December 6, 2012
If you stepped into something unexpected today, here's hoping it was related to St. Nicholas Day and not a irresponsible pet owner. Millions of children (and some freaky adults) are finding candy and other assorted junk stuffed into their shoes this morning in one of the more unsanitary Christmas traditions. And in keeping with the concept of finding free crap in your shoe, it seems like everyone's having an awesome day on the Internet! Christmas may come early for Apple CEO Tim Cooke who could find out today whether a mess of Samsung phones are permanently placed on the naughty list, out of reach of U.S. consumers.
September 7, 2004
WASHINGTON - This will be the first thing I've written about the Kobe Bryant trial - passing references aside - in over a year. I put a moratorium on Kobe columns after writing two such pieces that suggested to me in hindsight that this was the rare subject on which maybe I didn't know my own mind. Mr. Bryant was a guy I admired, playing for a team - the Lakers - I've followed since 1979. Now he stood accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker in Eagle, Colo., so I wrote a column defending him. When he confessed to adultery, I wrote another, backpedaling.
May 7, 2008
The last time I saw Kobe Bryant play in person, he was still in high school. Lower Merion High in the Philadelphia suburbs. And like many fans who watched him back then, I wondered how well he would do against tougher competition when the guy guarding him wasn't some poor glassy-eyed kid being hypnotized by the dribbles and feints and the blur to the basket. And like many fans, I've seen him scores of times on TV, maybe hundreds, since he jumped to the NBA as an 18-year-old. And when he was paired with Shaquille O'Neal on those championship Los Angeles Lakers teams, I wondered how much of Bryant's productivity was because of the star cast assembled around him. And like many fans, after Shaq moved on to the Miami Heat and Bryant managed to be even more prolific offensively, winning back-to-back scoring titles even as his team's fortunes sagged, I wondered how much of that was directed toward self-aggrandizement rather than winning.
June 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Like any other precocious kid waiting for Christmas morning to open presents, Kobe Bryant can't wait for tonight to hurry up and get here. However, this time, the wrapping doesn't come off a gift, but off Bryant and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been impatiently waiting nine days for the chance to defend their title, starting tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "Last year, all of this hoopla, it was very cool," Bryant said yesterday after practice at Staples Center.
January 24, 2006
Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers traded Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat in the summer of 2004 after eight seasons and three NBA championships, the Lakers have been little more than mediocre - or worse - with star guard Kobe Bryant going on almost nightly one-man scoring binges. The latest outburst came Sunday, when Bryant, playing at Staples Center in Los Angeles against the Toronto Raptors, scored a career-high 81 points, the second most in NBA history, exceeded only by Wilt Chamberlain's legendary 100-point game for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks in 1962.
August 17, 2003
First it was "Free Winona." Then "Martha Stewart Living in Jail." Now it's Kobe Bryant's turn in the T-shirt hall of fame - or shame. Bryant supporters are hanging up their gold-and-purple basketball jerseys to don pro-Kobe apparel in an effort to assert that he is innocent of sexual assault. Bryant foes also are making out well with anti-Kobe gear, such as "Colorado Prison League" T-shirts from alfredwbush.com. Other Web sites, like FreeKobeBryant.net, FreeKobe.com, YQue.com and PrayforKobe.