Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement Via Poem: ‘Dear Basketball’

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It looks like reality A/K/A Father Time has finally got the attention of Kobe Bryant.

Actually, if you know and follow Bryant, you know he’s well aware of his age issues, but because he’s a warrior, he won’t stop fighting the obvious: Father Time ALWAYS win. Period.

In any event, on Sunday (11-29-15), Kobe told the world he’s retiring at the end of this NBA season via a retirement poem titled “Dear Basketball” on Derek Jeter’s PlayersTribune.com

Bryant, 37, is in the final season of a two-year extension he signed with the Lakers in 2013. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He’s also shooting a career-worst 31.5 percent from the field and 19.5 percent from three-point range.

This is Bryant’s 20th season with the Lakers.

Here’s a taste of Kobe’s Retirement poem:

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart

Read the rest at PlayersTribune.com.

h/t: bleacher report


Retired NFL Star Ray Lewis is Now Rapping (Listen)

ESPN personality Ray Lewis watches warmups before the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ESPN analyst Ray Lewis has posted a teaser of himself rapping, with a caption indicating that there is more to come soon.

The song, titled “Can You Stand the Rain,” has nothing to do with the famous New Edition ballad…or so it appear. The former middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens is rapping about honoring women.

“That’s why men cry for women! That’s why women…women… Can I slow down to honor a woman?” he says at the beginning, before launching into the rap.

Listen below:

Matt Barnes Slams Derek Fisher for ‘Telling Cops’ About Fight

derek fisher_matt barnesThe war between Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher continues as Barnes puts the New York Knicks coach on blast for informing the police about their infamous fight during the first weekend of training camp.

The New York Post reports that despite the issue staring to die down and fall under the public radar, Barnes brought it back to light by telling the Los Angeles Times, ““We’re two grown men who should have handled two grown men’s business, but he wanted to run and tell the cops and the NBA.”

Barnes’ comments come as the NBA still investigates the Memphis Grizzlies star’s situation with Fisher. The Post notes that the altercation between the two occurred the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

Realizing the possible sparks between Fisher and Govan, Barnes became angry and immediately went to Govan’s home to physically confront his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate. .

Although Fisher has remained silent on the incident, Barnes has taken the opposite stance with speaking out about the situation.

Nevertheless, folks will see exactly what goes down between the Barnes and Fisher when the Grizzles take on the Knicks on Jan. 16 in Memphis.


LeBron James Purchases $21 Million LA Mansion


LeBron James looks to be looking beyond Ohio with the purchase of a new home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood community.

Variety cites real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, and property records to confirm that the six-foot-eight Cleveland Cavalier shelled out “a sliver less than $21 million for an East Coast-style mansion on a plum block” in Brentwood. Designed by mansion specialist Ken Ungar, and custom built in 2011 for a real estate developer and his family, the 9,350 square foot residence features six-bedrooms and seven-bathrooms.

Other features for the home, which has a stone and white brick-clad exterior, include ample living and dining rooms that each contains fireplaces and honey-toned wide-plank wood floors.

“Less formal family quarters include a cook-friendly kitchen fitted with slab marble back splashes and every high-quality stainless steel appliance known to mankind, a breakfast nook set into a window-lined semicircular bay, and a family room that spills out through a bank of French doors to the backyard,” Variety reports, adding that the master bedroom shares a two-way fireplace with a private sitting room while offering “a snazzy marble bathroom and private terrace.”

Rounding out the new abode are deep verandas and a slightly compact backyard that comes with “a lap-lane swimming pool, open air cabana, and long, slender deck with panoramic sunset views over mansion-dotted mountains.”

James’ new home purchase comes after he sold a three-story waterfront contemporary in Coconut Grove, Fla. for $13.4 million. Despite this, the NBA all-star still owns a seven-plus acre spread in Akron, Ohio, which tax records reveal features a 30,000-square-foot mega-mansion with six bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.

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LeBron James, Chris Hardwick Team for NBC Game Show ‘The Wall’

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers lays down to rest his back during the season opening game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on October 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois

LeBron James is developing a new game show for NBC that mixes trivia with a bouncing ball.

