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The BUZZ: Kobe Bryant Calls Out Lakers Management; Lindsay Lohan’s List; High School Coaches Bullied; First Ever Albino Blue Marlin Caught

Have a great Thursday everyone, here are some of todays top stories from around the globe…

  • Surfer upset after magazine describes him as having an “apish” face. [Daily Telegraph]
  • Kobe Bryant Reportedly Has ‘No Interest’ in Playing for Mike D’Antoni in 2014-15 [via BleacherReport]
  • Oakland A’s season ticket holders get a lunchbox. [Reddit]
  • On the stupid comparisons of hockey and basketball whenever someone gets hurt. [Deadspin]


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Common (42), David Draiman (41), Kaya Scodelario (22), Neil Sedaka (75), William H. Macy (64), Will Clark (50), Johan Santana (35), Coran Butler (34), Danny  Masterson (38)


*The origin of Matthew McConaughey’s “alright alright alright.” [via Uproxx]

*DJ Snake & Lil Jon made an amazing music video.

*This kid is obnoxious.

*Everything wrong with Days of Thunder.


LeBron James & Kobe Bryant Top Forbes’ List of 2013 NBA Endorsement Deal Earners

To the surprise of no one, Miami Heat four-time MVP LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers five-time champion Kobe Bryant are incredibly wealthy.

The earnings of those superstars goes well beyond their annual salaries, as James and Bryant top Forbes’ list of NBA endorsement deal earners in 2013, per Kurt Badenhausen.

King James raked in $42 million from his endorsement and shoe deals with Nike, while Bryant came in second among NBAers by earning $34 million from the same company.

The rest of Association’s top endorsement earners were as follows, per Forbes:


NBA’s Top Endorsement Earners of 2013
Player Team Earnings Company
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls $21 million Adidas
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder $14 million Nike
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat $12 million Li-Ning
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks $9 million Jordan/Nike
Amar’e Stoudemire New York Knicks $6.5 million Nike
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets $6 million Adidas
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers $6 million Jordan/Nike
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers $4 million Jordan/Nike




2014 NBA All-Star Rosters Revealed: Western Wisdom vs Eastern Youth

The 2014 All-Star Game rosters were unveiled Thursday night, featuring some first-timers, old-timers and even some surprises. However, their is no surprise on which conference has the upper hand as the West features a star-studded lineup, while the East brings young talent to the court.

Revealed in a special edition of NBA Tip-Off on TNT, the crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal announced and analyzed the selections just a week after the 10 starters were made public.

Unlike the starting lineups, which are determined by fan vote, reserves are selected through votes from head coaches in each respective conference (coaches cannot vote for their own players).

In the East, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony will have to carry the team, with a few first-timers that include DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks and John Wall of the Washington Wizards.   


Eastern Conference All-Stars
Starters Player 2013-14 Stats
BC Dwyane Wade 18.7 PPG, 4.7 APG, 4.7 RPG, 21.4 PER, .578 TS%
BC Kyrie Irving 21.5 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.0 RPG, 20.28 PER, .524 TS%
FC LeBron James 26.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 28.8 PER, .661 TS%
FC Paul George 23.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.5 APG, 22.10 PER, .580 TS%
FC Carmelo Anthony 27.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 24.96 PER, .553 TS%
Reserves Player 2013-14 Stats
BC John Wall 19.8 PPG, 8.5 APG, 4.4 RPG, 19.91 PER, .521 TS%
BC DeMar DeRozan 21.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 17.99 PER, .517 TS%
BC Joe Johnson 15.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 14.98 PER, .553 TS%
FC Chris Bosh 16.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 20.55 PER, .612 TS%
FC Roy Hibbert 11.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 16.52 PER, .521 TS%
FC Joakim Noah 11.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 19.09 PER, .518 TS%
FC Paul Millsap 17.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 20.39 PER, .550 TS%

With the Eastern Conference being down this year with only five teams above .500, pickings were slim. Combine that with the Injuries to stars like Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez and Al Horford it just made the selections even harder.

