Kobe Bryant to live tweet re-air of 81 point game

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Tuesday, January 22 starting at 4 p.m. ET, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) will live tweet during NBA TV’s re-air of his infamous 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors.   During the game, Bryant will tweet about his performance during that night, chat with fans and more. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #COUNTONKOBE.

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Kobe Bryant joins Twitter, first follow is Alex Morgan

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L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, one of the most polarizing popular players in the NBA joined Twitter and made his first tweet Friday. With in the first hour, he had 72,000+ followers and on Sunday he finally picked his first follow- soccer star Alex Morgan

He also made his first tweet. See it and find his account after the jump.

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L.A. Lakers make NBA television history with Spanish broadcast

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Time Warner Cable Deportes launched on October 1 as the first Spanish-language regional sports network in the country and the first ever, to broadcast the Los Angeles Lakers in Spanish.  This is also the first time in the history of the NBA that a team will be followed this closely by an American-based sports network that will speak to the Latino community.

There has been some movement towards this in the league.  The Chicago Bulls recently extended their Univision radio agreement and the Orlando Magic will now be broadcasting their games in Spanish via their website.

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Ron Artest’s First Game as Metta World Peace: Lakers Fans React

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L.A. Lakers fans have plenty to worry about: their franchise Kobe Bryant has ligament strains that make him questionable at best for the opening Christmas Day game versus the Chicago Bulls. And off the court he’s getting taken to the cleaners financially in his divorce. Then there’s the Clippers, who are actually becoming a rival in Tinsel Town. Actually, expectations might be higher for the Clips than LAL.

And then there’s Ron Artest who officially became Metta World Peace last night. And the results weren’t pretty. To see such a marquee, expensive player struggling like this. Well both Ron Artest and Metta World Peace were trending on Twitter last night.

Here’s some of the best and most interesting reactions from Twitter that tell the story.

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L.A. Lakers Games Have New Sideline Reporter: Heidi Watney

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Reason 3,498, 490 it sucks that there’s no NBA season: sideline reporter Heidi Watney is taking her talents back to her home state. Los Angeles Lakers telecasts on Time Warner will have a new sideline reporter in Watney (once the games actually happen); previously known for her extensive Boston Red Sox coverage.

If Watney looks too hot to be a reporter, so hot that in fact she distracts you from the actual news (what I call the Lisa Dergan rule), you’re not alone. She literally is a former beauty pageant contest.

We all want to see aesthetically pleasing people on television (yet Chicago Tribune Bears reporter Brad Biggs is on local tv almost every other day, in the third largest market, amazingly, see footnote 1) but there comes a point when the hotness is a story and it distracts you from the news.

From ESPN:

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Ding Dong, Mavericks will Soon make L.A. Lakers Dead

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are proving they are no fluke in the Western Conference semifinals, taking a commanding 3-0 lead over the former two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

“Beat L.A.” was the chant Friday night that energized the Mavericks to a 98-92 decision in Game 3 on their hardwood at the sold out American Airlines Center. Nowitzki capped off the night with 32 points and nine rebounds. Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic added a total of 38 points.
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Chicago Bulls Major Player in the Eastern Conference Again

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So the Chicago Bulls didn’t get LeBron James. Or Dwyane Wade. Or later, Carmelo Anthony.

It doesn’t seem to matter.

Sitting pretty atop the NBA’s Central division at 12-8 heading into Friday’s huge 8 p.m. match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers at United Center, the Bulls should be right in the thick of things for the Eastern Conference championship despite not landing one of the biggest names in basketball in the off-season or via trade.

Let’s take a look at some things to like about Chicago:

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