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How will Kobe Bryant spend his 32nd birthday?

Kobe Bryant

It's a good thing Kobe Bryant's birthday is Monday instead of at some point during the NBA regular season. Everyone knows that if that were the case the Black Mamba would either a) forget when his birthday is, b) force himself to forget it so he's completely focused on basketball, c) get angry with birthday well-wishers and gifts because it's taking time away from the hardwood or d) all the above. With his 32nd birthday happening in the offseason, it's much more likely he's willing to celebrate. But given how Bryant is, you never know.

Below is a list of birthday scenarios for Bryant. Side note: I'd be interested in hearing what Lakers fans would get him for his birthday, how they think the player might celebrate and any birthday wishes for Bryant.

1. Uses birthday as motivation:  Every time a family member, friend or fan wishes Bryant a happy birthday, he immediately lets out a scowl. With his assorted injuries last season, there were plenty of stories that suggested he was past his prime and that this was the latest sign that all that basketball mileage was catching up to him. With the report from Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer that argues Dwyane Wade is the league's best shooting guard still fresh in Bryant's mind, each birthday card and gift serves as a tangible reminder that he'll continue to hear questions about his age in the 2010-11 season. Instead of reading the cards, he watches a replay of Team USA's win over Spain to remind himself that injuries forced him to sit out. Instead of opening gifts, he heads to the gym to work on his game.

2. Spends birthday like any other day:  Bryant spends Monday playing basketball and poring over game film not because he's angry about his age. He's just doing what he normally does -- hooping it up. As much as Bryant delighted in exacting revenge on his opponents, it was particularly revealing when he shared in his exit interview that he was mainly thrilled with the joy of winning. Bryant isn't in the gym today with something to prove. He's just doing what he loves best.

3. Rests: It's been what Bryant has been doing all of this offseason, so why should anything change? After playing in three consecutive NBA Finals and in the 2008 Olympics, Bryant finally conceded that it'd be much better to rest and repair the wear and tear on his body than to play in the 2010 FIBA World Championships. As indicated by his recent decision to sit out President Obama's recent pickup game, Bryant has abstained from basketball after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Now all that's left is healing that right index finger.

4. Spends birthday with family and friends: Ever since Bryant won his fifth championship ring, he's gotten back to what he calls "civilization." Fans are so used to seeing his laser-beam focus and obsession with basketball that it's sometimes surprising to see how much he enjoys his hobbies during the offseason. He attended the 2010 World Cup, ran his basketball camp in Santa Barbara, took a trip to China and attended the World Basketball Festival in New York (let's not forget he fit in a few discussions with potential free agents). Bryant isn't building himself into a cocoon just yet. Instead, he's taking his wife, Vanessa, to one of his favorite restaurants,  Philippe Chow, and his two daughters, Gianna and Natalia, to Disneyland.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant with his father, Joe Bryant, turned 32 today. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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I don't celebrate birthdays - at all - but I sure would tell him I was glad he was born and then brought his talents to the Lakers!

I don't celebrate birthdays - at all - but I sure would tell him I was glad he was born and then brought his talents to the Lakers! Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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And would you like to share this lil tidbit with us about why you don't celebrate birthdays?

Mamba24 - religious reasons.

Plus I hate 'em!

Mamba24 - religious reasons. Plus I hate 'em! Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 10:47 AM

OK, say no more. Carry on!

Hey Justa a quick question if you are still there. Did You ever watch either the Sci/Fi Series John Doe or Jake 2.0? Both only lasted half a season.

So nice to see kobe and big poppa "jellybean" reunited havin a good time.

I too had similar issues with parents before marriage so can somewhat relate.. There is now right or wrong side. Daddy only tryin to look out for son and son only tryin to do decide what's best for himself

Happy Birthday to the best player in the world, the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant!

Mamba24 - nope - never saw either one...

Hey everybody...Mamba, Justa, nice seeing you all here. Sorry I've been MIA but I've just been in vacation mode and since we're the defending champs with an even stronger team coming into this season, I think I can take a break. How are you all?

Mamba24 - nope - never saw either one...Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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Yeah that's why they went off. LOl! John Doe was about this guy who wakes up on an island and doesn't know who he is or anything about his life. As the series progresses he begins exhibiting all these heightened mental abilitities. It was a pretty good show. Jake 2.0 was about this dude that got infused with computer nanites which enabled him to have several mental and physical poweres and to be able to communicate with computers. The series Chuck is a kind of poor ripoff of it. But I think you would have found both interesting. Thanks!

