Kobe Bryant won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers so if anybody is qualified enough to speak about how good the team is, it's probably him. Bryant is one of the best competitors the game has ever seen and it's why he was able to win all of those championships, including three in a row.
While Bryant made the Lakers a powerhouse, the team has been severely lacking over the past few years and haven't made the playoffs in almost a decade. This season, the Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis on their side as well as a whole bunch of role players who could make all the difference come crunch time. During a sit down with USA Today Sports, Bryant was asked about the team and whether or not they have what it takes to be great.
As you can see from the clip, Kobe thinks the Lakers are good but it's all contingent on whether or not they can stay healthy. Last season, the Lakers were well on their way to the playoffs until a plethora of injuries took them out of contention.
If you're a Lakers fan, there is certainly reason to be hopeful especially with the almighty Warriors looking depleted.
Nike Officially Unveils The LeBron 17, Announces Release Date
Ball players have been waiting for this moment for a while.
LeBron James is one of the most legendary players in the history of the NBA and his signature sneaker line has just as much prestige. James has had his own shoe since he entered the league in 2003 and this year, LeBron is releasing his 17th shoe with Nike. There have been numerous teasers over the past few months but according to Sports Illustrated, Nike officially unveiled the look of the LeBron 17.
Based on the image below, you can see that there is a pretty chunky Air unit on the back heel and according to designer Jason Petrie, this was very much intentional.
“If you look at the evolution of LeBron’s line, you’ll see how he loves Max Air, and we felt like the volume of Air in the 17 was the next solution in providing the stabilization and support he needs,” Petrie said in a release.
One of the biggest changes to the shoe is the upper, which features a brand new material called Knitposite. The LeBron 16 featured Battleknit and Knitposite is supposed to be the next logical evolution of that material.
While the “Future Air” colorway dropped earlier today on the SNKRS App, the first official LeBron 17 colorway is set to release on Friday, September 27th.
ESPN’s "Best NBA Player Of The Decade" List Has Fans Divided
Many are debating the merits of the rankings.
Every year, sports fans are subjected to the same tired debates about their favorite teams and players. These debates usually center around who is the best at any particular thing and today, ESPN tried to answer the question we've all been wanting to be answered: "who is the best NBA player of the decade?" ESPN decided to tweet out the top five players in their ranking as voted on by some of their experts. If you're a fan of any of these players, you'll probably have quite a bit to say about their ranking.
Of course, LeBron James finished first, while Steph Curry came in second, and Kevin Durant third. Finally, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were tied for fourth which makes sense considering their dominance came in the second half of the decade.
Following the release of the list, NBA fans hopped in ESPN's comments section to voice their opinions on what they just read. As you can imagine, people were pretty contentious about all of it with stans of every player sounding off on any ommissions or poorly ranked players. It's an interesting debate to have and people are pretty passionate about it.
Let us know in the comments who you think the best player of the decade is.
Jalen Rose Reveals Who His Top 10 NBA Players Of All-Time Are: Watch
Rose had some interesting opinions about Larry Bird.
Jalen Rose might not be one of the greats but he is certainly qualified to talk about some of the best basketball players to ever grace the NBA. During a recent appearance on Vlad TV, Rose was asked about who his top 10 players of all-time are and he was fairly quick to give his opinion, almost as if he has been thinking about this for a very long time. Just like any list would, Rose's top 10 has caused a lot of debate and even some chirps about his Kobe Bryant ranking.
As you can see from the tweet below, Rose has Oscar Robertson at the ten spot, with Shaq and Wilt Chamberlain at 9 and 8 respectively. Perhaps the most curious placement is Kobe at 7, although those in the comments were quick to point out how Rose was served 81 points by Bryant a few decades ago. At number 6, Rose went with Bird and then went on a bit of a tangent about how he was the best white player ever.
When it comes to his top 5, Rose had LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Jordan, all in that order. Putting Michael at number one isn't really a controversial opinion although putting LeBron at number 5 is kind of curious.
Let us know in the comments what you think of Rose's list and whether or not you agree.
Bronny James Jr. Channels LeBron With Insane Windmill Dunk: Watch
Bronny's got a bright future ahead of him.
Bronny James Jr. has been the talk of the youth basketball community over the Summer thanks to some of the incredible highlights that have been hitting the internet. Bronny is about to play with Zaire Wade at Sierra Canyon High School this year and fans are excited to see what kind of chemistry they are going to have. As the son of LeBron James, there are some pretty lofty expectations being placed on Bronny but so far, he seems to be rising to the occasion and proving to people just how good he is.
One thing that has impressed basketball fans is Bronny's ability to dunk the basketball at such a young age. Simply put, Bronny's got hops and he takes every opportunity to show people. In the past, he's tried to give us a glimpse of his windmill although it's needed work. In his latest video, Bronny pulls off the windmill move flawlessly and if you're playing against Sierra Canyon this year, you should be very afraid.
Based on the video above, there is a reason to be excited about Bronny's development as a player. There is a possibility we could see Bronny playing for a top tier college in 2023 and perhaps he'll even be good enough for the NBA.
Needless to say, LeBron has plenty of reasons to be proud.
Nike LeBron 17 "Future Air" Colorway Surfaces: First Look
Some “Big Bang” vibes on this upcoming LeBron 17.
