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Kobe Bryant is Youngest Player to get 30,000 Points


Kobe Bryant set a new NBA record last night when the Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-87, the team that drafted Bryant in 1996. Bryant is one of the best scorers in the league and has now proved it by being the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. Bryant, 34-years-old, currently has 30,001 points in the NBA.

Before Wednesday’s game Wilt Chamberlain held the record reaching 30,000 NBA points when he was 35-years-old. Bryant is the 5th player to ever reach 30,000 points in their NBA career.

  • Kobe Bryant – 30,001 and counting
  • Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419 points
  • Michael Jordan – 32,292
  • Karl Malone – 36,928
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387

After the game Bryant said, “It’s just a tremendous honor. I don’t really know how else to put it. I’ve just been very, very fortunate.”

Expecting the moment to come, NBA commissioner David Stern was happy to witness the memorable moment. Stern said, “I want to shake his hand. I think Kobe is, as a talent and a competitor, he’s up there on the pedestal with Michael Jordan as one of the greatest. Kobe has such an extraordinary run playing at the highest level for so long with the championships to prove it in a league that is extremely competitive. Kobe and the Lakers have been an important part of the league, and I wish him well for this season and beyond.”

Congratulations to Kobe Bryant on this tremendous accomplishment. Bryant is not my favorite player, but there is NO arguing that guy can play basketball.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8718559/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-becomes-youngest-player-nba-history-score-30000-career-points

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/296834/kobe-completes-30000-nba-points.html

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Rockets’ Radio Announcer, Craig Ackerman Said It Best

The L.A. Lakers is a team full of talented players this season including Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and of course Kobe Bryant. Some may also include Metta World Peace in that group as well. But so far the Lakers have not been playing to their talent potential whether it be back luck, old age, no chemistry, or whatever the reason may be.

On October 31st Steve Nash, in the game against Portland, fractured his leg in a collision with Damian Lillard. Nash has yet to join tKobe_Bryant_on_benchhe Lakers back on the court.

At the end of November the Lakers fired the head coach Mike Brown and replaced him with Mike D’Anton. It was very early in the season for this kind of decision, but the Lakers had to make some kind of change.

Before Sunday the Lakers had a record of 8-8 and were scheduled to play the Orlando Magic. After the game the media asked Bryant about Gasol who has been mentally checking out during games. Bryant said, “Put your big-boy pants on. C’mon . . . just adjust. You can’t whine about it or complain about it. Heck, I’m 34 years old, and I’m running screen-and-rolls out there because Steve (Nash) is out, and my ass is running up and down the court more than I ever have in my entire career. But you have to adjust to it. I stay after practice and work on my ball-handling and screen-and-rolls, and when you have the talent to adjust to it, you just . . . have . . . to . . . adjust . . . to . . . it. We’re not going to lose (Pau). This is just not going to happen. I’ve been around him long enough to know how to deal with him.”

Then Lakers lost again last night to the Houston Rockets. The game started off looking good for L.A. as they led by as many as 17 points in the first half. At the end of the 3rd quarter L.A. was up by 10 points. Then Houston took over the game and as the game ended 107-105 Houston’s radio announcer, Craig Ackerman had the best announcement I have ever heard. In response to the lost and Kobe Bryant’s comment about Gasol, Ackerman said, “The Lakers have just pooped their big boy pants.” Great one Ackerman! I love it! This is easily my most favorite announcement ever.

Resources:

http://www.foxsportswest.com/12/02/12/Kobe%20sounds%20off%20after%20latest%20Lakers%20loss/msn_landing.html?blockID=829843&feedID=8686

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/rockets-radio-announcer-time-zing-lakers-just-pooped-150900785–nba.html

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Dwight Howard traded to the LA Lakers

Last night on Thursday August 9, 2012 Dwight Howard was traded to the LA Lakers in a 4 team trade. The teams involved in the trade include the LA Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Denver Nuggets. All the teams need now is an approval of the trade from the league, which should happen sometime today, then the players involved can join their new teams. In the trade the Lakers will get Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark; the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum, and Jason Richardson; the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and one protected first round pick from each of the teams involved; and the Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala.

A protected draft pick means that a team can pick a player from the draft, but will only acquire that player if all the conditions are met.