Hey everybody...Mamba, Justa, nice seeing you all here. Sorry I've been MIA but I've just been in vacation mode and since we're the defending champs with an even stronger team coming into this season, I think I can take a break. How are you all? Posted by: EastCoastJessie | August 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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Hey EastCoastJessie, I see you still got that championship swagger! I like it Princess! Yeah you have been MIA. but since nothing much is happening I guess you are allowed. Lol!Oh you missed the whole Blog War/meltdown and everything so I guess it was best that you were MIA. Insta Posting is on and off because of it. But let us not dwell on that. So how did the school grades come out?

I HATE BRETT FAVRE campaign continues:

The Media dramaqueen favre is back dominating the airwaves..

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2010/08/vikings-player-to-yahoo-brett-favre-thinks-brad-childress-has-no-clue-about-offense/1

The vikings clubhouse is like a house of cards.. Season hasn't even started and already a schism and dissension with cheap shots flyin to the media.

And here's future HOF jimmy johnson's take:

http://topics.dallasnews.com/article/01yS0iO4Cu79p?q=Defense


WATTUP ECJ!!

I need to get into vacay mode myself. I think I'll take some time off in early Sept - kids are back to school (not mine - other people's) so I can relax by the pool and enjoy the peace & quiet. There's been a lot of drama on here - especially lately with the name calling & foul language - I think a holiday may be just what the doctor ordered. We'll see.... Good to hear from you, though!

I would like to thank Joe 'JellyBean' Bryant, and Pamela Bryant for producing Kobe Bryant 32 years ago...

I would also like to wish The Black Mamba a Happy B-Day...

His parents made Kobe...but Kobe made the Black Mamba...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BRYANT – G.L.O.A.T. & G.O.A.T. & BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME
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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 – I don't celebrate birthdays - at all - but I sure would tell him I was glad he was born and then brought his talents to the Lakers!
(04) # 4
(05) ART-FL-LAKERS FAN - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(06) LAKERADICT08-24-78 - SECURITY - Happy BD to Kobe......I wonder what his wife would give him, someone that pretty much has it all. Is it opening night yet?????????
(07) LONGTIMELAKER FAN - Happy Birthday Mamba
(08) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Happy birthday Kobe - may another championship season be your bday present.
(09) MAMBA24 – Thank you J24 no one in the Mamba Clan told me. Happy Birthday BlackMamba Kobe Bean Bryant, The greatest basketball player To ever walk the earth BAR NONE!!! G.L.O.A.T & G.O.A.T!! PERIOD!
(10) OTIS - Oh - Happy Birthday Kobe.
(11) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Just wanted to come in and show some love! Happy B-Day to the Black Mamba!
(12) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Put me on the Happy B-Day Kobe Bandwagon please. He's still younger than me, ha, ha. I hope he can play to 40 at least! So much fun to watch play!
(13) LEWSTRS - Good Morning Nation...Happy Birthday Kobe... I would like to thank Joe 'JellyBean' Bryant, and Pamela Bryant for producing Kobe Bryant 32 years ago... would also like to wish The Black Mamba a Happy B-Day...His parents made Kobe...but Kobe made the Black Mamba...
(14) DON’TBLAME DEL HARRIS - The Harris Family wishes the GLOAT a healthy and happy birthday.
(15) LAKERLASS - And a hugely, wonderful Happy Birthday to Kobe!
(16) LROB - Happy Bday Kobe. The Good Lord has blessed you with another year. And has blessed us with another
(17) MAGIC PHIL - Happy BDAY, KOBE!!!!!!!!!!
(18) LAKERPEACE - Happy Birthday, Kobe! I can't believe so many people that I know of are born in August. Can the Lakers retire Kobe's 2 numbers? 8 and 24?
(19) SAMLL - Happy Birthday to the best player in the world, the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant!

I think a holiday may be just what the doctor ordered. We'll see.Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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Would you like to know what I think might be just what the doctor ordered Justa? On second thought...Never mind, Carry On!

Thank you Mamba. Yes, that championship swagger is hard to get rid of. Glad I missed any drama. Grades were good last year..averaged a B in al classes which is great for law school. I'm back at it again starting tomorrow...ugh!

