Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Christmas Sports Weekend–NHL, NFL, NBA & World Juniors

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

It may be the Christmas season, but it is a very big weekend on the world sport stage. On Boxing Day, the sports world will be focused on Alberta for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship. The event is significant because it is the first time that Edmonton and Calgary, two bitter provincial rivals have joined forces to host a world class sporting event. Edmonton will host all of Team Canada’s round robin games, with Calgary hosting the medal round.

Team Canada’s first game is Monday at 1:30pm against Finland (TSN). Both teams have something in common. They both lost to Russia in the medal round at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. Finland lost 4-3 to Russia in the quarterfinals, while Canada lost 5-3 to Russia in the Gold medal game.


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Kerrzy’s Notebook: 15 Minutes of Fame

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Happy Monday!

This week on 15 Minutes of Fame we’re talking NHL realignment and how the Coyotes might mess it all up, another big week of “Shanabans,” and lots of controversy in the NBA as the new CBA comes into effect.

In the GABBYs: Tiger Woods, the Marlins and Angels, MLSE, dress codes, Tyler Seguin and Bob Vander Weide. The Punchline this week is Patrick Chan!


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Random Friday Thoughts: NBA Threats, World Record Goal, Best Story Ever

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Stern Message

Is today the day?

Reports say NBA commissioner David Stern is getting ready to make some pretty serious threats about the current lockout situation facing the league. According to ESPN, Stern is about to tell the players that if progress isn’t made this weekend, he’ll go ahead and cancel the 2011-12 season.

Whether or not the players see it as a scare tactic or as a legitimate threat, they’re smart enough to know that a cancellation is coming eventually unless they manage to work out a deal. They are also smart enough to know that it hurts the owners too, and that when a deal is reached, what’s left of the season will be un-cancelled.

Still, to hear that type of chatter has got to be quite a wake up call for both sides! They’ve already put off training camp and cancelled a bunch of preseason games – obviously the regular season is next.

You know who probably doesn’t care too much about missing the first bit of the season? Kobe Bryant!

He says it’s “very possible” that he’ll be putting pen to paper on an incredibly generous offer from a team in Italy, which is where he spent part of his childhood. Virtus Bologna, which sounds like the scientific word for cold cuts that have gone bad, is apparently offering Bryant $2.5-million to play ten games between October 9th and November 16th. Not bad, eh? (After the Jump: World Record soccer goal, plus the craziest sports fan story you’ll hear this week!) (more…)

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Random Friday Thoughts: NBA Europe, Woods Buckling, McCourt snipe!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

No Basketball Association

If the NBA were to read its horoscope for this month, it would probably look a little something like this:

“Much of your focus this month will be on personal possessions and whether or not they’ll still be around come the fall. Dependability and stability are key aspects when some planet lines up with some star, or something. Also: something about emotions.”

The league kicked off the lockout litigation recently by taking the players to court over certain aspects of the negotiations so far, which says to me that this thing is far from being resolved at this time and we are in for a long battle. As time passes too, we’re seeing more players becoming resigned to the fact that they should probably start looking for somewhere else to play!

The biggest mover and shaker so far has easily been Turkish club Besiktas, where the GM has been working away to build his own little temporary Miami Heat situation. They signed NJ Nets point guard Deron Williams, they’re working on getting OKC Thunder forward Kevin Durant into the mix and the Kobe Bryant rumors are still out there too, though not everyone is happy about that idea.

Then there’s Carlos Boozer, who says he “definitely” plans on playing overseas if there’s a lockout, there’s Dwyane Wade, who says he loves the game too much to not play this year, and then there’s Ron Artest(After the jump: Is Tiger buckling under the pressure? Plus – a wonder strike from Paddy McCourt!) (more…)

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Pistons name Frank head coach

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Lawrence Frank (Bing Images)

With the Toronto Raptors naming Dwane Casey as their bench boss, it comes as no surprise that the Detroit Pistons have named Lawrence Frank their next head coach, replacing the fired John Kuester.

Both Casey and Frank were both considered co-favourites for the head coaching vacancies in Detroit and Toronto.

In my opinion, Frank actually has a better track record than Casey, having guided the New Jersey Nets to three second round postseason appearances in four years from 2004-07.

