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Kobe Bryant starts shooting again for the first time since season-ending shoulder surgery


Here’s some good news for Lakers fans: Kobe Bryant has taken a big step in his recovery from the right shoulder surgery that ended his 2014-15 season early. He posted a photo Saturday on his Instagram account of himself in the gym and revealed that he’s started shooting again.

Below the photo, he wrote:

First day back on the court shooting! Bout damn time!! #shoulderrecovery #20thseason @drinkbodyarmor #lakers

With over a month to go before training camp, Bryant being cleared to shoot is a good sign for his health when the season starts. It’s a good bet that this will be his final season, so hopefully he can stay relatively healthy.

Kobe Bryant joins Taylor Swift onstage at Staples Center, presents her with a banner (VIDEO)

Taylor Swift

On Friday night, Taylor Swift performed the fifth show of her nine-night residency at Staples Center, the home of the Lakers and Clippers. It was her 16th sold-out show at the arena of her career, the most of any artist, which is an impressive accomplishment for a 25-year-old.

During Swift’s performance of the 1989 hit “Style,” Kobe Bryant joined her onstage:

Unbeknownst to her, Kobe had a surprise to mark the Staples Center sellout milestone: a banner to hang with the Lakers’ 16.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a performance of “K.O.B.E.” Swift would have been more than capable of handling Tyra Banks’ hook. But it was a cool moment nonetheless.

From Bad Idea Jeans file: Guy gets Kobe, Jordan tattoos on his calves

Kobe Jordan tattoo

Full healed tattoos/Tatuajes totalmente curados

A photo posted by Santiago Monky Macchio (@el_mono_tatuador) on

From our files of people who make terrible life decisions — the “Bad Idea Jeans” file — we bring you this bit of body art:

The heads of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, facing each other, on this man’s calves for all eternity. Under it simply says, “I love this game.”

I have a very laissez-faire attitude about life and what body art people choose to go with. It’s your body, make your choices. That said, we can all agree some choices are poor — this would be example 1A.

As he ages, this man will wear shorts less and less often. I’d bet it ruins at least one potential relationship (can you imagine the first time his date sees this?). It’s actually some pretty good artwork, very impressive likenesses, so I guess kudos to the artist, whoever he/she is. But really, shouldn’t you have talked him out of it?

Hat tip to Darren Rovell.

NBA rookie survey suggests Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor was a mistake

2015 NBA Draft

Most NBA teams would have picked Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. I would have. The Timberwolves did.

But a plurality of NBA rookies prefer Okafor, who went No. 3 to the 76ers.

Two responses in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey reveal that:

Who will be the 2015-16 Rookie of the Year?

1. Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia — 41.9 percent

2. Stanley Johnson, Detroit — 19.4 percent

3. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota — 12.9 percent

T-4. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver — 9.7 percent

D’Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers — 9.7 percent

Others receiving votes: Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento; Trey Lyles, Utah

Which rookie will have the best career?

Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia — 24.1 percent

2. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota — 17.2 percent

T-3. Justin Anderson, Dallas — 13.8 percent

Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver — 13.8 percent

5. Stanley Johnson, Detroit — 8.0 percent

6. Sam Dekker, Houston — 6.9 percent

Others receiving votes: Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento; Bobby Portis, Chicago; Kelly Oubre, Washington; Kristaps Porzingis, New York; D’Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers; Rashad Vaughn, Milwaukee

Picking Okafor for Rookie of the Year doesn’t necessarily mean he should have gone No. 1. The former Duke center is exceptionally polished offensively, and he should fill a big role on the lowly 76ers.

But the “best career” question is essentially asking who should have gone No. 1 – especially considering Towns and Okafor play the same position. Perhaps, a majority of respondents who took a third candidate would have taken Towns over Okafor, changing results of a run-off race. But with the information we have, plurality rules.

The survey also includes other interesting (Mavericks’ Justin Anderson as most athletic), unsurprising (Suns’ Devin Booker as best shooter) and surprising (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as best defender) responses. Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to the Kings largely based on his ability to guard the interior and exterior. If he’s not elite defensively – and his peers don’t rate him that way, ranking him fourth with 5.9% of votes – questions about his offense and rebounding become more significant.

For the second straight year, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James ranked 1-2-3 as rookies’ favorite players.

Of course, don’t take these responses as gospel. Despite 13.8% of respondents – tied for third most – picking Anderson to have the best career, nobody voted for him as the draft’s biggest steal. How you can think the No. 21 pick will have the best career yet isn’t the draft’s biggest steal is beyond me.

Economist: Michael Jordan makes more annually in endorsements than any current NBA player

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan and LeBron James have sparked a conversation about who’d win a 1-on-1 game between the two in their primes.

Jordan took himself, as did LeBron.

But when it comes to endorsement money, it’s no contest.

Jordan sets a high bar for any potential sponsors, and they’re obviously willing to meet his lofty demands.

Associated Press:

An expert in sports economics says Michael Jordan’s endorsement income has grown and still eclipses that of current NBA players, including LeBron James.

Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist testified Monday in federal court in Chicago

He says Jordan’s endorsement income was $75.5 million in 2012.

Here are the NBA’s top endorsers in the last year, according to Forbes:

1. LeBron James – $44 million

2. Kevin Durant – $35 million

3. Kobe Bryant – $26 million

It’s quite remarkable that Jordan – 12 years after his last retirement as a player – collects so much sponsorship money. He’s a marketing force unlike any other.