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Kobe Bryant should only be ‘afraid’ of the Los Angeles Lakers’ upcoming season

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant admitted Wednesday that he’s “afraid” of life after basketball. “You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time,” said Bryant, 35, who signed a two-year contract worth roughly $48.5 million on November 25. Bryant, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee eight months later in December, averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and … Continue reading

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Charlotte Hornets power forward Cody Zeller should have never left Bloomington

Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing wants gangly power forward Cody Zeller to expand his offensive repertoire and become a better defender this offseason. The 21-year-old Zeller, who was taken fourth overall out of Indiana, badly disappointed as a rookie. A former Hoosiers center, the 7-foot, 240-pound Zeller only averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 82 games. “We need for [Zeller] to do it on both ends, not just look to score,” said Ewing, 51, a three-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Zeller was exposed when Syracuse battered Indiana in March 2013 and he … Continue reading

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J.R. Smith played ‘like a person who didn’t want to be’ a New York Knick

Appearing Wednesday on ESPN2′s First Take, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith said he understands Phil Jackson’s desire to trade him. Roughly 11 days after inking a four-year contract worth $24.7 million last summer, Smith underwent patellar tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus of his bummed joint on July 15. Smith, who began the season serving a five game suspension for blowing reefer, has also been pinched using cannabis on three occasions as a professional. Essentially a petulant child, Smith averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 74 games. “I was playing … Continue reading

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Cavaliers icon LeBron James will bring a few NBA titles to Cleveland

LeBron James officially rejoined the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. James, who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat following the team’s NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland agreed to a two-year deal worth $42.1 million. A four-time league MVP, James has averaged 27.5 points, 6.9 assists and 7.2 rebounds since turning professional in 2003 out of St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now,” James, 29, wrote in an exclusive interview with SI.com titled … Continue reading

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The Utah Jazz won’t let Gordon Hayward become a Charlotte Hornet

The Utah Jazz on Friday formally matched the Charlotte Hornets’ four-year, $63 million offer sheet for Gordon Hayward. After the shooting guard inked the deal with Charlotte on Thursday, Utah had 72 hours to equal the contract and retain the 24-year-old Hayward. “There’s never been any bad blood with the Jazz, and there have always been good-faith negotiations,” Hayward’s agent said. “We weren’t able to make a deal last fall and this is what happens. This is the free agency process.” Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey last month called Hayward a “career Jazz member” and the team’s vice president of … Continue reading

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