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Blazers’ McCollum named Kia NBA Most Improved Player

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NEW YORK — The Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum, who more than tripled his scoring average from the previous season, is the winner of the 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, the NBA announced today. The 6-4 guard joins Kevin Duckworth (1987-88) and Zach Randolph (2003-04) as the only Trail Blazers to earn the award, which is designed to honor an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.

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McCollum received 101 first-place votes and 559 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets Jerseys (seven first-place votes, 166 points) and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (four first-place votes, 99 points) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points wholesale jerseys for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

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McCollum averaged a career-high 20.8 points (18th in the NBA) in his third season since being selected by the Trail Blazers with the 10th pick of NBA Draft 2013 presented by State Farm. He raised his scoring average by 14 points from last season’s 6.8, the largest increase (minimum 40 games each season) since Tony Campbell improved by 17 points from 1988-89 (6.2) to 1989-90 (23.2). McCollum established career highs in field goal percentage (44.8), three-point field goal percentage (41.7, eighth in the NBA), assists (4.3 apg) and rebounds (3.2 rpg), helping Portland make the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

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Last season, McCollum appeared in 62 games (three starts) and averaged 15.7 minutes. He scored in double figures 18 times and reached the 20-point mark three times. This season, as one of four new starters for Portland, McCollum hit double figures in 79 of his 80 games, scored at least 20 points in 40 games and notched eight 30-point games. McCollum ranked ninth in the NBA with 197 three-pointers made, and he teamed with Damian Lillard to form the league’s third-highest scoring duo (45.9 ppg).

As part of its support of the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, Kia Motors America (KMA) will donate a brand new Sorento CUV to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro on McCollum’s behalf. Kia will present a 2016 Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five 2015-16 year-end award winners as part of the Kia NBA Performance Awards. Following this season, Kia will have donated a total of 43 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA’s prestigious honors began in 2008.

2015-16 KIA NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD RESULTS

Player | Team | 1st place (5 pts) | 2nd place (3 pts) | 3rd place (1 pt) | Total Points

CJ McCollum | Portland Trail Blazers | 101 | 14 | 12 | 559

Kemba Walker | Charlotte Hornets Jerseys | 7 | 37 | 20 | 166

Giannis Antetokounmpo | Milwaukee Bucks | 4 | 17 | 28 | 99

Stephen Curry | Golden State Warriors | 7 | 13 | 9 | 83

Will Barton | Denver Nuggets | 1 | 16 | 9 | 62

Jae Crowder | Boston Celtics | 1 | 8 | 16 | 45

Draymond Green | Golden State Warriors | 2 | 10 | 3 | 43

Isaiah Thomas | Boston Celtics | 3 | 3 | 6 | 30

Hassan Whiteside | Miami Heat Jerseys | 1 | 6 | 3 | 26

Kawhi Leonard | San Antonio Spurs | 1 | 2 | 7 | 18

Andre Drummond | Detroit Pistons Jerseys | 1 | 1 | 3 | 11

Gary Harris | Denver Nuggets | 1 | 0 | 1 | 6

Kent Bazemore | Atlanta Hawks Jerseys | 0 | 1 | 1 | 4

Evan Fournier | Orlando Magic Jerseys | 0 | 0 | 4 | 4

Rodney Hood | Utah Jazz | 0 | 1 | 0 | 3

Russell Westbrook | Oklahoma City Thunder | 0 | 1 | 0 | 3

Reggie Jackson | Detroit Pistons Jerseys | 0 | 0 | 3 | 3

Ian Mahinmi | Indiana Pacers | 0 | 0 | 3 | 3

Zach LaVine | Minnesota Timberwolves | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

Kyle Lowry | Toronto Raptors | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1

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Will Doug Baldwin play Sunday for Seattle Seahawks?

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Doug Baldwin Jerseys is officially listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but we got some positive news Friday.

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The Seattle Seahawks Jerseys receiver was a full participant in Friday’s workout, per the team’s official website.

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Pete Carroll said Thursday that Baldwin likely would be a game-time decision, but sounded optimistic about the receiver’s ability to play Sunday versus the St. Louis Rams Jerseys. Being a full participant backs up those positive vibes.

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Baldwin has been unstoppable of late. His 10 touchdown catches in the last four contests is tied with Jerry Rice Jerseys for the most TD receptions in a four-game span in a single season in NFL history. The fifth-year pro is tied for the most receiving touchdowns in the NFL with 13.

Over the last four games Baldwin has caught 21 passes for 366 yards and the 10 scores.

With a running game still in flux, the Seahawks will need Baldwin to keep their pass game flying high.

Oh, and the positive news on Baldwin is also great for anyone in their fantasy football championship this weekend.

Trade deadline sparks emotions, even with fewer moves

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TORONTO — The 2016 NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and if ever there was a deadline that screamed out “lunch bag letdown,” this would be it.

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Loui Eriksson Jerseys, Dan Hamhuis, Jonathan Drouin and others who were rumored … heck, expected to be traded stayed put as the ongoing narrative of the day was of trade inertia.

