Kobe Bryant to have both jersey numbers retired

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Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the greatest players to play in the NBA. But he’s also arguably one of the greatest players to ever don a Lakers jersey.

That’s why on December 18, during halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors, the franchise will retire not just one, but two of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers.

The Black Mamba will become the 10th player in Lakers history to have his number (in this case two numbers) retired. The previous nine were Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Magic Johnson (32), KareemAbdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O’Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

“As a kid growing up in Italy, I always dreamed of my jersey hanging in the Lakers rafters, but I certainly never imagined two of them,” Bryant said in a report on Lakers.com. “The Lakers have bestowed a huge honor on me and I’m grateful for the fans’ enthusiasm around this game.”

Kobe spent 20 years with the purple and gold franchise. He wore no. 8 from 1996-2006 and during that time he won three NBA championships, became an 8-time All-Star and won two All-Star MVPs.

In 2006, he shifted to no. 24 and went on to win two more titles, an MVP trophy and was named Finals MVP twice. He also garnered ten more All-Star selections.

Kobe, who ended his acclaimed career with a 60-point game against the Utah Jazz, is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 33,643 points.

No doubt Bryant will end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame in a few years.

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Here’s what Metta World Peace had to say about the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson…

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Metta World Peace made his first visit to the Philippines over the weekend. The former NBA star was flown in by SnippetMEdia and spent several hours in Manila for a brief meet and greet with some of his Filipino fans.

Metta, who is formerly known as Ron Artest, last played for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was teammates with Kobe Bryant and Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson.

In a conversation with SnippetMEdia’s Tina Maralit, Metta had a few kind words for the Fil-Am guard, saying he’s glad to see how far Clarkson’s basketball career has gone.

“Jordan is a good player,” MWP told Maralit. “He went from not believing he can make it in the NBA… I remember when he was young, he would say that he didn’t know. Then he went from that to going to a small school, being a second round pick (in the NBA Draft), and the rest is history.”

Clarkson was selected by the Washington Wizards as the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. He was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to become a member of the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first year in the league.

Since then he has become one of the Lakers’ consistent scorers, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. In the offseason last summer, the 25-year-old Clarkson signed a deal with the Lakers worth $50 million over four years.

“It shows that just because you’re not the best on paper, it doesn’t mean you can’t be the best on the court, and Jordan is an example,” Metta added. “Jordan is doing well. He’s got another huge contract.”

In the 2016-17 season, Clarkson put up averages of 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 45% from the field. The 6-5 guard is looking to build on his impressive year and head into this season focused on helping the Lakers reach the playoffs again.

“Now he just gotta win,” said Metta World Prace. “But you know, he is already winning because he (has) fulfilled his dream.”

Also read: Metta World Peace isn’t fond of Snapchat and Instagram Stories

LeBron James praises Brandon Ingram: ‘Kid has a lot of talent’

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It seems like Brandon Ingram is finally hitting his stride in the second half of his first year in the NBA. after posting double digits in scoring in the Lakers’ last eight games.

Despite his team going 1-7 in that stretch, Ingram has shown a lot of improvement, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 blocks per game. He also shot 52% from the field over that eight-game span.

Metta World Peace isn’t fond of Snapchat and Instagram Stories

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One of the most interesting and colorful individuals in the NBA has got to be Metta World Peace — the artist formerly known as Ron Artest.

In the Tissot 24-second segment in one of the Lakers’ official Instagram post, MWP answered a few questions and gave his personal preferences on a few things.

One of those questions was choosing between Snapchat or Instagram Stories. Here’s what he had to say in true MWP fashion.

“I don’t like either one of them. They both get on my nerves.”

 

Not sure if Metta has a Snapchat account, but he does have an Instagram account (@mettaworldpeace37) which he mostly uses to promote his The Panda’s Friend brand.

MWP did have something going on SnapChat sometime after he broke the internet with his “I love basketball” mantra, quickly becoming a Snapchat filter on the Lakers’ account.

By the way, MWP had an awesome moment in the Lakers’ blowout win over the Knicks. He checked in late in the game and made a stepback jumper against Carmelo Anthony, prompting MVP chants from the MSG crowd.

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Clarkson to Filipinos pushing for his All-Star inclusion: ‘I’d be proud to rep all of you’

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When the first batch of All-Star Game voting returns were released, many were surprised Warriors’ center Zaza Pachulia ranked second among frontcourt players — just behind teammate Kevin Durant, Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins.

This was all because of Georgia’s push for Pachulia to be part of the All-Star festivities.

Seeing how that turned out, a pair of local Facebook fan pages, Lakers Nation Philippines and PBA Memes, started a similar campaign for Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson.

“If Georgia can do it for Zaza, why can’t the Philippines, a basketball nation, do it for JC?” said the post by Lakers Nation Philippines.

Because of the efforts and overflowing support from the followers of both Facebook pages, Clarkson took notice and thanked his fans — giving them more reason to push for his inclusion in the NBA All-Star Game.

“Thanks for the #NBAVote support! I’d be proud to rep all of you at the All-Star Game,” he said in a tweet.

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Clarkson is averaging 13.8 points (45% FG), 2.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds for the season. His Lakers are currently sitting in 12th spot in the West.

