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Kobe Bryant may have passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list Sunday, but former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller says that Bryant, now No. 3 on the list, doesn't come close to being the player Jordan was:

The quote came from "The Dan Patrick Show" Tuesday when Miller was asked which player was tougher to guard. Miller did add: "That is not shortchanging Kobe Bryant because he gave me my lunch pail, too."

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Even with Kobe Bryant back, the Los Angeles Lakers seem sure to endure another difficult campaign in the impossibly good Western Conference.


That's right -- trouble's a-brewing in the Southland, and it has to do with Nick Young. Not his six- to eight-week absence with a torn thumb ligament, but new point guard Jeremy Lin's refusal to call Young by his somewhat self-applied nickname, "Swaggy P."

"He's super-cool," Lin told the media last week. "But I just find it ridiculous that everyone comes in and just calls him 'Swaggy.' You've got to earn it or something, and maybe he has but I just got here, so maybe I'll adopt [it] eventually."

What must he do to earn it, asked a reporter?

"It has to be something that I see," Lin said, "that when I look at him he just glows with Swaggy-ness."

Perhaps sensing the oncoming controversy, Lin walked back on his stance a little, adding: "He's hilarious. He's hilarious. He's really cool. So just out of respect for him being eight years in, if he wants me to call him Swaggy P, I guess I will. But besides that I'll call him Nick Young."

Sorry, Mr. Lin. Damage, done. If the Lakers don't make the playoffs, it won't be because the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans are all probably better.

It'll be because you questioned Nick Young's swaggy-ness.


Riding a Zamboni with the Los Angeles Kings

Volunteering as Lakers coach; throwing out horrible first pitch at Dodgers game

Playing 3-on-3 with random dudes in NYC

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We know the images of sports well, through awe-inspiring photographs and embedded-in-our-brains highlights.

This artist, though, is looking at the athletes and coaches we love a little differently. Well, OK, a lot differently. With some of the most minimalist sports portraits you'll find, Instagram user @lessonsinsport allows us to see big stars in quite a different light.

Check out our favorites:

Barry Sanders

Jim Harbaugh

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Muggsy Bogues

Steve Spurrier

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