Michael Wilbon runs down what he expects in the NBA's second half.
Don't ever make the mistake of trying to marginalize Kobe Bryant in a conversation about the NBA's best players. You'd be wrong.
He brought so much more than his unparallelled combination of size, skill and talent to the NBA. The league will sorely miss Shaq's playfulness, charisma and showmanship, too.
Three straight home losses? Check. Angry words? Check. Petty jealousies? Check. Got 'em all. Which means Kobe and the Lakers have everybody else right where they want them.
A conversation with Kobe. As he arrives in Chicago for a rematch with the Bulls, he says Derrick Rose's team has joined the Spurs, the Celtics and the Heat as contenders for his Lakers' crown.
As he arrives in Chicago for a rematch with the Bulls, Kobe Bryant says Derrick Rose's team is starting to look like a contender.