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Kobe Bryant Ends His NBA Career in Style

He scored an amazing 60 points in final game

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant went out with a Hollywood ending to his remarkable career. Bryant scored 60 points in his final game Wednesday night, wrapping up 20 years in the NBA with an unbelievable offensive showcase in the Los Angeles Lakers' 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz, the AP reports. He scored... More »

Kobe Bryant's Last Game Is Setting Ticket-Price Records

It could cost up to $28K to see the Black Mamba one last time

(Newser) - After 20 years and more than 1,300 career games, NBA great Kobe Bryant will suit up one last time for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, 24/7 Wall St. reports. And according to USA Today , that's making a meaningless matchup with the Utah Jazz possibly the most expensive... More »

Kobe Bryant Retires, Via a Poem

Laker says poetic farewell to basketball

(Newser) - "This season is all I have left to give," Kobe Bryant writes at the Players' Tribune , announcing his retirement in a moving poem that also serves as a love letter to the game. "My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my... More »

Kobe Out for 6 to 9 Months: 'The Anger Is Rage'

Bryant learns he has ruptured Achilles tendon

(Newser) - Rotten news for Kobe Bryant: He has a ruptured Achilles tendon that will keep him out for six to nine months, the LA Lakers tweeted today . Asked whether Bryant will play again next year, team trainer Gary Vitti said "that's the plan" on Twitter. But it's a... More »

Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies at 79

He'd been secretly battling cancer for months

(Newser) - Lakers owner Jerry Buss died this morning at age 79, after a secret hospital stay, TMZ reports. News broke last week that Buss had for months been hospitalized for an undisclosed form of cancer, though at the time family members said he was "doing fine," USA Today reports.... More »

Lakers Spurn Phil Jackson, Hire Mike D'Antoni

Jackson reportedly 'stunned'

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni (formerly of the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks) as their new head coach last night, passing over longtime on-again off-again coach Phil Jackson. D'Antoni signed a three-year, $12 million deal around 11:30 last night. Jackson was ready to take... More »

Look Out, LeBron: Howard to Lakers in Blockbuster NBA Trade

James' hopes of a repeat championship just got a lot harder

(Newser) - The NBA world is abuzz with ESPN reports of a huge four-team trade that sends Orlando star Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver and Philadelphia also got in on the deal, which involves at least 10 players and all kinds of draft picks. Kobe Bryant is said to... More »

'World Peace' Suspended for Brutal Elbow

Lakers forward could miss entire first round of playoffs

(Newser) - Lakers forward Metta World Peace is making a mockery of his own name . He was suspended for seven games by the NBA today for a vicious elbow on Oklahoma City's James Harden, meaning the Los Angeles starter likely will miss six playoff games. World Peace was ejected from Sunday'... More »

Jeremy Lin Jersey Nets $42K for Charity

Wore uniform during huge game against Lakers

(Newser) - The jersey Jeremy Lin wore while scoring 38 points against Kobe Bryan's Los Angeles Lakers has been auctioned off online—for $42,388, USA Today reports. The money from the Knicks jersey, worn Feb. 10, will go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a charity linked to Madison Square... More »

Introducing 'Metta World Peace'

The Laker formerly known as Ron Artest gets his name changed

(Newser) - If the world felt a little calmer and gentler this morning, it must be because World Peace has officially arrived. A judge yesterday approved the bid of Los Angeles Lakers player Ron Artest to change his name to Metta World Peace, notes AP . It's been in the works awhile,... More »

Lakers' Ron Artest: Call Me 'Metta World Peace'

Lakers forward files papers to legally change name

(Newser) - Ron Artest may soon be Ron Artest no more. The Lakers forward wants to legally change his name to Metta World Peace, according to papers filed in LA County Superior Court yesterday. Why? Who knows. The attorney who filed the paperwork didn't say, though the Los Angeles Times notes... More »

Shaq Announces Retirement

Drops the news in online video

(Newser) - Shaquille O’Neal is ending his Hall of Fame NBA career—not that he’s told the Celtics. The Big Diesel/Shamrock announced his retirement in a brief video posted online today. “We did it. Nineteen years, baby,” he said. “I want to thank you very much, that’... More »

NBA Fines Kobe Bryant $100K for Gay Slur

NBA star has apologized after slamming referee

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant not only unleashed a gay slur against an NBA ref last night, he did so in view of TNT's cameras. After outrage mounted today, the league fined him $100,000 and called his actions "offensive and inexcusable." Bryant got ticked off at referee Bennie Adams when... More »

Bristol-Myers Allegations: Push Our Drugs, Meet the Lakers!

Authorities say company bribed doctors with team 'happy hours'

(Newser) - It's a good day for bribery allegations:
  • In California, Bristol-Meyers Squibb is accused of bribing doctors to push its drugs in exchange for swanky gifts and "happy hours" with Los Angeles Lakers players. Players also participated in "dream camps" for doctors and their families. Ex-player Lucius Allen, who
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Tot's Parents Distracted by Photos During Deadly Fall

'Somehow child went over the edge,' says official

(Newser) - The parents of a toddler who fell to his death from a luxury suite at a Los Angeles Lakers game were taking or looking at digital photos when "somehow the child went over the edge of the section," said a police spokesman . Lucas Anthony Tang, 2, plunged some... More »

Boy Falls to His Death at Lakers Game

LAPD's abused-child unit investigating

(Newser) - A toddler who fell from a luxury suite at the Staples Center last night has died, and the LAPD’s abused-child unit has stepped in to investigate the crime. A 2-year-old who has not been identified by name plunged from the box right after the end of the LA Lakers... More »

Cops Seek Foiled Robber in Lakers Uniform

LA man tries to rob security guard wearing team's uniform

(Newser) - A would-be mugger who attempted to rob a security guard shouldn't be that hard to find, police tell the LA Times : He was wearing a Lakers uniform. The man asked for directions, then pulled an assault pistol and ordered the guard to the ground. He demanded and got the guard's... More »

Lakers Win NBA Finals

Celtics beaten 83-79 as Lakers claim 16th title

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 16th NBA championship, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting while winning his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions... More »

How Kobe Killed Hightops

Once-dominant fashion has gone by the wayside

(Newser) - In case you hadn't noticed, hightop sneakers are on death's door. You can thank big stars like Steve Nash, who's worn low-tops all his life, and Kobe Bryant, whose switch to low-tops last year prompted four of his Lakers teammates to follow suit. Of course, they're not alone. Eighty percent... More »

Lakers Sign Kobe to 3-Year, $90M Extension

Star says he 'knew I was going to be here'

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant signed a three-year contract extension yesterday worth nearly $90 million that will keep him with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2013-14 season. The deal will begin after next season. Bryant is making $23 million this season and is due to earn $24.8 million next season. "... More »

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