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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Kobe Bryant, wife expecting fourth child

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Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa will soon have another addition to their family.

Bryant used the first day of 2019 to announce to the world that they are expecting another “mambacita.”

Bryant has been busy with various endeavors since retiring from the NBA. In the not-so-distant future he will have a little one to help occupy his time. Bryant’s other three daughters are 15 (Natalia), 12 (Gianna), and 2 (Bianka).

Kobe Bryant sends Kristaps Porzingis great message in book

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Kobe Bryant sent Kristaps Porzingis a nice recovery gift.

Porzingis is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL. The New York Knicks big man shared a photo on his Instagram account Friday of Kobe’s book, “The Mamba Mentality.” The book has a personalized message on it from Kobe, who told the Knicks youngster to “get healthy” and “kick a—!”

That’s probably just the kind of encouragement Porzingis needs.

Porzingis is progressing in his rehab but has not played yet this season. The Knicks recently said Porzingis will be checked again in mid-February. A previous report said the Knicks expected Porzingis to play this season.

Richard Jefferson tells great Kobe Bryant story

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Kobe Bryant stories never get old and Richard Jefferson told a gem during a Brooklyn Nets game.

Kobe Bryant’s reputation as someone who looked to shoot first and pass second is well noted. He is also known for his chatter with referees. On Tuesday, Jefferson combined them both during a broadcast.

Jefferson spent 17 seasons in the NBA, which included court time with some of the biggest names the league has ever seen. One can only imagine the stories Jefferson has at his disposal after such a long career. I can’t wait to hear more.

Kobe Bryant has great response for fan who thanked him for Browns’ win

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The Cleveland Browns won on Saturday night for the fourth time in their past five games, and the latest victory came on the heels of a pep talk from Kobe Bryant. Many are crediting Kobe for helping to will the team to a tough win, and the Black Mamba seems like he was happy to help.

After the Browns held off the Broncos in Denver, fans tweeted at Kobe thanking him for his role in helping to prepare the team. The NBA legend had an awesome response.

Baker Mayfield was asked about Kobe addressing the team, and the quarterback had plenty of good things to say about the experience.

The Browns have turned things around this season and are actually still in the playoff hunt, so whatever they’re doing is working. They got some help from a highly questionable decision from Broncos head coach Vance Joseph on Saturday, but they still made enough plays to win a tough game. That’s something Kobe can certainly relate to.

Kobe Bryant takes shot at bandwagon Warriors fans

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Kobe Bryant has great faith in the future of the Los Angeles Lakers, and the future Hall of Famer believes the franchise will soon recapture its spot at the top of the NBA world. And when they do, Kobe can’t wait for Laker nation to mock a bunch of bandwagon fans.

While speaking at the Lakers’ annual “All-Access” event at Staples Center on Monday, Bryant said he is not concerned about the slow start the team has gotten off to after signing LeBron James. He said L.A. has the right pieces in place to “figure it out,” and he believes it won’t be long before they’re sticking it to Golden State Warriors fans.

Some will find those comments ironic, as the Lakers have plenty of bandwagon fans themselves. Their following has surely dwindled in the days since Kobe retired, though Purple & Gold fever will likely be as rampant as ever in the postseason this year.

The Lakers have won three straight and are now 14-9 on the season. We’ve already seen LeBron get criticized for some of the things he does after losses, but all of the championship teams he has been a part of have started out slow. The same could be said for the beginning of his career in L.A.

Watch: Kobe Bryant gets huge ovation at Lakers home game

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Kobe Bryant was in the house for Thursday night’s Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets game, marking the first home game of the season he attended since LeBron James joined the team.

Bryant was dressed in a suit and tie and sat courtside with his agent Rob Pelinka, who is now the Lakers’ GM.

The Mamba was shown on the jumbo screen at Staples Center during the game and got a huge ovation as you could imagine.

Bryant even stuck around for the second half of the game rather than head home early. He maintained a business-like face for most of the game and didn’t celebrate much. We actually learned recently that he had a big hand in the Lakers’ front office makeover, so this may have been more of a business trip than a nostalgic one.

Kobe Bryant shouts out Jayson Tatum after impressive season opener

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The Boston Celtics may have been one of Kobe Bryant’s biggest rivals during his Hall of Fame career, but he is clearly rooting for them to find success now that he is retired.

More specifically, Kobe wants to see young Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum succeed. He has been mentoring the former Duke Blue Devil, and it shows in Tatum’s game. After Tatum looked like the best player on the floor in Boston’s season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, Bryant gave him a shout-out on Twitter.

Tatum scored 23 points in 29 minutes, and there were times he looked impossible to defend. The 20-year-old says he has tried to model his game after Kobe’s, which is a goal that seems very attainable for him early in his career.

If you remember, Tatum shared an inspirational quote he got from Kobe last summer after the two spent some time working together. Given what we have seen from Tatum in his first year-plus in the NBA, you can understand why Kobe is so enamored with him.