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The Los Angeles Lakers Tickets : Kobe Bryant Was Awarded The Nba Most Valuable Player Award

The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, which they share with their fellow NBA rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, and their sister team, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

The Lakers are the two-time reigning NBA champions after defeating the Boston Celtics in the Finals four games to three, capturing the franchise’s 16th NBA championship on the 50th anniversary of its relocation to Los Angeles. As of 2009, the Lakers are the most valuable NBA franchise.In June 2010, basketball analyst and writer John Hollinger ranked the Lakers as the greatest NBA franchise of all time.

The Lakers franchise was founded in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Minneapolis, where the team got its official title from the state’s nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”[4] The Lakers won five championships before relocating to Los Angeles in the 1960/61 season. The Lakers lost all of their eight appearances in the NBA Finals in the 1960s, despite having help from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.

In 1972, the Lakers won their sixth title, first in Los Angeles, under coach Bill Sharman. The Lakers’ popularity soared in the 1980s when they won five additional championships during a nine-year span with the leadership of Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and coach Pat Riley, the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season game wins and playoff games coached and wins.

Two of those championships during that span were against their arch-rivals, the Boston Celtics. From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers won three titles consecutively with the help of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson. After losing both the 2004 and 2008 NBA Finals, the Lakers captured two more championships, for a total of 16, by defeating the Orlando Magic in 2009, and the Boston Celtics in 2010.

The Lakers hold records for having (into the 2009/10 season) the most wins (3,027), the highest winning percentage (61.9%), the most NBA Finals appearances (31), the second fewest non-playoff seasons with five (San Antonio Spurs have four), and the second-most NBA championships with 16, behind the Boston Celtics’ 17.They also hold the record for compiling the longest win streak (33) in U.S. professional team sports (also an NBA record) in the 1971/72 season.

Sixteen Hall of Famers have played for the Lakers, while four Hall of Famers (John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson) have coached the team. Four Lakers (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award[8] for a total of 8 MVP awards.

After re-acquiring Derek Fisher, the Lakers started the 2007/08 season fairly well, supported by the flourishing Andrew Bynum. However, Bynum’s season ended to injury in January, leading the Lakers to trade Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, and two first round draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol and a second round draft choice.[81] After the trade, the Lakers went on to clinch the first seed in the Western Conference with a 57/25 record.

Kobe Bryant was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first Los Angeles Lakers player to have won the award since Shaquille O’Neal won the award in 2000.The Lakers went to the playoffs and defeated the Denver Nuggets in four games, the Utah Jazz in six games, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in five games.They entered the NBA Finals for the first time in four years, facing their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics, whom they had not played in the Finals in 21 years. The Lakers eventually lost the series in six games.

Basically retaining the same cast from last season (only the free-agent switch between Houston’s Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza being the key change), the Lakers finished the 2009/10 season with 57 victories, once again the West’s best record for the third straight season. They defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games of the first round, then swept past the Utah Jazz in the Conference Semifinals. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in the Conference Finals, four games to two. In the 2010 NBA Finals, the Lakers once again met their old rivals, the Boston Celtics.

In a series that recalled some of the two teams’ memorable title struggles of earlier decades, the Lakers rallied from a 3-2 series disadvantage and erased a 13-point deficit in the seventh and deciding game to defeat Boston and win their sixteenth title and eleventh in Los Angeles.[93] Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP for the second consecutive year.[94] The Lakers became the first team to repeat as champion since the Lakers themselves last did the trick in 2002.

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Kobe Bryant, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and more pose for NBA Basketball Media Day

The National Basketball Association (NAB) is male professional basketball league in North America. It is one of the four major North America sports leagues. Through times, the league attracts more and more interest from millions of fans around the world. And many NBA players are as famous as football players or well-known actors. Apart from playing basketball, they also film for commercials, take photo shoots and take part in many other social activities. Here are some moments of NBA players posing for the camera.

Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers guard has taken a photo in the Lakers’ media day in California.

Kobe Bryant is surrounded by reporters from the media on NBA’s opening day of training camp at their facilities in El Segundo, California

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett raises his hands as he shoots for a commercial during NBA basketball media day in Waltham, Mass.

Stephen Curry of Golden State Warrriors laughs when having an interview with Charles Jerken at a social media center.

Eddy Curry from Miami Heats take photos at the team’s training camp in Miami.

San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner smiles during a video session in San Antonio.

From left, Los Angeles Clippers newly-re-signed center DeAndre Jordan, forward Blake Griffin and center Chris Kaman pose for a group photo at their media day in Los Angeles.

Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers joke around at the team’s training camp in Independence, Ohio.

Golden State Warriors’ Monta Ellis wears a hat and glasses during a photoshoot in Oakland, California.