Justa, you definitely need a nice vacation. Need to get your rest because starting in October, we'll all be back full time.

I am sure Kobe prefers #24 to #8 for many reasons, but the Lakers should retire #8 next to Shaq's number, and #24 next to Gasol's...Speaking of Gasol, who do you think have a better chance of being HOF? Gasol or Nowitzki?..Gasol has a chance of winning 3 to 5 NBA Championships, Dirk won one NBA MVP. Gasol also won the multiple world championships if that could be taken into consideration..well, the 1992 Dream Team was just inducted into HOF to win in the Olympic so it could help Gasol being HOF.

LakerPeace,

Since it is inevitable that Shaq will get his number hung, I think your suggestion has merit.

JR

@EASTCOASTJESSIE, School starts tomorrow? Wow where did the summer go? Well at least you got a little time to dedicate solely to work and school before the season starts so that's one thing. You also still have that swagger which is another good thing. I would say all and all very good. Your Lakerholic standing is still top notched!! Carry On! Lol!

I think he'll spend it as a combination of 1,2 & 4....working on game cause of motivation, working on game cuz that's what he loves & chilling with fam.

Thank you Mamba! I know, the summer flew by. Back to the grind tomorrow.

Birthday with family and working out.

Saw Kobe out to dinner with the family last night at Sol in Newport Beach. Spent a lot of time really talking with his kids. No entourage. No BS. People left him alone. Nice to see.

Thank you Mamba! I know, the summer flew by. Back to the grind tomorrow. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | August 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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Just think of the first few days of school as the preseason and pace yourself. Lol! Take care Princess!

Speaking of Gasol, who do you think have a better chance of being HOF? Gasol or Nowitzki?..Gasol has a chance of winning 3 to 5 NBA Championships, Dirk won one NBA MVP. Gasol also won the multiple world championships if that could be taken into consideration..well, the 1992 Dream Team was just inducted into HOF to win in the Olympic so it could help Gasol being HOF.

Posted by: LakerPeace | August 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Hey Peace - Dirk is a lock...even if he doesn't play another game. He's already #32 all-time NBA/ABA scorer with over 21,000 pts. IMHO Pau still has to produce 5 more years at 17/8 type numbers. Just for a point of comparison, Pau is #212 all-time with 12,000+ pts.

Thank you Mamba! You're the greatest! I usually work my butt off at the beginning of the year because once October hits, I slack bigtime :-) Take care!

I am wondering how many years Kobe has been married. It seems like yesterday, but remember many people said that Kobe would end up in divorce?..Well he is still married, and Shaq is not..LOL..His family life also examplifies how he was able to overcome much adversity..It's amazing how Kobe in such a young age conquered so many hardships.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BRYANT – G.L.O.A.T. & G.O.A.T. & BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME
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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 – I don't celebrate birthdays - at all - but I sure would tell him I was glad he was born and then brought his talents to the Lakers!
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(18) LAKERPEACE - Happy Birthday, Kobe! I can't believe so many people that I know of are born in August. Can the Lakers retire Kobe's 2 numbers? 8 and 24?
(19) SAMLL - Happy Birthday to the best player in the world, the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant!
(20) EASCOASTJESSIE -
(21) TOM DANIELS - Birthday with family and working out.
Saw Kobe out to dinner with the family last night at Sol in Newport Beach. Spent a lot of time really talking with his kids. No entourage. No BS. People left him alone. Nice to see.

Rumor is J.R smith is on the trading block.
Could you ever see him in purple and gold?
Posted by: Space Math | August 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Not currently cause we just don't have need for SG, but never say never. I'm not a big fan of his overall game right now...poor shot selection, lack of defensive commitment, too much false bravado....i.e...blowing his fingers and putting them in holster when hot (like Reggie used to do...but Reggie earned right to do it...JR not yet). But he is scary for the opposition when he gets hot.

Breaking news! MJ's Bobcats just signed Kwaime Brown. I predict MJ will sign Adam Morrion next.

to Lakerpeace

I dont know man. I think the Olimpics in Barcelona inspired us a lot. We can see the real Dream Team (Magic, Larry, MJ and others) like Pau Gasol had said many times. Also we have in our country the best international sportsmen (Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Ibrahimovic....) and we learn a lot of Basketball with the NBA´s games every day in Canal + TV.

