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Lakers continue to struggle without Kobe Bryant posted by Lakers News

The 36-year-old Bryant missed his second consecutive game in the Lakers’ 113-93 loss on Thursday to the Chicago Bulls at United Center after reporting soreness in his knees, both Achilles tendons and metatarsals as well as back tightness.

“I just need to kind of hit the reset button,” said Bryant, who watched the game from the bench. “What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything.”

Meanwhile, the Lakers provided more than enough evidence to refute an inaccurate statement after pulling a surprising win over Golden State, the Western Conference’s best team. The Lakers (9-20) are not better without Bryant.

After supposedly benefitting from Bryant’s absence thanks to more ball movement and more shots, Nick Young and Jeremy Lin combined for nine points on a 3-of-14 clip. The Lakers shot 39.1 percent overall.

“Teams seem to focus more on me, and it showed tonight that they wouldn’t leave me,” Young said. “We can joke around and all that. But we’re always going to need Kobe out there.”

That partly explained why Bryant has averaged 24.6 points per game (third in the NBA), albeit on a career-low 37.2 percent clip. None of his teammates consistently produced enough to leave Bryant with open shots or entice him enough to pass.

“Ball movement is great when guys are making shots,” Bryant said. “You don’t hit shots, I try to take the load myself and we have a lot of standing around. In games they hit shots, I sit back and let them hit shots.”

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Los Angeles Lakers Preseason Report 2014 posted by Lakers News

In the history of Los Angeles Lakers, 2013-14 was their worst season. Kobe Byrant worked hard to return after his injury and came in after 20 games, but unfortunately played only six games before he was injured again. The team started the season with 10-9, and even if Byrant was able to come back and perform as he did in the previous year, it would not have made much difference. Most players were a letdown, and the stats seemed empty.

For 2014-2015, there seems to be some major changes for reviving the team's morale and performance. The Lakers have hired Byron Scott to be the head coach. Scott is a former player and has helped the team win championships when was playing. In his stint as a coach, his best record is 42-22, and he managed to get New Jersey into two finals. However, he has also spent three years coaching Cleveland without getting the team back on track. Scott has been longing to coach the Lakers, and his return might motivate the team.

However, the roster of Los Angeles Lakers does not look promising, and there are doubts whether the team can even reach the playoffs. Pau Gasol, one of the key players is no longer in the team, and the replacements, Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis have not shown much promise. Bringing in Jeremy Lin might be hype, as he has not been able to maintain the explosive performance when he first started. However, he is still an improvement for the team. Younger talent that were picks from the first round, such as Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, and MarShon Brooks, have not performed in other franchises. Julius Randle, another pick from the first round is considered ready for NBA. However, he may not have the caliber to make it in the playoffs.

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Lessons I learned from playing poker that helped my improve my basketball skills posted by NBA News

Poker is a game that some try to discourage due to its perceived association to gambling. Some parents may discourage their children from playing the game; for fear that it could eventually lead to a gambling problem. However, this attitude is wrong, given the many benefits that both children and adults can gain from playing the game.

Playing poker requires a diverse range of skills that you acquire over some period of time. These skills can be applied in different areas of your life, from the sports you participate in to businesses and the personal relationships and interactions you have to handle on a day to day basis.

Making Timely Decisions

One of the ways lock poker helped me improve my basketball skills, was to improve my ability to make judgments. I learned to read non verbal cues that I could read from my opponents and use that to make split second decision. It made me realize that non verbal cues can add improve decision making. I realized it is possible to learn to look for this cues as when training and playing in the field, without necessarily knowing what to look out for.

The beauty of poker, is that it helps you to learn things faster. You recognize patterns and learn to identify them quickly. The game has a tight feedback system that enhances the learning process. Other games do not. But if you play this game for an extended period of time, you will teach your mind to identify these patterns.

Taking Risks

Another way that this poker helped me to improve my basketball skills was to learn how and when to take risks. The consequences of taking certain risks become apparent almost immediately. As a result you learn to weigh the risks. You become increasingly aware of the weight of your actions and learn to make the right decision on your feet.

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Tips To Becoming A Professional Sports Bettor posted by NBA News

Gambling is one of the oldest forms of commercial activities known to man.  There are many types of gambling and one of the most popular is sports betting.  To put it in layman’s term, sports betting is simply predicting and placing a wager on the outcome of a sports event.

For most people, sports betting is merely a hobby that can be addictive and engaging. People place wagers on the outcome of the Super Bowl, for instance. Through sports betting, cheering for a particular team or athlete becomes more thrilling since there is money involved.

However, for some people, sports betting is not just a recreational activity that they enjoy. In fact, they rely on sports betting for their main source of income. These professional sports bettors don’t just rely on luck. After all, luck can’t be on their side most of the time to make sports betting their primary source of income.

