Kobe's not going anywhere, ever.


Alongside his tasty little Voltron quote about the Heat, Kobe Bryant dropped another nugget soundbyte yesterday that bears repeating, if only as an admission of what we already know. As a guest of teammate Derek Fisher on Jim Rome is Burning, Bryant said that he was “99.9 sure” he is retiring as a Laker (via Dime). 

Shocking news, right?
Except that it’s a mark that puts him above other true greats. Think about how many elite players, players considered to be potential Hall of Famers didn’t get to finish on their terms? Shaquille O’Neal, for one, joining the Celtics when he would have jumped at an offer from the Lakeshow. Allen Iverson, still hoping someone will take a chance. Take a chance on the Answer! Hakeem Olajuwon in Toronto, the list goes on. But Bryant will get to finish where he started, on his terms, having never switched teams (despite wanting to at one point). That’s the mark of a true great. 
It also means we need to start looking at when that day comes and what it will mean. Bryant’s recently-signed-extension runs through 2014, when he’ll make $30 million at age 35. If he wins the next two championships, giving him seven, (completely within reason), he may want to walk away on top. But then, it’s Kobe, and walking away will feel like it’s on glass. Meanwhile, expect the Lakers to start looking for the next superstar to land, either through the draft or more likely, in free agency, to replace Bryant. The Lakers are unlikely to slip back into their late 90’s funk with the amount of talent they’ve stockpiled.

Report: Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

Lamar Odom

Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.

Jazz waive Jack Cooley and J.J. O’Brien

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.

Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.

The Jazz roster now stands at 18.