Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Metta and Kobe’s Extracurriculars

IMG_1212Kobe’s signature shoes, the Kobe 8 System, finished second in league-wide sales behind LeBron James this past year. Bryant’s sales exceeded $50 million, while James hit the $300 million mark. According to Forbes, however, Kobe’s “shoe sales in the U.S. were down in 2012, but he is the NBA’s biggest star in China and his Nike sneakers sell briskly in Asia.” Lakers Nation breaks down reasons as to why the sales may have been so down; check it out here.

Metta World Peace’s book titled “ Metta’s Bedtime Stories” was released today. The book was written by World Peace and co-authored by Heddrick McBride and is comprised of five stories. Illustrations were from HH-Pax.

The Phoenix Suns have grabbed at the Lakers staff this time, hiring former Lakers right-hand man Ronnie Lester as an NBA scout. Lester worked with the Lakers for 20 years, 10 of those being under Mitch Kupchak. Lester was let go by the Lakers in 2011 ahead of the NBA lockout.

The San Antonio Spurs swept the Grizzlies to claim this year’s Western Conference Finals. Despite the Heat looking like they would reclaim the title again this 2012-2013 season, the Spurs have had a few people wondering if they could snatch the title. Lakers Nation asked readers who will win the 2012-2013 NBA Finals, and a whopping 68% of you said the Spurs. San Antonio has swept two of their three playoff series at this point, one being the Lakers.

Jerry West turned 75 today and Lakers Nation wants to make sure to extend a very happy birthday! West was drafted with the second overall pick in the 1960 NBA Draft by the Lakers out of the University of West Virgina and played in L.A. for 14 seasons. He is also the iconic figure that comprises the NBA logo.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers News: Metta World Peace Publishes First Children’s Book

NBA News: Heat’s LeBron James Admits Flopping Has Advantages

Lakers Nation Reacts: Who Will Win the 2012-2013 NBA Finals?

NBA News: Phoenix Suns Hire Former Lakers Executive Ronnie Lester

Onion Article Blasts Dwight Howard, Who Wants to “Ruin Rockets”

Lakers Nation Wishes A Happy 75th Birthday To Lakers Legend Jerry West

Spurs’ Trio Joins Lakers and Celtics Company After Reaching Finals

Kobe Bryant Finishes 2nd In United States Nike Sneakers Sales

Lakers News

Dwight Howard’s Decision is Bigger Than Dwight Howard [Yahoo Sports]

Kobe Bryant and the Matrix of Leadership [Forum Blue and Gold]

Searching for Dwight Howard [Grantland]

Bobcats Agree to Hire Steve Clifford [Yahoo Sports]

Is Howard a Fit for the Lakers? [ProBasketballTalk]

Another Gasol Brother Swept by the San Antonio Spurs [Lakers Now]

Jerry West Celebrates his 75th Birthday [Ball Don’t Lie]

Former Lakers Guard Flynn Robinson Dies at 72 [OC Register]

Dwight Howard Interested in Golden State Warriors [Yahoo Sports]

NBA News

Bulls VP Paxson Latest to Defend Derrick Rose’s Decision [ProBasketballTalk]

2013 NBA Mock Draft [Hoopsworld]

Anatomy of a Deal: Kawhi Leonard for George Hill [Grantland]

Pelicans Have Interest in Trey Burke at No. 6 in Draft [ProBasketballTalk]

NBA’s “Duncan Dynasty” is Greater Than the LeBron Era [For the Win]

Pacers Know What To Do. Heat Know It’s Coming. Whoever Executes Wins. [ProBasketballTalk]

LeBron James Doesn’t Think Flopping is That Big a Deal [USA Today]

Spurs Sweep Grizzlies [CBS Sports]

Chris Bosh on Being ‘The Man’: ‘I always wanted to be Jordan’ [Eye on Basketball]

Athletes in Trouble With the Law [Yahoo Sports]

League’s Owners Unanimously Approve Sale of Kings to Sacramento Group [ProBasketballTalk]

Atlanta Hawks Hire San Antonio Spurs Assistant Mike Budenholzer as Next Head Coach [Yahoo Sports]

Grizzlies Face Key Personnel Calls After Spurs’ Sweep [USA Today]

Trey Burke Developing NBA Skills [Eye on Basketball]

In Her First Game, Brittney Griner Becomes First WNBA Player to Dunk Twice in a Game [ProBasketballTalk]

LeBron James is Looking for Interns [For the Win]

Tony Parker Makes Good on Vow to Send Tim Duncan and Spurs Back to NBA Finals [Yahoo! Sports]

Celtics ‘Likely’ to Buy Out Paul Pierce? Reports Conflict [ProBasketballTalk]

Way of Wade: Flopping, Dirty Plays for the Win! [CBS Sports]

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