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Shelly Sterling Slam-Dunks on Hubby

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

Win-at-All-Costs Kobe Will Leave as an Icon

Michael Pina, Sports on Earth

Mora Will Make Sure UCLA Shows Well

Michael Weinreb, Sports on Earth

Scott Joins Kobe on Lakers' Sinking Ship

Shaun Powell, Sports on Earth

He had previously suffered 1,529 losses as the incompetent owner of the most poorly run franchise in NBA history. It is, then, no small matter that Donald Sterling's latest defeat ...(full article)

Kobe Bryant first entered my life on a basketball card. Dressed in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform and propped up by a pair of black and white Adidas high tops, the only thing wid...(full article)

It's been three years now since Jim Mora became the head coach at UCLA, after two abbreviated and not-particularly-successful stints as an NFL head coach. So it makes sense that he...(full article)

Now that the Lakers made it official and hired Byron Scott, Kobe Bryant is getting most of what he wants and little of what he absolutely needs. Kobe got paid: $48 million, enoug...(full article)

The Los Angeles Lakers took their good old time, but they indeed finally settled on a coach as they started contract negotiations Friday with Byron Scott, according to ESPN The Mag...(full article)

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