LeBron James’ 17th signature sneaker, the Nike LeBron 17, should be officially unveiled any day now as we are just a little over one month away from the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.
That said, LeBron has already shared a preview of the LeBron 17 and other sneaker pages have posted leaks of what’s to come, so we already have a good idea of what to expect.
Among the colorways on tap is a “Future Air” rendition which is highlighted by a colorful, iridescent tongue and Nike swoosh that contrasts the grey knitposite construction. Additional details include a “Remove Before Launch” hangtag and splashes of orange on the sole, Air Max unit and inner lining. Overall, the design elements appear to be a reverse take on the popular “Big Bang” Nike LeBron 9.
Nike typically introduces LeBron’s new signature sneakers in the Fall, just before the start of the new season, so we’ll have to sit tight and wait for the official details on this “Future Air” colorway. In the meantime, check out some photos below.
Nike LeBron 17 Future Air/HouseofHeat
Nike LeBron 17 Future Air/HouseofHeat
Nike LeBron 17 Future Air/HouseofHeat
Nike LeBron 17 Future Air/HouseofHeat
LeBron James Nods To Nipsey Hussle With Crenshaw Lakers Jersey
Lakers gotta wear these Crenshaw jerseys for a game next season.
Los Angeles Lakers fans are calling for the team to pay homage to the late Nipsey Hussle in the 2019-20 season with special edition Crenshaw jerseys, and you already know that Lakers players support the cause.
On Tuesday, LeBron James posted a photo on instagram as a nod to Nipsey, showcasing his blue No. 23 Crenshaw jersey along with a caption that reads:
As seen in the photo embedded below, the Crenshaw jersey mirrors the blue Lakers throwbacks worn by the likes of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor in the 1960s.
Former NBA star Caron Butler previously suggested that the Lakers don the blue Crenshaw throwbacks while the Clippers wear a similarly styled red jersey when the two teams meet in the regular season. Dwyane Wade co-signed that move, tweeting, "The culture needs this." However, the Lakers have not announced any uniform changes for the upcoming season.
LeBron, Anthony Davis and co. will face off against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers when the NBA season kicks off on October 22. For those scoring at home, that's just over four weeks away.
Kevin Durant Gets Defensive Over LeBron James & GOAT Comparisons
KD is clapping back at some more fans.
Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the NBA and in the eyes of some fans, he's the best in the entire league. What tends to make KD stick out amongst his peers, is just how sensitive he can be, especially when it comes to comments from fans. There have been numerous occasions where Durant has been caught getting into spats with fans online and a few years ago, he was even discovered for having burner accounts which remains one of the funniest NBA stories of the last decade.
In a recent string of Twitter replies, Durant went back and forth with a fan about the greatest of all-time debate. The fan suggests that Durant is a better player than LeBron and that because of this, he should be considered as one of the GOATs. Durant took exception to this essentially saying he doesn't care about being the best to ever do it.
Durant's admission that he doesn't care about being the best ever is kind of a surprising one. You would think a player of his caliber would be driven by being better than everyone else. Perhaps his biggest goal is to win as many titles as possible although if that were the case, he probably would have just stayed in Golden State.
What do you think of Durant's comments?
LeBron James’s "Taco Tuesday" Trademark Application Denied
Bad news for LBJ.
In a move that surprised very few, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has denied LeBron James's request to trademark the phrase "Taco Tuesday." Over the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers star's "Taco Tuesday" social media bit has gained traction as fans have looked forward to LeBron sharing moments with his family and superstar friends.
In turn, LeBron thought that he could capitalize from the moment by trademarking the phrase, but news of his request came with backlash. The owner of an Illinois restaurant filed a protest against LeBron's trademark request citing that their company, Taco Tuesday, Inc., has been in business for the past three years. "Protestor's company would be crippled if precluded from using its own business name in Internet marketing channels," the owner wrote in a letter. "The quality of being a person who enjoys eating tacos (and posting to social media about one's experience in eating tacos deemed delicious) does not give rise to a cognizable claim to trademark ownership,"
On Wednesday, it was revealed that LeBron won't be the owner of "Taco Tuesday" because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deems it to be a "commonplace message." Unfortunately for the baller, it's not a trademarkable phrase. Nevertheless, this doesn't mean that LeBron will slow down on sharing his lighthearted videos to social media.
LeBron James Pays Tribute To Cavs’ Fred McLeod After Tragic Passing
James had some fond memories with Fred McLeod.
If you're a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, then you should absolutely know who Fred McLeod is. He was the team's play-by-play announcer for many years and was there for the team's championship back in 2016. McLeod was beloved in the city thanks to his incredible calls and even better personality. Unfortunately, it was announced yesterday that McLeod had passed away suddenly at the age of 67. Cavaliers fans showed an outpouring of support immediately after the new, while LeBron James took to Twitter to pass on his condolences and pay tribute to the man.
James seemed to be surprised by the news at first as he immediately passed his condolences on to McLeod and his family. From there, videos came in of McLeod calling the final seconds of the Cavaliers first-ever championship win. LeBron retweeted one of them, saying "One of the GREATEST days of all of our lives and @CavsFredMcLeod called it all with his buddy A.C!"