Sports betting is not for everyone. It takes a lot of guts for people to make sports betting their bread and butter. For the few who are inclined to make sports betting their number one source of income, here are some tips to become successful in this endeavor.

The first key to being a professional sports bettor is to learn how to be detached to a certain sports team or athlete. In sports betting, it is very common for recreational bettors to place a wager on their favorite team or athlete. For instance, a bettor from New York is inclined to put his money on the Knicks instead of, say, the Miami Heat. Emotional attachment to a sports team or athlete is one of the obstacles to becoming a successful professional sports bettor. When one bets solely or mainly on the basis of preference, then there are higher chances that he or she will end up on the losing side.

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The Kentucky Derby is Just Around the Corner posted by NBA News

The Kentucky Derby is considered as the most exciting two minutes in all of sports.  It is held every year in Kentucky, Louisville.  It is the highlight of the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival. It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Unlike the other two races, the Kentucky Derby has been held every year since 1875.  This year, the event is slated on May 4. Several horses are being picked as top contenders in the race. These include Verrazano, Revolutionary and Shanghai Bobby. Like in previous years, the Kentucky Derby is expected to draw a lot of interest with millions of people placing bets on their favorite horses. You can make money by betting on the Kentucky Derby, and this article discusses how. 

First, you should be familiar with the betting terminologies. A win pertains to a bet on a horse you think will win the race, while a place pertains to a bet on a horse you think will end up either in first or second place. A show is a bet on a horse you think will finish first, second or third.  The three are the basic types of wagers offered by Churchill Downs, the racetrack that hosts the derby.  There are also exotic wagers, or more complicated types that include exacta (picking the top 2 finishers), trifecta (picking the top 3 finishers) and superfecta (picking the top 4 finishers). 

In the Kentucky derby, you are betting against other players. Churchill Downs gets a slice of the total pool (around 15 to 20%) and then the rest of the money is given to all the players that have the winning tickets.  If it is your first time to bet, you can check live KY derby betting odds to have a better idea on which horse to put your money on. 

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Miami Heat Could Be A Bust posted by Richard Kagan

It's come down to this.  A coming out party for the 3 star players of the Heat:  LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, was wierd.  It was over-the-top and unfortunate.  If this is an example of giving the players their due props, then the Heat are already in trouble.  They haven't won anything.  You'd think they won the NBA title.  Heck, they haven't even played together, won a game together, fought together or sweat together.

I'll say this, when it came down the crunch time against the Celtics, where was Lebron?  He all but disappeared in game 5.  Looked dreadful, out of sync, like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. 

This whole deal with the Heat is all hype and flash.  It's alot of smoke and flash.  The Heat will be interesting to watch.  Everyone will expect them to win every game they play.  After about 10 games, playing for them won't be fun anymore.  The Heat could collapse under the weight of the over-sized egos on the team.  They may have to turn to Pat Riley to coach these guys, but he can;'t make them play together.  Not too many teams will be able to test them, but they will be tested, and then we will see how good they are.  One coach will find a way to neutralize LeBron, and the other parts won't work as well.  A coach has to understand physics and the laws of human nature and there aren't too many coaches that come to mind.  Phil Jackson can find a way to beat the Heat.  He has Kobe and Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.  The Lakers and the Heat will be something to see.

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Lakers Watch (7/1/10) posted by TP&G Blog

June 15, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -  epa02204272 Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (C) makes a pass  around Boston Celtics center Rasheed Wallace (L) and Boston Celtics  guard Nate Robinson (R) in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers  89-67 win over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals Game Six at the  Staples Center in Los Angeles California, USA 15 June 2010. The best of  seven series is tied at 3-3. May 10, 2010 -  Salt Lake City, Ut, California, U.S. - Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown  slams home two points over Utah Jazz's Ronnie Price in the first half  Monday night, May 10th, 2010 at the Western Conference Semifinals at  EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah. ....///ADDITIONAL  INFO:01.lakers.0511.mg - 05/10/10 - Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING,THE ORANGE  COUNTY REGISTER - Additional info, CQs, and keywords for  searching..Lakers vs Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Western Conference  Semifinals at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah.

There is still nothing major yet to report regarding the Laker off-season moves, but this so-called exciting job fair is starting bad. Really, really bad with too many non-top-tier players (and counting) getting offered ridiculous contracts.

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What the 2009-2010 Season Taught us About the Lakers posted by TP&G Blog

June 17, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -    epa02208457 Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic of Slovenia kisses    the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after he and the Los Angeles    Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 to win their 16th NBA    Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 17    June 2010.

