MINNEAPOLIS -- Monday night at Target Center began with a tribute and ended with the seemingly impossible. It was emotional, evocative and, ultimately, embarrassing.
The Wolves opened the game with Sacramento by honoring the late Kobe Bryant. The Wolves took an 8-second violation after winning the opening tap, then the Kings followed with a 24-...Read more
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Kansas' basketball team remained a success in prime time, knocking off Oklahoma State 65-50 at Gallagher-Iba Arena for its 15th straight victory on ESPN's Big Monday.
Junior guard Marcus Garrett flirted with a triple double, dishing nine assists with eight rebounds and seven points in 34 minutes, while freshman Christian ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Bulls guard Zach LaVine bounced back from a slow start in the first half, scoring 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help lead his team to a 110-109 victory over the Spurs on Monday night at the United Center.
LaVine scored or assisted on 16 of the Bulls' final 21 points, hitting a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds left ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James broke his silence on Monday evening, posting a wrenching message on Instagram in the form of a note to the late Kobe Bryant.
"I'm not ready but here I go," the post began. "Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the ...Read more
MIAMI -- A lack of Monday motivation might have been expected.
There was a poignant pregame ceremony honoring Kobe Bryant. There was the nasty ankle issue that took Jimmy Butler out of Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And there was the calf injury that kept Goran Dragic out of that previous Miami Heat outing.
But through it all...Read more
DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers said goodbye to NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Monday night.
In the game featuring two teams going nowhere, the tributes to Bryant, who died Sunday, were the highlights at Little Caesars Arena.
The Cavaliers (13-13) ran to an easy 115-100 victory over the undermanned Pistons, who have lost ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Kobe munched on a Quarter Pounder. I decided on the Big Mac. We ate and we talked, for a while.
This was lunch on a late March day in 1996 when Kobe Bryant, then a senior at Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia, was in Pittsburgh for the McDonald's All-American Game. Kobe and the East all-star team had practiced at Pitt's ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings center Dewayne Dedmon's days in Sacramento could be numbered as the Feb. 6 trade deadline draws near, but there might be a chance for the two sides to salvage their relationship.
A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings are open to reconciliation with Dedmon, who requested a trade in late December. The NBA ...Read more
His death certainly was felt in Atlanta, where any visit by Bryant's Lakers was reason to actually attend a Hawks game. Sunday evening inside State Farm Arena, Trae Young led a wake that masqueraded as a game. Overflowing with respect, the kid did one of his idols right.
On Peachtree Street, another tribute: Georgia's Own Credit Union will ...Read more
Devean George played the first seven seasons of his 11-year NBA career for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is now back home in the Twin Cities and the founder of Building Blocks, a nonprofit attempting to bring improved housing to north Minneapolis.
George also does volunteer work with a youth group in Inglewood, Calif. He was there to appear at a ...Read more
DURHAM, N.C. -- Going to Cameron Indoor Stadium is natural for Jeff Capel.
Walking into Duke's venerable arena, heading to the visitors' locker room and coaching from the bench at the opposite end of the court from Mike Krzyzewski will be a far different feeling for him, though.
That's what will happen when Pittsburgh plays at No. 9 Duke on ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kobe Bryant was a perfectionist.
Charlotte Hornets lead assistant Jay Triano learned how true that was in 2008 as part of the U.S. Olympic coaching staff. He mentioned to Bryant he'd started scouting Uruguay's national team because that was a likely opponent in the qualifying tournament.
Bryant immediately rattled off the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- During his playing career, there weren't many young players whom Kobe Bryant mentored. He made an exception for Anthony Davis.
"Anthony was different just because of his curiosity about the game itself," Bryant said in an interview last fall. "His obvious potential. His ability. But he had a curious nature about him and how he ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The NBA has postponed the Lakers-Clippers game that was scheduled for Tuesday.
"The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday."
No makeup date has been released.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- After he scored 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked four shots and made 11 of 14 free throws to lead Kentucky to a 76-74 overtime win at Texas Tech, junior center Nick Richards said the following:
"These have been three of the best years of my life."
Moments later, Chris Beard, head coach of the losing Red Raiders, the ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- There was this camp, top 50 players in the country. The way Donnie Carr remembers it, invitees were the top 30 rising seniors, plus top 10 juniors and top 10 sophomores. Donnie Carr, Roman Catholic High, Philadelphia, had made the cut. The camp run by the NBA Players Association was designed to highlight the best of the best, but...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant will always be linked as members of the NBA's legendary 1996 draft class.
They were contemporaries on the court who had the utmost respect for one another off it. That's why Sunday's passing of Bryant hit the 76ers legend hard.
"Words cannot express how I'm feeling today," Iverson wrote Monday in ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Nancy Beatty's first time officiating Kobe Bryant came during a Christmas tournament in 1995.
Beatty was the first female referee in District 1, but she had plenty of experience officiating women's college basketball.
Early in the game, Beatty's whistle blew, and Bryant took exception.
"He goes, 'Do you know what you're doing?...Read more
MIAMI -- This is when you scrap book, when you pull together the moments, the memories that linger, the ones that mute the grief, ease the shock.
It is what Dwyane Wade did with his family on Sunday, as he explained, in a moment both personal and public, during an Instagram video posted hours after Kobe Bryant was killed along with his 13-year-...Read more
CHICAGO -- The first time Zach LaVine scored more than 20 points in an NBA game came at the Staples Center, where as a rookie with the Timberwolves he scored 28 off the bench in a 120-119 victory against the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant began guarding him during the fourth quarter that night and at one point while the two stood at the free throw line, ...Read more
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