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5-on-5: The best and the worst of Kobe Bryant

How high does Kobe Bryant rank among the all-time greats? What memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend.

Kobe's top 10 plays of his career (2:46)
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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors take win streak on the road

A seven-game road trip could spell doom for Golden State's streak, Paul George & Co. are hitting their stride in Indy and Kobe's farewell tour officially begins. Marc Stein is taking stock of all 30 teams in the NBA.

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Rush is on as Warriors soar to 18-0 start

What's the latest treat as Stephen Curry and the Warriors kept on their unbeaten roll? They broke out some vintage Brandon Rush, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.


Time to add Capela to fantasy lineups

Joe Kaiser on the Rockets' Clint Capela, owned in just 25 percent of ESPN leagues: "The 21-year-old big man has recorded double-doubles in each of the last three games that he's played at least 25 minutes." Underowned, overowned options

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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.


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Harrison Barnes, still on crutches

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Either this is Steph Curry warming up, or a knight from the Middle Ages

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Paul George averaged 29.5 points and 49.5 percent 3-point shooting in November, as his Pacers went 11-2.

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."

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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."

Kobe Bryant's Top 10 plays

Forget the guy who shot 4-of-20 last night. Black Mamba has more than made up for it over the course of his Hall of Fame career.


ICYMI: Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the free throw line explains it perfectly.


Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


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."

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Amar'e Stoudemire (illness) did not participate in morning shootaround and has also been ruled out of tonight's game vs Boston.

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Chris Bosh (illness) did not participate in this morning's team shootaround and is a game-time decision.

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INJURY UPDATE: Luol Deng (hamstring) did not participate in this morning's team shootaround and has been ruled out of tonight's #HEATgame.

Van Gundy: Kobe's NBA life was 'incredible'

Jeff Van Gundy is in awe of Kobe Bryant's NBA career, from his debut at the ripe age of 18 to the level of dominance maintained well into his 30s,


Kobe Bryant on retirement

Kobe Bryant addressed the media to explain how he came to the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.


Washington in awe over Beckham's catch

Offensive lineman Trent Williams said it best: "That wasnt human. ... I was speechless. The guy is not from this world." Will Blackmon, who was defending the Giants WR on the grab, said: "Im like, Great, now Im going to be on NFL Films highlights forever." (Via The New York Post)

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All-Lefty Teamer Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.1 PPG and 6.0 APG. Only other Celtics to do that for a full season? Bird, Havlicek and Cousy

Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers

On the day he announced he'd retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting from the field in Los Angeles' 107-103 loss to Indiana.


Players, Celebs react to Kobe's retirement

Pau Gasol, Scottie Pippen, Justin Timberlake and many more shared their thoughts on Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement. Big love for Mamba on Twitter


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Fans received a letter from Kobe Bryant at tonight's game at Staples Center. Why? "Theyve got to know how much theyve meant to me," Bryant said. "And a letter doesnt do any justice, honestly. I grew up here. Its important for people to understand how serious I take that and why I would never  despite many offers  go some place else. It would just not happen. This is my home and I wanted to let them know how much theyve meant to me, how much I appreciate them. Even a letter cant do it justice."

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Kobe Bryant on his decision to retire at the end of this season: "Ive talked to several players. Ive been fortunate enough to actually be able to pick up the phone and call a lot of my muses and speak to them and kind of get their perspective on what they went through. But ultimately its a decision that I had to make. What do I feel? Do I want to play again or dont I? Its a very simple question, but its a hard question when you look in the mirror to ask yourself. The reality is, no, I dont, so why belabor it?"