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Here are the most compelling points from the day:

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Teams that were quiet and whose fans are enraged

The New York Islanders, who hit the trade deadline with a loss to lowly Edmonton, did little to assuage fears of Isles fans by adding only young winger Shane Prince from the Ottawa Senators. Prince has three goals in 44 total NHL games. Throw in the fact that power forward Kyle Okposo is expected to walk as a free agent in the summer and this trade deadline ranks as a major disappointment for a team that could face the archrival New York Rangers in the first round and frankly looks like it will be overmatched no matter who it faces — assuming it hangs onto a postseason berth. Minnesota Wild fans will likewise be unhappy as the Wild continue to try to scratch and claw their way back into the playoff picture. They still need help down the middle and had assets that could have been moved from the blue line, but it didn’t happen — with the exception of a late-hour deal that brought in David Jones, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent. Is this a team that kept its powder dry to take a run at Jonathan Drouin at the draft?

Jonathan Drouin remains with the Lightning despite many false proclamations of an imminent trade. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

Teams that made you go ‘hmmm’

Don Sweeney began his tenure as general manager of the Boston Bruins by being pilloried by fans for trading young defenseman Dougie Hamilton Jerseys, and fans had him on the roasting spit again as he navigated his first trade deadline as GM. Sweeney ended up adding veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles from Carolina and veteran forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey but gave up a boatload of futures. Stempniak has had a renaissance season in New Jersey, and it won’t be a huge surprise if he re-signs with the Devils in the summer. The Bruins sent a second- and a fourth-round pick to the Devils, which is a lot. Even more curious was the payment of prospect Anthony Camara and two picks (a third and fifth) for Liles, who is 35 and does not appreciably upgrade the Bruins blue-line corps. Ergo, Sweeney sent four picks and a prospect for two pending unrestricted free agents. Add in Sweeney’s inability to come to terms with Loui Eriksson Jerseys and/or trade the two-way forward who now may walk away on July 1 as a UFA and it was a less than stellar trade period for the Bruins.

Teams that didn’t do anything but whose fans should chill

The St. Louis Blues were quiet and that wasn’t entirely unexpected given the team’s salary cap and injury issues. In spite of missing key personnel — including Alexander Steen, Brian Elliott, Jaden Schwartz, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jake Allen — the Blues are a lock to make the playoffs and have a shot at first place in the Central. GM Doug Armstrong needed to move dollars out to bring assets in and it didn’t happen — but it might not matter. The Nashville Predators were also quiet, although since acquiring Ryan Johansen in early January, the team is playing its best hockey of the season and looks to have locked itself into the top wild-card spot in the West. The Washington Capitals added around the edge with Mike Weber Jerseys and Daniel Winnik, sending longtime Capitals forward Brooks Laich to Toronto in the Winnik deal, but when you’re the best team in the NHL, maybe there’s no need to shake things up needlessly.

Jonathan Drouin trade imminent

Ha. Ha. Just kidding. How many times since Drouin pulled the chute on the Tampa Bay Lightning were we told a deal was imminent? It didn’t happen in spite of multiple teams expressing interest in the No. 3 pick in 2013. In the end, Tampa GM Steve Yzerman could not find a deal that worked for him and would not force the issue, despite Drouin’s refusal to play for the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. The Drouin situation was complicated by the fact the Lightning were looking to add a right-handed shot along the blue line and could not make that happen without moving out salary. Still, the Lightning were in the enviable position of not having to make a move, because they remain a deep, talented team with the potential to once again go deep in the playoffs. Although Yzerman did open the door to Drouin rejoining the Lightning, it’s hard not to look at this as Drouin and his people having wildly misjudged the situation.

Little deal that we really like

Everyone will focus on the Colorado Avalanche’s acquisition of Mikkel Boedker Jerseys to their already big and fast forward corps, and with good reason — provided he can find a little more finish with the Avs. But the Avs need to be better along the blue line, and we think Eric Gelinas, who was acquired from New Jersey for a third-round pick in 2017, will be a nice fit; he might even make them just enough better to throw a scare into one of the big boys in the Western Conference playoffs.

Jamie McGinn should improve the hottest team in the league with his addition to the Ducks’ lineup. Michael Martin/NHLI/Getty Images

Medium deal that could turn out to be more

The Anaheim Ducks — the NHL’s hottest team, having won eight in a row — added Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional third-round draft pick. The Ducks already boast a formidable defensive corps — in fact, there was much speculation they might package some of that depth up at the deadline in order to make a bigger splash up front — but it turns out they didn’t need to as McGinn will provide nice depth up front, where he can play anywhere among the top nine. The Ducks also added Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers for a sixth-round pick, while moving big Patrick Maroon Jerseys to the Edmonton Oilers. Let’s see: deep in goal, deep on the blue line and now appreciably deeper up front. Not a bad trade period for GM Bob Murray.

