foreverla: Kobe’s #24 ranks supreme in jersey sales “The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant once again tops the NBA’s list of most popular jerseys, where he has reigned as No. 1 since the start of the 2008-09 season.” Pau Gasol came in at #14 on the list.
The Chick Hearn statue in front of STAPLES Center was unveiled today. A great statue to honor a legendary announcer. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Opening Ceremony in Beijing China
This was the oddity of the night. Behind the Chinese president and the entire national team, the one athlete who appeared to get the loudest ovation was none other than Kobe Bean Bryant. The moment was so odd that even U.S. journalists were looking at each other in puzzlement. The Russian, Chinese and American presidents were here, but Kobe was the head of state tonight.
But the one thing we all learned is Kobe (Bryant) is the most popular player here, maybe the most popular athlete at the Olympics. The crowd was chanting his name, “Kobe, Kobe,” and the volunteers who were supposed to be guiding us were trying to get autographs. It is so out of control with Kobe that LeBron James cracked, “I thought I was famous until I got here with Kobe.” Kobe is big here in China.
foreverla: on the road to repeat… “At the end of the day, winning in June is the thing that we really judge our season by. If we don’t do that, it’s a failure.” - Kobe Bryant