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You think the Grizzlies know that they don't *have* to let every Pelican cutter, roller and curler get underneath the entire defense, right?

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 announce plans to retire Moses Malone's No. 2 jersey next seasons via Malone's son in a halftime ceremony.

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!

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant has 16 points and the Lakers lead the Sixers 58-50 at the half. Philly (0-18) looking to avoid breaking a tie with New Jersey (2009-10) for sole possession of the worst start in NBA history.

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


Wall starring vs. Cavaliers

Wizards PG John Wall has 21 points, 4 assists and 4 steals at halftime, helping the Wizards take an 11-point lead in Cleveland. It's Wall's first 20-point performance since scoring 25 on Oct. 31. Follow live

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

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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."


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 facing Lakers

Kobe Bryant is given an extended introduction ahead of his last game in Philadelphia.


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


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.


Kobe gets ready for final game in Philly

Kobe Bryant shoots around in preparation of his final matchup against the winless 76ers in his hometown of Philadelphia.


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)

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.