Phenomenoms in every sport as Rafa Nadal (Tennis), Alberto Contador (Ciclism), Fernando Alonso (car races F1) and others, i can´t said why.... I think is pure lucky. The reality is that Spain is a little country (40 million) and I think is a little miracle for us.

That said, the professional sport in my country is very good. We have 2 of the best soccer teams (Barça and Real Madrid) as the true engine of alls our sports. Every Club had 100.000 partners or more. That is a real force, belive me, and of course, millions of fans around the world, too.

MM - what happened to our chat (or lack thereof) yesterday?
When's the next one supposed to be?
Posted by: justanothermambafan | August 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Good question. I was thinking the same thing yesterday. I thought I must've got mixed up due to time zone differences.

Breaking news! MJ's Bobcats just signed Kwaime Brown. I predict MJ will sign Adam Morrion next. Posted by: LakerPeace | August 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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LMAO!! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!

Here in Spain, we have a dream, beat USA in every sport we can compite. USA is for sure the n 1 in popular sports, except soccer, and i think we can beat this great country at the olimpics.

We have only a challenge right now. Win the 100 mts. in athletism. Is the only speciallity Spain can´t win, yet. We hope in the next 10 years, maybe.....

Phenomenoms in every sport as Rafa Nadal (Tennis), Alberto Contador (Ciclism), Fernando Alonso (car races F1) and others, i can´t said why.... I think is pure lucky. The reality is that Spain is a little country (40 million) and I think is a little miracle for us.
Posted by: Ricky | August 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I'll have to disagree Ricky. It's not luck at all. Just hard work and dedication by your countrymen.

Mamba24... Awesome bandwagon for our MUCH LOVED Kobe!!He wasn't ranked as the number one shooting guard by Kelly Dwyer. She ranked him second behind DWade. Oh Oh, PARTY'S ON!! Watch out heat for a major beat down. That's all KOBE needs to hear. yellowfever..tell me how you really feel about my Vike's! If you're not a Viking fan, it would be very hard to like them..... But our Twinkies are doing good.

Artest, Barnes,and JR Smith on one team? That's scary..The Lakers should hire Rodman as a special consultant only to handle those three..LOL

To LRob.

Thanks, but lucky is key, too.

Obviously, here in Barcelona we have another dream about BB. We hope Kobe and Pau playing for F.C. Barcelona in the end his careers. That would be FANTASTIC.

@NewMexicoLakerLifer, How are you this wonderful Laker MidDay? I looked at the Vikes schedule the other day and their first 5 or 6 games are killers. I f they survive those they will be battle tested and ready to go to the SuperBowl. A lot of writers want to put Green bay over the Vikes but I don't see it. I thought the Bears might be pretty good cause they got Julius Peppers and Mike Martz as Offensive Co-ordinator but I think they are going to be a disaster. So I guess it's the Vikes conference to lose.

o.k., guys, 21:29 in Barcelona.

Sleep time.

Bye.

@NewMexicoLakerLifer, unlike Princess Jimmy, DWade's no fool. Everytime he is asked anything about Kobe he is always respectful and full of praise as is Durant which is why I like them both. Princess Jummy use to be somewhat like that till the Pod people took over his brain. I still say it is going to be another Celtic Lakers Final.

@LRob, did anybody ever tell you, you really are a nice guy?
Carry On my brother!

I wish Kwame the best. Let's not forget that while Shaq got us three, thanks to Kwame we got Pau and he has got us two.....and counting! Maybe Kwame will get his jersey retired some day...you know...the intangibles. LOL.

Artest, Barnes,and JR Smith on one team? That's scary..The Lakers should hire Rodman as a special consultant only to handle those three..LOL

Posted by: LakerPeace | August 23, 2010 at 12:20 PM


The idea of Rodman serving as assistant, consultant or advisor to ANYONE in ANY capacity is a MUCH scarier thought than having those three guys on one team!

Happy BDay Kobe!!!! Keep bringing us the real deal.

Hey Ricky,

Just wanted to say that Rubio looked good. Any chance of convincing him to play for the Lakers in the nearby future? Buenas Noches Spain.

I wish Kwame the best. Let's not forget that while Shaq got us three, thanks to Kwame we got Pau and he has got us two.....and counting! Maybe Kwame will get his jersey retired some day...you know...the intangibles. LOL. Posted by: Laker J | August 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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LakerJ listen to me very carefully...slowly put down that bottle of Dr. Fatty's Unrecovered Lakerholics Tonic and step back. You have obviously misread the directions and taken an overdose. Lol! Mannnnnn!!! I'm for showing support for former Lakers but...What say we just hand him a cake when he retires! LMAO!!!!!!

