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NBA's Bryant out for season after surgery (AFP)
28 Jan 2015 at 7:11pm
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had successful shoulder surgery, the third-straight year he has undergone a season-ending procedure, the National Basketball Association team said. The two-hour surgery, to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, was performed by doctors Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old Bryant is expected to be out nine months and doctors said with proper rehabilitation he would be able to return to the Lakers in time for his 20th season.
Kobe Bryant undergoes shoulder surgery, likely ready for next season (Ball Do...
28 Jan 2015 at 4:49pm
Kobe Bryant has surgery, expected to be out for 9 months (The Associated Press)
28 Jan 2015 at 4:16pm
Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday. The Los Angeles Lakers also made it official that their superstar doesn't believe his career is finished. If Bryant meets that timetable, he could return to basketball shortly before the start of the 2015-16 season - and the Lakers expect to see him in purple and gold again. Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo performed the two-hour surgery at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery (Reuters)
28 Jan 2015 at 4:09pm
Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said. The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder last week in a loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans, underwent a procedure lasting two hours, the team said in a statement. "I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should be ready for the start of the season," Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the surgery, said. Bryant was averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this season for a struggling Lakers team that is last in the Pacific Division with a 12-34 record.
NBA-Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery (Reuters)
28 Jan 2015 at 3:55pm
LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said. The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder last week in a loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans, underwent a procedure lasting two hours, the team said in a statement. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Scottsdale, Arizona; Editing by Gene Cherry)
The 10-man rotation, starring the need to let Bradley Beal bomb away (Ball Do...
28 Jan 2015 at 12:34pm
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Truth About It . Good stuff from Adam Rubin on Bradley Beal, "a deadly 3-point specialist who does not shoot 3-pointers," and why it would behoove Flip Saunders Randy Wittman (whoops!) to do what he can to push the Washington Wizards marksman into more long-distance attempts. PF : Nuggets Ink . Brian Shaw really wasn't happy that Danilo Gallinari didn't get a shooting foul call that would've sent him to the free-throw line with a chance to tie things up in the closing seconds of the Denver Nuggets' Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. SF : VICE Sports . Patrick Redford looks at the latest Forbes valuations , looks at situations like the one in the works in Milwaukee , and comes to a conclusion: "If NBA teams are worth billions, it's farcical that cities should be held ransom by owners. No citizens are obligated to help the rich get richer." SG : RealGM . Jonathan Tjarks on why the Los Angeles Lakers' decision to give Kobe Bryant a $48.5 million contract extension last year made an awful lot of sense even if age and injury meant he was never going to come close to producing at that level on the court: "In a business where rain makers can choose where they want to work, it?s never a bad idea to cultivate a reputation as a place that takes care of its employees." PG : Forum Blue and Gold . J.M. Poulard on the uncomfortable eventuality that Lakers fans find themselves facing in the aftermath of Kobe's latest injury and, in all likelihood, eventual comeback: "I?m not sure whether I or anyone else for that matter is prepared for a world where a healthy but older version of Kobe is no longer the Purple and Gold?s best player." 6th : But the Game is On . Stephen Curry has turned in an MVP-caliber first half for the remarkable Golden State Warriors, but Mark Travis wonders if the magnitude of Curry's ascending star at the point guard position has perhaps somewhat unfairly obscured the continual brilliance of Chris Paul. 7th : San Francisco Chronicle . Ron Kroichick with a good look at the work that's gone into developing Curry's yo-yo handle, the metronomic backbeat behind the soaring solos he authors with his shooting. As former Warriors and current Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas says, "?He knows he?s not going to lose the ball, no matter what he does with it.? 8th : Vantage Sports and The Triangle . Ian Levy and Kirk Goldsberry offer statistical and shot-chart-based looks at how Andrew Wiggins' offensive game has evolved as his rookie season has worn on, how and where the Minnesota Timberwolves wunderkind has improved, and where he still needs some work. 9th : San Antonio Express-News . The great Mike Monroe looks back at the 1975 ABA All-Star Game, an event that featured Willie Nelson singing a capella and the MVP receiving a horse. (There is a sad ending .) 10th : Wall Street Journal . Ben Cohen looks at how Vine has changed the experience of watching, and re-watching, NBA games. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Bulls-Lakers Preview (The Associated Press)
28 Jan 2015 at 9:26am
Pau Gasol has led the Chicago Bulls to a victory over his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, once this season. Looking to do it again in his first trip back to Los Angeles, Gasol tries to help the Bulls build on an impressive victory that opened a six-game trip and extend the Lakers' longest skid in 21 seasons Thursday night. Gasol won two NBA titles in six-plus seasons with Los Angeles before signing with Chicago (30-17) in July. He admitted it felt weird while recording team highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds in a 113-93 win over the Lakers (12-34) on Christmas Day.
Rose's shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtime (The Associated Press)
27 Jan 2015 at 11:43pm
Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night. ''Anybody can get momentum or anybody can get the feeling they can beat anybody when you beat a team like this,'' Rose said. Rose, looking as healthy as ever, dribbled to his left and created space to get off the 20-footer over Klay Thompson, skipping around the court after the Warriors called timeout. Rose finished with 30 points, and his final basket overshadowed a night when he committed a career-high 11 turnovers and made just 13 of 33 shots.
Wizards-Suns Preview (The Associated Press)
27 Jan 2015 at 11:29pm
After producing their longest home win streak in five seasons, the Phoenix Suns are on the verge of matching their longest skid on their own floor in this campaign, and they showed some frustration again in their latest defeat. The Washington Wizards will try to add to that while earning their fifth win in six road games Wednesday night. Phoenix (26-20) had won seven in a row at home, including the first four of a franchise-record eight consecutive games there, before falling 113-111 to Houston on a buzzer beater Friday. The Suns were then routed 120-100 by the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and are one loss from matching their three-game home skid Dec. 9-15.
Wall's Wizards rally, send Lakers to 9th straight loss 98-92 (The Associated ...
27 Jan 2015 at 10:57pm
For one entertaining half, Wayne Ellington and Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson outscored and outplayed Washington's star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Wizards gathered themselves at halftime and comfortably avoided an embarrassing upset. Wall had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, and Washington rallied from a 19-point deficit to send Los Angeles to its ninth straight loss, 98-92 on Tuesday night. Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, who won their fifth straight over the Lakers with a tenacious fourth quarter after falling far behind in the first half of their third stop on a four-game West Coast trip.

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