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Ira Winderman: Kobe Bryant once left a 'hole' for Dwyane Wade, now there's a void

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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

Bulls plan to honor Kobe Bryant as Zach LaVine and others pay tribute to the Lakers legend: 'He's one of the reasons why I wear No. 8'

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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

'Everything I learned came from Kobe': Bryant's legacy will live long after his death

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LOS ANGELES -- Eighty-one points in his prime and 60 on his way into retirement. Five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 All-Star appearances representing them, 15 All-NBA honors, two jerseys hanging in the Staples Center rafters -- No. 8 and No. 24

And the number that will haunt Los Angeles and the world -- only 41 years old.

A ...Read more

Kobe Bryant built a business empire extending far beyond basketball

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LOS ANGELES -- In the twilight of Kobe Bryant's career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 18-time All-Star shared a vision with billionaire Chris Sacca: When his time in basketball ended, he would become an investor.

"To the shock of a couple other people sitting with us, I replied, 'Kobe, I'm sorry, but I just don't take you that seriously,' " ...Read more

'Every minute's precious': Northwestern coach Chris Collins, a longtime friend of Kobe Bryant, displays a range of emotions in the Wildcats' loss to Ohio State

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- However this game turned out, Chris Collins would be numb Sunday night.

The Northwestern coach had known Kobe Bryant since the two were hoops-loving kids in Philadelphia. Their dads, Doug Collins and Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, played together for the 76ers from 1975 to 1979.

"We have a lot of history," Collins said as tears ...Read more

Mark Cuban announces Mavericks to retire No. 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant

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The Dallas Mavericks will retire the number 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban announced the honor in a news release Sunday night.

This is especially rare for a player who never wore a Mavericks jersey.

"We are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and ...Read more

Heat's Dion Waiters takes responsibility for actions: 'It's my fault … move past it and look forward. That's all you can do'

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MIAMI -- Dion Waiters addressed the media for the first time since the preseason, taking responsibility for the actions that led to him being suspended three times for a total of 17 games between October and December 2019.

He didn't directly address each suspension given to him by the Miami Heat: The one-game suspension for the Oct. 23 season ...Read more

Philadelphia mourns Kobe Bryant's death: 'We lost another one of our own'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Soon after Romeire Brown heard the news of Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash Sunday, he made a beeline for a spot he passes often: Lower Merion High School.

Brown, 29, laid a bouquet of daisies in Lakers purple and gold in honor of the 41-year-old basketball superstar, a native son and 1996 Lower Merion High grad. The ...Read more

Hawks score season-high 152 points in rout of Wizards

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ATLANTA -- To illustrate how good of a night the Hawks (12-35) had on offense, they were eight points shy of their season-high in scoring after playing just three quarters.

In a 152-133 win over the Wizards (15-30) Sunday at State Farm Arena, the Hawks shot 58.1% from the field and 42.9% from three-point territory. They shattered the previous ...Read more

Golden State Warriors react to Kobe Bryant's death: 'He was a warrior'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bob Myers remembers the first time he met Kobe Bryant. It was in 1997 on his first day working as a sports agent at Tellem and Associates, and Bryant was sitting in a chair in the lobby of the Brentwood office wearing a retro Joe Montana jersey.

Bryant was 19 at the time, coming off a rookie season in which he averaged 7.6 ...Read more

Kobe Bryant's death stuns Sixers; Brett Brown, Joel Embiid share memories and tributes

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PHILADELPHIA -- It suddenly became a sad day in the basketball community with news of the passing of former Lower Merion High and Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.

News broke Sunday afternoon that the future Hall of Famer was among the nine dead in a helicopter crash earlier in the day outside Los Angeles. Bryant, 41, was traveling to a ...Read more

UCLA's mistakes pile up in loss to No. 12 Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. -- It was as if UCLA was compiling a how-not-to manual, tentatively titled: "All the wrong ways to counteract a full-court press."

Jaime Jaquez Jr. stepped through a double team and threw the ball out of bounds. Chris Smith had a lazy pass stolen and compounded his mistake by committing a foul on the resulting layup. Jaquez threw ...Read more

Aztecs hit 21 in Las Vegas, set school record with win over UNLV

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LAS VEGAS -- Just hours after learning of Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash a few hundred miles away, San Diego State's players, many of whom grew up idolizing Bryant, honored his legacy in the only way they knew how.

By doing something Bryant did as well or better than anybody in the history of the sport.

By winning.

The No. 4 Aztecs...Read more

Kobe Bryant's life by the numbers, from Lower Merion to the Lakers to the Oscars

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A look at Kobe Bryant's basketball career and beyond, by the numbers:

Kobe Bean Bryant

Born: Aug. 23, 1978.

Died: Jan. 26, 2020 (age 41).

Philly connection: Bryant was born in Philadelphia, and went to Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa. His father, Joe Bryant, played at Philadelphia's Bartram High, La Salle and for the 76ers from 1975 ...Read more

Lakers players shocked and speechless after learning of Kobe Bryant's death

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LOS ANGELES -- Many Los Angeles Lakers were sleeping as they flew home from Philadelphia on Sunday, as devastating news began to spread through the plane.

Kobe Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash.

One of the players who was awake was the only one who had been a Lakers teammate of Bryant's. Dwight Howard began circulating the news as ...Read more

Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna wanted to continue his basketball legacy

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LOS ANGELES -- Gianna Bryant always wanted to follow in her father Kobe Bryant's footsteps.

And Bryant and others in the NBA saw much of the father's spark and determination in his daughter.

Gianna, 13, and Bryant were among the victims of a helicopter crash that took the lives of all passengers and the pilot Sunday morning in Calabasas.

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Cole Anthony not expected back, but UNC hopes momentum is carried to NC State game

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- In 2018, then-North Carolina guard Joel Berry II made headlines when he told media members, "I don't count N.C. State as being a rivalry game."

Duke was UNC's only rival, he said, a statement that caused a stir among the Wolfpack.

When a television reporter Saturday asked senior guard Brandon Robinson whether N.C. State ...Read more

With skid at nine, Wolves determined to stick with the system

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Both Shabazz Napier and Andrew Wiggins were clear on Saturday night after the Timberwolves fell to Oklahoma City for their ninth straight loss: Don't blame the system. Blame the players.

Given the Wolves' trouble over the past few months, which includes losses in 23 of their past 28 games, it would be fair to wonder if the new ...Read more

Clippers coach Doc Rivers says team is devastated by Kobe Bryant's death

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tears clinging to his cheeks, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Sunday called the death of Kobe Bryant "devastating" and mourned that the former Lakers great "had so much more left to do."

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine passengers who died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in the ...Read more

Coach K, Michael Jordan react to Kobe Bryant's death

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The basketball world is mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among those killed in the crash in Calabasas, Calif.

News of Bryant's death has hit North Carolina particularly hard given the strong college basketball presence ...Read more