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# Kobe Bryant

All time
# time out
'No matter what I do next, I'll always be that kid' - Kobe writes a poem to announce retirement
Five-time NBA champion pens love letter to basketball as he launches his farewell tour.
# way harsh
Kobe Bryant on how he once made a team-mate cry
He quickly realised that his comment sounded much worse out loud than he was expecting.
# benjamins
Rory McIlroy made a serious wedge last year but doesn't top the list of highest-paid athletes
Step forward, Money Mayweather.
# Claim
Mayweather ready to grant Pacquiao rematch - reports
“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” the boxer allegedly said in a text message.
# Lottery
The Lakers are in real danger of ruining their season... by winning too many games
Kobe and company could do with losing a few more.
# Slammin'
Gravity the biggest loser at the NBA Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine ran away with last night’s competition.
# Mamba
Kobe Bryant injured his right shoulder - so he came back on and played left-handed instead
Why? Because he can.
# Well read
Chasing the dream and the inevitable end: It's the week's best sportswriting
It’s January. Stay indoors, stay warm and treat yourself to some of the best writers on the internet.
# He's Kobehind you
Kobe Bryant is not impressed with your fighting skills Carlos Boozer
Is this the NBA’s equivalent to a schmozzle
# i can't breathe
'I Can't Breathe' t-shirts latest in long line of athletes making political statements
Lebron James and other athletes who made symbolic political statements.
# Mamba
'Don't F this up!' Kobe Bryant hit another big milestone with these free throws last night
The all-time points list now reads Jordan: 32,292, Bryant: 32,310.
# Snap Happy
From wonder-catches to gravity-defying jumps, it's the week's best sports photography
From Odell’s magic to the high-intensity of the Superclasico, there were some terrific images this week.
# insight
Kobe Bryant's 11-year-old daughter explains the secret to being clutch
It’s about maths tests. Or something like that.
# 1 on 5
One play perfectly sums up just how bad the Lakers will be this season
Kobe Bryant’s team are in trouble this year.
# trash talkin'
Kobe Bryant takes an elbow from ex team-mate Dwight Howard, calls him soft and then a teddy bear
Oh, IT’S ON!
# snake
This Kobe Bryant statue is the weirdest thing you'll see today
# Sidelined
Bad news, Lakers... Kobe Bryant's season is over
The NBA legend has been ruled out with a knee injury.
# Hoops
The Lakers beat the Cavaliers thanks to an obscure rule even the players didn't know existed
So that’s what happens!
# 50 Streep
Meryl Streep and 50 Cent sat next to each other at a basketball game
And it looks as if they got on like a house on fire.
# far far away
Kobe Bryant made his comeback to the court to Star Wars' Imperial March
The Lakers talisman channelled his inner Vader.
# Say Cheese
Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant compete in a 'selfie-off'
You wouldn’t have caught Diego Maradona and Michael Jordan at this sort of behaviour.
Kobe Bryant took a $19 million pay-cut to stay at the LA Lakers
Despite that, he will remain the NBA’s highest-paid player.
# thorny issue
Chicago Bulls without Derrick Rose for another season after knee injury
Over in Los Angeles, meanwhile, Kobe Bryant has signed up with the Lakers for two more years.
# Career Highlights
It's Kobe Bryant's birthday today, so here are the top 10 plays of his career
The basketball player has turned 35.
# No more tears
Man meets Kobe Bryant, cries like Justin Bieber fan
So THIS is why you shouldn’t meet your heroes.
# ballers
NBA players read mean tweets about themselves
‘Has anyone noticed that Chris Paul has Michael Jackson’s original nose’.
# cut up
Kobe Bryant tweeted this disgusting photo of his ankle surgery
Maybe don’t click through if you’re squeamish/eating.
# Frustration
'This is such BS' - Kobe Bryant bares his soul on Facebook after season-ending injury
The star has zero filter this year and has been using social media as his outlet.
# Almost famous
Now and then: Famous athletes playing their sports as kids
Rory McIlroy and company were destined for stardom from an early age.
# Shoe knew?
11 pairs of trainers that will blow your mind
Serious shoe envy.
# Blade Runner
Nike react to Oscar Pistorius' 'I am the bullet in the chamber' advert
The ad has already been pulled from the athlete’s website.
# boomshakalaka
A perfectly-timed photo of LeBron James dunking on the Lakers last night
Look at the faces on Kobe and Steve Nash…
# Catch up
Off the record: 5 sporting stories you may have missed this weekend
One-in-a-million basketball shots, brilliant back-heels and high winds: it’s all in this week’s round-up.
# bandwagon
Kobe Bryant joins Twitter, gains 432,235 followers in 22 hours
The LA Lakers star lost out to the Clippers last night and is still 6m followers behind LeBron James.
# Legends
VIDEO: Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant join forces
The pair both feature in a newly released advertisement for Turkish Airlines. What’s your verdict?
# Milestone
VIDEO: Kobe Bryant becomes youngest NBA player to score 30,000 points
Bryant became only the fifth player to hit the milestone with his points against the New Orleans Hornets last night.
# The Voice
Call that commentary, THIS is commentary
Houston Rockers radio commentator puts a unique spin on his team beating the LA Lakers.
# Ballin'
Kobe Bryant: NBA players have a great work ethic nowadays... thanks to me
Humble as ever.
# Ballin'
VIDEO: Kobe Bryant was willing to take a free throw with his eyes closed -- for $5,000
Gerard Wallace backed down from the bet, but it looks like Kobe was up for the challenge.
# Record Breaker
VIDEO: College basketball player scores record 138 points -- in one game
Kobe Bryant’s reaction? “If you score 138 points, you kind of have a licence to tell people to f**k off.”