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Twitter went bananas over the hiring of Clay Helton before most of the West Coast even grabbed a cup of coffee.
Travis Haney, Heather Dinich and Ivan Maisel talk about USC's decision to remove the interim tag from Clay Helton's title and say while it wasn't the splashiest hire, it was probably the right hire.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic weigh in on the Patriots' loss to the Broncos and the loss of Gronkowski due to injury with Tom Waddle. Plus, Danny Kanell on CFB and Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter talk Kobe's retirement.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was asked if Kobe Bryant was the closest player to Michael Jordan that he had seen: "I think so," Hoiberg said. "Kobe, what he accomplished, the way he did it, the way he scored it, the tough shots that he hit, the fadeaways, the athleticism he did it with, the grace, yeah, I think he probably is the closest thing to Michael."
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
Taj Gibson played for USC in college and saw firsthand how much the city of LA adored Kobe Bryant. He spoke very highly of Kobe after Monday's shootaround. "One of the best players to ever play the game," Gibson said. "I'm just happy that I was able to play against him a couple times. Had great talks with him at dinner about the game ... Just a great guy. A superstar. Every time people heard about Kobe, from barbershops to street basketball corners, the city of LA loved Kobe."
Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?
While USC retaining Clay Helton as head coach has been met with mixed reviews, USC commits and targets are glad the Trojans kept Helton.
Los Angeles briefing: The buzz on Kobe's retirement announcement; Clips and Ducks in action Monday night; plus more in L.A. sports
A look at a few stories from ESPNLosAngeles.com making rounds on Monday, November 30.
Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night
Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.
Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith break down the Broncos' win over the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski's injury and Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement.
Future looks bright for Trojans
According to ESPN's Recruiting Nation, USC has the Pac-12's 2nd-best recruiting class coming in. The Trojans also rank 10th nationally, two spots behind fellow Pac-12 member Stanford.
USC rises to No. 21 in ESPN rankings
That's a jump of five spots following its 40-21 win over UCLA. Next up for the Trojans and full-time head coach Clay Helton is Saturday's Pac-12 title game against Stanford. Power Rankings
Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant
It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."
Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer
USC made it official Monday that Clay Helton will become the Trojans head coach, dropping his "interim" tag. So his status will be secure in advance of PAC-12 title game against Stanford. Interesting call from embattled athletic director Pat Haden. Helton has players support and he projects stability. He's not a young hotshot type like Kiffin and Sarkisian. On the other hand, he's not a choice that will energize the fan base, which was hoping for a big name. First question is how team handles business vs Stanford. Second is how Helton deals with a staff he inherited.
Clay Helton, USC sign multi-year deal
USC AD Pat Haden announced a multi-year agreement with Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.
The USC Trojans hired Clay Helton as their head coach, signing him to a multiyear deal Monday after he guided the school to a 5-2 mark as the interim coach.
With Kobe Bryant announcing that he'll retire at the end of the season, we look back at some of his special moments against the Celtics.