Teams that cheap sports jerseys maybe didn’t get it all done

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The Los Angeles Kings added Kris Versteeg to bolster the offense, but having repatriated aging Rob Scuderi for under-performing Christian Ehrhoff, the blue line is still an area of concern for the Kings, who can no longer be considered a lock to win the Pacific Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins added Justin Schultz, who is at best a gamble given his disastrous finish in Edmonton. Was that enough for a Penguins’ team that should be playoff bound but still has questions about its ability to move the puck from the back end? As for the Vancouver Canucks, it’s a cautionary tale about the power of the no-trade/no-move clause, as Dan Hamhuis was willing to go to just a handful of teams, and Vancouver could not get a deal to fit; so Hamhuis remains a Canuck at least until this summer, when he can become an unrestricted free agent. Radim Vrbata, another player who should have brought home some assets, can also leave the Canucks as an UFA this summer.

Burnside: Preds’ Rinne is only playing to win

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NASHVILLE — When the Nashville Predators were dispatched in the first round of the playoffs last season by eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, it was both a cautionary tale about the false guarantees of a strong regular season and a reminder of the fleeting nature of greatness.

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The Predators spent the first two-thirds of last season making a case for themselves as the top team in the league.

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They were led by goaltender Pekka Rinne, who was likewise making a case for Vezina Trophy consideration.

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Then, just before the All-Star break, Rinne went down with a knee injury. It wasn’t serious, Rinne recalled. He considered it a speed bump compared to the hip injury and subsequent infection that cost him all but 24 games in the 2013-14 season.

At the time of the injury, the Predators were 29-9-4 and Rinne led the NHL in wins, boasting a 1.96 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
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But when Rinne returned less than a month later, it was as though the mojo had leaked from the entire team.

He refused to blame the injury, but Rinne admitted the almost inexplicable drop in play that plagued the team as it went 18-16-6 and lost out on the Central Division title remains mystifying.

Pekka Rinne said losing to the Blackhawks in the playoffs was a good learning experience but very painful. Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty Images

“It had an effect on my play, too,” Rinne said. “I wasn’t at that same level right away and took time to get back. Also as a team, I don’t know, we talked about it a lot. It’s tough because you play so well and all of a sudden we start to just win a game, but then lose three games in a row, then win a game, [lose] three games in a row.

“It was mentally hard. At that point you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what’s happening? What’s happening? We’re going into the playoffs and what’s going on?’ ”

The Predators actually played pretty well against the Blackhawks, chasing starter Corey Crawford Jerseys with an explosion of goals, but Rinne wasn’t his normal self and finished the series with a .909 save percentage and 2.68 GAA, as Crawford and Scott Darli

Devonta Freeman (concussion) cleared for practice

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Atlanta Falcons Jerseys coach Dan Quinn announced the running back has been cleared and will return to practice Wednesday after missing last week’s loss with a concussion.

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Quinn added Freeman is “jacked” about returning. The back has toted the rock 167 times for 764 yards this season with an NFL-leading 9 rushing touchdowns.

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The Falcons’ rushing attack suffered two weeks ago with Freeman exited the Week 11 loss. Rookie Tevin Coleman ran for 110 yards last week, but also had a crucial fumble — Coleman has three fumbles lost this season on 78 touches (1 per 26 touches); Freeman has 1 fumble on cheap nfl jerseys 215 touches this season.
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Quinn was optimistic earlier this week that Freeman would return Sunday to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys. After falling out of playoff position, the Falcons need a win to end their four-game losing skid. Getting Freeman back will go a long way towards that goal.

At least eight teams interested in Josh Norman

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Recent reports show that Washington red one has given free Angle guard Josh Norman official trade request is put forward.
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According to the CBS reporter, the red one has been given a formal official requirements, at the same time, the San Francisco 49 people also have a strong desire levels of the Angle who hope to get such professional bowl.

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The United States on Wednesday Norman was Carolina panthers lifted the privileges TAB, hit the offseason free markets, at least eight teams want to get him.The red one only $12 million salary cap space, 49 have $50 million in space.

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Now if only consider money red one will lose the chance of the race.

He was in no hurry to complete any contract for Norman, especially so many want to get his team, he only need to choose at the last moment.

Kobe Bryant:More Than A Sneaker

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The room was empty, terrible silence.This is the corner that is forgotten memory.

Adjacent to closet in the bathroom looks don’t belong to anyone.

Wardrobe kit without any traces of wear, this special night also won’t someone wear him.Beside the hook is a laundry bag, put in a plastic bottle containing the protein powder.

No particular thing, the lakers’ locker room a bare chest, telling everything he ever master.

Locker before there is a mysterious rectangular box, black mesh chair on a shoe box, box on the envelope only write a word: kobe Bryant.

A promise in the box, let a person feel a continuously exceed energy.Bouncing colour eyes, let a person feel excited.This is a pair of shoes that Sick color matching.

It is a pairs of sneakers, and more than tennis shoes.Not now, may not always be, especially now, shoe represents everything.

