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Marshall Wins Best #TBT Post

Kendall Marshall is one of the more active participants on social media, particularly with his Instagram and Vine accounts.

His Instagram picture as an 11-year-old at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2003 with Pau Gasol was voted the winner for the best #TBT post this year.


ASW ’03. I was 11. ha @paugasol

Kobe on Kimmel

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant sat down with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night to discuss his health, L.A.’s coaching situation, Michael Jordan and more. Below is a transcription of his interview:

Q: On his physical health:
Bryant: From a health standpoint, 100 percent.

Q: On where he’s at from a basketball perspective:
Bryant: I’m not there yet. I started doing a lot of on-court training, and so I’m back into my routine, my lifting, started doing the running, which I hate. But by the time the season comes around I’ll be ready to go.

Q: On watching the Lakers’ 2013-14 season in which he played only six games:
Bryant: I’d rather stay home and eat paint chips. It was tough, man. It was really, really tough. But when you go through seasons like that, it just adds fuel to the fire.

Q: On if he feels optimistic about next season:
Bryant: Absolutely.

Q: On Magic Johnson’s comment about coach Mike D’Antoni resigning:
Bryant: The first thing I thought of was seeing the munchkins on the yellow brick road dancing and singing “The wicked witch is dead” when (Magic) said that, that song just came to mind. But look, Mike was dealt a really bad hand when dealing with all the injuries he had. This is a tough place if you’re not winning. I honestly didn’t care (to see him go).

Q: On if the team consults him about coaching candidates, and the approach of team owners Jim and Jeanie Buss:
Bryant: On the last two, they didn’t. On the next one, I’m hoping they do. Jimmy and Jeanie both are really determined and excited about the possibilities of next season and rebuilding this, building on their father’s legacy and everything that he’s accomplished. They’re taking the challenge extremely, extremely seriously; they’re both on the same page and they want nothing but excellence here, so I have no doubt that we’ll make it happen.

Q: On if management needs to take his temperature on the coaching hire:
Bryant: Now I think it’s an open-door policy. We talk back and forth, text … honestly it’s not really about whether the players like the coach or not. It’s really about getting results. Liking somebody and results don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Sometimes when a coach is driving you, you don’t necessarily like him, but it’s part of the process. Then once you win, everybody is buddy-buddy after that.

Q: On if anyone drives him harder than he drives himself:
Bryant: No, I’m pretty psychopathic when it comes to that stuff. But Phil (Jackson), I’ve been very lucky to have Phil as a coach throughout my entire career, and Tex Winter, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw and those guys have really done wonders for my career.

Q: On if he considered buying the Clippers:
Bryant: No. That’s not a possibility, but in terms of brand depreciation, that’s as quick as you can get.

Q: His reflection on when the Clippers were recruiting him in free agency and his meeting with Donald Sterling:
Bryant: At the time the biggest concern was, was he willing to spend to have a successful team. He said during the meeting he was willing to make that commitment to bring a championship team – another championship team to Los Angeles. He has done that. He has spent the money to go out, keep Blake (Griffin) and DeAndre (Jordan) and Chris (Paul) and those guys.

Q: On if he watches the Clippers in the playoffs and whether there is a rooting interest for or against them:
Bryant: It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m not winning so what the hell do I care who wins? Doesn’t matter to me, man. But most of them are friends of mine. Chris is a good friend. I make sure I sent him a message during this whole fiasco. I watch and hope the guys I know do well.

Q: On if it’s difficult to watch when the Clippers are doing so well:
Bryant: I think it’s great for the city, I think it’s great for competition. I love it when they do well. I would love nothing more than for the Lakers to get back to that championship level and meet the Clippers in the playoffs. I think that would be fantastic.

Q: On teaching his daughter a lesson about losing:
Bryant: Our youngest one becomes very emotional when she loses. She had a really tough game. She’s playing softball, she had a tough time, she’s crying. I was telling her: ‘It’s alright. You lose, it’s OK.’ (She said): ‘No, it’s not OK.’ I’m like: ‘How the hell do I reach this kid?’ I showed her us getting absolutely destroyed, pummeled by the Celtics in the Finals and being upset and crying and stuff and showing it’s OK. Then I showed her the 2010 Finals and we bounced back, redeemed ourselves and tried to use that as some kind of a teaching tool. She went out in the championship game and had the game-winning double, so seems like it worked pretty well for her.

Q: On Nick Young’s first pitch at the Dodgers game:
Bryant: That’s crazy. I pray to god he (didn’t do that on purpose). That’s so bad it’s impressive.

