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Kobe Bryant stands by his Dream Team comments


LAS VEGAS — Did you really expect Kobe Bryant would back down from anyone or anything?

Remember Kobe said he thought this year’s Team USA could beat the Dream Team. Which stirred plenty of debate.

After the USA beat the Dominican Republic like they were the freshman team on Thursday night, Kobe was asked about the reaction of Michael Jordan who said he laughed at the idea.

“So what? He knows I’m a bad mother-f—–,” Bryant said. “I’m not really tripping….

“They have (Patrick) Ewing and (David) Robinson and those big guys. It’s tough. If you’re asking me, ‘Can you beat them one game?’ Hell yeah, we can beat them one game.

“You didn’t ask me if we could beat them in a seven-game series. In one game, we can beat them. No question about it.”

Someone else asked LeBron James if he thought and J.A. Adande of ESPN tweeted the response.

“What do want me to say? That we would lose?”

“Doesn’t matter how much we debate about it, it’s never going to happen. “

Which is what makes it fun to debate — we will never have a definitive answer.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.