Dwight Howard has been trying to leave the Magic for quite some time now and is finally getting what he wanted, well sort-of. Howard’s first choice was to go and play for the Brooklyn Nets with Deron Williams, but that did not happen after months of drama. Howard also had the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Lakers on his want list as his other choices. Howard got traded to one of the three teams on his want list, but still has a chance to play for one of the others if he does not like playing for LA. Howard only has one year left on his contract and will be a free agent next summer if he does not sign a contract extension with LA. The Lakers are not looking to have Howard for just one year, they will do their best to help him fit in and see LA as his new home so that he will sign an extension before this coming season ends. If Howard does not like being in LA the Mavericks will surely be waiting for him this summer to make him an offer, but it will be hard for Howard to not like being a Laker this season. Over the summer the Lakers signed free agent Steve Nash. Nash is one of the best guards in the league and is very experienced. Nash has played in the NBA for 16 years and averages 14.5 points, 8.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game. Nash is one of my favorite guards to watch because he can make some of the most amazing no-look-passes I have ever seen. Nash can make plays happen and get the ball to the right teammate for the shot or will get in the right position to make it himself. The Lakers were also able to keep their forward Pau Gasol from being traded, even though it was talked about. A team with Howard, Gasol, Nash, and Bryant makes for a definite team to watch out for this season. If this Lakers team and create chemistry they will be a tough team to beat.

With the team the Lakers have this year, assuming the trade will be approved by the league, it will be very surprising if the Lakers have a bad year. I expect them to have a great year being in the top 5 teams in the Western Conference, maybe even the top 2. I do not believe the Lakers will be better than the Oklahoma Thunder but they will be a good matchup. I also predict that Howard will fall in love with LA and will sign a contract extension before the 2012-2013 season ends.

 

Resources:

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/steve_nash/career_stats.html

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8252042/sources-dwight-howard-los-angeles-lakers-four-team-deal-complete

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-conference-call-for-dwight-howard-trade-scheduled-with-nba-office-at-noon-et-20120810,0,1032659.story

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Derek Fisher traded to Houston

37-year-old Derek Fisher, #2 for the LA Lakers, was traded on Thursday March 15, 2012 to the Houston Rockets with a first-round draft pick for Jordan Hill. The Rockets even agreed to pay the remaining 3.4 million on Derek’s contract. Derek had 48 hours to report to Houston but Houston and LA agreed upon an extension to 72 hours. Derek Fisher never showed up.

Fisher started his NBA career as a LA Laker in 1996. He played for the Lakers until 2004 when he became a Warrior in Golden State. He was in Golden State for 2 years then spent 1 year in Utah. After that Derek went back to LA and has been there ever since. But last Thursday the LA Lakers traded Fisher to Houston, but Derek never went to Houston. The trade was unexpected and I am sure had to be hurtful for Fisher. The general manager for the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak had stated that Fisher was not given a heads up about the trade, or that he was even being considered for one. During Houston’s game Saturday night Derek was a no-show. Kevin McHale, Rocket’s head coach said, “I haven’t seen Derek yet. I have not talked to him.” Derek had till late afternoon on Sunday to report to his new team.

Sunday night Derek Fisher’s business manager, Jamie Wior released a statement confirming that the Houston Rockets and Derek Fisher agreed upon a buyout.

“After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout. Derek’s desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward. We thank the Houston Rockets front office for their interest, time and their absolute professionalism. There will be no further comment at this time.”

What is a buyout? Well many compare it to a divorce. Basically it is when the team and the play under contract decide to split up. When this happens, the team must pay the player the remaining salary of their contract. Then the player is placed on waivers and teams are given 48 hours to claim him.

In this situation the Rockets would be expected to pay the 3.4 million to Fisher, but according to The Houston Chronicle Fisher gave up the 3.4 million and will not require Houston to pay it. I guess that is the least he can do.

So where will Derek end up that will help him get that 6th championship? Miami? Oklahoma? Boston? In my personal opinion, I believe the teams that have a chance at winning the title this year are Oklahoma or Miami.

UPDATE: On Wednesday March 21, 2012 Derek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rest of the season. When Derek joined the team he picked a different number to wear on his jersey. He decided to go with the number 37, his age. After mentioning how others in the NBA saw his age as a bad thing, Derek said, “So I just wanted to send a message that the Thunder organization and I see it (his age) as a positive that I’m a guy that can still help a team be successful and compete for a championship at the age of 37.” Good choice by Derek Fisher. Now Derek just has to back up his decisions and fight for that 6th championship.

Resources:

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/derek_fisher/career_stats.html

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7702195/point-guard-derek-fisher-not-yet-houston-rockets

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7706447/derek-fisher-houston-rockets-finalizing-buyout-according-source

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/derek-fisher-bought-wants-win-sixth-ring-where-152901429.html

http://www.derekfisher2.com/news/comment-regarding-trade/2012/03/18

http://www.nba.com/2012/news/03/19/fisher-buyout.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt2

https://webfiles.uci.edu/lcoon/cbafaq/salarycap.htm#Q62

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7719497/derek-fisher-signs-oklahoma-city-thunder-uniform-wednesday-night

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