Plans of dethroning the Lakers are well underway, and in less than 24 hours the first step will being. But before we start watching how next season will shape up for our back-to-back champs, let's take a look at some of the highs and lows that brought the Lakers to one of the most epic NBA Finals in history and cement another Laker legacy:

• Jerry Buss has always been a businessman who knows his craft but never ever takes whatever or whoever makes his Lakers one of the most respected franchise in sports history. That includes sticking with the players who win him another championship. He may have tried to put on his poker face with Lamar Odom last sumer, but we all knew he would help Lamar win that poker game only because he hates fixing something that isn't broken. However, Odom may have made Buss regret not sending him on a one-way bus fare to Miami by being too inconsistent in this year's playoffs. Another thing about Buss: he demands the same generosity from the players he give charity to. The way Odom stunk it up in the post-season, he just might be the first victim of Buss' budget plans for next season.

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Three-peat is highly possible for Lakers in next NBA season posted by nbaball

THE BOLD declaration of Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant that the team will attain its third straight crown in the next season of the National Basketball Association is highly possible. Basketball experts said three-peat might be hard to achieve in the face of the tough competition in the NBA but if the Lakers will continue to play its full potential it is very possible.

The basketball experts said one thing going for the Lakers in its quest for a piece of NBA history is the fact that almost all of their important players will be back for the team to defend their crown. Bryant the heart and soul of the Lakers had an existing contract to play for the Lakers for many years to come.
With the superstar guard still part of the Lakers roster, the team will remain solid for years to come. Aside from Bryant other Lakers players who will be back to defend their crown are superstar center Pau Gasol, versatile power-forward Lamar Odom, veteran point-guard Derek Fisher, rising young center Andrew Bynum and defensive specialist Ron Artest.

Gasol had been a vital factor in the Laker's tough victory against its arch rival Boston Celtics in their best of seven NBA Finals.
The Spanish center provided front-court scoring and defense to frustrate and defeat the determined Celtics who was able to send the game into a deciding game seven. Odom although undersized as a power-forward still contributed big for the team with his ball distribution and clutch plays against the trough defense put out by the Celtics.

Fisher for his part provided efficient veteran leadership to solidify and add more spunk to the defending champion. Bynum for his part was a steady center who provided quality minutes in terms of scoring and defense for the team. Newly acquired Laker Artest is himself had a big contribution for the Lakers victory with his tough defense against the top scorers of the opposing team particularly in the NBA Finals against Celtics superstar forward Paul "Truth" Pierce. With those players mentioned back in Lakers uniform in the next NBA season it would very difficult for other NBA teams including the Celtics to defeat the defending NBA champion. To achieve their desired three-peat the Lakers however need to resign Lakers coach Phil Jackson to coach the championship team again in the next season of the premier professional basketball league in the planet.
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Father's Day, Fútbol, and Prince Albert? posted by Amari Harris

Good morning brave souls.

 

Once again, it has been an unreasonably long time since I’ve done this but I’ve had quite a bit on my plate for the last couple months.  I’ve officially started my education in the law and I’m also the captain/coach/coordinator/quarterback/cornerback for my flag football team.  Ok, that’s only two things but cut me some slack.  I have to make time for Paul, Jack, and Evan.  But I am digressing.  You don’t want to hear about what’s going on in my life (you selfish bastards!).  You want to hear about men in little shorts, playing with balls that they throw or kick in a whole, a goal, or sometimes even into the hands of another man (gross).  

 

So where do I begin?  Well, if this were an international blog I’d have to start with globes most beloved sport and the World Cup.  Everybody loves the soccer and everybody loves the World Cup.  People come out of the wood works to pick the team they think is going to go all the way and 9 times out of 10 they can’t even name the goalie.  But me, I’m an honest Joe.  I mean I’ll keep track of who is moving up in the standings, but I may watch a total of 5 minutes of this dreadfully dry activity over its duration. I’m not going to pretend I like soccer or know anything about it for that much.  With that said, I bought an ITALIA World Cup t-shirt because it looks good on me and girls love Italy…I think.  

My goodness, I forgot two very important administrative announcements before I started this thing.  First I’d like to wish all of the

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Sources: Kobe, Lakers to make final decision on injury Monday, but outlook is grim (Yahoo Sp

There’s little hope within the franchise that Bryant can avoid season-ending surgery for his torn rotator cuff. [read full article]

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Kobe Bryant to have surgery on torn right rotator cuff, 'probably' out for season (Ball Don%

