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Dear Kobe Pt 2: Thanks From Laker Nation

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On December 18th, it seemed like the city of Los Angeles, maybe the entire state of California, dropped everything they were doing to muse on the career of one, Kobe Bryant.  Being at the Kobeland celebration a few hours before the jersey ceremony was surreal.  A few days have passed, the purple and gold streamers have been swept off the floor, and …

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Dear Kobe: An Open Letter From A Fan Pt 1

In Basketball by Jo Anne Mabika

DEAR KOBE, Thank you for never being comfortable or complacent. Thank you for watching your dad and deciding to not only follow in his footsteps, but to strive to be the best. Thank you for giving Los Angeles every part of you, even when it was hard.  Thank you for giving us your hustle AND your heart.  Thank you for …

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Lakers Lose a Heartbreaker in OT Against the Warriors

In Basketball by Sue Kolinsky

Moral victories may not show up in the standings, but Wednesday night a loud statement by the Lakers against the defending NBA champions was deafening at Staples Center.  LA hung with the Golden State boys until falling in overtime 127-123 on the clutch 3-point shooting by Stephen Curry. Curry, on an off night, made it count in the extra period, …

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Derrick Rose Contemplating Retirement

In Basketball by Ashleigh Binder

It used to be funny to joke about Derrick Rose being injured.  Now it’s just sad and don’t think Rose has not be affected by his extensive injury history.  Unfortunately, Rose injured his ankle on October 20th in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.  He missed four games, but was able to return only to have to be sidelined once …

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Lakers Fall Short Against the Sixers As Lonzo Ball Sits on the Bench

In Basketball by Sue Kolinsky

In a battle between two rebuilding ball clubs, the Philadelphia 76ers outdueled the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night at the Staples Center 115-109, a night after they handed the Clippers their sixth straight loss. With the struggling Lonzo Ball watching most of the festivities from the sidelines, the young trio of Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram put up …

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Bruins Basketball Players Return Home From China With A Lot of Explaining To Do

In Basketball by Sue Kolinsky

Prior to leaving Beijing, President Trump launched a buzzer beater plea to China’s leader Xi Jinping to ensure that the “knuckleheads,” as he so eloquently referred to the UCLA freshman, be treated fairly. After being suspected of swiping designer sunglasses from a high-end shopping center in Hangzhou, the players were sequestered in their swanky hotel for a week awaiting their …

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The Art of the Big Man Reloaded

In Basketball by Jo Anne Mabika

2017 is bizarre and unlike any year before it. There’s an app that lets you locate which McDonalds restraunts have “broken” ice cream machines. People are calling for Migos to play the hyenas in the Lion King live action. There are trolls on social media literally paid by foreign governments to troll you.  Also undergoing change, the NBA.  Suddenly, some …

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Dangerous Dloading: Retribution for D’Angelo Russell

In Basketball by Jo Anne Mabika

He’s got ice in his veins and he’s not afraid to show you.  Third-year PG D’Angelo Russell has already had a notable career despite his short tenure in the league.  The Ohio State University attendee was picked second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA draft. DLo came to the City of Angels during a tough transition period …

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Keys to Success This Season: Sports & Psychology

In Basketball by Jo Anne Mabika

The cross between social psychology and sports has always been such an intriguing one. Basketball is a physical game, but one of the keys to success is combining the mental with the physical. Coming off of an offseason filled with drama that NBA fans didn’t need to tune into any daytime television shows. The result of all of the trades, …

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Quick NBA Preseason Recap- Wins, Losses, and Plenty of Injuries

In Basketball by Jo Anne Mabika

The NBA preseason is over and if you blinked, you might have missed it.  You may not have been able to pay attention to the rest of the league if you only followed your team during this week and a half introduction to basketball, but have no fear.  I’m here to recap the preseason wins, losses, and plenty of injuries. …