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ICYMI: How not to rebound feat. Harden

Rockets star James Harden had no interest in collecting this rebound, sliding away as the ball came off the rim.


Iverson messaged Kobe about retirement

Allen Iverson wrote to the Lakers star, in part: "To the Mamba, one of your biggest fans here. To the top competitor, with the biggest heart. You brought so much out of me like no other player ever has. ... There will never, ever be another Kobe Bryant. I love you bro and good luck to you." (via Stephen A. Smith)

LeBron never got to face Kobe in finals

LeBron James is disappointed he never played Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals, even though one of them had been part of each finals since 2007.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers coach Brett Brown says the team has had multiple conversations with rookie Jahlil Okafor (multiple off-court incidents) about staying out of trouble and believes the team will have security with him from now on, as ESPN reported. Brown says Okafor is "embarrassed" about the incidents that have transpired. The team plans to issue an official announcement at some point. Kobe Bryant said he might talk to Okafor this evening.

Kobe: 'In high school I hoped to be a Sixer'

In the hours before playing his final NBA game in his home town of Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant said he had hopes of playing for the 76ers, but did just fine for himself with his long career with the Lakers.


Kerr 'extremely proud' of Luke Walton

"I'm extremely proud of Luke and the whole staff and all of the players," Steve Kerr said in a phone conversation. "It's just incredible what they've done, and it speaks to confidence of the group and to the continuity from winning the championship and taking that to the next step."

Floyd Mayweather attends D-League game

It was not the boxing star's usual night out, but Mayweather was in attendance to support Jordan Crawford -- and he also got to see Jimmer Fredette drop 37. Liked what he saw

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KD blasts media for Kobe treatment

Kevin Durant said he's "disappointed" with how the media has treated the struggling Kobe Bryant: "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it."


Kobe Bryant's career in photos

Bryant was a fresh-faced kid when the Lakers acquired him on draft day in 1996. Twenty years later, he's a superstar with a swan song. Photos

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LeBron reflects on Kobe's career

When asked about his most memorable game with the retiring Lakers legend, the Cavs star cited the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal game: "They went zone on us and we needed to make a big bucket. We swung it around the horn, Kobe caught it on the left wing and shot a 3 with no thought about it." Full Q&A

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Worth paying top dollar to see Kobe?

Michael Smith says no way, because if he goes to a game now, "I'm not going to see Kobe as I remember him. There's YouTube for that."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers coach Brett Brown estimates there will be 70 percent Kobe Bryant fans and 30 percent Sixers fans here this evening.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe says in high school he dreamed of playing in Philly, but he jokingly says he had to "settle" for his childhood dream of being a Laker.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant says playing in his hometown after his retirement announcement is "the cherry on top" of everything. Tells the Philly fans "thank you for everything."

Watch: Kobe Bryant news conference

This is the Lakers star's last season, and he's speaking before his final visit to his hometown of Philadelphia. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Lebron regrets not meeting Kobe in Finals

"I didn't hold up my end of the bargain in 2009 for the fans, for us, to meet in the Finals. ... I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, we wanted it, he held up his end and I didn't hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn't happen."

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Howard on Kobe Bryant: "Kobe is one of the greatest ever to play the game, he had an amazing career and it all comes to an end for all of us. Someone we all grew up watching and grow from the Afro to the changing of the number to all that stuff, 81 points. He's had a very good career. He paid the way for so many players coming out of high school. His work ethic and everything that he stands for on the court has been great. For 20 years, I mean thats amazing to play this game a long time. I know it will probably be tough after he retires because he loves this game so much. All of us have to face that reality one day just wish him well."

dwyanewade @dwyanewade

For 13 years he has pushed me to be great. just simply because he's great. Thank you @kobebryant for setting the bar high for 2 guards in this era. if not for you others or myself wouldn't have had anything real to shoot for. Your message back to me after I broke your nose in an Allstar game let me know what kinda competitor you were and it let me know I was in trouble the next time we faced each other. which was 5 days later haha.. #Afriend #Vino #Mambaout

ICYMI: Curry hits Gobert with freeze ray

Stephen Curry iced Jazz C Rudy Gobert with the little hesitation to get the wide-open layup.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell ESPN that the Nets have been gauging trade interest in Bojan Bogdanovic.

Is the 76ers 'process' working?

Chad Ford writes: "Three years into 'the process,' the Sixers don't have much to show for their losses. By now, the hope was to have drafted at least two cornerstones to build around." Experts on Sixers (Insider)

Warriors' Walton wins Coach of the Month

Golden State interim coach Luke Walton has led the defending champions to the best start in NBA history at 19-0 while filling in for Steve Kerr (back surgery). Cleveland's David Blatt won Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.


ICYMI: Luc Mbah a Moute's perfect pass

The Clippers forward had almost zero room to work in, but found teammate DeAndre Jordan to deliver this gem of a play: A behind-the-back pass capped off with a dunk.