Kobe Bryant and my father are born on the same day. Interesting.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


GO LAKERS!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BRYANT – G.L.O.A.T. & G.O.A.T. & BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME
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(01) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(02) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 – I don't celebrate birthdays - at all - but I sure would tell him I was glad he was born and then brought his talents to the Lakers!
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(20) EASTCOASTJESSIE - Happy Birthday Mamba!!!
(21) TOM DANIELS - Birthday with family and working out. Saw Kobe out to dinner with the family last night at Sol in Newport Beach. Spent a lot of time really talking with his kids. No entourage. No BS. People left him alone. Nice to see.
(22) SHAN MAYS - Happy BDay Kobe!!!! Keep bringing us the real deal.

@justanothermambafan... I, like you, am not supposed to celebrate birthdays due to religious reasons.. but how cant i man its KOBE BRYANT's BIRTHDAY TODAY.. were throwing a BIRTHDAY BASH IN HONOR OF THE GOAT BLACK MAMBA!!!

@mamba24.. man i been trying to get on your bandwagon forever, may u plz add me, it'll be an honor! lol

and to kobe bryant: God bless you, your the best!

MM, I would get kobe a video tape that i personally recorded of "THE DECISION" so he can eat popcorn and laugh all day with his fam over princess james .. lol caz thats exactly what i did when i watched it. ( yes i am guilty of watching such rubbish)

GOD BLESS LA

Sorry Ricky Jamaica controls 100m olympics, Asafa, Bolt and a couple young bucks coming up; write this name down Yohan Blake, your next 100m olympic champ. Spainish football is good but Inter is the best club team in the World.

GOOD AFTERNOON my Laker Blog Fam!!!!!

Hope you all had a swell weekend...

MM - Initially I wasn't too big on the whole LakerBlog Profile but after reading the last two, I must admit it looks to be a great idea after all. And I will begin working on mine soon. LRob & Zaira put up AWESOME profiles... (Zaira, you are as beautiful as the posts you usually give us.)

Also moderating the blog had at least one positive aspect (for me at least) in that I didn't have to sift through 1,000 plus posts to catch up... LOL!

Oh yeah... HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!! Take care of your body. We need you so bad so the Lakers can really beat those beach boys from Miami. It would truly make us LAKERS happy to see you lead us to the three peat. You got 3 to 5 years more left and perhaps as many championships. I know you got the focus and the heart to do it. No one is like you. MJ is MJ. But there is no one like KOBE. The greatest Mamba of them all!! God bless you and to your family. Sincerely, Romeo D from the SOS Missionaries

MM, I would get kobe a video tape that i personally recorded of "THE DECISION" so he can eat popcorn and laugh all day with his fam over princess james.
Posted by: The Lord of the Rings: Kobe Bryant | August 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Now that's funny!

And this too!

I'm for showing support for former Lakers but...What say we just hand him a cake when he retires! LMAO!!!!!!
Posted by: mamba24 | August 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

max - I think Usain Bolt will still keep winning for a few more years. That boy is FAST. Man - he blew me away the first time I saw him run. He's amazing - he actually LET UP as he got to the finish line and STILL busted records. Wow - absolutely awesome.

Ricky,
I'll give you the fact the Contador is the Tour Champ, but the way he got it this year does not lend itself to a real feather in the guy's cap. Anyone who knows anything about the Tour knows that you DO NOT attack when you opponent has a mechanical problem. He'll have to win again next year to get any props from the world...not to mention that he's a disrespectful punk.

JR

@LRob, did anybody ever tell you, you really are a nice guy?
Carry On my brother!
Posted by: mamba24 | August 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Mamba - are you trying to ruin my rep? You know nice guys played out in the 80's...lol. Only kidding. Thank you sir!

"I'm the pinnacle that means I reign supreme
And I'm notorious I'll crush you like a jelly bean"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVDfyc2lh4Q&feature=av2e

Happy Birthday two-four, now go honor Magic this season as you turn "32" and give us #17.

Happy Birthday Kobe!

