Kobe Bryant’s Playing Time Issue & The Top NBA News

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Los Angeles Lakers players Kobe Bryant participates in a practice session attended by basketball fans in Barcelona October 5, 2010. The Lakers will play against Barcelona in an NBA Europe Live basketball game at Palau Sant Jordi on Thursday. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

The Lakers will open up the 2010-2011 season on Tuesday when they host the Houston Rockets.  The team will receive their championship rings on the same night, and that may also be one of the few times fans will see Kobe Bryant on the floor.   Bryant is still recovering from his knee surgery, and has not been close to 100%.   Kobe will most likely miss tonight’s pre season game against the Golden State Warriors, and will be playing limited minutes to start the regular season.   Both Bryant and Andrew Bynum will be spending a lot of time on the bench early on in the season, which means the rest of the team must step up.

Kobe Bryant will miss tonight’s pre season game and will be seeing limited minutes early on in the season: ESPN Los Angeles

The Latest on the Lakers

Ron Artest has just released his own iPhone app.  [OC Register]

Magic Johnson sold his shares of the Lakers, and currently does not own any other  NBA team.  However, Magic wants a NFL team to land in the city of Los Angeles. [ESPN Los Angeles]

Is Blake Griffin the second best player in LA?  Has Blake passed Gasol and Odom in rankings even though he hasn’t played a single regular season game? [OC Register]

The NBA has expanded the rules of instant replay review. [NBA.com]

NBA Commissioner David Stern wants the players’ salaries costs to drop. [NBA.com]

Many NBA players have tried to rap and Ron Artest and Shaquille O’Neal have even released albums.  Dwight Howard has joined that list, as he will release an album this Tuesday. [Slam Magazine]

The Knicks may have made progress in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, but the Nets are still the front-runners of the Melo-Sweepstakes. [Sporting News]

Darius Miles has been waived by the Charlotte Bobcats. [ESPN.com]

Sundiata Gaines was a D-League call up for the Utah Jazz who hit a buzzer-beating three to take care of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Although the shot gave Gaines respect in the league, the Jazz have decided to let him go. [Pro Basketball Talk]

Number 18 on Dime Magazine’s Top-Go-To-Men is…[Dime Magazine]

The Philadelphia 76ers have picked up the option on Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights. [ESPN.com]

Videos

Ron Artest on Jimmy Kimmel Part 1

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzL2FsNVyZE

Ron Artest on Jimmy Kimmel Part 2

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pevkxlkEwfk

NBA Pre Season Results for October 21st, 2010.

Bobcats-105 Hornets-98

Magic-101 Mavericks-76

76ers-118 Knicks-91

Bulls-110 Raptors-103

Celtics-107 Nets-92

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