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  1. Jalen Rose pulls back the curtain

    Brian Kamenetzky

    I tweeted this out earlier in the week, but as it's still generating some chatter it's worth posting here, as well. With about 3:30 remaining in the first quarter of Game 2 during the 2000 NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant elevated for a jumper on the right...

    Blog | September 20, 2012
  2. On Kobe Bryant's last Olympics and the final seasons to come

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images Once again, the United States has a gold medal in Olympic basketball, and the natural order of the roundball world remains intact. When it was over, Kobe Bryant acknowledged Sunday's game against Spain was his Team...

    Blog | August 13, 2012
  3. A very crowded drawing board

    Brian Kamenetzky

    On May 27, 1985, the Celtics destroyed the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 148-114, a game quickly declared the "Memorial Day Massacre." The Lakers, of course, went on to win the series in six games, finally vanquishing the Celtics curse. ...

    Blog | May 15, 2012
  4. Lakers looking to close - Monday practice videos

    Brian Kamenetzky

    A few themes played prominent Monday afternoon after the Lakers finished practice in El Segundo. Trust was a big theme, looking back at the final minute of Sunday's Game 4 win in Denver. Mike Brown talked about the play of L.A.'s small forwards in th...

    Blog | May 07, 2012
  5. A good day for Mike Brown

    Brian Kamenetzky

    The decisions coaches make are too frequently boiled down to overly binary, results-based evaluation. A choice was good or bad depending on the final score, as opposed to the logic driving it or the context creating it. It's one of the reasons quanti...

    Blog | April 23, 2012
  6. Jordan Hill active vs. Utah

    Brian Kamenetzky

    With the final touches apparently being put on Derek Fisher's buyout in Houston, newly acquired forward/center Jordan Hill is no longer in post-trade limbo, and will suit up Sunday night for the Lakers at Staples against the Utah Jazz. Notice I sa...

    Blog | March 18, 2012
  7. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are struggling in fourth quarters

    Brian Kamenetzky

    The Lakers are back from their six-game swing, finishing 3-3 after squeaking out a win over the Raptors on Sunday afternoon. Kobe Bryant was the catalyst in the final minute, hitting a 3-pointer and picking up a critical steal before nailing the game...

    Blog | February 14, 2012
  8. Deep breaths... Happy place...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Here's what we know: 1. The Lakers weren't good enough to win a title last season, for reasons related to context (burnout after three straight Finals runs) and shortcomings in personnel. 2. The Lakers aren't as good now as they were last seaso...

    Blog | December 13, 2011
  9. Stein: Sources say Odom, Besiktas have agreement

    Brian Kamenetzky

    They couldn't tempt Kobe Bryant, but as ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports, the Turkish club Besiktas appears to have landed a different Laker to pair with Deron Williams. Lamar Odom, sources say, has agreed to play with the Istanbul-based squad: "Final...

    Blog | November 24, 2011
  10. Drew League 151, Goodman League 144: 10 postgame thoughts (VIDEO)...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    LONG BEACH, Calif. -- SoCal takes Round 2. After falling to the Goodman League when All-Star teams representing the two vaunted summer programs met in August, the Drew League got its revenge Sunday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach. Final score: ...

    Blog | October 09, 2011
  11. 5-on-5 looks at Kobe, LeBron, and the lockout

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Andy and I participated in today's 5-on-5 feature at ESPN.com's NBA page, focusing on Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, two guys looking to make a point this year. Kobe that rumors of his decline -- and by extension his team's -- are exaggerated, while L...

    Blog | September 21, 2011
  12. Spain advances to Eurobasket Finals

    Brian Kamenetzky

    It wasn't exactly easy, but Spain managed Friday to squeak past tournament Cinderella Macedonia, simultaneously putting them in the Finals of the European Championships against France, and earning a berth in the 2012 London Olympics. Janek...

    Blog | September 16, 2011
  13. Beating the Heat doesn't mean being the Heat

    Brian Kamenetzky

    From the moment the SuperTeam! formed last summer in Miami, the NBA locked into an arms race for the finite pool of elite-level talent. Old-fashioned, garden-variety, championship-caliber teams weren't enough anymore. Either a roster could be punctua...

    Blog | June 12, 2011
  14. Offseason needs: Speed and athleticism

    Brian Kamenetzky

    First things first: Age, in and of itself, is not the problem. The Mavs, older than the Lakers, dominated the Western Conference en route to the Finals, where they continue to acquit themselves nicely. No question L.A.'s core carries real mileag...

    Blog | June 09, 2011
  15. Mavericks 96, Lakers 94 - At the buzzer

    Brian Kamenetzky

    When the Lakers scored four points over the final .7 seconds of the first half, heading to the locker room with a nine point lead, it's fair to say I thought they'd win. When the lead swelled to 16 2:21 into the third, it's fair to say I really thoug...

    Blog | May 02, 2011
  16. The Triangle previews Lakers vs. Mavericks

    Brian Kamenetzky

    With the Western Conference Semi-Finals kicking off Monday, the Kamenetzky Brothers and 710 ESPN basketball analyst Dave Miller break down the matchup between the Lakers and Mavs. Sometimes these things just write themselves, you know? Among the sub...

    Blog | April 30, 2011