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Kobe Bryant to launch nonprofit foundation aimed at reducing homelessness in Los Angeles

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has formed the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles.

Bryant will hold a news conference Tuesday at My Friend's Place, a nonprofit resource center that offers free emergency services to about 1,600 homeless people a year, according to its website. Bryant will explain the initiatives he has planned to reduce homelessness, create permanent housing and provide educational and career resources, which will include raising funds, improving services and working in conjunction with My Friend's Place. Bryant's philanthropic work has proven extensive, ranging from Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and Boys & Girls Club of America. 

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reflects on the season while speaking to reporters at the team's practice facility in El Segundo during exit interviews. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / May 11, 2011 

 
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@HOBBITMAGE … “I'm just trying to understand why so many of y'all are bucking the method that got us to the finals 3 years in a row.”

Let’s see. Could it be that that method didn’t get us to the finals this year? Or maybe it’s because Kobe’s fingers and knee may never get better? Or maybe it’s because all those games and minutes and injuries and age may finally be started to take their toll. Don’t forget the guy is human after all.

Listen, I love Kobe as much as any fan and I’m concerned but not worried about his ability to have a great come back year and show he is the best player in the game but based on last year’s results by the only measure that Kobe himself says counts, he was NO LONGER the best player in the game.

As for Kobe shooting too much, it will happen at times but I trust his smarts and desire to win to figure out that he does need to adjust his game to what the new coach wants, what he consistently can do, and what is best for the team. Kobe has always been about winning and that will never change. Nor will his work ethic or drive. But like all of us he is only human and probably past his peak at this point.

I’d love to be proven wrong and see Kobe pull a Kareem on the league and win until he’s 40. But I’d also like to be 40 years younger and millions richer too. And maybe 6-9 225 and Blake Griffin hops. The reality is that to continue to be as effective as he has been in the past, Kobe is going to have substitute smarts and experience for talent and athleticism because it’s like every other team now has a physical athletic defender to harass and hound Kobe and make him work for everything he’s got.

This is definitely a time when the help Kobe is trying to generate is heartily needed. Kudos to Kobe and his wife for giving back to the community. While there are obviously a hardcore homeless who do not want help, most of the people who lose their homes are just like you or me. Just regular folks who lost their jobs or had their companies go belly up or found out how hard it is to get a job..
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TOM

Forget the homeless, Kobe needs to do like Wade and Lebron did and cut his pay so that the Lakeres can afford a quality PG or SF. But will Mr. Bean Bryant do this?

Well done by Kobe and Vanessa.

Reports say GS will outbid the Lakers for coach Mike Malone services. Let's see how the Lakers handle this because Mike Brown clearly wants him on his staff.

@LTLF – Definitely say no to Nash. But you’re right about Gallo, it’ll take a really nice offer to pry him away from Denver.

@GDUB – Of course I enjoyed the Horace Silver selections. He put in work on Cool Eyes. Unbelievable. I believe Triangulator or Mark G had posted “Song for My Father” earlier. Fagen and Becker knew what they were doing when they used the opening chords for Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.

@mclyne – Loved the Jars of Clay selection.

FYI.

KBFF24.org also listed as KVBFF.org [ http://bit.ly/inmA6O ]

Well, this is a noble act on the part of the Black Mamba, especially at time when so many are homeless or facing homelessness. Hope more pro athletes will follow his example.

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@LRob: Glad you enjoyed 'Horace', he can sure tickle those keys can't he? I was really pleased to see Billy Cobham on the drums. I used to be a HUGE fan back in da day.:-)

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For today's musical contribution, I'll go with one of my favorite saxaphonists performing one of the true Jazz classics...enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwNrmYRiX_o&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTAKslY_jIQ&feature=fvst

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BVdw02W1Zc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsz3mrnIBd0&feature=related

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Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

/offtopic

Interesting blurb by Matt Smith for FOX Sports West [ http://bit.ly/j5s0rz ] on the possibility of Jax-to-Knicks with a twease from Jeanie on monthly trips to New York .

@LRob: Almost forgot...you're right about Fagen and Becker, they're no dummies.:-) That's just another reason I'm a diehard 'Steely Dan' fan.



Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

FIXING THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS
by Eric Pincus for Hoopsworld
http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=20042
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Superb analysis of the Lakers trade and free agent prospects. Very comprehensive and intelligently laid out. Anybody who has been thinking about player moves will love it. Eric knows his stuff. Great read. Assumes Drew and Pau won’t be moved not would CP3, DWill, or Dwight because of possible changes in the CBA including likely amnesty (can you say good bye Luke Walton!). The key is all the possible big contract players who may suddenly be cut and able to play for less because they are double dipping. Great discussion of what to do with the trade exception the Lakers have also.
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TOM

>>>Forget the homeless, Kobe needs to do like Wade and Lebron did and cut his
>>>pay so that the Lakeres can afford a quality PG or SF. But will Mr. Bean
>>>Bryant do this?

How many times do I have to explain this.

1. The CBA doesn't allow alteration of contracts. Kobe couldn't take a pay cut even if he wanted to.

2. Even if Kobe DID take a pay cut, the Lakers are still way over the salary cap, so they still wouldn't have any cap space to spend.

