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.
When it comes to free agents still on the market, there really isn’t much. It’s mostly fringe guys and veterans who are strictly 15th men on the roster. If you’re looking for someone who won’t cost that much money, can still be a productive player and is a respected veteran around the league, your options are few and far between. Which is why it’s a bit of a surprise that Carlos Boozer is still out without a job. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that Boozer has had offers from teams in China, and he’s considering them, although he still wants an NBA deal.
Hearing Carlos Boozer, arguably top UFA still available, is intrigued by interest he's getting from China but still angling for new NBA home
The Lakers picked up Boozer off waivers last summer after the Bulls used the amnesty provision on the final year of his contract. He only started 26 games for the Lakers, but he was solid in 23.8 minutes per game off the bench, averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He’s not a starter on a contender at this point in his career, especially given his weaknesses on defense. But if he’s your fourth or fifth big, you’re in very good shape, and he’s been well-liked as a teammate throughout his career. He’s made almost $150 million in his 13 years in the league, and at this point he could probably be had for the minimum or close to it. It’s surprising that a team looking for a solid locker-room veteran still capable of producing in shorter minutes at power forward hasn’t picked him up yet.
From Bad Idea Jeans file: Guy gets Kobe, Jordan tattoos on his calves
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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?