Kobe Bryant will retire at the end of the season.Too many things will end, although goodbye to say.

Kobe Bryant this season every bend is from his farewell one step closer to his sneakers never like now.It is Bryant’s 20-year career partner, also recorded all of his stories.

Kobe Bryant shoes is not just about the color, players version and release date for these, its beauty and star science and technology is the best.

Sneakers is Bryant link between rival, the fans, it is easy to let them deal each other’s feelings, make people more really be his final season.

They not only shoes.

Kobe Bryant signature shoe is put on great recognition for Bryant, put on his shoes is no longer something big is not.

This is kobe Bryant thanks to the challenge of the game every time, every time, is his new areas.

When kobe Bryant’s signature shoe gifts this season, lebron, George and drummond – green soon to send the photos to social media, bless kobe Bryant’s impact on and his irreplaceable low in history.

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Kobe Bryant to Kevin durant’s signature shoe that read: “to KD, to become one of the greatest players.”, this let freddy adu could not hide the heart happy.

Trevor ariza specially with Bryant four generation of tennis shoes and went to the lakers’ locker room please sign Bryant, it was in 2009 when he was with the lakers winning wear sneakers.

“I have great respect for the guy.”The the bleachers, Bryant said: “as rivals and teammates, they mean to me too much. Because we cherish my style of play, I want to pass such shoes (send) to express their gratitude.”

On several hands out the presents, and a unique pair of tennis shoes is the most true and perfect gift – a special kind of gratitude and respect the way – this is kobe Bryant and of the younger generation.

“He’s kobe Bryant.”Nick Yang said: “he basically represents everything.”

“This is Bryant’s signature shoe, he is the reason I wear these shoes, he is the idol of my life.”- German – booker

So we have to listen to for many years, players like to wear the sneakers with Bryant on the pitch to pay homage to him.

“It’s an honor, I am very happy.”Bryant said: “really makes me happy, their relationship is very special to me, this is the way they express gratitude. I want to try to save me from Michael Jordan and his elder generation, learned they wanted me to pay homage to the way is to wear my shoes. It means so much to me.”

Sneakers tells the story of kobe Bryant’s career, happy, pain, victory and heartbreak, each feeling is engraved on the signature shoe, rubber pad and fly line.Tennis shoes left, then follow the five lines represent the kobe Bryant’s career to surmount the obstacle: his Achilles tendon.

Kobe Bryant’s signature shoes have never been so important.

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But they are not only the shoes, he never would be.

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Tony – Allen didn’t play, in the past few weeks how he didn’t match.For he who loves playing out very lost, he is awake.

But as long as the team win, Allen can always quickly forget these brief unhappiness.Either as a spectator, he ate fast food, or by teammate stupid jokes amused laughter, or just stay quietly.

In fact his teammates to Allen extreme style of play is curiosity and wonder, they cannot understand Allen enthusiasm for defense, always laugh at him.

So on February 24, after beating the lakers’ locker room, not playing Allen sat in the locker room, Vince carter came over and pushed him.

“You are a defensive or two array?”Carter asked.”What is a or two array?”

“A while.”Although born in Chicago, but Allen a strong southern accent is very difficult to change.

Teammates continue to smile, until a man walked in, a Los Angeles caddie.He hands behind, go straight to the front of the Allen’s locker.

“I have a gift for you.”

“Who gift? To?”

“It is kobe Bryant.”

Ball boy out of the hands of a pair of white and blue color of 11, kobe Bryant on the right foot shoes wrote: “to Tony, I met the best defender.”Shoes on his left foot is kobe Bryant, 24″

Allen shocked, teammates to quiet down, gathered round.They all want to see kobe Bryant shoes, he would read the tennis shoes.A few weeks ago, Allen asked Bryant to give yourself a signed jersey, but Bryant pretend to forget the matter, Alan don’t want to disturb him.

Allen deeply impressed by the moment, he knows that he will always remember this moment.He hides his excited tears quietly.

I want to control myself.”Allen said.”I would cry out, I have to endure.Before this pair of shoes means everything to me, I will be thinking about how to defend Bryant, dream also want to wake up, also want to eat breakfast, the game also thinking on the road.I’ve seen countless times kobe Bryant’s singles and low video, I have been thinking about how to defend him.This pair of shoes is his honor to me, I can’t believe it.”

In the next few days, kobe Bryant will always emerge in Allen’s brain.”He gave me the shoes after, I thought for a long time, I was wondering what about my shoes.”

Over the past few years he was repeatedly and Allen conflict, he never spoke with Allen, he also have no reason to talk to Allen.Allen are normal, but kobe Bryant scored last year after a record “star whistle”.He finally broke the silence of Allen.”You never whistle like that.”Kobe Bryant said.”Don’t be so dry.”

“Why?”Allen asked.

“You told me,” Bryant said.”It is completely different people.”

The whistle is not important, Allen has been think kobe Bryant is how to see him.11 years later, he finally got to answer.

