Kobe Bryant hits home run at charity softball game

Since entering the NBA, Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has been compared to Michael Jordan and just like MJ, Kobe played some baseball. OK well maybe it wasn’t on a professional level like Jordan but at least he nailed a home run.

Kobe took part in a charity softball in Seattle and when he was at bat, he hit the ball long and out of the part in Seattle.

Check out footage of Bryant in action which should calm LA fans fears of him recovering nicely from his knee injury which kept him out of action for most of last season.

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Everyone says Derrick Rose is back . . . is it true this time?

For two years, we have waited for Derrick Rose. There have been glimpses of his return from injury. Pregame workouts in sweats, but barely anything wearing that familiar Bulls jersey. His 10-game cameo last year showed he was still trying to gain confidence at game speed. A torn meniscus stopped that process before it could […]

The Nets traded Kyle Korver for a copy machine

“As the second round of the 2003 draft puttered along, the Nets watched as teams ahead of them plucked every player in which New Jersey had interest. The team, fresh off an Atlantic Division win and an appearance in the NBA Finals, was so low on cash, it considered selling the pick to finance its summer league team.

“With none of their preferred choices on the board, the Nets brass selected Creighton forward Kyle Korver with the 51st pick — and immediately sold his draft rights to the Sixers for $125,000. That covered summer league. With the leftover cash, the Nets bought a new copy machine.”

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Nick Johnson is the Rockets’ only rookie . . . good

Houston’s Summer League representative in Orlando was nothing. Literally it was nothing. Clint Capela joined the team in Las Vegas a week later. He was not expected even to sign, stashed away in Europe as the Rockets cleared cap room to make a run at big-name free agents. This was exactly why the Rockets sent […]

Dick Bavetta retiring?

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Rookies Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine preparing for dunk showdown

It is the dead time of the season when solo workouts, high school gym-filling exhibitions and pick-up games take hold of the NBA. There are some really talented and athletic players in this year’s NBA Draft class. And they want you to know it. First, this past weekend at the Seattle ProAm, Timberwolves rookie Zach […]

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CC Power Rankings: Pre-World Cup

Free agency has pretty much died down at this point. The teams with money and the desire to spend it have spent it. Really, only Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe remain unresolved in free agency. The Cavaliers have signed Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract, meaning they cannot trade him for 30 days. That effectively kills […]

Matt Bonner shows sweet dunks… from high school

OK so he may not get an invite to the NBA Dunk Contest but when San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner was a youngster in high school he had some great hops.

Yes you read that correctly, Bonner dunks!

Check out the “Red Mamba” (h/t Project Spurs) showing off some dunk moves which include the reverse jam and a between-the-legs-toss-while-back-to-the-basket-off-the-backboard slam!

NBPA honing in on new executive director

“Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery is among three finalists to become the next executive director of the National Basketball Association players’ union, two people with direct knowledge of the process said.

Michele Roberts, an attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for technology companies, are the other finalists, said the people, who requested anonymity because the process is private. Ron Klempner, the association’s acting executive director, declined to comment.”

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The NBPA has been without an executive director for almost a year now after the ousting of Billy Hunter. The players are expected to vote on a new executive director at the NBPA’s annual meeting in Las Vegas this week.

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Dwight Howard continues to burn all his bridges

You would think by now, Dwight Howard would know not to talk about the past, his past teammates or anything to the media other than the task at hand. After spending nearly two years saying the wrong things over and over again, Howard just cannot seem to get out of his own way. With Jameer […]

CC Video of the Day: Magic’s Gordon destroys a little girl’s ankles

Woah take it down a notch Aaron Goron! It is just a little girl guarding you.

At a recent basketball camp, Orlando’s Gordon was showing some of the kids some of his moves but went full speed when a little girl tried to steal the ball and crossed her up pretty bad.

I am Gordon sent the girl to the floor with her ankles crushed!

Check out Gordon breaking a little tyke’s ankle which sent him laughing off the court. Come on Aaron!

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NBA considering All-Star Week

All-Star Weekend is a major event among celebrities, NBA players and the sport. The league showcases its best players and gets a lot of business done with sponsors — not to mention all those juicy trade rumors with the trade deadline typically less than a week away. Wouldn’t it be great if that lasted a […]

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Carmelo Anthony: ‘I don’t care about money’

Carmelo Anthony’s free agency was somewhat overshadowed by LeBron James. Well, everything in the NBA was. James’ mere presence on any team was going to shift the title conversation. That was the power of James’ decision. Anthony’s decision between staying in New York or possibly leaving for a team like Chicago had a little more […]

Chris Paul: Boycott possibility real if Donald Sterling stays

“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about. Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.

We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake [Griffin], DJ[DeAndre Jordan]. It’s unacceptable.”

–Clippers guard and NBPA President Chris Paul on the possibility of boycotting the Clippers to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Earlier this week, Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified in open court that the legal limbo Donald Sterling has left the Clippers in has put a lot of the franchise’s on-court success in limbo. Parsons testified Doc Rivers had told him he would consider quitting if the Sterling issue is not resolved before the start of next season.

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