Kobe Bryant to retire after this season.

Kobe Bryant, who has helped the Lakers win five NBA championships over a 20-year career spent entirely in Los Angeles, announced Sunday on The Players' Tribune website that he will retire after this season, writing that "this season is all I have left to give."

In a first-person story titled "Dear Basketball," the 37-year-old wrote in the form of a poem that the sport "gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream/And I'll always love you for it."

"But I can't love you obsessively for much longer," Bryant wrote. "This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it's time to say goodbye.

"And that's OK. I'm ready to let you go."



Bryant addressed the media after Sunday's 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers, saying that he made his decision "a while" ago.

"I've known for a while," Bryant said. "A decision like this, you can't make that decision based on outside circumstances. It has to be an internal decision, and finally I've decided to accept that I can't actually do this anymore, and I'm OK with that.

"It takes a weight off my shoulders and everybody else's."

Lakers coach Byron Scott, speaking before Sunday's game, emphasized that the star guard's "purpose is to finish out this season and play."

"I think he still loves this game," Scott told reporters. "He still has a passion for it. He's still a competitive young man."

Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting as the Lakers dropped the 107-103 decision for their sixth consecutive loss.

Scott said he was "shocked" when Bryant informed him Saturday night that he was going to announce his retirement the following day.

"He kind of shocked me when he told me," Scott said. "[I'm] just sad more than anything. Just sad more than anything. Somebody who I truly care about, have a lot of respect for. I think it's always hard when greatness like Kobe decides to hang it up."

Bryant's decision is not totally unexpected, given that he has said many times in recent weeks that he has considered making this season his last. After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant's career is officially winding down.

"With 17 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA MVP, five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals and a relentless work ethic, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game.

"I join Kobe's millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories."

Fans arriving at Staples Center on Sunday received a letter from Bryant in a black envelope embossed with gold.

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November 19: Sacramento 109-116 Miami, Milauwkee 100-115 Cleveland (Antetokounmpo 33pts MIL, L.James 27pts CLE), Golden State 124-117 Los Angeles Clippers (Curry 40pts!!! GOL, C.Paul 35pts!, Griffin 27pts LAC)

November 20: Philadelphia 88-113 Charlotte, Brooklyn Nets 95-120 Boston, Houston 84-96 Memphis, Detroit 96-86 Minnesota, San Antonio Spurs 90-104 New Orleans (Anderson 30pts N-O), New York Knicks 93-90 Oklahoma City (Westbrook 34pts OKC), Utah 93-102 Dallas, Phoenix 114-107 Denver (Knight 38pts!! PHO), Los Angeles Clippes 91-102 Portland (Lillard 27pts POR), Chicago Bulls 94-106 Golden State (Butler 28pts CHI, Curry 27pts GOL)

November 21: Sacramento 97-91 Orlando (Cousins 29pts SAC), Milauwkee 86-123 Indiana, Atlanta 97-109 Cleveland, Washington 97-95 Detroit, Philadelphia 91-96 Miami (Wade 27pts MIA), New York Knicks 107-102 Houston, Memphis 82-92 San Antonio Spurs 

November 22: Toronto 91-80 Los Angeles Clippers, Boston 101-111 Brooklyn Nets (Bradley 27pts, Thomas 27pts BOS), Phoenix 116-122 New Orleans (Bledsoe 29pts PHO, Davis 32pts, Anderson 29pts N-O), Dallas 114-117 Oklahoma City (Westbrook 31pts OKC), Golden State 118-105 Denver

November 23: Sacramento 122-127 Charlotte (Cousins 30pts, R.Gay 28pts SAC, Walker 39pts!! CHA), Orlando 103-117 Cleveland (K.Love 34pts CLE), New York Knicks 78-95 Miami, Detroit 88-109 Milauwkee, Philadelphia 95-100 Minnesota (Wiggins 32pts MIN), Phoenix 84-98 San Antonio Spurs (Morris 28pts PHO), Oklahoma City 111-89 Utah (K.Durant 27pts OKC)

November 24: Indiana 123-106 Washington (George 40pts!!!, Miles 32pts IND), Boston 97-121 Atlanta, Dallas 96-110 Memphis, Los Angeles Clippers 111-94 Denver, Chicago Bulls 93-88 Portland

November 25: Washington 87-101 Charlotte, New York Knicks 91-100 Orlando (C.Anthony 28pts N-Y), Philadelphia 80-84 Boston (Thomas 30pts BOS), Miami 81-104 Detroit, Cleveland 99-103 Toronto (Lowry 27pts TOR), Memphis 102-93 Houston (Harden 40pts!!! HOU), Sacramento 129-118 Milauwkee (R.Gay 36pts! SAC), Atlanta 95-99 Minnesota, Brooklyn Nets 99-110 Oklahoma City (K.Durant 30pts, Westbrook 27pts OKC), Dallas 83-88 San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans 120-114 Phoenix (Knight 29pts PHO), Utah 102-91 Los Angeles Clipppers (Hayward 33pts UTA, Griffin 40pts!!! LAC)