“I will be dreaming of Bryant, eat breakfast will also want to.”- Tony – Allen

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Two days after receiving shoes, grizzly bears away against the lakers.After Bryant came to Aaron, this is the first time after receiving the shoes Allen to see kobe Bryant, he held out his hand to.

“I usually shake hands with others and leave,” Allen said: “I never talk with people hug.”

Bryant unexpectedly gave Allen a bear hug, a grizzly bear social team captured the scene quickly to social media.Back in the locker room after the game, Allen to browse the information in the mobile phone, when you see yourself with the pictures of kobe Bryant, respect in his eyes.

“I see the photos with 20 minutes, I didn’t notice what the coach said.”Allen said.”Kobe once don’t know who I am, now he give me hug.”

Allen has never been kobe Bryant’s arch-rival, nor kobe terminator.But their great achievement between each other, so communication is logical.

Shoe is the way kobe Bryant to say thank you, even if he had never said that.Write your own praise on 14 yards of shoes, it’s unbelievable for Allen.

“I’m not the kind of person who get 40 points, also could not make the turn, I also shot back step three. Defense is all my work, when he gave me the shoes, I realized that all his efforts, video study, all the sleepless nights, all is worth you pay for the game.”

Chapter ii Bryant VS Bruce Willis: lone ranger

Kobe Bryant is nervous, he could not control his, he hate this feeling.

He sat in the back of a black SUV, the car to a studio in Los Angeles.

Bryant sit in front of the lens, this is his first time to participate in the film, he didn’t want to let oneself too tight.

This feeling was unable to hide, he must allow yourself to relax.

12 years ago, Bryant came across a micro movie named “mariachi”, its production costs than be on 120 seconds to earn his money.

“The story immediately attracted to me.”Kobe Bryant said.”I like that movie, narrative can bring you a strong visual impact. He didn’t even need to play, I think that guy can sit chair in an empty house film, scene is very interesting.”

Know who is the guy know, Bryant began to search the director Robert rodriguez’s other works, he soon became the a jeans, wearing hat director fan.

Rodriguez like in cold doping satire and humor in his work, his new movie “lone ranger” kobe is interested in.

Bryant had not seen before rodriguez, 2010 when advertising shoot him with shooting on the set of the Spy Kids “rodriguez once hello, rodriguez don’t know much about basketball, but Bryant can carry out a large number of lines in the” lone ranger “or let him very touched.

Kobe Bryant is the director of the fans, his black mamba nickname comes from rodriguez friends quentin – tarun dino movie “kill bill” the act of revenge: a poisonous snake hidden in a suitcase full of $1 million.

Rodriguez didn’t want to take advertising – he’s movie cafe, the results of the long 6 minutes of the “black mamba” movie launched in 2011, star actors including kanye west, Bruce Willis and Danny, Joe, the whole movie contains more than 40 special effects shots, participate in staff nearly 200 people, it is one of the best shoes in the history of advertising.

Rodriguez told Bryant about his idea: “we want to do some great things, to the advertising film totem.”

Rodriguez suggest the opening scene of the “lone ranger” moved to AD: Steve cloth Sammy walked into a dark bar, chatting with a table for dangerous large, in fact, he did.

But this is from the story of kobe Bryant’s mouth, is designed to be a superhero movie, destroy the human in the basketball court.

After the first day of shooting, Bryant out of suvs on the way to the director.

“Acting what tricks?”Kobe Bryant asked Rosa guide: “I feel it is too difficult.”

The director take basketball comparing with acting, the kobe relaxed many.On the court, he thinks kobe Bryant would be embodiment in the moment the black mamba.

“This is what you want to show the content.”Rodriguez to Bryant said: “to transform their roles, you will have is an actress.”

Bryant’s nerve began to slack off, director is to give him confidence.The first day of filming rodriguez, Bryant a task, let him play with Bruce Willis opening scenes, Willis told kobe Bryant don’t have their own feeling of the performance: “don’t want to those, bold to do it.”

Willis chasowa, he is a notorious gangster (kanye west) dog legs, the boss want to get the black mamba sneakers.The story took place in an abandoned on the basketball court, Willis and his men want to match with kobe Bryant.

“Black mamba,” chasowa shouted: “what a bad name, this is your mother lost bet punishment?”

“When you did play with Bruce, you can feel himself into the theatre.”Rodriguez said.”Since then, he went into the theater.”

As the black mamba kobe Bryant found his other side: “when speaking you have to be full of anger.”

Bryant wanted to think, and then said: “no problem.”

The third chapter He is our Jordan

DE mar – demar derozan know he want to come to Toronto, he wanted to show kobe Bryant sneakers.The lanky high school students from Compton has a pair of Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2 k5 ID sneakers.Don’t know friends of science and technology have been discussing the color of this pair of shoes.

Bryant came to Santa ana, 30 miles away from Los Angeles to the Nike camp in mei ted’s high school.Hit a few shots, he encouraged a bunch of NBA star in the future.

