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  1. Kobe's Latest Ailment Puts the Lakers in an Awkward Holding Patte...

    Zach Lowe

    Kobe Bryant's knee injury is a major NBA event, because he is a transcendent modern superstar, he plays for the Lakers, and it was wonderful to see him hit some big shots against Memphis — even after suffering the injury, it turned out. But it ...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  2. Kobe Comes Back, and the NBA's Crazy Uncle Is Home Again

    Andrew Sharp

    "It's great for the league," Toronto coach Dwane Casey told reporters before last night's Raptors-Lakers game. "It sucks for us tonight." "Yeah, I think the expectations are too high," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said beforehand. "But he'll probabl...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  3. CourtVision: Kobe Bryant and the Elbow Test

    Kirk Goldsberry

    Imagine you are dropped into a random NBA game and a teammate throws you the ball at the elbow with three or four seconds left on the shot clock; there's no time to make another pass, you must somehow generate a field goal attempt, and everyone in th...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  4. The True Hollywood Story of Kobe's Crippling Contract

    Zach Lowe

    There are trades and contracts that require cold, calculating analysis about whether the logic of particular transactions accomplishes the clear goals of the franchises involved. Kobe Bryant's two-year, $48 million contract extension is not reall...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  5. Boogie Gets Busy, Bargs Goes Airborne: A Quick Check-in With the ...

    Andrew Sharp

    We won't do a full update and make Tri-Stars roster changes — a.k.a. the Viking funeral for Bargs — until the beginning of next month, but because sports news is a little heavy this week, it feels like the right time to look to the People...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  6. The Lakers and the Miracle of No Expectations

    Andrew Sharp

    First: "Wait, is this happening?" Then: "WHAT IS HAPPENING?" Finally: "Did that really just happen?" That was Lakers-Clippers on Tuesday night. And I know it was just one regular-season NBA game, most of the East Coast was asleep, and it...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  7. The NBA Media Day Power Rankings

    Andrew Sharp

    We've been getting in the mood for basketball for a few weeks now, but the NBA season doesn't officially begin until Media Day. That's when everything that's amazing and ridiculous comes back at once. The photos, the quotes, the trash talk, the o...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  8. Is Hakeem Olajuwon's Post-Up Play Training All It's Cracked Up to...

    Brett Koremenos

    With a dazzling array of spins, fakes, and graceful footwork, Hakeem Olajuwon was as unique as any player in league history. Though we still see bits and pieces of his game today — Kobe Bryant's footwork and fadeaways, Rajon Rondo's ball fakes ...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  9. An Intimate Night With Kobe Bryant and 5,000 of His Closest Frien...

    Andrew Sharp

    On Thursday night at the Nokia Theatre, there was an event called Kobe Up Close. The details: Jimmy Kimmel was going to interview Kobe Bryant for an hour, they were selling tickets for anywhere from $25 to $200, and all proceeds from the event would ...

    Blog | August 19, 2013
  10. Q&A: Steve Nash on Trying Out for Inter Milan, the Dwight Howard ...

    Zach Lowe

    You may have heard about Steve Nash "trying out" for Inter Milan, the Italian soccer powerhouse competing, along with seven other teams, in the Guinness International Champions Cup starting next week. The tryout, which isn't a real tryout, is among m...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  11. B.S. Report: Matthew Berry, Bill's Dad, and Zach Lowe

    Bill Simmons

    In Part 1 of 2, Bill dials up ESPN's Matthew Berry to talk about Dwight Howard leaving the Lakers. Then Bill's dad comes on to talk about rebuilding the Celtics and the Boston sports scene. In Part 2, Bill talks to Grantland's Zach Lowe about the mov...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  12. NBA Free-Agency Shootaround: Independence Day

    Grantland Staff

    So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. Here, you'll find takes on all the big free-agency transactions of the last few days, along with some of the not-so-big ones. It's Expected, I'm Gone ...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  13. Sports Book Club: Tim Grover's Relentless

    netw3rk

    From time to time, the writers of Grantland will use this space to unpack a new sports book. Most of these books will be bad. Relentless is a sports self-help/inspirational book by famed athletic trainer Tim Grover that reads like it was written b...

    Blog | May 21, 2013
  14. Changing the Conversation: A Postmortem of the 2012-13 Los Angele...

    Carles

    Don Draper always advises his clients with an aphorism: "If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation." That's decent advice for addressing a short-term problem about the perception of a brand or company, but it doesn't do anything to...

    Blog | April 29, 2013
  15. Thunder Struck: Russell Westbrook's Injury and What It Means for ...

    Zach Lowe

    The first thought is one of genuine sadness, just as it has been with Derrick Rose, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Andrew Bynum, Rajon Rondo, Danny Granger, Kobe Bryant, and every other important player on a playoff team who has suffered a season-endin...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  16. B.S. Report: Jalen Rose and David Jacoby (Plus Video!)

    Grantland Network

    In part 1 of 2, Bill tells Jalen and Jacoby his conspiracy theory of a Jay-Z and Lebron James business merger. Then they talk NBA Playoffs, and Kobe's future. In part 2 of 2, Bill, Jalen and Jacoby talk NBA Playoffs, Kenyon Martin's comeback, and whe...

    Blog | April 26, 2013