Justa; he's lost his edge though. Put it this way he doesn't have the Kobe mean streak, Kobe would never slow down. Thats what makes you the GOAT and not just really talented. He could have just dominanted, but he's just not wired that way. By the way Asafa Powell (3rd fastest man of all time) is wired like Lamar, so i guess regardless of the sport the cut throat mentality is key. The point is this young kid Blake wants it, not naturally a freakish talent like Bolt (Lebron), but talented enough, can handle the pressure (unlike Asafa/Lamar) and hungry for his (Kobe); Blake beats Bolt at the next olympics unless something happens and Bolt gets that hunger. By the way can anyone think of a basketball player that seemed to lack the killer instinct and then develop that mean streak?

Ricky,
I'll give you the fact the Contador is the Tour Champ, but the way he got it this year does not lend itself to a real feather in the guy's cap. Anyone who knows anything about the Tour knows that you DO NOT attack when you opponent has a mechanical problem. He'll have to win again next year to get any props from the world...not to mention that he's a disrespectful punk.
JR
Posted by: Jolly Rancher | August 23, 2010 at 01:14 PM

JR, Well said. I'm a devoted TDF fan and have watched faithfully for the last 10 years. I was incensed by Contador on that climb. However, a better time trial by Andy Schleck and he may still have beaten Contador.

Happy Birthday KOBE the G.O.A.T....

However, a better time trial by Andy Schleck and he may still have beaten Contador.

Correction: He would have beaten Contador.

Happy Birthday two-four, now go honor Magic this season as you turn "32" and give us #17.
Posted by: Laker J | August 23, 2010 at 01:17 PM

This would be an excellent year for #17 to break out and get us #17. I don't think it would bother kobe at all to get some help in order to carry the team.

Happy Birthday Kobe! Great to see you with your dad again.

Great to see Mamba24 back in action too. GO Lakers!


It's somebody's birthday, It's somebody's birthday! Whose birthday? It's Kobe's! Whose Birthday? It's Kobe's! Happy Birthday Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant!

Put me on the bandwagon Mamba24!


max - why do you say he's lost his edge? He doesn't have to kill himself to dominate - he's THAT good.

"...Instead, he's taking his wife, Vanessa, to one of his favorite restaurants, Philippe Chow,..."

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Aaah, the man obviously knows his Chinese food. Philippe Chow has the second best Beijing duck in LA, if you don't feel like schlepping it to Monterey Park.

Mamba24 - thanks for adding me to the morning roll call - that was surreal.

I don't know if people here are tired about talking about Shaq, but here are my thoughts.

When he was in his prime, he was just a freak - I got to see him at a game once and I was amazed at how quick someone that big could move. That being said, I was happy that the Lakers picked Kobe over Shaq because Kobe was just more fun to watch and I was ecstatic never to have to the hear the words, "I'll make them when it counts," uttered from a Laker ever again.

I don't think we can let our disgust over Shaq's comments or actions after he left cloud our judgement about what a great basketball player he was. HOF for sure. Retiring his jersey, no way man! Maybe, if he came back to us, but not after going to the Celtics and all the crap he's said since he left. If you want to be recognized with the greatest Lakers ever, you have to at least respect us, don't you think?

Lastly, what kind of player could Shaq have been if he had Kobe or MJ's drive. I think he could have averaged 35/20/5 assists/3 blocks. He could have been transcendent - maybe more dominant than Wilt.

Thanks for letting me join your crew here - definitely better than working.

Hey guys, just wanted to pop in with an update on a few questions.

1. I temporarily put insta posting back on while I was away during the afternoon with family. I didn't want to make an announcement in case that would just invite the troublemakers to spew venom. I didn't want to necessarily leave people in the dark, but figured this approach might be best for now.

2. We will have a chat beginning in a few minutes and let it run its course for the next few hours. My apologies for being forgetful/inattentive. Have just been trying to be with family on East Coast as much as I can before the season starts.

Thanks for everyone's patience and understanding.

MM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!!!! I hope for your birthday....early birthday present, that you get ur 6th Championship Ring!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!

Max wrote " By the way can anyone think of a basketball player that seemed to lack the killer instinct and then develop that mean streak?"