This past year Frank was the top assistant coach to Doc Rivers in Boston, and was instrumental in the Celtics’ 56 win season.


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Kobe’s dad coaching in the WNBA

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Kobe Bryant’s father is returning to an elite role in the WNBA.

According to the Calgary Sun, Joe Bryant is taking over from Jennifer Gillom as the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.

This will be Bryant’s second time at the helm of the Sparks. He coached the team from 2005-07 and had a regular season record of 29-11 over that time. In the NBA, Bryant played for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers and Houston Rockets from 1975-83.

After leaving Houston in 1983, Bryant spent seven years playing professional basketball in Italy. Since 1992, Bryant has coached in the NCAA, Japan and Italy.


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The Hoop & The Harm: NBA Europe?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

As the NBA lockout starts to drag on, it looks like players are beginning to weigh their options a little bit.

First there were rumors, then a high profile guy signed a deal (with an out-clause), and then another mid-level player signed a deal without an out-clause. Then, more rumors. If we get closer to the start of the season and there is no deal in sight, we’ll probably hear more rumors about guys heading overseas, but how many players will actually leave?

Most guys will probably follow in the footsteps of NJ Nets guard Deron Williams, who will be back as soon as the lockout is over because of that out-clause. The Toronto Raptors will spend the entire year without forward Sonny Weems though, as he is gone to Lithuania for the year, regardless of when the work stoppage ends. It sounds like Chicago’s Joakim Noah will play overseas too, but not for a club team – ESPN reports he’s hoping to get some games in with France at the upcoming European Championships.

Then, there is everybody else. (more…)

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Lakers name Mike Brown head coach

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Mike Brown (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

The Los Angeles Lakers are out of the NBA Playoffs.

You would think they would stay out of the spotlight until the NBA Playoffs were over.

I guess not.

This afternoon, they named Mike Brown as their next head coach.

Brown, who previously coached LeBron James and the  Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-2010, will have huge shoes to fill.

He’s taking over Phil Jackson, who could be considered the greatest coach of all time. Jackson, who is retiring, had a record of 1155-485, a winning percentage of .704 and eleven NBA Championships.

Brown’s regular season record is strong itself. He has an overall record of 272-138 during five seasons in Cleveland. Despite his regular season success, Brown has had minimal in the playoffs, failing to lead the Cavaliers to an NBA Title.

Now Brown will be coaching Kobe Bryant instead of LeBron James. Man, it must be nice to coach superstars wherever you go. But the bottom line is the spotlight will be significantly greater in Los Angeles than Cleveland.


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Terry delivers record performance as Mavericks shockingly sweep Lakers

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Jason Terry (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

In one of the most remarkable four game sweeps in NBA history, the Dallas Mavericks shockingly swept the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 to advance to the Western Conference Finals Sunday afternoon.

Jason Terry tied an NBA record for recording nine three pointers in one playoff game as Dallas trounced the Los Angeles Lakers 122-86. They will now either play the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies lead that series 2-1.

The Dallas victory was remarkable because the Los Angeles Lakers are the two-time defending NBA Champions, and their coach Phil Jackson has won eleven NBA Championships.

Jackson might also have coached his final game in basketball. The 65 year-old from Deer Lodge, Montana  has been hinting retirement the last few months.

This is not the first time I have been stunned by a terrible playoff performance in a single series  by the Lakers however. In the 2004, the Detroit Pistons stunned the Lakers in winning the NBA Finals in five games. The Pistons, led by Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and the Wallaces (Ben and Rasheed) knocked off a Laker team that had Shaquille O’Neal AND Kobe Bryant.

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15 Minutes of Fame – UFC tilts and the NHL playoff’s biggest stories

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The “15 Minutes of Fame” boys are back in the saddle for another go-round, taking a look at the best and worst from the world of sports in the past seven days! This week, Geoff Driscoll & Jim Kerr are recapping the first round of the NHL playoffs (the biggest surprise, most interesting storyline and the best moment) and UFC 129, while trying to figure out what’s happening in the NFL lockout.

In the GABBYs: MLB streaks, NHL celebrations, red cards, NBA upsets & lots more! In Quick Hits: Patrick Chan is at the top of the figure skating world, but how good is Kerrzy’s quad?