If you want the Lakers to have cap space to sign Dwight Howard & Chris Paul or Deron Williams next summer, then they need to trade off Kobe, Pau, Lamar, and Bynum for expiring contracts. That's right - to add Howard and Paul would cost the Lakers Kobe, Pau, Drew, and Lamar. Are you willing to make that trade?

congrats to the Lecrybaby and the miami cheat! looks like Lechoker will get his wish and will ride dwade (aka TOUCHFOUL EXTRAORDINAIRE) coattails for his first ring.. i think i'm gonna go bury my head in the sand now... its gonna be a loooooong summer.

Dude...you're still just a BOOT LICKIN HATER, man up dude and grow some STONES. And the New NBA Champs the Miami Heat,as I've said all season as is NOW.

It's always good news when people are trying to help the less favored. Nice job by the Mamba.

I have to give the props to the Heat & Mavs but it feels really awkward to see the NBA finals without great post playing. All the positions on the floor are important but it must be me after watching some Shaq old videos.

This is the way the league is going and so I have to agree with some here that want to trade a big for a pg.

At least the Finals have been producing 4th quarter tight games. And in the last game D Wade responded well. I hope this go to game 7 and really I don't mind who wins it.

For Dallas this must be their last chance to win, but for Miami it is also important.

LakerTom,

you wrote: Let’s see. Could it be that that method didn’t get us to the finals this year? Or maybe it’s because Kobe’s fingers and knee may never get better? Or maybe it’s because all those games and minutes and injuries and age may finally be started to take their toll. Don’t forget the guy is human after all.

my response: Umm ... I'm sorry. Have you been taking herbal remedies
again?

This year was the *first* time that Kobe didn't try to win it all for the Lakers.
His shot attempts and minutes were lower than at any point over the last
10 years. There was a concerted effort to get the ball to our bigs. You can't
find that in *ANY* other year since Shaq played for the Lakers.

And let's be honest. Y'all were talking that *EXACT* same BS last year when
we won. As a matter of fact, I'm certain that if we go check the archives we'll
find repeated posts about Kobe being a ballhog and Bynum needs to get
more touches & our size & length is our greatest assest & there's no reason for
Kobe to shoot so much when we have Gasol & Bynum & Odom.

So, kindly stop re-writing history.

ps. In November/December, as my pup passed, I went through the archives
and found a lot of posts which said supported the things I said and showed
that your basketball acumen is not all that you would have us believe. It
also showed that your memory of past posts, attitudes & beliefs of posters
was incorrect when it comes to the subject of Bynum. Let's just leave it at
that. :)

According to Adrian Wojnarowski... Mike Malone has agreed to join Mark Jackson's staff in Golden State as his top aide....over joining Mike Brown staff in LA.


@GDUB - enjoyed Paul Desmond and the assortment of greats he was with.

I didn't notice Cobham with Horace, but I've a fan since the McLaughin/Mahavishnu days.

>>>@LTLF – Definitely say no to Nash. But you’re right about Gallo, it’ll take a
>>>really nice offer to pry him away from Denver

To be honest, I don't think it'll be an issue, as I think Nash would rather retire with Phoenix at this point than get a ring. So it's a moot point.

But yeah... if the Lakers choices for an upgrade were Nash or nothing, then I'd go with Nash (but only if it meant keeping both Pau and Drew). But if there's any PG who can play a lick of defense available, I'd go that route instead.

>>>This year was the *first* time that Kobe didn't try to win it all for the Lakers.
>>>His shot attempts and minutes were lower than at any point over the last
>>>10 years. There was a concerted effort to get the ball to our bigs.

Agree with hobbitmage here. Other than one game, Kobe was definitely deferring to the bigs and taking less shots. And the end result was Kobe shot a higher FG% for the playoffs than Gasol.

That was a big contributing factor. If Kobe would have played Kobeball in the Dallas series, he probably could have squeezed out at least a couple of wins, and it might even have inspired Pau and the bench to man up a little more as well.

OTOH, age was also a factor, especially with Fish & Blake. The Lakers need to add some speed & athleticism to the team or they'll get steamrolled again next playoffs. And I don't mean speed & athleticism from someone who plays 10 minutes a game. They need their starting PG to be much better. And that may cost them some of that size.

"They need their starting PG to be much better. And that may cost them some of that size.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | June 07, 2011 at 08:20 AM
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Some of that SLOW size...................keep LO for speed and intermittent play if we will, but Pau and AB are slow of foot. One slow footed big is OK on the court at a time, but not two in this developing fast break league........

Carolyn: I am so thankful you and Vanessa are starting this foundation for the homeless. Please don't forget Orange County. There are homeless agencies here struggling to continue to provide services for the homeless with job help, education, transitional housing. Many people don't fit specific criteria to get shelter and case management. Oh Kobe, expansion and more allowable criteria is urgent for Orange County too.

Good article.

Did anyone see the funny story about the Laker's pick-up game???

http://milkthebull.com/2011/05/09/lakers-self-destruct-in-pick-up-game/


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