Bryant XiangDeLuo demonstrates how to create space when dribbling, also emphasized the importance of strain capacity.

These basketball teenagers gave up a baseball game, that night and went to see kobe Bryant, as if the night Boston would like: a tie-break finals.

In confrontation with kobe Bryant, demar derozan realized the veteran in low lethality and subtle footwork.Demar derozan after in the transformation made several record jumper, Bryant called him to his side, when he saw the shoes on his feet kobe to praise smile.

For the Compton young, everything is enough.

“It’s all because kobe.”Demar derozan said: “I imitate him every day, and I spent $15, with a bloody nose in the BBS arena to watch his game.”

Demar derozan is not only the younger generation of honey.

“I do all this because he.Grade two wolves defender zach – said, Bryant just came into the league he is only 1 years old.He wore no. 8 and pay tribute to their hero.”He is my Jordan, he is my idol.”

“I want to thank he changed my life.”A few weeks ago, German – booker career with kobe Bryant play for the first time, and last time after said: “he is too big, the influence of to me from my state of mind to play,

Lavin seen kobe’s game at the age of 7 to site, this let his friend envy.Small lavin from Seattle to Los Angeles to see his uncle, uncle take him to the staples center to see the lakers game.Sitting room at the top of the seat, lavin witnessed kobe had 12 remember three points feat.

“12 three points.”La Wen Xingfen recalls: “remember that game?”

For German – Brooks, he only know kobe Bryant.Four days after he was born in kobe NBA career debut, booker in Michigan big creek city home backyard ballgames, shooting when the motions of kobe Bryant and cried out, “kobe Bryant”, booker like on YouTube to find highlights of kobe Bryant.

For young players to wear the sneakers with kobe Bryant is one of the most simple salute his way, kobe knows that.

Because haven’t received a season before Bryant’s shoes, in games with the lakers demar derozan wore a pair of sneakers and name that Joe 4, noted that the details of the kobe Bryant put everything on my face.

“He’s not happy.Demar derozan said.”Shoes represents love, he gave me ringing off the hook in the ball.”

Lavin sprained his ankle in section 11 black month, back when the selected 10, but finally he managed to switch back to the section 11.

“When you find anything you like, just stick to it.”The celtics forward to Mr. – Claude also wear kobe shoes.”No reason to mess up a good thing.”

For many people, kobe Bryant shoes not only have a low help of revolutionary, is the perfect combination of comfort and concise.

“Everything I do because he, he is my Jordan. He is my idol.”- zach – lavin

As a football fan, Bryant’s love football players low help shoes.The football player obviously require more ankle protection.

“Kobe’s idea is very good.”Demar derozan said, “cut and get us more than football player, he thought about this.”

The hornets forward Marvin Williams of low group of fans will hold doubt attitude.”I usually fall in the game, so I need a lot of protection.”Marvin said, “but I wear low help shoes also has five years.”

“Young people’s positive feedback let us think, oneself do something about.”Bryant said: “I am demanding of their products, hope they have extremely high performance. I’d like to know how I can make the product more superior, each pair of shoes is more excellent than the previous generation.”

“With raja bell against, he also wear my shoes. I want to know if the shoe is also helpful to him, this is my concern.”

Other stars are not so, James sneakers in the NBA there is not much, because huang zhan don’t like to wear the sneakers with his game opponents.A shoe expert said: “James hope to be able to enjoy his own signature shoe, you wear his shoes on the pitch doesn’t increase his affection for you.”

James has repeatedly hinted that does not encourage the opponent to wear his shoes.Preseason James said: “if I see you wear my shoes, I’m going to hit you. I am such people, I won’t let you.”Lavin, 21, will understand this truth.

“I told kobe Bryant against won’t wear his shoes.”The two-time dunk contest champion said: “fight with lebron and freddy adu, you I will not wear their shoes. I don’t want to give anyone the psychological advantage, I wear your shoes is weakness at you. I like your shoes, but I won’t come to you mainly to.”

As the honey, lavin, sometimes don’t know what to wear which pair.

In mid-march knight away from the clippers, the only after the game, the knight defender Matthew d than feet bubble on the ice bucket, arms bent at the knee.Reporter asked him why families and 11 prefer of 10, Vito Della tile at a loss to say with smile: “I don’t know, I don’t know what is 10.”

His neighbor in the locker room iman – sweet alpert after heard laughter, sweet alpert said: “you are asking the wrong person, ask who don’t also ask him.”

Sweet alpert said Della d don’t know anything about shoes, Daly admitted it.Then fragrant pearl with strong Australian accent said, “hey, I like this pair of shoes.”

The fourth chapter Bryant “problem” of the boots

The ball flew to the basket again and again to the bomb, it looks so easy.Pulling up, ball shot, a wonderful like rainbows.Have been in, don’t seem to have stopped.

In the end is 12.

Him as usual to the bench, her ability as a ray of cheer.His finger pointing to the sky, he didn’t know he had made history.

