It's October.Like trips to the Pumpkin Patch, it's the dawn of the NBA season and we're flooded with various opinions on Los Angeles Lakers star and Kobe Bryant.
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Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debate Jerry Jones speaking about Greg Hardy, the Texans' struggles and Kobe being ranked #93. Plus, they discuss the fight between Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes.
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Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes were involved in a physical altercation Saturday night in Los Angeles at the home of Barnes' ex-wife, sources say.
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Julius Randle, who Kobe Bryant says is "Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body," showed off his versatile game against the Jazz.
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Kobe Bryant says his timing "is not perfect yet," but he's past the recovery stage of his shoulder injury.
Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game on Tuesday after taking a swing at Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert.
Two Lakers just miss the top 100
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Booker ejected for swipe at Hibbert
Jazz F Trevor Booker (left) was ejected from Tuesday night's preseason game in Honolulu after he took a swing at Lakers C Roy Hibbert (far right). Booker first got into a tangle with Lakers F Julius Randle, and when Hibbert joined the fray, Booker threw a punch that missed. Said Hibbert: "I have everybody's back."
Alec Burks scored six of his 27 points in overtime to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-114 in an NBA preseason game Tuesday night.
Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Preseason final from Honolulu: Jazz 117, Lakers 114. Kobe Bryant: 13 points on 5-9 FGs in 21 min. Lou Williams leads LAL with 20 points. Utah's Alec Burks scores a game-high 27 points.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell left Tuesday's preseason game against the Utah Jazz with a bruised glute that he suffered after crashing to the court in the first quarter.
Scott: I can't see Kobe playing elsewhere
"I can't see it. I mean I can't see it. I really can't," Lakers head coach Byron Scott told USA Today Sports. "I think just like Magic Johnson, even MJ [Michael Jordan], who went to Washington [after two years out of the game at the age of 37], but still when you think of MJ you think of the Chicago Bulls. When I think of Kobe, I don't care what happens, I think everybody will always think of him as a Laker and one of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game."
Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Same Lakers starting five for Lakers-Jazz exhibition game here in Honolulu: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle & Roy Hibbert. Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant's minutes will increase, ranging from 12-20.
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Per usual, Kobe Bryant is the highest-rated Laker on the fantasy basketball rankings. What is unusual is how far down the list you need to go to find him. Top 200 fantasy rankings
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