Unnamed Teammate Says Kobe Bryant Could Leave for Europe

Kobe Bryant will consider leaving the NBA to play in Europe if there is a lockout or he doesn’t like the outcome of a new CBA, an unnamed teammate told the NY Daily News. The most likely landing spot for Bryant would be Italy, where he spent seven years of his life while his father, Joe, played there professionally.

Regardless of what he has told his teammates, Bryant isn’t going anywhere. He’s as competitive as they come, and leaving while he’s tied with or one shy of Michael Jordan’s six championships isn’t an option. It’s well-known that Bryant idolizes Jordan — just as every player of his generation does. To match and then surpass Jordan in titles would be the ultimate accomplishment, one too great for Bryant to give up on before his body gives up on him. Aside from the championships, I can’t see Bryant being satisfied with tearing up lesser competition in Europe.

Kobe seems to be too smart to go the route of Allen Iverson, and he works too hard for that ever to be an issue. Iverson is playing in Turkey because he refused to work hard enough to alter his game as he got older. Bryant has already made changes to his game and will continue to do so until he no longer can. Hopefully, he’ll walk away graciously when that time comes — something the man he idolizes chose not to do. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt it will be an NBA court he’s leaving behind.

Pac-12 Faces Battle With Tupac Fan Over Domain Name Pac12.com

With the additions of Colorado and Utah next year, the Pac-10 will officially become the Pac-12. The conference’s current domain name is pac-10.org, but according to TNSP Sports Net via the Examiner, the conference is attempting to acquire the rights to the domain name pac12.com. The only problem is that domain name is already taken. Reportedly, the owners of those rights, an unnamed Tupac fan, is refusing to give in to legal pressure being applied by the Pac-10.

The domain name pac-12.org is already taken as well, by Bet-R Sites, LLC. While we don’t know who the unnamed individual is, it seems safe to assume that the Pac-10 has a better chance of getting the domain name from them than it does of getting it from Bet-R Sites. I wouldn’t imagine this person is making a whole lot off of this website, so presumably they are thinking “I gotta get mine.” I’m sure they’re just holding out for as good a deal as they can get.

Whoever this person is, they need to realize that the conference is probably going to get what they want in the end, but I don’t begrudge them for trying to get paid against all odds. In the end though, they’ll let ‘em have it and life will go on. That’s just the way it is, but I would offer some words of wisdom; it’s check out time. And I’m out of reasonably relevant Tupac references.

Video: Andre Iguodala Dunk Fail

Sixers forward-guard Andre Iguodala is about as talented a player one can be without being a superstar.. He’s played, and played well, for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Championships. Including this season in which he’s missed some games due to injuries, Iguodala has played in all 82 games five times in his seven years in the NBA. He’s long, athletic, and he finished second in the NBA Dunk Contest in just his second season — a contest many believe he deserved to win. But Tuesday night against the Hawks, Iguodala had an embarrassing moment on a break away dunk attempt:

What might be better than the miss is the play-by-play guy’s pronuciations of Iguodala and “embarrassin’.” I realize there are differently levels of broadcaster, but shouldn’t a basic requirement be an ability to speak well?

Michael Vick Named AP Comeback Player, E.J. Henderson Robbed

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was named The Associated Press 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Saturday night. The voting was basically a no-contest, with Vick receiving 29.5 votes, 21.5 ahead of second-place finisher, Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. The award seems to indicate that Vick has redeemed himself in the eyes of AP writers, as credible a journalistic organization as there is, but I can’t bring myself to agree with them. I can’t even agree with them on Williams in second-place.

This award should go to a player who estasblished themselves in the league before some sort of onfield or personal tragedy beyond their control — not self-inflicted as in the case of Vick — put their playing future in question. Overcoming such obstacles and returning to play well should be the criteria. Williams himself is on record as saying he didn’t deserve the award because he never established himself in the NFL. He told The Seattle Times the only thing he might qualify for is the “Comeback Couch Player of the Year.” If there’s a prison version of that award, by all means give it to Vick, but Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, who received just 3.5 votes, should have won this one.

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Blake Griffin Blows Up Al Horford, Gets Undeserved Flagrant Foul

Clippers forward Blake Griffin has developed a reputation around the league as a guy who plays all-out, all the time. In most environments, especially sports, people are commended for giving 100%, but this is the NBA, where Chris Bosh can talking about wanting to chill with little reaction from his peers. Most of the criticism of Griffin is the result of the barrage of incredible, and often embarrassing, dunks he’s thrown down this year. Veteran guys apparently don’t appreciate the rookie’s swagger. At the end of Friday night’s game against the Hawks, Griffin may have added more fuel to that fire when he was called for a flagrant foul on Hawks forward Al Horford:

It was obviously a foul, and obviously hard, but I think the refs reacted more to Horford hitting the floor than the contact itself. Griffin appears to be going for the ball and it’s nothing like the obvious flagrant Devin Harris committed on Griffin earlier this season. Luckily for Griffin, Horford was able to get up and it didn’t appear the injury was too serious or Griffin would have taken even more flak. Unfortunately for the Clippers, Horford knocked down both free throws to give the Hawks the 101-100 win.

Thanks to outsidethenba for the video.

Video: Lil Wayne Shown Swearing Before ESPN First Take Appearance

Rapper Lil Wayne has been seen court-side at NBA games a lot lately, to the point where he complained about Dwyane Wade and LeBron James stiffing him. There are plenty of YouTube videos of Wayne celebrating and apparently yelling at opposing players during games, but Friday morning I got my first glimpse of exactly what Wayne is yelling during those games. The rapper was about to appear on ESPN First Take and the network teased the appearance like this:

How did ESPN let this get on air? Someone has to be responsible for screening the video and it’s not like it’s unclear as to what he is saying. It seems very clear to me what Wayne is saying; “p***y a** n***a.” I’m not sure who he’s yelling at, but while Wayne might have some street cred, I’m fairly confident he wouldn’t fair too well in a fist fight with about 95% of NBA players. ESPN is a subsidiary of Disney and I’m sure that’s not the type of content Disney would endorse. I’m not personally offended by it, but I’m sure someone will be. In any case, I can’t imagine someone not losing their job over this.

Video: Osirian Portal Wrestlers Use Hypnosis, Dance Moves in Hilarious Match

Combat Zone Wrestling, based out of Philadelphia, provides what it calls “ultraviolent entertainment.” The company tag line, “like nothing else,” is definitely appropriate considering the content of this video that has recently gone viral of a wrestling match that includes hypnosis and break dancing. We don’t say this very often, but this is must-see stuff:

The two masked fighters are the tag-team duo known as Osirian Portal. The people of Philadelphia are world-renowned for their class, class, class, and this video is another example of that quality. You’ve got to love the announcer’s comments on the “rack” of the fat guy in the Superman underwear and his mangling of the word hypnosis with “hyp-na-tosis.” This just furthers the image the rest of the world has of us as stupid Americans.

Thanks to ChillsVideoTube for the video.