Now he also maintained the NBA in 3-point streak, but you didn’t pay attention to a detail.

Craned when all the people staring at those beautiful picturesque three points, they didn’t notice that kobe Bryant is wearing a pair of reebok “problems” series of basketball shoes, kobe Bryant was in the window period of basketball endorsement.

With adidas kobe just finished buy out at that time, he needs to find a new shoe company.It is very difficult, kobe Bryant will not make a decision in a hurry, so the entire 2002-03 season without any shoe brands of the contract.

Nike gave him all sorts of color Joe Joe three and four, there are a lot of slippers, this let Bryant felt the respect.He has to ask for a lot of reebok, head of the “problem” series of shoes, that is the first a pair of signature shoes Allen iverson.Reebok provides a variety of color, including the lakers purple color matching.In addition to his heels as well as a symbol of 8.

But the gift is not let Bryant tempted, he wants to have his own signature shoe and related advertising, like Michael Jordan.

When the late summer of 2002, kobe Bryant to the reebok headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts.He wants to know the strength of the shoe brand, is also the goal of reebok sign Bryant.

Over the past six years, has been actively expanding reebok.Thanks to international strategy and iverson’s popularity, and he endorses products of the production line.

Reebok’s star had all-star guard Steve Francis, baron Davis and 2002 draft yao.Jason Richardson, dressed in a “basket” series won the dunk contest shoes, reebok strategy eventually received effect.

Kobe Bryant is the next important target of their expansion, as early as before the arrival of a few weeks, Bryant reebok have been prepared for staff.

Kobe Bryant carefully listened to the reebok executives talk, long-term strategy, and put forward a lot of company marketing plans and brand strength, etc. These problems.

“He’s extremely well prepared.”Reebok market vice President Todd Collins base recalls: “he is a very strong-minded man.”

Reebok for kobe Bryant to design the initial model of his signature shoes.

Meet half way through, dark lights.Reebok to show kobe shows a big six short game elements – including his turn, create space and end – he was on the nickname “the assassin”, closely linked to the characteristics of each skill with shoes.

Was over, kobe Bryant was impressed by the film.Although he felt assassin this nickname is not enough, reebok is doing his best.

Before going to the airport, Bryant wanted to go to basketball practice under the ball hall, trainers have been by his side.Reebok staff gave he a pair of shoes that iverson and kobe Bryant’s training begins.Shortly after meeting with reebok team, Bryant next to its headquarters in the open-air stadium carrying the ball, with the change.

Reebok company’s financial, designers, and advertising sales have had the opportunity to see the figure of the three-time NBA championship to practise, lot of people gathered round photos, Bryant dribbling in rush often draw their amazing.

Kobe Bryant has never looked up and look at the.

Reebok top shine for Allen iverson and kobe Bryant binary thrilled with his idea.

Collins said.”We thought he was infinitely close to signing him, but I know I shouldn’t hopes too high. Considering the endorsement and relations, things will plummet.”

Kobe Bryant like “problems” series of tennis shoes, praised their comfort and design.Put on the shoes, kobe Bryant did well.

On January 7, 2003, he is wearing the shoe broke the three points single-game record in the NBA.

When kobe Bryant in the 2003 all-star game in put on a pair of 3 Joe, reebok as if already know the result.

Bryant choose signed a contract with Nike, opened up an efficient and creative cooperation relations, the height of the both sides is a shoe company didn’t before.

I chose to sign with Nike because their creative design team, from the brand market and business execution and so on into consideration.”Bryant said.”This is my own choice, no matter who I like signing can succeed in the business, so I just signed with Nike.”

Although with reebok cooperation extremely brief, but kobe Bryant still left 12 remember three points that game of tennis shoes.

Bryant signed with Nike a few weeks later, base on the elevator met Collins kobe Bryant and his agent rob – palin card, both sides shook hands.Bryant’s smile is like saying: “it is business.”The elevator door opened, Bryant left.

For reebok, what happens if they end up with kobe Bryant?Fetching daydream.

Chapter 5 of the best tennis shoes gift (part 2)

Caron butler is uncertain how Bryant, Bryant he heard all control the story of how strong, know that he is a man of hard to get.Bryant went into the room, feel nervous.He is very cold, unfriendly, likes to be alone.

But when he as a bargaining chip shaquille o ‘neal trade came to Los Angeles, butler decided to see see.He began to kobe Bryant to introduce myself everything is harmonious.

Butler asked Bryant: “do you want to go out to play with us for a while?”

Bryant looks surprised by the question to the teammates don’t usually ask him to go out to play.Most people think kobe Bryant will be refused, so they don’t ask, his new team-mates not especially.

“He told me that nobody invited him to do anything.”Butler said, “because he is a trump card here, but that doesn’t mean he is not the ordinary people, not like others to play.”

Bryant butler we pay close attention to from the start, he wants to try the butler’s competitiveness.

