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Kobe Bryant wore ‘Ringsssss’ shirt to practice

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Kobe Bryant has a near countless amount of accolades worthy of bragging about from what will be a Hall of Fame career when he calls it quits. Among them are the five NBA championships he’s won.

With this in mind, it’s fitting (and pretty fantastic) that Bryant showed up to Lakers practice on Tuesday wearing a Nike shirt with “RINGSSSSS” on the front. There’s, of course, one S for each Larry O’Brien Trophy he’s hoisted. Add the Black Mamba logo that appears on his signature sneakers and you have brilliance.

Oh, and could Kobe’s pose and facial expression be more perfect while wearing that shirt? I mean, just look at him.

Photo: Instagram/lakersscene

Vanessa Bryant to be on ‘Real Housewives of OC?’

kobe-vanessa-bryantVanessa Bryant doesn’t seem like the type to take part in a dramatic reality TV show like “Real Housewives of Orange County,” but that may be exactly why the shows producers are reportedly looking to add her. According to RumorFix.com, there will be a new face on the next season of RHOC and it could be Kobe Bryant’s better half.

“There will be a new girl and a new friend,” an insider reportedly told the gossip site. “They are looking at athletes’ wives. There is one who plays professional baseball. There have also been talks of Kobe Bryant’s wife being scoped out.”

Earlier this month, Radar Online reported that one of the shows current stars, Tamra Judge, could be given the boot with the producers looking to get rid of her pot-stirring antics and add a “voice of reason” to the cast.

“Everyone is stirring the pot too much. So they’re NOT looking for someone who’s a sex pot or out of control,” Radar Online reported. “Actually, just the opposite. They want someone who’s really successful, an entrepreneur or just someone who’s well respected among their peers.”

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant nearly went through a divorce last year but ended up reconciling. There have also been rumors that Vanessa hates Khloe Kardashian, which has the potential to make for good television. We’ll see if the rumors come to fruition.

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant trained harder than Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant Michael JordanMichael Jordan was renowned for his legendary work ethic, but Phil Jackson says Kobe Bryant surpassed the Chicago Bulls great in terms of training.

Jackson, now the president of the New York Knicks, did a lengthy Q&A with the New York Post. Jackson talked about why he took the Knicks job, how he thinks the team’s players will fit in, and how good he thinks they can be. One of the other big subjects that came up was Carmelo Anthony.

‘Melo is known for being an excellent offensive player, but a guy who works mostly in isolation on offense. Jackson wants to feature the triangle offense, which requires more ball movement. The Post’s Steve Serby asked whether Kobe, who was an iso-type player before Phil installed the triangle with the Lakers, would be a model for how Carmelo should make the adjustment. Phil shot down that idea. For good measure, Jackson added that Kobe worked even harder than MJ.

“No. No one can approach that,” Jackson told The Post. “I don’t expect anybody to be able to model their behavior after that, although Kobe modeled his behavior a lot about Michael Jordan, but he went beyond Michael in his attitude towards training, and I know Mike would probably question me saying that, but he did.”

Phil knows that essentially saying Kobe worked/trained harder than Jorder will rankle the ever-competitive Bulls great. In fact, we’re expecting a response from MJ. But Phil coached both players, so we have to trust him on this — he saw it first hand.

[Related: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have identical moves -- see video]

While it is a surprise to hear Phil say Kobe worked harder, we know Kobe has always been an extremely hard worker whose training has been lauded for years. Hearing Phil praise Kobe for his training is not a surprise.

Jackson also talked about how ‘Melo will need to be able to adjust to the triangle the way MJ did.

“Michael had to be able to share the ball, other people had to get shots, only so many shots available out there. And when someone’s taking 27 a game or something? 25 a game, that’s maybe a third of the shots. That can’t happen in basketball.”

[Also see: MJ not sure he could beat Kobe one-on-one]

Hopefully for the Knicks’ sake, ‘Melo recognizes that. He’s already said he’s looking forward to being able to share the scoring burden.

Other good nuggets from the interview were that Jackson believes the Knicks are a playoff team, though he hasn’t visualized them winning a championship yet. He also thinks the controversial JR Smith might be a little like Dennis Rodman in terms of personality.

As for the Knicks … they’re not that far away from being a low-level playoff team … but it’s equally likely they finish outside the top eight in the East just like last season.

H/T Slam

Kobe sent LeBron a great text message in 2010

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Kobe Bryant’s incredibly competitive spirit was on full display in a text message he sent LeBron James during the infamous summer of 2010.

