June 12, 2013 |
THE LAST PLACE Kobe Bryant wants to be right now, besides watching the NBA Finals from home, is New Jersey. Lawyers representing the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said a settlement's been reached in a dispute with his mother, Pamela Bryant, and a South Jersey auction house over a hundred pieces of memorabilia he'd left behind. The results of the settlement are confidential, but Pamela Bryant, who received an advance of $450,000 from Goldin Auctions of West Berlin, Camden County, for her son's memorabilia, issued an official apology over the ordeal along with Kobe's father, Joe. "We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia.
April 26, 2013 |
AS A COLLEGE basketball fan in the early 1970s, maybe you went to the Palestra to see Joe Bryant or Mike Bantom or Ron Haigler. But a friend and I would go there for another reason - to watch Temple's Joe Rymal. Joe wasn't the Owls' leading scorer or top rebounder. No he was something more important than that, he was the older brother of my friend and classmate Tom Rymal. And having a relative playing in the Palestra at that time was the Hoops Holy Grail. Tom, who played at North Catholic, Community College and Drexel, was the best basketball player I ever appeared on a court with regularly.
April 12, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant wouldn't have put up with "abuse" from a coach like Rutgers' Mike Rice. "I would have smacked the hell out of him," the Los Angeles Lakers star told Showtime's Jim Rome. "I mean, no question about it. ... It probably wouldn't have been the best way to react to it, but that's how I would have reacted. " Even at age 18? "Oh, no question. I mean, just a year later I was going at with Shaq," he said, referring to the much bigger Shaquille O'Neill, then the Lakers center.
January 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - When the locker room opened for the media Tuesday before the 76ers-Lakers game, Sixers players were involved in an animated discussion. The topic was the All-Star Game and their conversation centered mostly on Jrue Holiday and whether he will be on the Eastern Conference team for the game on Feb. 17 in Houston. The banter started with players speculating who would start for the East. Then, as they reached somewhat of a consensus, they turned to the subs. Holiday, they all said, deserves to be there before some of the more prominent guards in the East, such as Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving and the like.
July 12, 2011
ELTON BRAND won't accept failure. Even if it has the propensity to lighten his already deep pockets. That's probably why the Sixers forward is trying his luck in the movie industry again, this time signing on as a co-producer for the upcoming film "Tupac," a biopic on the life and death of the West Coast hip-hop artist. This isn't Brand's first venture into the movie game. While in Los Angeles as a Clipper, Brand co-founded a small production company called Gibraltar Entertainment.
April 18, 2006 |
Former La Salle standout Joe Bryant, the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was named yesterday as coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. Bryant, a former 76er, served as an assistant to Sparks coach Henry Bibby last season, then filled in as the coach for the final five games of the regular season and the playoffs. Bibby is now on Maurice Cheeks' staff with the 76ers. Bryant's former La Salle coach, Paul Westhead, now coaches the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. Lauren Jackson signed a multiyear deal to remain with the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
August 18, 2005 |
Former La Salle star, father of an NBA superstar, and now a head coach in the WNBA. That would be Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, the father of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who yesterday was named to run the Los Angeles Sparks through at least the end of the season. Bryant, 50, replaces another former 76er, Henry Bibby, who was dismissed Tuesday. Sparks president Johnny Buss did not announce the change until yesterday. The former La Salle star played for eight years in the NBA, his last season coming in 1982-83 with the Houston Rockets.
May 9, 2003
SLICE IT any way you want, but Joe Bryant is a racist - plain and simple (sports, May 1). Write it, learn it, know it, accept it. If the Bryants were white, and the father didn't speak to his son because the son's wife was black, Joe Bryant would be crucified in every media outlet imaginable. Kobe's wife is a white Hispanic, which contributes to the "Jellybean's" uneasiness. If Kobe's wife looked more like Celia Cruz, I doubt that Joe B. would have as many problems with Kobe.
June 10, 2000 |
Joe Bryant saw a lot of recognizable faces among the players trying out for scouts at the Moody Bible Institute during this week's NBA pre-draft camp. "The strange thing is, this is Kobe's class," Bryant said yesterday. "I watched these guys all through the years, starting in ninth grade. " Bryant was at the camp on business. In December, his son bought a 50 percent stake in Olimpia Milano, an Italian professional club. So while Kobe Bryant is playing in his first NBA Finals, his father, who is running the club, is hunting for players.
June 4, 1996 |
Kobe Bryant, the child prodigy from Lower Merion High School who declared himself eligible for the draft on April 29, has elected not to participate in this week's NBA pre-draft camp. "It was my father's decision," said Bryant, 17, dressed in a silver and black warm-up suit, looking as if he was ready to play ball. "He said it would be a wise decision right now. He said I'm up there at a pretty nice pick right now, so why risk it? I can understand that. "But you know me. My competitive juices are flowing right now. I see all these guys here, I'm ready to go out and play right now. But it's his decision, and I respect that.