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Kobe Bryant

Source: NBA-TV: Kobe Bryant Retiring From The NBA After 2015-16 Season: Kobe Bryant’s Time Has Come

Probably easy to say this now, but Kobe Bryant’s time to retire from the NBA has been here for a while. And it was really just about him finally seeing that and deciding to give up what has been one of the great NBA careers of all-time. As far as what he’s personally accomplished and what the Los Angeles Lakers have accomplished with him. At least arguably the team of the 2000s winning four NBA Finals and six Western Conference Finals. The player of the 2000s at least if not post-Michael Jordan. 2008 MVP, 11 times All-NBA First team. But the Lakers haven’t made the NBA Playoffs since 2012 and have been pretty bad since. Actually being the second best team not just in Los Angeles, but at Staples Center with the Clippers becoming a real force in the NBA. Yes the Clippers and you’re not seeing that, because you’re high right now. Either on Red Bull, or something illegal.

Kobe, has been beat up the last few seasons, because of age and so many miles that he’s piled up on the NBA court which takes a toll on anyone’s body even great players who accomplish superhuman feats. So Kobe I believe is late on this and the Lakers still aren’t very good and again looking like one of the worst teams in the NBA at 2-13 right now. Headed to their fourth straight non-playoff season in a league where 8-15 teams make the playoffs in each conference. All you have to do is be mediocre to make the NBA Playoffs and the Lakers aren’t even that right now. So as great of a career that Kobe has had and I at least believe the best player post-Michael Jordan, at least in the 2000s. But not the greatest Los Angeles Laker ever. Both Kareem and Magic are better, but it has been time for Kobe to call it a career.

I grew up watching NBA basketball in the 1980s just outside of Washington with the Lakers being my second team behind the Wizards, who were called the Bullets back then. And fell out of love with the Lakers when they signed Shaquille O’Neal and went to a more ball control half court style of offense. Which was common for most NBA teams in the 1990s. But I’ve always have a lot of respect for Kobe Bryant, because he was truly a great player and not just a great talent. He was a gentlemen and professional basketball player in an era of realty TV and pop culture celebrity wannabes who played basketball really just to get on ESPN Sportscenter, be celebrated online and further their NBA careers. Kobe, is very similar to Tim Duncan in how he presents himself as the constant professional who lets his game speak for itself. He was a great player who would have thrived in the NBA hey day of the 1980s just like Big Tim and will be surely missed.


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Oakland Coliseum
Bleacher Report: Matt Fitzgerald- Athletics May Play at AT&T Park if Coliseum Deal Fails

It is pretty simple, if the City of Oakland wants to have the Athletics and Raiders playing inside their city, they are going to have to step up and agree to have a new ballpark and football stadium for the Athletics and Raiders. A downtown ballpark and stadium on the waterfront on the bay would be most desirable for both franchises like a stadium complex. And get both clubs out of the Oakland Coliseum within 3-5 years and them playing in profitable stadiums each for themselves within 3-5 years.

And that means a new 2-3 year lease for both franchises which gives them and the city time to negotiate the new ballpark and stadium. For the future which is something that Pittsburgh went through in the late 1990s that saved the Pirates and Steelers from moving from that great city. And is what Seattle did for the Mariners and Seahawks in the late 1990s as well that kept both clubs in that great city as.

So if you want to be a major league sports city and perhaps a major league city period, you must have major league stadiums, ballparks and arenas that teams want to play in. And will allow for them to be profitable in those stadiums. And Oakland just does not have that now in the run down Oakland Coliseum. With the current configuration with the miles of foul territory and the huge upper deck in the outfield that looks more like a downtown big city skyscraper instead of skyboxes that were put in to bring the Raiders back to Oakland.

The Oakland Coliseum is a horrible place for the baseball now and those cold summer nights at that stadium makes it less inviting for fans as well. As the Athletics and road teams to play there which makes it very difficult for the Athletics to be profitable there. So a new short-term lease for the Athletics would be a better option instead while the new ballpark is being built. And knock down the upper deck in the outfield so it looks like it did before the Raiders came back which was one of the better looking ballparks in baseball.

And move in the seats in the foul territory so the place has a better baseball feel in the last few seasons. Which would probably bring in more fans just to see the new ballpark as well it being the last seasons at the coliseum for baseball. And move the Raiders to California Memorial Stadium in Berkley home of the California Bears. As the Raiders are waiting for their new football stadium and build the new stadiums with private and public money that the Athletics and Raiders would pay back.

That is how the save the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics that would prevent them from becoming the San José Raiders and Athletics. You renovate and build and they will come and you don’t even have to give these two great franchises that both have had great and the majority of their success in Oakland with free new stadiums at the cost of taxpayers. But with a private/public partnership that both franchises would pay back in sales taxes which would save and create thousands of new jobs in the City of Oakland. And keep it as a major league major city.

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Bruins vs Capitals

Bruins vs Capitals

▶ 2013 Baltimore Hockey Classic Shootout: Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals – YouTube.

For professional hockey to return to Baltimore major or minor. And it has to be major for it to be successful because Baltimore is simply too big of a city and market for. Minor league hockey to do well there as the three previous minor league franchises. The Clippers, Skipjacks and Bandits proved because Baltimore is a big vibrant city with plenty to do there. But for pro hockey to succeed in Baltimore. They are simply going to have to build a modern sports arena something that seats 18-20 thousand for hockey. That doesn’t have glass or ice issues that the players would like playing on and wouldn’t have their physical health in. Danger because of the playing surface and once Baltimore makes that type of investment. With a management group that has the resources and knowledge to run a major league hockey franchise. Then they’ll make an excellent candidate for an NHL expansion franchise. Even with the Capitals just forty miles away because of the size of the Baltimore market and the. Overall size of the Washington-Baltimore region and the fact that Baltimore likes or loves even NHL hockey. And follow the Capitals very closely and would like their own major league sports franchise for winter sports.

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