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Who was better: Kobe or Duncan?

Both have five rings. Both soared over their generation. But if you had to pick one of Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, who would it be? Vote!


Kobe cools off after hot start

After making three of his first four shots, and scoring 13 points in the first quarter, the Lakers star slowed down, going 1-for-5 in the second. He still has 16 points at halftime, helping LA lead by 8 in Philadelphia. Follow live

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Jerry West: Painful to watch Kobe now

The man who brought Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles said of the retiring star in an interview with Reuters: "It has been painful for me to watch him. It bothers me. A lot of people will remember him for how he's playing now. I won't."

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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

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant said he doesn't have a preference whether the Lakers retire his No. 8 or his No. 24 jersey at some point in the future. Said Lakers spokesman John Black: "Weve had internal discussions and will continue with more formal conversations on the issue, but as to what number will be retired or when we will do it, we do not have any information to share publicly at this time."

Philly fans chant 'Kobe!' before 76ers vs. Lakers (0:35)

Kobe Bryant feeling the 3

Kobe is 3-of-7 on 3-pointers so far. He was 4-of-29 on 3-pointers in his previous 5 games. He's in his hometown of Philadelphia facing the 76ers. Follow live

Louis Williams returning tonight?

Williams missed the Lakers' last two games due to the death of his grandfather, but is listed as probable tonight for Los Angeles' matchup against Philadelphia. DFS late lineup notes


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers did a really nice extended intro for Lower Merion, Pa. High School product Kobe Bryant. Lot of cheers and chants of "Kobe!" from what appears to be a capacity crowd at Wells Fargo Center.

CFP rankings: 16-20

  • 16. Oregon (9-3)
  • 17. Oklahoma State (10-2)
  • 18. Florida (10-2)
  • 19. Houston (11-1)
  • 20. USC (8-4)

Kobe drifting away from the game (0:41)
FiveThirtyEight: Kobe is the 7th worst player in the NBA (3:15)
Kobe gets ready for final game in Philly (0:15)

Magic: Dodgers prepping offer to Greinke

Dodgers co-owner Magic Jonson said that the team is preparing a competitive offer to re-sign Zack Greinke but is prepared if he signs elsewhere. Johnson said, "Hes our No. 1 priority in the off-season." (via Mark Saxon)

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)

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LeBron James reflects on Kobe Bryant's career

LeBron James, who idolized Bryant as a teenager, spoke about how Kobe's career affected him and what the future Hall of Famer meant to him and the NBA.

LeBron on Kobe: Disappointing we never met in NBA Finals (0:30)
Kobe: In high school I always dreamed of being a Sixer (1:44)
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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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Kobe en Philly...

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.