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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
By United Press International

Spurs defeat Oklahoma City 112-77

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili made history on Wednesday night and helped the San Antonio Spurs to yet another convincing victory.
Kobe Bryant documentary in production at Showtime

Kobe Bryant documentary in production at Showtime

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- Showtime is producing a new documentary, "Kobe Bryant's Muse," about the basketball player's life and career.
Annie Martin
Trayvon Martin: Kobe Bryant criticized for comments on killing

Trayvon Martin: Kobe Bryant criticized for comments on killing

March 28 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant says he doesn't think he should comment on the Trayvon Martin case just because he's African-American.
Danielle Haynes
'Full-court press' begins to get young people to join Obamacare

'Full-court press' begins to get young people to join Obamacare

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- The Obama administration will try a "full-court press" ahead of the NCAA men's and women's basketball tourneys to get young people to sign up for healthcare.

NBA: Oklahoma City 131, LA Lakers 102

Kevin Durant continued his ascent up the ladder in terms of NBA history and the Oklahoma City Thunder walloped the Los Angeles Lakers, 131-102, Thursday night.

NBA: Chicago 92, Los Angeles Lakers 86

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Joakim Noah's 20 points and 13 rebounds Sunday helped the Chicago Bulls wrap up six-game road trip with a 92-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 112, Philadelphia 98

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Steve Nash netted 19 points and distributed five assists Friday, igniting the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers over Philadelphia 112-98.

Bosh, Nowitzki chosen as all-star reserves

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Miami's Chris Bosh and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki were the highlight names announced Thursday as reserves for the NBA All-Star Game.

NBA: New York 125, Charlotte 96

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Carmelo Anthony set a franchise record with 62 points Friday, a stunning performance that sent New York to a 125-96 crushing of Charlotte.
Bryant named All-Star starter despite injuries

Bryant named All-Star starter despite injuries

NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant, even though he has played in just six contests this season, was named Thursday as a starter for this year's NBA All-Star Game.

NBA: Cleveland 111, Philadelphia 93

CLEVELAND, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- C.J. Miles nailed a team-record 10 3-pointers Tuesday for Cleveland, which dismantled Philadelphia 111-93 to end the 76ers' road winning streak.

Insurance may help Lakers pay their injured stars

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- An insurance policy could provide the Los Angeles Lakers with financial help if stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash miss the rest of the season due to injuries.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 110, Utah 99

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Pau Gasol sent Los Angeles off to a quick start Friday and the Lakers fought off a Utah rally to down the Jazz 110-99.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 104, Minnesota 91

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Nick Young hit four 3-pointers and scored 25 points Friday in helping the Los Angeles Lakers open a new chapter with a 104-91 win over Minnesota.
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Kobe Bryant
A Chinese student plays basketball in front of a giant poster of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant in Beijing on February 23, 2010. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He decided to declare his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.

Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. A heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Finals was followed by O'Neal's trade from the Lakers after the 2003–04 season. In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault after having sex with a hotel employee in Colorado. In September 2004, prosecutors dropped the case after his accuser refused to testify, and Bryant had to rebuild his image while becoming the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, setting numerous scoring records in the process. In 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points scored in a single game in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point performance in 1962. In the 2007–08 season, he was awarded the regular season's Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). After losing in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named NBA Finals MVP on both occasions.

As of July 2011, Bryant ranks third and sixth on the league's all-time post-season scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists, respectively. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. Since his second year in the league, Bryant has started in every NBA All-Star Game that has been held with thirteen All-Star appearances, winning the All-Star MVP Award four times (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011). Bryant is tied for the most All Star MVP Awards in NBA History. He is a thirteen-time member of the All-NBA team and eleven-time All-Defensive team, and is the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors. At the 2008 Olympics, he won a gold medal as a member of the USA national team. In 2009, Sporting News and TNT named Bryant the NBA player of the 2000s decade.

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