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There’s a lot more after the jump. Click “continue reading.” ———————>

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NBA Playoffs don’t excite me much

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Excuse me if I don’t write too much about the NBA in the next month.

The reason is because I’m not a fan of the eight remaining teams left in the NBA Playoffs. Quite frankly, I think the eight teams left are the eight I dislike the most in the entire league.

Let’s start with the Memphis Grizzlies. How can a Canadian sports fan cheer for Memphis when they were once the Vancouver Grizzlies? Last night, Zach Randolph was excellent scoring 31 points in a 99-91 win over the first seeded San Antonio to eliminate the Spurs in six games. Here is a guy who has had an incredible amount of issues with the law, but is currently beloved in Memphis. I’m simply not a fan. Tim Duncan, like Dwight Howard the night before, turned the ball over too much (five times), which led to the Spurs’ elimination.

The Grizzlies opponent in the Western Conference Semi-Finals are the Oklahoma City Thunder. Like the Grizzlies, the Thunder moved from a different city in the last decade, in this case, Seattle. The city of Seattle is a great basketball city. The city of Seattle  have supported the Storm really well in the WNBA, and should have deserved a chance to keep the Supersonics.


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Bryant seriously injured for Lakers

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Kobe Bryant (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to get by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the NBA’s Western Conference quarterfinals, they may have to do it without Kobe Bryant.

Last night, the Lakers’ all-star shooting guard injured his left foot and left the New Orleans Arena with crutches.

The Hornets won the game 93-88 to tie the series at two games apiece. Game five of the series is tomorrow night at Los Angeles’s Staples Center (TSN, 8:30pm MT).

Chris Paul was magnificent for the Hornets last night as he delivered a triple double. He had 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds.

Bryant, however is not the only Laker that ran into problems yesterday. Rookie forward Derrick Caracter was arrested at a New Orleans Pancake restaurant for grabbing and shoving a cashier. Police initially stated that the cashier was pregnant, but have later stated their report was incorrect.


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15 Minutes of Fame – Oilers draft and Kobe Bryant’s fine

Monday, April 18th, 2011

 This week, the guys talk about the Edmonton Oilers and the fact that they won the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft. They go over four possible candidates who may be picked by the Oilers.

Then, in the GABBYs – On the good side: The New Jersey Devils go from laughing stock to relatively respectable, the National Hockey League sticks to their guns on suspensions, and Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle and Devyn Dubnyk are going to the world championships.

On the bad side: Detroit Pistons Charlie Villanueva acts like a child on the court, Texas Rangers outfieler Josh Hamilton breaks his arm, and the Colombian soccer player who kicked an owl upgrades to kicking someone in the chest. HONORABLE MENTION: Kobe Bryant gets $100,000 fine.

In Quick Hits: Now that the NHL playoffs are underway, who does Kerrzy think can make it all the way?

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There’s a lot more after the jump. Click “continue reading.” ———————>


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NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Tony Parker (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

A lot of times when people analyze the NHL or NBA, they start with the East. But is founded in the West, so I’m going to start with the West!

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies–

Spurs Top Three–Tony Parker 17.5 PPG, 6.6 APG; Emanuel Ginobili 17. 4 PPG, 4.9 APG; Tim Duncan 13.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG.

Grizzlies Top Three– Zach Randolph 20.1 PPG, 12.2 RPG; Mike Conley 13.7 PPG, 6.5 APG; Marc Gasol 11.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG.

Analysis: The Spurs come into the series as the hands on favourite, having won four NBA titles since 1999. The fact that 2011 is an odd year as well will help San Antonio because their four previous Championships came in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Gregg Popovich is as good of a coach as any in the entire NBA and has maximized the performance out of his players. The question in San Antonio is the health of Manu Ginobili, who injured his elbow in a meaningless game last night in Phoenix and is doubtful for Game One.  This will be the fourth playoff appearance in franchise history for Memphis since moving from Vancouver in 2001. They have yet to win a playoff game, going 0-12 in the process. The X factor in the series is Randolph. The tenth year power forward has a criminal past dating back to his days in Portland, but seems to have everything under control now. Still the Spurs have the three best players and will win in six.


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