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Lakers lose 106-94 despite Kobe Bryant’s return to lineup

Kobe Bryant (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is back on the court.

But not even Kobe Bryant could save his team from losing to the Toronto Raptors.

Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in leading visiting Toronto to a 106-94 win to stop a five-game losing streak.

Bryant in his 18th season and the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer in history, had not played since rupturing his Achilles tendon in April against the Golden State Warriors.

He scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists ans turned the ball over eight times in 28 minutes of action.


Bob Boozer, former Olympian, NBA star dies at age 75


Boozer started his career with the Royals (courtesy of Sacramento Kings via wikipedia commons)

Bob Boozer, a member of the dominating and talented 1960 U.S. Olympic team who went on to be a star in the NBA, died at age 75 of a brain aneurysm over the weekend in Omaha, Nebraska.

Boozer played with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas on the gold-medal winning 1960 Olympic team and went on to average 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds for six NBA teams which included the Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Seattle Supersonics and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Boozer was an All-American at Kansas State in 1958 and 1959 before playing 11 years in the NBA after the Cincinnati Royals drafted him #1 overall.

Boozer, who was 6’8, 215-pounds, and a forward, retired after his team, the Milwaukee Bucks won the 1971 NBA championship.


Info compiled from NBA, Radio, TV

Lakers’ World Peace gets 7-game suspension by NBA


Metta World Peace formerly Ron Artest (file photo)

In case you missed it, NBA star Ron Artest has changed his name to Metta World Peace.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward was ejected from Sunday’s double overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-106.

World Peace has been suspended for seven games by the NBA for swinging an elbow that hit the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden in Sunday’s nationally-televised game.

The controversial World Peace will miss the Lakers’ regular-season finale on Thursday at Sacramento and their first six playoff games, the NBA announced on Tuesday. He will be forfeiting some money as well, $347,849.

The latest suspension marks the 10th time since 2003 that World Peace has been suspended by the NBA.


Info compiled from NBA, Los Angeles Lakers, Radio & TV news

Cavs sign Sloan to strengthen backcourt depth


Donald Sloan (courtesy of Texas A&M athletics)

With the trade of backup point guard Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to add to their backcourt depth.

The Cavs have signed former Texas A&M guard Donald Sloan from Erie of the NBA Development League.

The 24-year-old Sloan, is 6’3, 205-pounds and was a part of a senior class that won 100 career games which set a school record for a single class.

Sloan ended his Texas A&M career 7th in career points with 1,522 and 8th in career assists with 370.

In eight starts for the Bay-Hawks, Sloan averaged 22.8 points, 7.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds. He played in eight games this season for Atlanta, and three with New Orleans.


Info compiled from Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, TV & Radio news

Odom was headed to D-League, but stays with Mavericks for tonight’s game vs. Jazz


Lamar Odom

The plan on Friday announced by the Dallas Mavericks was that Lamar Odom was supposed to play at least one game in the NBA Development League and then rejoin the parent team.

Odom was going to be assigned to the Texas Legends as they played on Saturday against Frisco.

However, he was recalled by the Mavericks before tonight’s game vs. the Utah Jazz.

The Mavs need Odom due to the fact that they play nine games in 12 days, including yesterday (New Orleans) and at home tonight (Saturday) against Utah.

Odom is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 32 games with Dallas.

Odom’s last played for the Mavericks on February 20 and has missed four games overall to take care of family matters.

He came to Dallas in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Info compiled from Dallas Mavericks, NBA, Radio & TV news

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