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers did indeed wait until Monday to make their final determination on how to respond to the torn right rotator cuff he suffered during last Wednesday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. As it turned out, though, the decision they came to is the one most of us expected; all that remains now is to learn whether his absence will be as long as we expect, too. Here's Monday's news, as first tweeted by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News and subsequently confirmed by the Lakers themselves in a press release: [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who injured his right shoulder in last Wednesday night's game against the Pelicans in New Orleans, was examined this morning by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. ElAttrache confirmed an earlier diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff, and advised Bryant to have surgery to repair the shoulder. Bryant has agreed, and surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning. A timeline estimate for Bryant's return will be issued following the surgery. The team statement still leaves some wiggle room for the rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light possibility that Bryant, 36, will suit up again for the Lakers during the 2014-15 campaign, and has not suffered a season-ending injury for the third straight season. But sources told Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski last week that doctors' opinions shared with Bryant referred to the procedure he needs as "season-ending," and Lakers head coach Byron Scott doesn't seem to be holding out much hope for a return before mid-April: Byron Scott on Kobe: "Now we know Kobe is probably not going to play (the rest of the year)." —Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 26, 2015 As our own Kelly Dwyer reminded last Thursday , a late-season shutdown for Bryant was always in the cards , but this certainly wasn't the way it had been drawn up. But while Scott had recently taken to giving his veteran top gun more rest , he did so only after some unsightly, fatigue-impacted shooting and a heavy early-season minutes-and-shots workload that seemed at least in part intended to get Bean past Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list. There's a case to be made that Scott's decision to keep running Bryant out there, especially after being Kobe had previously informed his coach that his shoulder was bothering him, represents an abdication of duty, as suggested by ESPN Los Angeles' Baxter Holmes . Whether you view Bryant's latest serious injury as a regrettable organizational failure to properly protect its primary talent, the latest sad but inevitable piece of evidence that not even the greatest performers in league history can ward off the ravages of time and nearly two decades of minutes forever, both or something else entirely, the fact remains that we're not going to see Kobe Bryant play basketball any more for a little while, and possibly not until next fall. (It's considered exceptionally unlikely that this will represent the end for Kobe, due in no small part to the fact that he's owed $25 million next season.) The Mamba might have had a chuckle at this latest setback , but the grim confirmation of his diagnosis certainly doesn't leave much for the rest of us to smile about. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring the need to let Bradley Beal bomb away (Ball Don't Lie)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Truth About It . Good stuff from Adam Rubin on Bradley Beal, "a deadly 3-point specialist who does not shoot 3-pointers," and why it would behoove Flip Saunders Randy Wittman (whoops!) to do what he can to push the Washington Wizards marksman into more long-distance attempts. PF : Nuggets Ink . Brian Shaw really wasn't happy that Danilo Gallinari didn't get a shooting foul call that would've sent him to the free-throw line with a chance to tie things up in the closing seconds of the Denver Nuggets' Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. SF : VICE Sports . Patrick Redford looks at the latest Forbes valuations , looks at situations like the one in the works in Milwaukee , and comes to a conclusion: "If NBA teams are worth billions, it's farcical that cities should be held ransom by owners. No citizens are obligated to help the rich get richer." SG : RealGM . Jonathan Tjarks on why the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to give Kobe Bryant a $48.5 million contract extension last year made an awful lot of sense even if age and injury meant he was never going to come close to producing at that level on the court: "In a business where rain makers can choose where they want to work, it’s never a bad idea to cultivate a reputation as a place that takes care of its employees." PG : Forum Blue and Gold . J.M. Poulard on the uncomfortable eventuality that Lakers fans find themselves facing in the aftermath of Kobe's latest injury and, in all likelihood, eventual comeback: "I’m not sure whether I or anyone else for that matter is prepared for a world where a healthy but older version of Kobe is no longer the Purple and Gold’s best player." 6th : But the Game is On . Stephen Curry has turned in an MVP-caliber first half for the remarkable Golden State Warriors, but Mark Travis wonders if the magnitude of Curry's ascending star at the point guard position has perhaps somewhat unfairly obscured the continual brilliance of Chris Paul. 7th : San Francisco Chronicle . Ron Kroichick with a good look at the work that's gone into developing Curry's yo-yo handle, the metronomic backbeat behind the soaring solos he authors with his shooting. As former Warriors and current Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas says, "“He knows he’s not going to lose the ball, no matter what he does with it.”8th : Vantage Sports and The Triangle . Ian Levy and Kirk Goldsberry offer statistical and shot-chart-based looks at how Andrew Wiggins' offensive game has evolved as his rookie season has worn on, how and where the Minnesota Timberwolves wunderkind has improved, and where he still needs some work. 9th : San Antonio Express-News . The great Mike Monroe looks back at the 1975 ABA All-Star Game, an event that featured Willie Nelson singing a capella and the MVP receiving a horse. (There is a sad ending .) 10th : Wall Street Journal . Ben Cohen looks at how Vine has changed the experience of watching, and re-watching, NBA games. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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NBA-Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said. The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder last week in a loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans, underwent a procedure lasting two hours, the team said in a statement. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Scottsdale, Arizona; Editing by Gene Cherry) [read full article]

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Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery (Reuters)

Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said. The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder last week in a loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans, underwent a procedure lasting two hours, the team said in a statement. "I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should be ready for the start of the season," Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the surgery, said. Bryant was averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this season for a struggling Lakers team that is last in the Pacific Division with a 12-34 record. [read full article]

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