Q: On Phil Jackson telling a story of young Kobe Bryant meeting Michael Jordan and telling Jordan he’d kick his (butt) in a game of one-on-one:
Kobe Bryant: Well, you know, it’s half true. Phil – as much as I love Phil – likes to embellish. He writes books – a lot. He has to market those books. But the other story is Michael was dishing it out to me as well, man. Years later, after I scored 81, he was barking about how I could never do it against him. ‘You’re never going to do it against me. I would have fouled out.’ We would have went back and forth. I usually try to stay pretty cool when it comes to MJ because I looked up to him so much, but on that particular occasion, I had to remind him I did have 42 in one half against him. But Phil loves embellishing. I told him at some point, ‘You’re going to have to give me some royalties off your books.’

Q: On if he misses Phil:
Bryant: I do. We still speak often. I think he’ll do fantastic (in New York), especially the more people say he won’t be successful. I found myself reading a lot of the books that he gave me when I was a player that I was just too young, and had too much energy to actually sit down and pay attention to. But he was just a fantastic mentor and unbelievable coach.

Q: On if he feels like the Lakers can win next year:
Bryant: I do. We will make changes for sure, there are certain characteristics you have to build your team around with speed and length and rebounding. We’ll make those adjustments.

First Pitch at Dodger Stadium

L.A.’s favorite backcourt duo traded in their silver and black for Dodger Blue Wednesday night. The two San Fernando Valley natives visited Chavez Ravine to throw out the first pitch before the Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies.

They sign us up for a 10 day contract lol me and @jrfarmar

@swaggyp1 and Farmar in #Dodgers dugout


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Jordan Farmar, Nick Young Attend Kings Game


Goal!!! Kings score!!!! And my dog Bailey came thru to celebrate…


LA Kings Game Lets Go!! PlayOff … Feel honor they gave me my on Jersey, now put me out there coach #SwaggyKnows


About to storm the ice #swaggyonice lol


I’m bangin on the glass… @swaggyp1 on the ice… 2 LA kids just livin that life!!!

Xavier Henry: 2014 Exit Interview

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsXavier Henry appeared in 43 games (five starts) towards averages of 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals on 41.7 percent field goals and 34.1 percent on three-pointers. Of the injuries he dealt with, Henry missed nearly two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus and tore a ligament in his left wrist. He was officially shut down for the season on Apr. 4. Henry underwent successful surgeries on his knee and wrist on Apr. 11 and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp.

*There is no accompanying video for Henry because his meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni came prior to the typical day of exit interviews.

- On what he saw from Henry this year:
Mike D’Antoni: “I’d never seen him play that much. He hadn’t played anywhere, so I think mostly he just got a chance to show what he had, and whether it’s an improvement or not, it’s just getting a chance to showcase it a little bit. The biggest thing he needs to make an improvement going forward is understanding when to drive, when not to drive. When to draw the defense and when to kick. That comes with experience and I think he improved at it, especially when he went to point guard. He showed signs of he’s getting better at it. But again, being young and being that this is the first time he’s played (extensively), he’s pretty good.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los Angeles.com’s Dave McMenamin

- On what he felt he was able to do this season:
“I just showed I can compete, just showed I can play in this league and help my team win. Contribute, be an impact player. That’s what I tried to do.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los Angeles.com’s Dave McMenamin

- On trying to play through his injuries to finish the year:
“(I’m) obviously not 100 percent, but I am going to push the most out of it I can for these last games and try to help the team win. All I can do is try my best and that’s all I am going to do. I wasn’t going to quit on my guys. I love playing in this system with his team and with our coaches. I’m going to try and make it last as long as I can. I’m having fun and I’m going to continue to have fun.”

- On the number of setbacks with his knee that delayed his return:
“When you get a lot of swelling, it forces other things to happen in whatever joint it is. And they didn’t want anything else to get hurt while my knee was swollen up, so we’d have to hold off, let the swelling get out and try it again.”

- On first receiving news that he had a torn ligament in his wrist:
“I was going to play anyway. The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

- On his two assignment games with the L.A. D-Fenders:
“I just wanted to get out there and play really. I wanted to make it through a game without my knee swelling up, without it getting really stiff, stuff like that.”

Kent Bazemore: 2014 Exit Interview

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersAcquired in a trade from Golden State on Feb. 19 for Steve Blake, Kent Bazemore appeared in 23 games (15 starts) towards averages of 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals on 45.1 percent field goals and 37.1 percent on three-pointers. Bazemore missed the final five games of the year due to a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot suffered at the Clippers on Apr. 6. He underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon on Apr. 16 and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2014-15 season.