The West is loaded from the starting five all the way to the end of the bench. Even without Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul on the roster but not playing due to injuries, the deep roster featuring sharp-shooters Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while Dwight Howard, Kevin Love and LeMarcus Aldridge will control the paint.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard lands his first selection,  and James Harden is included in festivities despite his lackadaisical defense becoming the brunt of jokes. 

Western Conference All-Stars
Starters Player 2013-14 Stats
BC Stephen Curry 24.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.5 RPG, 22.87 PER, .534 TS%
BC Kobe Bryant 13.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.3 RPG, 11.3 PER .505 TS%
FC Kevin Durant 31.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.2 APG, 31.17 PER, .645 TS%
FC Blake Griffin 22.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 22.97 PER, .585 TS%
FC Kevin Love 25.0 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 4.1 APG, 26.89 PER, .583 TS%
Reserves Player 2013-14 Stats
BC Chris Paul 19.6 PPG, 11.2 APG, 4.6 RPG, 27.47 PER, .578 TS%
BC Damian Lillard 20.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, 3.5 RPG, 18.87 PER, .571 TS%
BC Tony Parker 18.1 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.4 RPG, 20.12 PER, .571 TS%
BC James Harden 23.7 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.9 RPG, 21.12 PER, .593 TS%
FC LaMarcus Aldridge 24.3 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 23.30 PER, .518 TS%
FC Dirk Nowitzki 21.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 23.9 PER, .589 TS%
FC Dwight Howard 18.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 21.12 PER, .581 TS%




Kobe Bryant Out Six Weeks With Fractured Tibia



Kobe Bryant’s long road back to greatness will have to wait another few months, as the Lakers star is expected to miss the next six weeks. Bryant, who just returned from a torn Achilles, suffered a fractured Tibial plateau in the 3rd quarter Tuesday against Memphis. Bryant finished the game with 21 points in 33 minutes.



Kobe should miss around 20-25 games, which puts his return somewhere in February. On November 25th, the Lakers signed Kobe to a two-year deal worth $48.5 million dollars.



Lakers Sign Kobe Bryant to Two-Year Contract Extension, Worth $48.5M

BREAKING: The #Lakers and @kobebryant agree to terms on a contract extension. #GoLakers pic.twitter.com/1JiXnrTJ3h— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 25, 2013


The Los Angeles Lakers and veteran superstar Kobe Bryant have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth roughly $48.5 million, which will keep the him in the purple and gold through the 2015-16 NBA season.


The Black Mamba, will maintain his status as the NBA’s highest-paid player at the age of 35. The 2007-08 league MVP will receive $23.5 million in the first year and $25 million in the second year of the extension.



ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne reports the team will be able to put another superstar with the longtime Laker.


The Lakers and Bryant arrived at the salaries so that the team will have the financial flexibility to pursue one top free agent on the market next summer.


The top 2 free agents coming out at the end of the 2014 are Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony who both can opt out of their contracts after this season.


Bryant has not played since suffering a torn Achilles tendon this past April, and will make one last effort to get a sixth NBA Championship



Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]

Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]

Lakers Bench Sparks Upset Win Over Clippers in Battle for L.A. [Video Highlights]


In the first Battle for L.A. of the season, the Lakers took the court without their leader Kobe Bryant and came out to prove that they are still a team to be reckoned with, while the new-look Clippers looked to get their season off to a strong start with new head coach Doc Rivers. 


Fueled by a strong performance from their bench (Lakers’ 76 bench points were the most for the club since April 1988) and more off the home crowd, the Lakers stunned the Clippers by a score of 116-103. Xavier Henry led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in his Lakers debut. Jordan Farmar brought energy and added 16 points, while Jodie Meeks scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.


The Lakers’ 41-point fourth quarter was downright stunning, but the identities of the players responsible for this exciting, free-flowing opener were even more jaw-dropping.


Here are the full highlights from last nights game.