I believe that Kevin Durant will be that player, when he does....watch out!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BRYANT – G.L.O.A.T. & G.O.A.T. & BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME
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(01) utzworld - the BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(02) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(03) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
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(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN1 – I don't celebrate birthdays - at all - but I sure would tell him I was glad he was born and then brought his talents to the Lakers!
(06) ART-FL-LAKERS FAN - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(07) LAKERADICT08-24-78 - SECURITY - Happy BD to Kobe......I wonder what his wife would give him, someone that pretty much has it all. Is it opening night yet?????????
(08) LONGTIMELAKER FAN - Happy Birthday Mamba
(09) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Happy birthday Kobe - may another championship season be your bday present.
(10) MAMBA24 – Thank you J24 no one in the Mamba Clan told me. Happy Birthday BlackMamba Kobe Bean Bryant, The greatest basketball player To ever walk the earth BAR NONE!!! G.L.O.A.T & G.O.A.T!! PERIOD!
(11) OTIS - Oh - Happy Birthday Kobe.
(12) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Just wanted to come in and show some love! Happy B-Day to the Black Mamba!
(13) D(EREK) J(ETER) - Put me on the Happy B-Day Kobe Bandwagon please. He's still younger than me, ha, ha. I hope he can play to 40 at least! So much fun to watch play!
(14) LEWSTRS - Good Morning Nation...Happy Birthday Kobe... I would like to thank Joe 'JellyBean' Bryant, and Pamela Bryant for producing Kobe Bryant 32 years ago... would also like to wish The Black Mamba a Happy B-Day...His parents made Kobe...but Kobe made the Black Mamba...
(15) DON’TBLAME DEL HARRIS - The Harris Family wishes the GLOAT a healthy and happy birthday.
(16) LAKERLASS - And a hugely, wonderful Happy Birthday to Kobe!
(17) LROB - Happy Bday Kobe. The Good Lord has blessed you with another year. And has blessed us with another year to enjoy your talents
(18) MAGIC PHIL - Happy BDAY, KOBE!!!!!!!!!!
(19) LAKERPEACE - Happy Birthday, Kobe! I can't believe so many people that I know of are born in August. Can the Lakers retire Kobe's 2 numbers? 8 and 24?
(20) SAMLL - Happy Birthday to the best player in the world, the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant!
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE – Happy Birthday Mamba!!
(22) TOM DANIELS - Birthday with family and working out. Saw Kobe out to dinner with the family last night at Sol in Newport Beach. Spent a lot of time really talking with his kids. No entourage. No BS. People left him alone. Nice to see.
(23) SHAN MAYS - Happy BDay Kobe!!!! Keep bringing us the real deal.
(24) FAN OF THE MAMBA - It's somebody's birthday, It's somebody's birthday! Whose birthday? It's Kobe's! Whose Birthday? It's Kobe's! Happy Birthday Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant! Put me on the bandwagon.
(25) JOHNNYV - Happy Birthday two-four, now go honor Magic this season as you turn "32" and give us #17. This would be an excellent year for #17 to break out and get us #17. I don't think it would bother kobe at all to get some help in order to carry the team. Happy Birthday Kobe! Great to see you with your dad again.
(26) ADRIAN PALOMAR - Happy Birthday KOBE the G.O.A.T....
(27) LAKERJ - Happy Birthday two-four, now go honor Magic this season as you turn "32" and give us #17.
(28) ROMEO DEIPARINE - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!! Take care of your body. We need you so bad so the Lakers can really beat those beach boys from Miami. It would truly make us LAKERS happy to see you lead us to the three peat. You got 3 to 5 years more left and perhaps as many championships. I know you got the focus and the heart to do it. No one is like you. MJ is MJ. But there is no one like KOBE. The greatest Mamba of them all!! God bless you and to your family. Sincerely, Romeo D from the SOS Missionaries
(29) HALOS ANT - Oh yeah... HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!!
(30) The Lord of the Rings: Kobe Bryant - ... justanothermambafan I, like you, am not supposed to celebrate birthdays due to religious reasons.. but how cant i man its KOBE BRYANT's BIRTHDAY TODAY.. were throwing a BIRTHDAY BASH IN HONOR OF THE GOAT BLACK MAMBA!!! and to kobe bryant: God bless you, your the best! MM, I would get kobe a video tape that i personally recorded of "THE DECISION" so he can eat popcorn and laugh all day with his fam over princess james .. lol caz thats exactly what i did when i watched it. ( yes i am guilty of watching such rubbish) GOD BLESS LA
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He spent more time partying during the off season than preparing for this season. Took the rest of this season off but is busy partying right now. He's great but i don't think anybody should just assume they can just turn up and win. Hey maybe i just hold him to higher standards because i'm Jamaican too. Actually you know a better comparison Shaq during his Laker stay; so dominant but you still felt if he was just wired different he could be better.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BRYANT – G.L.O.A.T. & G.O.A.T. & BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME
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(01) utzworld - the BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(02) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(03) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
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(31) KOLBI - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!!!! I hope for your birthday....early birthday present, that you get ur 6th Championship Ring!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!