November 27: Cleveland 95-90 Charlotte, Milauwkee 90-114 Orlando, Washington 78-111 Boston, Miami 97-78 New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls 92-104 Indiana (George 33pts IND), Philadelphia 114-116 Houston (Covington 28pts PHI, Harden 50pts!!!! HOU), Atlanta 116-101 Memphis, Detroit 87-103 Oklahoma City (K.Durant 34pts OKC), San Antonio Spurs 91-80 Denver, Golden State 135-116 Phoenix (Curry 41pts!!! GOL, Warren 28pts PHO), Minnesota 101-91 Sacramento, New Orleans 90-111 Los Angeles Clippers

November 28: Toronto 84-82 Washington (Lowry 27pts TOR), Brooklyn Nets 88-90 Cleveland, Denver 81-92 Dallas, Atlanta 88-108 San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans 87-101 Utah (Davis 36pts! N-O), Los Angeles Lakers 96-108 Portland (Lillard 29pts, McCollum 28pts POR), Sacramento 101-120 Golden State

November 29: Milauwkee 82-87 Charlotte, Minnesota 99-107 Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit 83-87 Brooklyn Nets, Boston 91-110 Orlando, Phoenix 107-102 Toronto (DeRozan 29pts TOR), Philadelphia 84-92 Memphis, Houston 116-111 New York Knicks (Afflalo 31pts N-Y), Indiana 107-103 Los Angeles Lakers (George 39pts!! IND)

November 30: Houston-Detroit, Boston-Miami, Oklahoma City-Atlanta, San Antonio Spurs-Chicago Bulls, Denver-Milauwkee, Golden State-Utah, Dallas-Sacramento, Portland-Los Angeles Clippers



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Lakers’ selection of D’Angelo Russell with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft causes chaos for Sixers, Knicks

Jun 26, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT

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NEW YORK — In the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, the expectation was that Karl-Anthony Towns would go number one overall to the Timberwolves, and that Jahlil Okafor was too talented for the Lakers to pass up at two.

But even if Okafor does eventually evolve into the once in a generation post player that some project, L.A. is in the business of attempting to win now. And with its eyes on landing someone like LaMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Love in free agency, or a disgruntled talent like DeMarcus Cousins in trade from a dysfunctional organization, that bevy of big man options was enough to send the Lakers looking in another direction.

D’Angelo Russell got the call, a 6’5″ point guard who can shoot the three and has as good a chance as anyone in this class of becoming a real star. And once he did, that threw a fairly large wrench into the plans of the Sixers at three, and the domino effect could have been strong enough to remove some very real options the Knicks may have had at four.

“I didn’t know at all, man,” Russell said, when asked if he had any advance notice that he’d be heading to Los Angeles. “I’m still in shock.”

That might be too strong a word to describe the feeling in the war room of the Philadelphia 76ers, but they had to at least be a little bit surprised. Having Okafor still on the board made the choice for Sam Hinkie and company easy, because taking the best available player, regardless of need, is the team’s currently prevailing philosophy.

But the rebuilding Sixers now have a logjam of talented frontcourt players, all of whom would seem to need a healthy dose of minutes in order to speed their development. Nerlens Noel averaged 30.8 minutes per game last season, and Okafor would like to see in the neighborhood of the same. But there’s Joel Embiid to consider, provided the setback he’s experienced with his foot injury doesn’t force him to miss some or all of a second consecutive season.

“Joel Embiid texted me last night and said, ‘See you in Philly,'” Okafor said. “He kind of jinxed me.”

Okafor has said all along that he wasn’t concerned with whether or not he might fall from one of the top two spots on draft night, and reiterated that stance after his fate became known.

“I wasn’t shocked,” Okafor said of ending up with the Sixers. “I knew I was going to be going to the NBA tonight. I was going to be a top-five pick no matter what happened, so I wasn’t shocked.”

Philadelphia needed to grab a guard here, after dealing a reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams in part because he simply couldn’t shoot. With a seemingly sure thing in Russell now gone, however, and with Emmanuel Mudiay perhaps feeling like too big of a risk, the Sixers are now forced to try to make it work with three potentially franchise-changing big men, perhaps all at the same time.

“It’s not my job to figure it out,” Okafor said. “I’ll just go there and work as hard as I can.”

Similar words were spoken by Kristaps Porzingis, the international seven-footer with the sweet shooting stroke who was mercilessly booed after being selected by the Knicks.

“I mean, a lot of fans weren’t happy that they drafted me, but I have to do everything that’s in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans,” Porzingis said. “For me it’s an honor to be a part of this organization, and I just can’t wait to let the season start and just get to work.”

Porzingis may vey well have ended up in New York because of L.A.’s unexpected choice. Phil Jackson told reporters that he had offers from other teams, but they were all contingent on how the first three picks played out. Had Okafor been gone as had been projected, the Sixers may very well have gone with Porzingis at three if they believed he was the best player left on the board — a possibility which had been previously reported, and one which could have unlocked all kinds of attractive offers for the Knicks.

