Kobe Bryant on Oscar: ‘I feel better than winning a championship’ (video)


Kobe Bryant has spent most of his life manically devoted to basketball. That earned the former Lakers star five NBA titles.

In retirement, Kobe claimed another victory – in the Oscars.


I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do. Growing up, as a kid, I dreamt of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true. But then to have something like this seemingly come out of left field. I heard a lot of people tell me, when I started writing, they would ask me, “What are you going to do when you retire?” And I’d say, “Well I want to be a writer. I want to be a storyteller.” And I got a lot of, “That’s cute. That’s cute. You’ll be depressed when your career’s over, and you’ll come back and play.” And I got that a lot. And s to be here now and have this sense of validation, this is crazy, man. It’s crazy.

Kobe sounds like someone with a healthier mindset. He still has that chip on his shoulder, but he also seems happier – less consumed by winning and losing, enjoying the experience more.

Of course, that’s easier to do when you win.

Grizzlies sign second-round pick Jevon Carter to multiyear contract

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed second-round pick Jevon Carter to a multiyear deal.

Terms of the contract announced Sunday were not disclosed.

Carter has impressed at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and in Utah. His dogged, aggressive defense has slowed players — Trae Young had some of his worst games against Carter — and on offense his game has improved, including him dropping 26 points on the Jazz recently.

Carter was taken with the No. 32 pick after winning the Naismith defensive player of the year last season at West Virginia. The point guard was second in the nation with 3.03 steals per game and is the Mountaineers’ career leader in that category.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.


After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe


Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.