Chris Hardwick, host of Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and AMC’s “Talking Dead,” has signed on to host and executive produce “The Wall,” which features two-person teams vying for “life-changing amounts of cash” that will either be won or lost based on answers to trivia questions.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ball element comes into play on a wall made up of a field of pegs — think Plinko on The Price is Right — with the game pieces careening towards slots marked with different monetary values.

James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment are producing a total of 10 episodes alongside Glassman Media. No premiere date has been set.

TV host Chris Hardwick attends Cosmopolitan's 50th Birthday Celebration at Ysabel on October 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.

“I’m excited about this series because it’s different than anything on TV right now. It’s got everything — excitement, drama and action — and it’s something the entire family can watch and root for together,” James said in a statement. “I believe Chris Hardwick brings all of that together in a really entertaining way that people will enjoy. For SpringHill Entertainment, it’s about creating quality and innovative content for all types of audiences, and I’m proud of the exciting projects we continue to be a part of.”

Like many aspirational-focused reality orders of the last few years, the network is going after “deserving competitors” — with a rundown of examples including a close father-daughter duo and a churchgoer and the pedestrian she donated her car to.

“‘The Wall’ is a bit like life, it rewards people who are both smart and lucky,” said NBC Entertainment president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy. “It’s a game that’s had us on the edge of our seats, and Chris Hardwick is a brilliantly witty and warm host.”


Lamar Odom In A Coma. Kobe Bryant Rushes To His Bedside. Prays With The Kardashians (Video)

 Lamar Odom is currently in a coma. His heart is failing and his condition is dire.

Friends and family have rushed to be by his side at a Las Vegas hospital. Kobe Bryant, who played with Odom for seven years on the Los Angeles Lakers, left a preseason game Tuesday night to be by his bedside.

Odom’s ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian, her sister Kim Kardashian and their mom Kris Jenner were already at the hospital when Bryant arrived.

TMZ reports that the NBA player prayed with them.

As we previously reported, Odom was found unconscious at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada on Tuesday, October 13th. He had been partying there since Saturday. He was reportedly taking an herbal substitute for Viagra.

TMZ reports that everything was fine until Odom got a call about an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and didn’t like the way he was being portrayed.

He became angry and remained so until he was found.

As for what was on the show …  Khloe got 2 calls from Lamar. When she got off the phone Kim criticized Khloe for being flirty with Lamar. In another clip, Lamar called Khloe to tell her that his good friend Jamie had died. When she got off the phone she worried Lamar might spin out of control. And in another scene Khloe fled a club after she heard Lamar was trying to get in.


Derrick Rose Claims Accuser Consented to Group Sex

DERRICK-ROSE Derrick Rose is taking a stand against an ex-girlfriend/groupie with his side of the story regarding accusations that he and his friends of drugged and gang raped her.

TMZ Sports reports that Rose filed documents, claiming the accuser “consented to sexual interaction with more than one co-defendant on more than one occasion, consented to sexual interactions on the day in question, and invited the defendants to her apartment and buzzed them in.”

According to the NBA star, things were cool the day after the incident. So much so that the accuser casually had a cup of coffee with her roommate the morning after… and headed to work for a full shift.

At the heart of Rose’s implication is the belief that a rape victim would have been way too distraught to have reacted the way his accuser reacted. He goes on to say in the documents that the woman only started to get upset with him a few weeks or months later. The reason, he said stems from her feeling that she should have been reimbursed for one of the sex toys she bought and used during the night in question.

The athlete added that the woman became even angrier with him because he started ignoring her texts. Overall, the woman is suing Rose for unspecified damages.

Rose mentioned this week that he’s refusing to let the woman’s lawsuit change his lifestyle.

Rose’s response to the lawsuit comes as he works on recovering from an injury he got Tuesday (Sept. 29) during practice. According to NBA.com, the Chicago Bulls Guard was struck in the face by an elbow and was taken by the team’s medical staff to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for testing and evaluation.

Turns out, Rose sustained a left orbital fracture, doctors determined. NBA.com revealed that the sports star consulted with several specialists, who determined he will require a surgical procedure.

The procedure will take place today, Wednesday (Sept. 30) at Rush Hospital. As for a timetable for Rose retuning to play, it looks to be dertmined after the procedure.


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