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Kobe Bryant memorabilia stolen from ex-NBA star’s alma mater


ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say memorabilia from Kobe Bryant’s high school career have been stolen from a display case at the former NBA star’s school near Philadelphia.

Philly.com reports (http://bit.ly/2lgF8nV ) the theft from “Kobe’s Shrine” outside the Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School was discovered by school officials on Sunday evening.

The thief busted a lock on the display case and took Bryant’s framed high school jersey, several pairs of signed Nike sneakers and the 1996 state championship trophy and net.

School officials say the items have little monetary value. The jersey is a replica of the one worn by the Los Angeles Lakers legend as a student.

Lower Merion police are reviewing surveillance video to try to solve the crime.


Report: As expected, Heat to waive Derrick Williams to make room for Okaro White

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It’s not this simple, but the Heat are 10-0 since Okaro White joined the roster. But White has earned the trust of coach Eric Spoelstra, who is now giving the Florida State forward regular fourth quarter minutes now.

The Heat were not going to let him go with his 10-day contract up, the only question was how they would create the roster spot to sign him. As had been expected as the most logical course of action, Derrick Williams is on his way out, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports.

Williams was out of the rotation anyway, mostly because his defense is an issue. The former No. 2 pick back in 2011 brings some offensive skills to the table, he can drive and score in the paint, he can knock down corner threes, but his offensive game is inconsistent. And again, the defense isn’t good. Pat Riley tried hard to trade Williams, but there were no takers.

A team can claim him (and a team looking to get closer to the salary floor might), but don’t bet on a team like the Cavaliers doing it, as noted by Bobby Marks of The Vertical.

Draymond Green on argument with Kevin Durant: Nothing to see here, move along

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There are times, when they get tested in a close game, that we see tension bubble up with the Warriors. They don’t get in this situation often, but it happened again in a loss to the Kings over the weekend, when Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had words. Something that has happened before.

In this case, late in the third quarter Durant had the ball in isolation, couldn’t create the shot he wanted against DeMarcus Cousins, then passed to Green as the shot clock was winding down, forcing him to jack up quick three.

Green did not like that, which led to this.

That video made news Sunday. Green then took to Snapchat to express how he feels.

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Teammates have words occasionally, and usually it’s meaningless in the big picture. Green and Durant are competitive guys, and the Warriors had probably their worst game in a month in the loss to Sacramento (do give the Kings some credit here, Cousins, in particular, was phenomenal). This is probably nothing.

But as the Warriors rampage through the NBA this season, it’s fair to ask how they will respond when actually tested. We may not find out until deep in the playoffs, however.

Nets’ Brook Lopez used his length for huge dunk vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

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Most of the time Brook Lopez‘s name comes up it’s in the question “are the Nets trading him before the deadline?” The answer is maybe, but GM Sean Marks isn’t giving him away (he’s the best asset they have), and the offers so far have been underwhelming. I wouldn’t bet on a trade.

I would bet on Lopez having one monster dunk against the Raptors on Sunday. It was impressive.

The Raptors got the win behind a triple-double from Kyle Lowry, his first of the season.

Isaiah Thomas, Kobe Bryant, other NBA stars react to Patriots’ Super Bowl comeback

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Come on, we all thought it was over, right? The Atlanta Falcons offense was clicking well enough, and their defense was just swarming the Patriots and knocking Tom Brady around like a pinata.

But Brady and the Patriots don’t go down quietly, and they staged the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win in overtime.

NBA players — especially from stars from Boston — took to Twitter to talk about it.