Leading the West backcourt after the first batch of All-Star voting returns were Steph Curry with 523,597 votes and James Harden with 519,446. Trailing in third was Russell Westbrook with 501,652.

There are only a few days left before the All-Star Game voting closes. Will Filipinos be able to help Clarkson crack that loaded Western Conference backcourt? Let’s see.

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Filipino Lakers fan makes half-court shot, wins $95K

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During halftime of the Lakers’ win against the Grizzlies, a Filipino named Jerald Acoba from Tulare, California made a half-court shot to win the Big Shot Jackpot of $95,000.

That’s roughly equivalent to P4,750,000.

After making the incredible shot, Acoba imitated D’Angelo Russell’s “ice in my veins” celebration before high-fiving Russell, Julius Randle, Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson.

Asked what he would do with the money, Acoba said he’d buy his mom a new car.

“She’s always been there for me when I need her,” he said in a report on Lakers.com. “She’s always there to help me out. It’s my turn to repay the favor to her.”

 

 

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Randle records triple double in Lakers’ win over Grizzlies

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The Los Angeles Lakers scored a huge 116-102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, snapping a three-game losing streak behind Julius Randle’s triple-double effort.

Randle scored 19 points (9/15 FG), grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists — the third triple double of his career.

It was also the first time in 177 games the Grizzlies gave up a triple double.

“I just took what the defense gave me, trying not to force anything, get my guys going and just making the right reads,” Randle said after the game.

The Lakers had a great night shooting the ball from deep, making 17 three-pointers — 12 coming from Nick Young (20 points) and D’Angelo Russell (18 points).

Los Angeles plays Portland next on January 6 (January 7 in Manila).

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Memorable moments from the NBA on Christmas Day

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The NBA began playing games on Christmas Day in 1947. This year marks the 69th time with NBA games on the holiday. Here is a look at some memorable moments from NBA Christmases past.

1961

Wilt Chamberlain scored 59 points and grabbed 36 rebounds but his Philadelphia Warriors lost to the New York Knicks 136-135 in double overtime. The rebounding total remains a Christmas record and the scoring total was a Christmas record for 23 years.

1972

Nate “Tiny” Archibald of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings equaled a Christmas Day record with 18 assists in a 104-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972. Archibald’s performance was part of a season in which he became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and assists. The Hall of Famer remains the only player to accomplish the feat, but Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets rank among the league leaders in both categories this season. Westbrook will play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Christmas Day this year.

1984

The greatest individual scoring performance in Christmas Day history came in 1984, when Hall of Fame forward Bernard King of the New York Knicks scored 60 points in a 120-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets. King became the third player to score at least 50 points on Christmas, joining Wilt Chamberlain (59 points in 1961) and Rick Barry (50 points in 1966).

1985

Rookie Patrick Ewing (32 points, 11 rebounds) and the New York Knicks rallied from a 25-point deficit to stun the mighty Boston Celtics 113-104 in double overtime. This was a massive upset as the rebuilding Knicks finished the season 23-59 under current ESPN analyst Hubie Brown and the Celtics went 67-15 en route to winning the NBA championship. New York and Boston will meet on Christmas Day this year.

1986

Patrick Ewing’s put-back at the buzzer gave the New York Knicks an 86-85 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan scored 30 points in his first Christmas Day appearance.

1994

With Michael Jordan in retirement, Scottie Pippen powered the Chicago Bulls to a 107-104 overtime win against the New York Knicks. Pippen played all 53 minutes and had 36 points, 16 rebounds and five steals. He scored all seven of Chicago’s points in overtime and blocked two last-second shots to seal the victory.

1995

For the first time in NBA history, the teams from the previous season’s Finals met on Christmas Day the next season. Penny Hardaway scored 22 points, including the game-winning shot with three seconds left, as the Orlando Magic defeated the defending champion Houston Rockets 92-90. In a matchup of star centers, Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal had 22 points, 18 rebounds and five assists and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon notched 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

2003

Tracy McGrady outdueled rookie phenom LeBron James to lead the Orlando Magic past the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-101 in overtime. McGrady finished with 41 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. James dazzled in his Christmas Day debut, finishing with 34 points and six assists.

2004

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal meet for the first time since Shaq’s trade to the Miami Heat the previous offseason. The matchup lived up to expectations as the Heat extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 104-102 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, overcoming Bryant’s 42 points behind double-doubles from O’Neal (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Dwyane Wade (29 points, 10 assists).

2008

In a rematch of the previous season’s Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the defending champion Boston Celtics’ 19-game winning streak with a 92-83 victory. Phil Jackson recorded his 1,000th victory, the sixth coach at the time to reach the milestone.

2010

In his first Christmas Day game with the Miami Heat, LeBron James recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 96-80 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. James is one of five players with a triple-double on Christmas Day, along with Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Billy Cunningham and Russell Westbrook.

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NBA Christmas games on BTV, NBA Premium, ABS-CBN

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Christmas is right around the corner, and for NBA fans that means we’re in for some interesting matchups.

A lot of hype revolving around NBA Christmas Day — highlighted by the rematch between the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

Lucky for us Filipino sports fans, all five games scheduled for Christmas (in the U.S.) will be televised locally on December 26.

You can catch the games across BTV, NBA Premium and ABS-CBN Sports+Action.

Find the schedules in the tweets below:

Just out of curiosity, which games will you be watching?