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Michael Jordan Has Brotherly Love For Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan made it abundantly clear about his feelings regarding Kobe Bean Bryant during his 20th annual Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, California.

“Even though he stole all my moves, but that’s OK. I still love him like a brother,” proclaimed the iconic Jordan.

“I think he’s one of the great players of the game, I think he’s done a lot for the game, and he has a true love for the game of basketball,” he continued. “I absolutely have high regard for Kobe Bryant.”

Mainly anonymous sources, along with some players and coaches around the league, have been known to make Bryant out to be a competitive yet treacherous nomad with whom nobody gets along.  A few others have tabbed him as the reason the Los Angles Lakers have been unable to land big name free-agents lately. And then there’s that whole Shaq thing.

But when the greatest player in the game expresses high regard and love for you, how much does the opinion of Jared Dudley really matter?

We discuss how the power of Michael Jordan’s love exceeds any hate for Kobe Bryant in this edition of P.A.G.E. 24.

 

Lakers Pick Up The Pieces: Roy Hibbert

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After being rejected by LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, and Greg Monroe, the Los Angeles Lakers salvaged their summer of free-agency by trading for two-time All-Star Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert is by no means a franchise player like Aldridge, but does address a need on defense. In the 2014-2015 season, the Lakers were 29th in both defensive rating and opponents points per game. Hibbert is a 7’2 legitimate center that will provide instant rim protection..

The move allows the Lakers to keep their financial flexibility. Hibbert is 28 (younger than Aldridge) and in the final year of his contract, which should provide added incentive to play well.

In this edition of P.A.G.E. 24 we analyze why the Lakers haven’t been able to lure free-agents to Los Angeles the past few summers, and how Roy Hibbert can help their young core.

Can Kobe Bryant get born again?

The Los Angeles Lakers need deliverance. They must exorcise the demons of the past three seasons in order to receive restoration. Much of that depends on the return of Kobe Bryant for his 20th NBA season.

Bryant set down with Ahmad Rashad for an exclusive interview and discussed his killer instinct, and the desire to return to glory. He cited the San Antonio Spurs success, and said he wants his career to mimic their rebirth to championship form.

So can Kobe get born again? We discuss this in the latest chapter of P.A.G.E. 24.

 

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Reggie Miller Fights The Ghost Of Kobe Bryant

TNT Analyst Reggie Miller is an expert on defending oneself against Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. He’s had the unique opportunity to battle each in the NBA playoffs and on-court scuffles. Miller recently appeared on the Dan Patrick Show where he compared the two:

No question. Michael Jordan on his worst day is 10 times better than Kobe Bryant on his best day, and that is not short-changing Kobe Bryant because he gave me my lunch-pail too. Michael Jordan on his worst day I will take over Kobe Bryant on his best day.

Clippers have team meeting, but Doc Rivers isn’t impressed

The Clippers held a players-only meeting after suffering a 121-104 defeat to the Golden State Warriors. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said in practice today that the meeting of the minds was beneficial.

“It helped guys clear the air,” said Crawford. “I think the main point was just to get on the same page, everybody needs to be playing on the same page. The important thing is we understand that you have to go through the process.”

But Head Coach Doc Rivers doesn’t believe in such group sessions.

“I’m not fan of team meetings,” admitted Rivers. “When I hear about some team having a team meeting I’m like I want to play those guys.”

The Way They Were

The Clippers may have many of the same players that got them to the Western Conference semifinals, but Rivers contends this isn’t the same team.

“We deal with people, not X’s and O’s,” he explained. “The names might be the same, but this isn’t the same team I had last year.”

No Rest Down The Stretch

When asked if he would mirror San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich’s style of resting his star players during certain parts of the season, Doc Rivers said he’d been there and done that.

“If you remember we did that in Boston in 2012,” recalled Rivers. “I used the last month of the season to have a second training-camp. We had two and a half hour practices, and we sacrificed a lot games down the stretch because of it.”

The Celtics had home-court advantage on the line in the final game of the season against the Atlanta Hawks who they were to face in the first-round. Rivers rested his starters and ceded home-court to the Hawks. The move proved to be brilliant in the end with the rested aging Celtics winning the series 4-2.

“We played Atlanta the last game of the season and could have had home-court advantage, but we rested our starters and said just let them have it,” added Rivers. It was a gamble but it paid off in the end. I obviously won’t be able to do that with this team.”

 

P.A.G.E. 24 – The Lakers Fight For Elbow Room

The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated 108-90 in the opening night of the 2014-2015 NBA season.

James Harden scored a game high 32 points, while Kobe Bryant led his squad with 19 points in 29 minutes. Dwight Howard cleared the air before the game about not leaving for Houston because of Kobe Bryant, only to let a third-quarter elbow to his former teammates jaw spark up new intrigue in the rivalry.

Inside The Numbers

Houston only shot 42% from the field, the problem is the Lakers shot an abysmal 35%.

The Rockets outscored them 36 to 9 from the arc, and James Harden scored 15 points at the charity stripe.

Don’t think the Lakers are missing Nick Young? They only attempted a total of 10 three-point shots. Young is not bashful, and will surely increase the number of attempts from downtown upon his return.

Jordan Hill cannot go 2-7 as the Lakers starting center. Most of those misses were at point blank range, and although he had a double-digit rebounding game, his inefficiency on the offensive end didn’t keep Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard busy long enough on defense.

Ed Davis had an economical 11 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of play. With rookie Julius Randle out, look for Davis to fulfill the first big man off the bench role.

The Lakers Have Mad Shoe Game

The Los Angeles Lakers proved they are out to win by any means necessary, as Ronnie Price launched a shoe at Andre Iguodala during the Lakers second pre-season loss to the Golden State Warriors.

‘Splash Brothers’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were as good as advertised, while the suddenly short-handed Lakers are still a work in progress.

In this chronicle of P.A.G.E. 24, we discuss what’s wrong with the Lakers’ offense, trisect Kobe’s horrible shooting night, and how the sons of NBA players are creating their own legacies.

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P.A.G.E. 24 – The Lakers Are A Blood Moon Rising

Kobe Bryant answered the doubters, Steve Nash got to the basket, and rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson showed they are ready to make an immediate impact, as the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 98-95 in their pre-season opener.

In this chronicle of P.A.G.E. 24, Kobe, Nash, and Coach Byron Scott reflect on the initial victory, and what surprise Laker is an early favorite to be the key X-Factor.

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P.A.G.E. 24 – Kobe Bryant Works With Nature & Byron Scott Turns Back The Clock

The Los Angeles Lakers look to rebound from their worst season since relocating from Minneapolis.

Former Laker, and new Head Coach Byron Scott’s first priority will be to establish a new team identity, and institute a defensive philosophy.

An even greater challenge may be managing the minutes of 19-year veteran Kobe Bryant, who returns after only six games played in 2014.

In this chronicle of P.A.G.E. 24, we analyze the Lakers re-branding effort, the parallel between Byron Scott and Pat Riley, and Kobe’s strategy against that which is natural.

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