too early to be discussing the race for MVP in an NBA season that's barely one sixth of the way over. But you know what? That's the luxury of sitting on the sidelines and picking the action apart from where we sit. We can indulge in ridiculous discussions and speak in broad hypotheticals. And so I wonder, could Kobe Bryant be the early season frontrunner for M ...

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NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Bulls and Thunder off to Fast Starts

30. Washington Wizards: Washington is the only winless team the league. On a brighter note they do host the Timberwolves and Raptors coming up at home. 29. New Jersey: Deron Williams is shooting less than 40 percent from the field and is very high in turnovers while low in assists. Without Brook Lopez in the lineup it does not look good for the Nets. Maybe Deron wishes he was still hooping in Turkey? 28. Ne ...

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2011-12 Preview: Central Division

There’s an unwritten rule that every team in this division must adhere to: only one team can do well at a time. The Chicago Bulls were far and away the best team in the Central last year, 25 games better than the Pacers, who finished second. The Pacers, Bucks, Pistons and Cavaliers combined for a .369 winning percentage, finishing 207 games under .500. Since the LeBron James era in Cleveland fizzled, there’ ...

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Kobe and LeBron’s Quest to Pass Jordan Makes them Rivals

As far as rivalries go in the NBA, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was the best there ever was. As far as players are concerned, Michael Jordan remains the best the game has seen. No clear-cut rivals exist in today's NBA, but Kobe Bryant and LeBron James' chase at Jordan's six rings makes for an interesting non-conventional rivalry. ...

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