I believe that Kevin Durant will be that player, when he does....watch out!
Posted by: Laker J | August 23, 2010 at 02:19 PM
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Absolutely! Not a shadow of a doubt in my mind!

LakerLass - Next year is Andy's year!!

MM - Thanks for the surprise chat. Too bad the job is going to interfere with Lakercentric activities today.

JR

Mamaba24... You are always the optimist, but I really think Favre looked SLOW last nite, and forget the other QB'S. So we'll wait and see. I do hope you're right with the Celtic's in the finals. Either one would be great to beat!

Kobe, Kobe, Kobe. I'll never get tired of watching him play the game, and when his time is done, I'll revel in the fact that I got to witness the BEST basketball player of ALL time play the game the right way. Yes, he's better than Jordan. Anyone not blinded by pure Jordan media-hype recognizes that.

To the best player ever: Happy, happy birthday.

Go Lake Show!

@Mari G., honey I just want you to know that I am running on fumes here.

Thankin all the haters for his incredible motivation to succeed.

Dreamin of another championship!!!!!

Mamaba24... You are always the optimist, but I really think Favre looked SLOW last nite, and forget the other QB'S. So we'll wait and see. I do hope you're right with the Celtic's in the finals. Either one would be great to beat!
Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | August 23, 2010 at 02:39 PM
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LMAO!! Favre has always been slow. It's his release that is fast. he's just pacing himself. Hold on NewMexicoLakerLifer, i guarantee you when the Bell rings to start the playoffs the Vikings will be there. No if and's or buts about it.
I also guarantee they go the Superbowl. After that it's up to you to bring them across the finish Line Lol! Hang in there take a swig of Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic it works for Vikings fans & Prince fans too!!!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE BRYANT – G.L.O.A.T. & G.O.A.T. & BASKETBALL GOD SUPREME
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(01) utzworld - the BANNER HOLDER – CHAPLAIN - Happy Birthday Kobe!
(02) J24(LADY JEM24) OWNER - Happy Birthday to our beloved Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant!!!
(03) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER – DRIVER - Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant!! Thank's for giving us Lakerholic's so many GREAT years and you have just begun to show your greatness. NBA, watch out, think what a HEALTHY BLACK MAMBA will do this year!!
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(31) KOLBI - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOBE!!!!!! I hope for your birthday....early birthday present, that you get ur 6th Championship Ring!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!
(32) THE OUTLAW - Kobe, Kobe, Kobe. I'll never get tired of watching him play the game, and when his time is done, I'll revel in the fact that I got to witness the BEST basketball player of ALL time play the game the right way. Yes, he's better than Jordan. Anyone not blinded by pure Jordan media-hype recognizes that. To the best player ever: Happy, happy birthday.

Happy Big One, You Black Mamba!:)

Happy birthday Kobe...I hope you spent it with your beautiful family & friends...rest up & be well. Are you wishing a Sasha/? for J.R. Smith trade...just curious???

Even though he wont read this Happy Birthday Kobe you are my idol hope you have a good time chillin with the family cant wait to see you play again!

Happy Birthday Kobe!!

6-24?! LOL..come on..

Happy Birthday Kobe! Please get surgery on your finger! (but not on your birthday)

Who cares?

Mamba24..Hey, watch out, your dissing a 40 yr.old grampa whose lost a few-ish steps! And yes I think we are going to be swigging fatty's happy juice! LOL. Watched the Laker/Celtic game for the third time last nite. It's always good for a LAKERHOLIC to get their fix. Geesh.. let it be Oct.:)

There's no gift he could receive that he doesn't have already. He's got a family; Wife and kids and fresh off of back to back NBA Championships; Two shiny, golden, Larry O'brien trophies and two sparkling championship rings!

Ricky,

>>>beat USA in every sport we can compite.

Good thing spelling isn't a sport, Ricky.

hey brondenver that thing u told me about for movies is great i found http://sportscomplainer.com/nba which is just like the one u found but is nba obv. ok man


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