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Kobe is Correct: Lakers Nation Needs to…

Shut up.

It doesn’t matter if the Lakers lose to the Clippers tonight, just like it didn’t matter that they lost to the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers. Far beyond the first week of the 2012-13 regular season, they’re going to make the playoffs. And by that time, the team will be just fine.

Panic of this preposterous sort is what drives sports talk radio ratings. And so, if you have been listening – as we have – to ESPN 710 and KLAC 570, you are hereby forgiven for assuming the Lakers are 0-81 going into tonight rather than 0-2.

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New LA Lakers Duo Graces Sports Illustrated Cover

Notice who’s missing from this cover?

Get used to seeing less of Kobe Bryant and more of the Los Angeles Lakers’ two newest stars in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

Nash and Howard are on the cover of the Sports Illustrated NBA preview issue, which hits newsstands on Wednesday.

In the issue, Howard tells Lee Jenkins about the first time he had an alcoholic beverage:

On the night of Aug. 10, when Howard was dealt to the Lakers, he went to dinner at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills, and a large group of strangers invited him to their private room. “They said, ‘Dwight, we want to welcome you to L.A. and make a toast to you and your new journey here,’ ” Howard recalls. “I told them, ‘Thank you, but I don’t drink, I’ve never had a drink before.’ And then I thought about it, and I was like, You know what, I think this deserves a drink.” He clinked glasses and lifted one to his lips.

That is likely the first of many toasts in honor of Howard if the Lakers can bring home another NBA championship.

Philly Sportswriter Recasts Andrew Bynum as the Fresh Prince

The celebrating continues in Philadelphia media circles over the arrival of Andrew Bynum as a potential 76ers franchise lynchpin. But it is Dime magazine NBA writer Freddy Lopez who wins the honors for best pop culture-flavored analysis of the big man’s time with the Lakers.

Lopez suggests that just like Will Smith in 1990, Bynum’s move from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area to the west coast was sitcom-worthy. With Phil Jackson playing the part of Philip Banks and his successor standing in on the sidelines for Carlton:

Bynum’s distinct demeanor often drew the ire of Jackson and especially, Mike Brown. He came in as a goofy-lookin’ teenager from New Jersey to the old Rolls Royce of the league, the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it was the elbow to J.J. Barea or the blatant three-point attempt on a semi-fastbreak versus the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers weren’t going to be tolerant to what others viewed as defiance. These incidents, though, are a mere footnote to an evolved Bynum.

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Hand the 2013 NBA Title to the Los Angeles Lakers?

Get ready for nine months of non-stop Los Angeles Lakers talk now that former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is headed to town.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times has already declared the Lakers the 2013 NBA champions:

Go ahead and mark it down, with a Sharpie: The Lakers will make it back to the Finals in 2013. And they will win it.

Listen, I get why folks are excited. But we’re talking about the 2013 NBA Finals in August when we don’t know the health status of Howard and how he will fit in with Kobe Bryant, who isn’t exactly the ideal teammate.

But I guess this is what happens when we don’t have a football team to focus on in the fall.

Welcome to Los Angeles, Dwight. And no pressure next season or anything like that to win.

Steve Nash Traded to the LA Kings?

How big is hockey in Canada?

So big that Toronto’s CablePulse24 was under the impression that Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash was getting traded to the Los Angeles Kings — not the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the record, Nash will play alongside Kobe Bryant — not Anze Kopitar.

[H/T Jeff Elder]

Kobe Bryant Left Off ‘NBA 2K13′ Cover

Kobe who?

Kobe Bryant, the longtime face of the NBA, was left off the “NBA 2K13″ video game cover for Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant.

The last two versions of the wildly popular basketball game featured NBA legends, but Bryant was the sole cover boy for “NBA 2K10.”

“Kobe is a great, great friend of the NBA 2K franchise, but each year we continue to evolve and we want to do different things,” 2K Sports vice president of marketing Jason Argent told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview. “This year, it’s focused more on the young guys. But Kobe is always part of our family. We think very highly of him and what he’s done.”

Lakers, Clippers Win NBA Social Media Awards

The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers walked away from the inaugural NBA Social Media Awards Wednesday night with some hardware.

The Lakers received the Social MVT (Most Valuable Team) award for having the largest social media footprint (Twitter and Facebook) during the NBA season.

The Clippers received the Fan Nation Award for the highest percentage of increased exposure across all social media platforms.

(Funny how you become more popular when you have a winning product on the floor.)

Individually, Kobe Bryant won a pair of awards (#TrendSetter Award and Thumbs-Up Award) for the most mentions on Twitter and likes on Facebook. Clippers star Blake Griffin won the Got Game Award for the fan-favorite team/play during the regular season.

Kobe Bryant’s NBA Jersey Most Popular in the World

We all know Kobe Bryant is a household name not only just in Los Angeles but across the world.

But in case you need further proof, Bryant had the top-selling NBA Jersey internationally this past season, based on sales at Adidas locations outside the United States.

Exact sales figures were not released but Bryant is tops in China, Latin America, and Europe.

The one list Bryant didn’t top this season was the most popular jersey in the U.S. — that honor went to Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

Kobe Bryant, Unplugged

The media is having fun this morning with footage of Kobe Bryant crashing Pau Gasol’s Game 3 press conference and dishing about their former teammate Derek Fisher. Far more interesting to FishbowlLA are the comments made by the Lakers superstar to Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bryant long ago established a reputation for telling it like it is, when the mood strikes. So, not long after amiably gliding through a post-game chat on national TV with Lisa Salters, there was this:

“I don’t give a [expletive] what you say,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports late Friday. “If I go out there and miss game winners, and people say, ‘Kobe choked, or Kobe is seven for whatever in pressure situations.’ Well, [expletive] you.”

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Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Like Your Stupid Questions

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a long list of incidents where he comes off as an asshole, but Monday night wasn’t one of them.

Following a 119-90 loss to Oklahoma City, a member of the media mustered the courage (and stupidity) to ask Bryant if the Lakers could guard the Thunder.

Exit, stage left.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

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