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Los Angeles Lakers Win It for Kobe

They're the champions of this challenging basketball season

(Newser) - The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final... More »

Autopsy Looks at Kobe Pilot's System for Clues

The official report also gives cause of death for all 9 passengers

(Newser) - The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the... More »

Also Returning PPP Loan: The Lakers

Team borrowed $4.6M from federal pandemic relief fund

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers have about 300 employees, which made the franchise eligible for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, created by the new $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief legislation. The team received a $4.6 million loan, the Los Angeles Times reports. But when the federal fund ran... More »

Bryant Was on His Way to Coach Daughter's Team

Crowds flock to California crash site

(Newser) - The world has lost Kobe Bryant's heir apparent as well as the NBA legend himself. Gianna Bryant, 13, was among nine people killed in Sunday morning's helicopter crash in California . Gianna, a keen basketball player who hoped to someday play in the WNBA, was the second of Bryant'... More »

The World Reacts: 'There's No Words to Express the Pain'

Shaquille O'Neal and Ava DuVernay are among those grieving Kobe Bryant's Death

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's tragic death Sunday has triggered an outpouring of grief from the "sports world and beyond," the LA Times reports. Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine who perished when the NBA legend's private helicopter sputtered and crashed in the hills of... More »

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Dead in Helicopter Crash

Bryant was 41 years old, his daughter 13

(Newser) - Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters died in a helicopter crash Sunday in the hills of Calabasas, Calif., TMZ reports. Officials say seven others perished when the helicopter went down in flames, killing all on board. Bryant's daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was only 13; Bryant'... More »

Mistaken Email BCCs May Have Led Magic Johnson to Quit

Sports reporter Ric Bucher references messages between Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka

(Newser) - A good reminder to watch who you BCC on your emails. A sports reporter says it's possible Magic Johnson's sudden resignation as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations was partially spurred by unflattering emails about him sent by franchise bosses—ones that he was mistakenly copied... More »

Reporter Accuses NBA Coach Walton of Sexual Assault

Kelli Tennant is suing Luke Walton

(Newser) - Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is being sued by a sports reporter who says he sexually assaulted her years ago. According to a lawsuit seen by TMZ , Kelli Tennant says Walton forced himself on her after inviting her back to his hotel room to discuss a book she... More »

Magic Johnson Makes Shock Announcement

He's stepping down as Lakers president

(Newser) - Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this franchise just over two years ago. Johnson didn't tell owner... More »

A Strange Thing Is Happening to LeBron James

His Lakers are pretty bad, going to miss the playoffs, and people are angry

(Newser) - Barring a miracle, LeBron James is going to find himself in an unusual position this year when the NBA playoffs start—as a spectator, not a player. James joined the Los Angeles Lakers before the season, but hopes that he could turn around the struggling franchise have fizzled, at least... More »

Chaos Greets LeBron's Home Debut as a Laker

Multiplayer brawl breaks out late, 3 ejected as Lakers go on to lose

(Newser) - LeBron James made his home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, scoring 24 points in an atmosphere he called "electric," but King James' thunder got blown away late by a multiplayer brawl, reports CBS News . With four minutes left to play in a hard-fought game... More »

LeBron Speaks on Nike Kaepernick Campaign

'I stand with Nike, all day, every day'

(Newser) - Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he "stands with Nike," a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign . The basketball superstar—and new Los Angeles Laker —made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both... More »

LeBron Signs $154M Deal to Leave Cleveland

The legend is now a Laker

(Newser) - Cavs fans were right to be worried : LeBron James is taking his formidable talent to Los Angeles, where he has signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers. James, who played in Cleveland from 2003 to 2010 and returned in 2014 after a stint with the Miami Heat, thanked... More »

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 »

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