The result, instead, is chaos in Philadelphia, and uncertainty in New York — all thanks to D’Angelo Russell landing in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

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Mississippi Tornado Kills at Least 4 People in Two Counties

Pictures tweeted from the National Weather Service of storm damage near Amite, Louisiana on Dec. 23, 2014.

A tornado system touched down in portions of Mississippi on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least four people and leaving injuries, damage and power outages, said local authorities.

Two people died in Jones County and two more in Marion County, said state Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brett Carr.

“Two people died inside their mobile home that was completely destroyed,” said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge. “This was in the rural part of Jones County. There were other brick and mortar homes that had major damage but we have no other injuries reported.”

The mobile home was not part of a mobile home park but on a property by itself, clarified Hodge.

In the town of Sumrall, west of Hattiesburg, a tornado hit a day care off Highway 42.

“Got it pretty good,” said police spokesman Officer Nick Verner.

Verner said all the children have been accounted for and there were no injuries. They were moved to a nearby bank.

In Columbia, 27 miles southwest of Sumrall, the tornado damage appeared to be centered off Highway 98 near a Walmart, according to Marion County Emergency Management spokeswoman Megan Smith.

Smith confirmed reports of injuries and damaged or destroyed cars and structures. Power outages were reported. No deaths have been reported.

Also in Marion County, a sheriff’s department operator reported people trapped and injured as a result of a tornado touchdown. Authorities couldn’t provide an exact number of people affected.

Carr said multiple roads were closed due to damage including, Highway 13.

In Jones County, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported damaged homes and power outages.

Hodge said there was major damage to a church, trees down and power lines down.

“Right now, the system is pretty much forming a diagonal line across the southeast corner of the state,” said spokesman Greg Flynn. “There is a report that we have another one — a tornado in Jones County near the City of Laurel. It was a dangerous system coming through.”

The same storm system destroyed about 15 homes outside Amite, Louisiana, 47 miles northeast of Baton Rouge, according to Tangipahoa Parish Emergency Management spokeswoman Vicki Travis.

Photos obtained by CNN showed structures completely flattened.

No injuries were reported in Tangipahoa, but 1,750 households did not have power.

Flynn said the agency worked to prepare residents for the storm but the bad weather “could not have come at a worst time of year.”

“People are out scrambling to get their last-minute Christmas shopping done. We have a lot of people moving around and traveling for the holidays. A lot of visitors that may not know where to go and what to do when the bad weather came through,” said Flynn.

The National Weather Service extended its tornado watch to include Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Winter storm

The tornado system compounded a rain-heavy storm that already soaked the area.

“You wouldn’t think of December as a month which you would see severe weather,” said CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis. “Actually, this is a secondary peak for tornado activity. The first is during the spring months, but we got very warm, moist unstable air that is going to unload quite a bit of heavy rainfall all across the southeast.”

“This is going to be very problematic — not just for travelers, but now that the weather has turned very violent,” said Maginnis.

The National Weather Service warned that 2 to 4 inches of precipitation are expected, with 6 to 8 inches possible, in parts of Alabama, Georgia and north Florida by the time this storm rolls through.

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Tallahassee on Tuesday evening where over 6 inches of rain had fallen.

The Northeast also experienced its share of weather woes on Tuesday. Travelers in Philadelphia were seeing average delays of almost two hours due to low clouds, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. Things weren’t much better in Boston’s airport and at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in and around New York City.

Lower gas prices, more weather headaches?

A weather system spinning in the middle Mississippi River Valley is expected to move slowly toward the Great Lakes region.

A weather system that formed in the Gulf of Mexico pushed moisture north, creating heavy rain and winds up to 30 mph in the Southeast, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. On the Gulf Coast, at least, these storms could be accompanied by large hail and possibly isolated tornadoes.

All this wetness could make for treacherous driving on the I-95 corridor, which runs up the East Coast.

And none of it is good news for the 98.6 million Americans that AAA projects will be going 50 or more miles this holiday season, a 4% increase from last year. They can take advantage of plummeting gas prices — which, averaging $2.25 nationwide, are down 69 cents a gallon from a year ago.

By Christmas Day, things should quiet down on the East Coast, with most of the moisture having moved into and past Canada.

“There may be a few lingering snow showers across the Western Appalachians and interior New England,” he said. “Winds will be strongest Christmas Eve night into Christmas morning for the Northeast as the front and system passes.”

It’s not just the East

The West will have its own travel problems, with precipitation forecast to hit the Northwest on Tuesday moving into the Rockies — in the form of snow — Christmas Day.

The National Weather Service says snow is likely in Denver; Missoula, Montana; and Jackson, Wyoming. Flight delays are possible in Minneapolis; St. Louis; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Even Hawaii isn’t immune, with flash flood watches in effect for all its main islands through Wednesday night due to heavy rains.


Kobe Bryant moves past Michael Jordan (scoring NBA), one life, one story.

 NBA History - Points Leaders
Points Leaders
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 KOBE BRYANT 32,340
4 Michael Jordan 32,292
5 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
6 Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
7 Moses Malone 27,409
8 Elvin Hayes 27,313
9 Dirk Nowitzki 27,116
10 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946