The summer of 2010 was the one where LeBron left Cleveland for Miami to form a Big 3 with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Prior to James announcing his decision, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the MVP’s future.

Would he stay in Cleveland? Would he go to the Knicks? Would he consider the Lakers? The Heat weren’t even in the picture according to most insiders.

Regardless of where LeBron chose to go, Kobe had a warning for him.

According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, Kobe sent the following awesome text to LeBron that summer:

“Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we’re going to win the championship. Don’t worry about it.”

Does it get more Kobe Bryant than that?

[Also see: Kobe and LeBron trade trash talk on Christmas 2010]

Despite his bravado, Bryant couldn’t have been more wrong about the message he sent LeBron.

Though the Lakers had just won the title — their second in a row (LeBron won NBA MVP both seasons) — James led his Heat to the NBA Finals each of the next four seasons. The Mavs won the title the next season, and then LeBron got his rings — two in a row — before the Spurs ending that streak in June. The Lakers haven’t been back to the Finals since Kobe sent that message.

[Related: Kobe tells LeBron one ring is not enough]

I’m not a Kobe fan, but you have to admire his competitive spirit. That guy is oozing with confidence and belief in himself and his teammates. His drive, desire and will to win have helped him win five NBA titles.

That story about the text message came as part of a cool article Ding wrote on “untold stories” about Kobe. I suggest you check out the entire thing for more nice Kobe stories.

Kobe Bryant takes over 1995 high school playoff game (Video)

Kobe-Bryant-high-schoolAny NBA fan has seen highlights of Kobe Bryant taking over a game. The five-time NBA champion scored 81 points in a single game once, and he has scored 50 or more in a game 25 times in his career. But have you ever seen Kobe dominate in high school? We have you covered.

In 1995, Kobe put Lower Merion High School on his back during a state tournament game against Norristown. Bryant, who wore No. 33 as a teenager, knocked down three 3-pointers in the third quarter and rallied his team back to tie the game heading into the fourth. He then completely took over.

Kobe hit shots from inside the paint and beyond the arc en route to 18 points in the fourth quarter alone. He finished with 35 points (just 6 in the first half) and 12 rebounds to send Lower Merion to the semifinals.

“We came out in the second half and were like, ‘This is our half. We’re not gonna lose this,'” a young Kobe said after the win. “I sort of felt a personal challenge because I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself … There was no way I was going down without a fight. I put my best on the floor.”

Different year, same Kobe.

Andrew Wiggins: Kobe Bryant is closest thing to Michael Jordan

Andrew-WigginsAndrew Wiggins has a ton of respect for Kobe Bryant’s game and compares him to the player he considers to be the greatest ever: Michael Jordan. Wiggins even wants to challenge the Lakers superstar 1-on-1 more than any other player in the NBA.

In a 2013 interview with ESNews that took place before he even began his college career at Kansas, Wiggins was asked which NBA great he’d play 1-on-1 if he had his choice. He named Kobe.

“I’d want to face Kobe because he’s the closest thing to the greatest ever. I think Michael Jordan’s the greatest ever, but Kobe’s second to Michael Jordan, and I want to see where I stand.”

Wiggins also said in the interview, “I’m a big fan,” of Kobe Bryant.

Wiggins was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers and is expected to head to Minnesota as part of a Kevin Love trade. In this particular interview, he mentioned the Toronto Raptors as a team he’d like to be drafted by. If he still feels strongly about Toronto, keep that in mind for when he becomes a free agent.

Also keep this interview in mind when it comes time for Wiggins to face Bryant. Based on his words, you know he’ll be bringing his A-game.

(Note: A previous version of this post contained a supposed quote from Kobe saying the Wiggins trade would be like the Hornets trading him to the Lakers. That appears to be a fabricated quote.)

Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan really do have identical moves (Video)

Kobe Bryant Michael JordanFor those of you who aren’t convinced that Kobe Bryant modeled his game after Michael Jordan, this is Exhibit A. The third edition of the “Identical Plays” videos that were created by Youseff Hannoun was released earlier this week, and the results are just as jaw-dropping.

Granted, a lot of the plays we saw from both Michael and Kobe are typical of swingmen-type players. If you searched hard enough, you could find a clip of Kevin Durant hitting a step-back jumper the same way Jordan did. But the mannerisms — finger wagging, tongue wagging, etc. — from Kobe are what stand out.

Hey, Kobe freely admitted he stole some of his moves from Jordan. That’s the main reason Jordan has joked that he might not be able to take Kobe in a game of one-on-one. Both players are legends in their own right.