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Alec Burks crossover on Kobe

Whoo! It’s tough to see one of the greatest get crossed up like that at the tail end of his prime. To add further insult to the cross, Burks finishes the lay-up in almost equally impressive fashion to give the Jazz a nineteen point lead in the 2nd quarter. I don’t know if you’re up on the preseason scores, but the Lakers are getting blown. out.

Hopefully vengeance commences for Kobe & Co. come November (and that this is NOT a sign for the Lakers’ season.)

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Steph Curry 3 makes Kobe Bryant smile

If you recall during last season, I broke up the Videos section with quick-hit highlights of essentially, the play of the night. Whether that was a thunderous jam, an acrobatic move, or a thrilling buzzer beater, we received some nice feedback from our hip hop loving NBA fans to catch a play they may have missed from the night before.

So… let’s run it back! And I’m early with it too because this first week of preseason has been yielding quite the highlights. Tonight’s is courtesy of Steph Curry who was on fire, even for him, tonight in Ontario, CA against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Above, we catch up with the blowout in the 3rd quarter with Kobe guarding Curry full court. The ensuing 3-pointer can’t help but make Kobe smile… and naturally, us smile.

That’s not all either. Curry started the game with 10 points in less than 2 minutes (!) — 3 3s, 1 of which was a 4 point play. Peep those in the video below.

I been Steph Curry with the shot, been cookin’ with the sauce, Chef Curry with the pot boy!

…this still isn’t old.

Keep it locked to gowherehiphop.com/nba for even more expansive NBA coverage with the season just a shade over 2 weeks away. Join in on the discussion as well in the NBA Talk group on our new Community too!

ICYMI: Steph Curry recalls first time listening to Drake’s shoutout on “0 to 100”

UPDATE: Jamal Crawford making a 3 and staring down the bench also happened last night.

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Kobe Bryant Arianna Huffington Q&A

This article was too great not to give some shine here. The New York Times brought together Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington for lunch and transcribed the resulting Q&A. They may seem like the unlikely pair to dine together until you realize that they’re uniquely similar in their rise to the top of their respective fields. Kobe has said in past interviews that he’s cold called or cold e-mailed powerful figures including Huffington so this didn’t totally throw me aloof.

What did though was when Kobe drew inspiration from a cheetah for his fadeaway… and it really makes sense. Enjoy a few of my favorite snippets from the interview, including the pleasing stress and added awareness to the power of meditation. Easily worth the full read too (and it’s not that long either…)

KB: Phil Jackson introduced me to it [meditation]. When I was 18, Michael Jackson tried to get me to meditate. He could sit in meditation for seven hours. But I couldn’t sit still for 20 minutes.

NYT: Michael Jackson?

KB: Yeah. “Thriller” Michael Jackson.

AH: If you don’t internalize failure in a way that paralyzes you, it is very empowering. You say: “Hey, I failed. But I’m here, and I’m healthy, and my children love me and I have great friends. Life is ahead of me.” Suddenly, you’re willing to take even bigger risks.

KB: Exactly. I’ll give you an example. When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?

AH: That’s amazing.

BONUS: Because this was also too great not to post. Kobe answers the question: Iggy Azalea or Swaggy P?

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Kobe Bryant’s Muse [Trailer]

Aaaannd, I’m inspired.

1-minute and some Kobe narrated clips is all it’ll take. Here is the Kobe Bryant’s Muse Trailer for the upcoming Showtime documentary series. I thought it was just going to be a one-time doc, but it’ll actually be a series starting when the NBA season does this November. Lookin’ forward to seeing the famed work ethic and mentality of the Black Mamba.

If you wanna accomplish anything of significance or have a serious impact, you gotta make those sacrifices – you have to make that choice. I made that choice a long time ago.

Yesterday it was Kobe’s 36th birthday, too. I wished him a HBD with this classic, rare photo of him with Kenan & Kel. Ha! Great throwback. (Look at that Champion jacket!)

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Kobe and Kenan & Kel, circa 1996.

Kobe: Be You with No Gimmicks

I caught wind of this new interview by Bloomberg News with the increasingly candid Kobe Bryant stemming from the news that he has an upcoming Showtime documentary coming out this November: Kobe Bryant’s Muse. In the interview above, Kobe talks about how he wants to inspire with the documentary and dishes out his advice to, really anyone. As the headline suggests, just be yourself. It’s a simple message, you’ve definitely heard it before, but the way Kobe speaks on it and serves as an example of it makes it carry more weight.

Another fun part of the interview: Kobe revealing he cold calls some of the world’s biggest names in business… for business advice. True Mamba striving to be the best by asking the best how they do what they do. Ha!

Q: You’ll pick up the phone and call people who are leaders in industry just pick their brain?
A: Exactly [laughs]. I just cold-call people. Absolutely. I just cold-call people and pick their brain about stuff. Some of the questions that I ask will seem really, really simple and stupid, quite honestly, to them. But if I don’t know, I don’t know and I have to ask. I’ll just do that; I’ll just ask questions. I want to learn more about how they built their business or how they run their companies, and how they see the world.
Q: So who are some of the people that you pick up the phone and call?
A: (laughs) We can just start in the Nike family – I cold-call [Nike CEO] Mark Parker all the time… [Apple VP of Design] Jony Ive, [“Just Do It” coiner and advertising executive] Dan Weiden, Oprah Winfrey, recently [The Huffington Post founder] Arianna Huffington. The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on – Hilary Swank (laughs) – it just goes on.