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Kobe Bryant On Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets Fans And Nba Free Agency

The Nuggets host the Lakers tomorrow night at Lakers practice today at Pepsi Center, Kobe spoke to reporters about numerous topics, including his own trade demands (that he ultimately squashed):
Reporter: Thoughts on some of the Nuggets fans booing Carmelo.
Kobe: Its hard to trade him, so maybe he wont be traded, who knows. But youve got to show support. Hes still playing hard. Put yourself in his shoes. If youre teeter-tottering about going somewhere, youd be more inclined to go somewhere where theyll cheer you.
What about Denver-born, Denver-raised fans if your favorite player doesnt want to be on your team anymore
Kobe: Oh please. Dont give me that (expletive). My first game back when I demanded a trade, they booed the first game and didnt boo the rest of the way.
Why did they stop?
Kobe: Fans understood that I was going to play hard and compete every single night. They expressed their feelings in the first game and didnt hear it again.
When Melo makes shots, they dont boo, but when he misses, they sometimes boo.
Kobe: Thats (expletive). Either you ride with him or you dont.
And last night, he scored 35 points and they booed him in the postgame interview (on the court).
Kobe: Thats stupid.
Does part of you feel bad for Carmelo?
Kobe: No, because I know him. Hes strong. I dont feel bad for him. he has thick skin, hes competitive.
With LeBron and Carmelo, are we seeing the power of the NBA player them being able to control their destiny?
Kobe: How is he controlling his destiny?
Reporter: Because hes basically controlling where hes going to play.
Kobe: No, youre seeing the power of the league, controlling players who dont have the freedom to move wherever they want free agency isnt free agency anymore. Its just not. So its the reverse.
What do you mean its not the same?
Kobe: Players go other places to take significant paycuts to play someplace else and get less years (on their contracts). Shaquille was a free agent in 1996 or whenever that was. That was true free agency going to the team of your choice, have a similar contracts, similar structure. The way it is now, its not the same.
Is that because you can now get more money if you stay with your existing team?
Kobe: Right.
In 2004, did you feel it wasnt all you expected free agency to be?
Kobe: Well I kind of had the upper hand because I had a no-trade clause, so my situation was different now thats player power (grinning).
Reporter: Is there fear about the impending CBA?
Kobe: Theres concern, in terms of the amount of liberties players have to make a living in whatever city they choose. At the end of the day, its just basketball, and Im sure business folks will work out their end of the deal.
What makes Denver difficult to play against?
Kobe: We have a history with them. They play us extremely tough here. They know how we play and they give us a tough game every time.
I heard their inbound passing is much better.
Kobe: A couple years too late (with a smile).
When you look at Melos situation he likes the city of Denver, but knows that going to a bigger market could benefit him
Kobe: It has nothing to do with a bigger market. Its about winning. If you want to keep a player here, make the right decisions. Make the right choices with personnel, get a team around a guy to help you win, and there would be no problems.
They have cap space this summer, so one could argue that if he wants to be in a situation to win, then Denver would be one of the best situations.
Kobe: Then Denver will make the right decisions, bring in the right personnel and hell stick around. Its not rocket science. . I know for me, its all about winning. In my situation, we werent spending the money to get players they had me playing around with Smush Parker. Until they decided they wanted to make the necessary sacrifices financially to get a team thats competitive, I didnt want to be (with the Lakers). Its as simple as that.

2013 All-Star sneakers: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and more

2013 All-Star sneakers: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and more
LeBron James was one of many All-Stars to wear special sneakers on Sunday. (Getty Images). By Ben Golliver. Just about every color on the spectrum was represented during the 2013 All-Star Game, with players on both sides rocking special sneakers.
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Kobe Bryant, who was fined $100K for using a gay slur last year, scolds fans

Kobe Bryant
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Bryant family at the WNBA game

Kobe Bryant, who was fined 0K for using a gay slur last year, scolds fans
Kobe Bryant has a message for his fans: Do as I say, not as I do. After the Lakers were manhandled by the Miami Heat on Sunday, the All-Star guard took to Twitter Sunday not to vent about the team's woes, but to chastise a fan who tweeted “You're gay …
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Dwight Howard's father says son, Kobe Bryant should hash out issues

Dwight Howard's father says son, Kobe Bryant should hash out issues
MIAMI — The dust certainly didn't settle after the Lakers eked out a victory against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, not when Dwight Howard's father injected himself into his son's awkward relationship with Kobe Bryant. The elder Howard said his son …
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Kobe Bryant Inbounds Oop to Earl Clark

Kobe Bryant makes the nice connection to Earl Clark to beat the buzzer in the inbounds play. Visit nba.com/video for more highlights.
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