*There is no accompanying video for Bazemore because his meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni came prior to the typical day of exit interviews.

- On what he thinks happened to his foot:
“I (heard) a little pop in it. I had a fracture going into my senior year of college, so the pop was pretty familiar. I can walk on it. We just took precautionary (measures) not to go back out there … I went to turn the corner and it popped. With the combination of what happened to my left foot (in college) … I’ve been having problems with (my right foot) getting worked on, and it just went to the brain and it was a shock: ‘Oh no, here we go again.’”

- On his experience in L.A. thus far:
“It’s been good being able to play and showcase some of my talent and being able to see the hard work I’ve put in to get here actually pay off. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been an adjustment. Once you’re on the scouting report, it’s a whole different game. That’s another battle within itself, but I’m still figuring it out. It’s encouraging cause I’ve really felt I’ve held my own.”

- On Bazemore as a player:
Mike D’Antoni: “Physically, he’s a talent. Defensively, he’s very active and very smart. There are things you can’t teach he has and the things he doesn’t have you can teach. It’s a matter of giving him more playing time and experience and staying true to himself and staying honed in.”

- On what areas of the game Bazemore can improve upon moving forward:
D’Antoni: “What we’re trying to get him to do is make the right plays consistently. He needs to be able to attack the basket and make the right play. That’s what we’re showing him on film and different things. If he improves his shot and his foul shot and (is) able to make that play, he can be a really significant player in our league.”

Seventh Inning Stretch with Kendall Marshall


gimme some peanuts and apple jacks! lmaooo 1st game, so fun! #Dodgers

Jodie Meeks at the Dodgers Game


Me and Magic at Dodgers stadium! #legendary

MarShon Brooks: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0627Acquired from Golden State on Feb. 19, MarShon Brooks appeared in 18 games with the Lakers towards averages of 6.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 assists on 48.9 percent field goals and 57.9 percent on three-pointers.


- On his time here in L.A.
“I don’t feel like I played bad. I thought I played pretty well but guys started coming back and I was the odd man out in terms of minutes. I started to lose a little confidence not knowing my role or not knowing when I’d get in the game.”

- On if it was frustrating for him being in that situation:
“It’s the NBA. All you can do is work hard and control what you can control. You’re only as good as your opportunity.”

- On the feedback he received from Mike D’Antoni:
“He knew I was talented. Just have to find a way to play within the system instead of being just a talented one-on-one player.”

- On the past year playing for three different teams (Celtics, Warriors, Lakers):
“I’m at a crossroads. I just have to go earn a spot, which I don’t mind at all.”

- On what he needs to do to improve as a player:
“Just be more efficient with the ball. Just continue to work on my body and get stronger, become a better shooter and make things happen faster.”

Kendall Marshall: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0596Claimed out of the NBA D-League in mid-December, Kendall Marshall soon found himself in the starting lineup due to injuries that hit every Lakers point guard. He appeared in 54 games (45 starts) towards averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists (second in the league) and 2.9 rebounds on 40.6 percent field goals and 39.9 percent on three-pointers. During one stretch in January, he posted five straight games of at least 10 points and 10 assists, one of three players to have such a streak this year.




- On how his exit meeting went and what type of feedback he received from Mitch Kupchak and Mike D’Antoni:

“Meeting went well. We talked about what I needed to get better at for next year. The main thing was the mental approach. Obviously I have some physical limitations so they want to make sure I master the game mentally. I felt like I was a rookie this year. Playing every single night and playing almost 40 minutes a night wore on me.”

- On if he envisioned being handed the reigns to an NBA team:
“I didn’t see that coming. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Certain things had to fall into place. I don’t wish injuries on anybody but I was the benefactor of that. When I first got here, I was just happy to be here. I was trying to be the greatest teammate. Then I realized I could play in this league. If I work hard I can play in this league.”

- On the influence Steve Nash had on him this year:
“Steve Nash is a great veteran. I felt like I was creeping on him. When you have a guy as great as him, you want to watch his every move. When he went out for his pregame workouts, I would pull out my phone and video tape him. I wanted to see what he does.”

- On what he learned this season:
“I showed I can run a team. I can get guys the ball. I don’t think it was ever a question but it was more solidified and I showed an ability to knock down shots. Now it’s just doing it on a more consistent basis.”