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DeAndre Jordan in Team USA Uniform

DeAndre Jordan has just finished a 4-day minicamp in Las Vegas

Here he is on his last night where he racked up 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks per @nba’s Instagram account.  As soon as I saw it, I thought it was an awesome shot, worthy of sharing on my almost defunct NBA blog.

Let’s hope this small post brings me back to life.

FINAL: USA White 128, USA Blue 106

LeBron James Game 7 Shots Gif

Here’s an example of what it might feel like to guard LeBron James:

 

LeBron James Game 7 shots ... all of them.
LeBron James Game 7 shots … all of them.

I’m not sure how much time or effort went into isolating all of these LeBrons, but it’s definitely impressive and scary at the same time.

This gif is courtesy of @DShep25 and was originally created for Yahoo! Sports.

Kevin Durant’s SI Cover: Tired of Being Second

Kevin Durant graced the cover of Sports Illustrated this week and it looks like he’s not very content with being the 2nd anything.

Unfortunately for KD, there’s this man by the name of LeBron James that’s still playing in the NBA and he currently holds the title of “1st” in many categories, including reigning champ.  It’ll be tough to unseat him but I wish nothing but the best for KD.

Lakers Playoffs Schedule: Round 1 vs. Spurs

The Lakers will face the San Antonio Spurs in round one of the playoffs after having finished the regular season with the 7th seed.

The Lakers were guaranteed a spot in the playoffs after the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Jazz in the same night.  The Lakers still needed to defeat the Rockets in order to avoid a less-than-favorable match-up against the much younger, and way more athletic, Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Spurs finished the season with the 2nd seed in the West—a conference replete with quality teams—and will still pose a big obstacle for the Lakers’ second round chances.

Game 1 kicks off Sunday, April 21st at 12:30 p.m. PST in San Antonio.

Lakers Playoffs Schedule
Image credit: @lakers on instagram.

Kobe Bryant Becomes 4th All-Time Leading Scorer in NBA History

Kobe Bryant, with this shot, surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to become the 4th all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

A special occasion that’s deserving of quality recognition and promotion, especially  via the Lakers‘ owned social properties.

Although I can’t prove this is where the idea originated from, the Lakers social media team appears to have taken a cue from the 2010 TNT NBA Forever promo that ran on opening day after the lockout.  Coupling present day superstars with their counterparts from the past was a genius move that capitalized on nostalgia and the impossibility of having watched the historically great vs. today’s superstars.

With this branded photo, we are treated to a historic accomplishment in visual form—Kobe rising above a much taller and loger Wilt, in a different uniform than the one he was in when he broke his record no less—crafted in a way that focuses not just on the players involved, but ultimately on Lakers brand/history.  It’s not just a Kobe accomplishment, it’s another purple and gold footprint in the NBA records, and this visual does a great job of driving home the message.

Next up for Kobe Bryant: the looming shadow of the one they call the G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan. Kobe, whether he admits it or not, has been chasing Michael for as long he’s been in the league.  Although Kobayashi will have been in the league longer, and Michael will have taken less shots to reach the same number, it will no doubt be a historic and important moment for Kobe Byrant & the rest of Lakers Nation.

I, for one, will be looking forward to the art-work that accompanies this feat which is sure to be exponentially shared in the social space.

Photo credit:  @Lakers on Instagram.

Kobe Bryant - 4th all-time leading scorer in the NBA.

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