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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.

 

LeBron James’ No. 23 Makes History In Cleveland

According to sales from Adidas and NBAStore.com from October 2014 through December 2014, LeBron James’ No. 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is the most popular in the NBA.

James is yet to deliver a championship to the City of Cleveland, but the Cavaliers are No. 1 for the fist time in franchise history on the team merchandise list. It’s only the second time since his rookie season that LeBron James has had the most popular NBA jersey.

Western Conference All-Star vote leader and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made the leap from No. 5 to No. 2. The top 5 is rounded out by Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose.

For the first time in their careers Portland Trail Blazers’ explosive guard DamianLillard (No. 11) and New Orleans Pelicans’ phenom Anthony Davis made the list.

1. LeBron James, Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry, Warriors
3. Kevin Durant, Thunder
4. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
5. Derrick Rose, Bulls
6. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
7. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
8. Tim Duncan, Spurs
9. Dwyane Wade, Heat
10. Blake Griffin, Clippers
11. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
12. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
13. Chris Paul, Clippers
14. James Harden, Rockets
15. Anthony Davis, Pelicans

 

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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.

This Generation Got Next

NFL great Jim Brown excoriated Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in a 2013 interview where he said Bryant was “confused about African-American culture,” and explicitly stated he would not be a part of a current roundtable discussion with Black athletes:

“In the days when we had a summit and we called the top black athletes together to talk to Muhammad Ali about his status with the armed forces, there were some athletes we didn’t call. If I had to call that summit all over, there would be some athletes I wouldn’t call. Kobe would be one of them.”

Ten years earlier, Kobe Bryant accepted a Teen Choice Award for Favorite Male Sports Figure. During the speech, Bryant said “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Fox television network omitted Bryant’s speech from its broadcast.

Kobe Bryant’s statement about injustice went ignored. Instead of earning credibility with the elders, his gleaning from Dr. King was viewed as an act of disrespect.

Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, Kobe Bryant spoke at a peace walk in his honor at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California. The move caught the media off-guard because Bryant’s people did not inform them that he’d be in attendance.

“Players such as myself and others who have the platform, our responsibility is more than putting the ball in the basket but helping them have the platform to tell their story,” said Bryant, referring to Trayvon Martin’s parents.

When former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks were exposed, Bryant was one of the first NBA superstars to call for his ousting.

After a grand jury acquitted Darren Wilson for the murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant swiftly took to Twitter:

Bryant didn’t call for peace. He used his pulpit to shed much needed light on the current state of systematic lynching.

NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Derrick Rose, and Kyrie Irving have worn “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts over their uniforms before recent games in response to a grand jury not indicting officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death. Los Angeles Dodger owner Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson praised James taking a stand while risking business relationships with corporate sponsorships.

To Mr. Brown: Have Kobe Bryant’s actions earned him a seat at the summit? What makes his words about injustice any less valid than Muhammad Ali’s? Will the elders finally accept that the younger generation gets it?

Whether it be blacking out profile pictures on social-media, or voicing opinions that others may find controversial , today’s athletes are showing that they posses the consciousness and courage to bring about change.

Rose out with minor ankle sprain

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will sit out the next game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as a precautionary measure. Although X-Rays taken came back negative, Kirk Hinrich will start in Rose’s place.

Bulls fans took a collective gasp when Rose tweaked his left ankle in Fridays 114-108 loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose has missed almost two season of play while recovering from two knee surgeries.

Pau Gasol Off And Running With The Bulls

Pau Gasol did o.k. in his debut with the Chicago Bulls. He tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over the New York Knicks.

No wonder Carmelo Anthony tried to get him to join the Bockers. Melo went 5-13 in his Triangle Offense debut, but his team suffered a 104-80 shellacking.

Contenders like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs made desperate attempts to convince Gasol to sign for less money as the final piece of their championship puzzles. The Bulls were ultimately the team that impressed Gasol enough to accept a less lucrative contract than the Los Angeles Lakers offered.

With the return of Derrick Rose, along with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson in the front-court, Pau Gasol may have again landed in the right place at the right time.





Rodman Clarifies Rumor About ISIL Visit

NBA Hall of Fame Power Forward Dennis Rodman denied a story that claimed he was headed to the Middle East to visit with ISIL leaders.

Derrick Rose Is ‘Creepin On Ah Come Up’

He followed his last summer gold medal victory with an MVP award.
Team USA won the 2014 FIBA World Cup leading to a celebratory team Shmoney dance…except Derrick Rose.

Like the 2012 NBA All-Star game introductions, Rose refused to cut a rug with his enthusiastic teammates during the post-game celebration. He’s always been a silent assassin, and it’s been said that gangsters don’t dance, they boogie, and Rose proved he has plenty of Shake ‘n Bake left in his game.

But you won’t catch him doing the Harlem Shake. A point guard has an automatic instinct to think steps ahead. He’s won the gold, and now he’s thinking about a ring.  If you look very closely, you can see he’s plotting his next move.

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Kurtis Blow on meeting Magic Johnson, and hanging with Michael Jordan

In part one of a three-part interview, music legend Kurtis Blow visits Run The Triangle and shares stories about meeting Magic Johnson, and what he did to Michael Jordan that put a rift in their friendship.

P.A.GE. 24 with Special Guest Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

Lakers’ fans have dealt with frustrations over the past few seasons, and the Summer of 2014 represented a chance to reboot. But after failing to land marquee free agents, and a seemingly elongated coaching search, for some, that optimism has morphed into disappointment.

L.A. Times Sports and BasketballInsiders.com Senior Writer,Eric Pincus, gave RunTheTriangle.com an exclusive interview about the Lakers’ off-season moves.