“The Black Mamba” struck Saturday away from the NBA court. This time on Twitter and against President Donald Trump. Retired five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, who famously nicknamed himself after a black snake, used Trump’s signature phrase “Make America Great Again” against him. “A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly ‘Make America Great Again,’” the retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar, destined to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, tweeted. Initially, the tweet had a typo that Bryant fixed, and a Twitter user pointed out Bryant’s renowned work ethic. That prompted Bryant to tweet back “#mambamentality.” The comment followed
Tanking, or the notion that the NBA teams need to be bad in order to ultimately be good, has been a major topic of discussion lately. The league believes they have an image problem thanks to teams making moves designed to make them worse so that they can improve their draft lottery odds in the hopes of landing the next superstar. Even the once-mighty Los Angeles Lakers Unfortunately, for players on bad teams, tanking isn’t a welcome endeavor. NBA athletes have been competing across various levels for the majority of their lives, and have been taught that losing, regardless of draft implications, is not a good thing. That’s why some, like Lakers power forward Larry Nance Jr., make their disdain
OAKLAND — Nick Young is a character. His outgoing personality made him a fan favorite during his tenure as a Los Angeles Laker. The guy even goes by the nickname “Swaggy P.” Such a big personality added to a team coming off a championship could provide fear of ruining the chemistry of what was already a good thing, but the Warriors aren’t worried at all. “After playing against him for years you obviously know his kind of personality. He’s always having fun. He’s always smiling and enjoying what he’s doing on and off the court. It’s something that’s very consistent with our culture,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “His role will be to just get buckets, and do it his way, within Warriors basketball.