“Since the first day of training, we have communication.”Bryant said: “our relationship has become increasingly close, I will go out to dinner with him, I went out he will be with me. We was like peas and carrots.”

This is what they become friends after, Bryant will invite butler to home to enjoy two people will be when away from home go out for dinner.Butler is not in the movies, he will appear in the room of the hotel lobby or kobe Bryant.

“We will go to high school play,” butler said: “it doesn’t matter, kobe Bryant did.”

Trip to Milwaukee, butler opened the party bus on the way.He invited some teammates to his mother home to eat barbecue, about 60 butler’s friends and relatives at the party, most people will ask questions when eating in kobe Bryant.

“He told me that nobody invited him to do anything, because he is a trump card here, but that doesn’t mean he is not the ordinary people, not like others to play.”– caron butler

“The problem no matter how strange, he would answer patiently.”Butler recalled: “where is he good, he is very enjoy that time, cock feet, is in no hurry to leave.”

With the gradually thorough understanding, kobe Bryant and butler began to talk to each other family and their upbringing.Kobe Bryant spoke about different growing up in Italy, butler is talking about the experience of the past 15 years in prison.

After Bryant heard the story of the butler, vowed to support butler.”He is a true man, a special guy.”Butler said.

“He is also a true man.”Bryant said: “this guy is a aboveboard man, that you can find this from him. I like to make friends with such people.”

“He is one of the world’s biggest heart man, he is a good man. So it is not often can encounter.”

When butler invite kobe Bryant for his autobiography “super fruit juice: I’m from the street to the trip to the NBA,” write renewal, Bryant have promised.Less than 48 hours, he sent the manuscript to the butler’s mailbox.

The lakers this year in Milwaukee road, Bryant also specially for 15 year old son, caron butler ii – Wisconsin’s best high defender – and his mother allow room for the ticket.He and small joking butler, and gave him some advice in defense.

Earlier this year in Sacramento when playing away from home, to go out with kobe steak butler.He hinted that want to get in kobe Bryant’s farewell season a his souvenirs, after a few weeks in Los Angeles, kobe Bryant, who signed a pair of your own signature shoes and write a paragraph, for butler’s son.

“I am very happy that he can get a farewell tour.”Butler said: “to see him smile and enjoy it all really good, you see he is also my witness of him all the way. This is people are not familiar with kobe Bryant, is also a real kobe.”

Chapter vi At three o ‘clock in Italy

Hour hand is pointing to the middle of the night at 2 o ‘clock, Marco berry in busy all day.Before going to bed, then he is going to watch TV will play in New Orleans – the Italian talk show.Just after 2:30, his phone rang, and the other end is Bryant’s voice: “I need a room, to get up to practice with me.”

Berry limon in circle, also thought I was dreaming.He can’t hear clearly what Bryant said, perhaps are not Bryant down the phone.When sound gradually clear, he realized that is not just a dream.

“To train!”Kobe Bryant, then hangs up the phone.

Berry, struggled out of bed, the lights make him hard to open my eyes.

Italian told kobe Bryant in the text location near the basketball court, that is his childhood place to play.Berry have a key for the stadium, in about 20 minutes, Bryant 10 minutes away from there.

At three o ‘clock in kobe Bryant and his trainer Tim grover standing in the street outside the stadium, about 35 minutes later, groggy berry in parked next to kobe, he will get off the door of the arena to open, then tell them the location of the stadium lights switch.

“See you later.”Berry, said while walking to his car.

“Where are you going?”Bryant is a face of doubt: “we need to start training.”

Berry, shocked and dismayed, are written in the face.His legs or slippers, or pajamas.

“He’s just out of bed.”Grover said: “there is no ready to training, Bryant made him ashamed.”

Kobe Bryant is inside the berry of the idols, 14 years old when he began to see the lakers game video, he tried to imitate the pace of kobe Bryant and the key of ambition.When your children think he is very funny.

Now, berry, too tired for being late.Bryant know Italian worship him, he is ready to three o ‘clock in the morning began to warm-up.

Berry, know oneself cannot disappoint idol, play is a problem but what to wear.Berry, back in the car, pulled out a pair of section 5.

Gloval recalls: “build, but don’t take it doesn’t matter. Mark was stunned.”

Kobe Bryant practiced for three hours, berry, insist on only 35 minutes.Berry inside and when leaving the arena, Bryant laughed.

Chapter 7 Nick Yang’s memory

The lakers’ small forward, Nick Yang said Bryant’s each style shoes he has.Nike, the lakers’ equipment manager carlos to fight, will prepare the two shoe bag – one for the team, one for the young.Nick Yang recently signed with adidas, which bring Bryant laughed at.

In February, wearing kobe Bryant in the first a pair of signature shoes adidas Crazy eight Nick Yang in the game with the Memphis grizzlies in explosion, Yang said: “I know will say he saw this pair of shoes.”

From the away dressing room at the narrow pass Nick Yang, Bryant joking, he was not prepared to speak ill of the old club: “it’s the only thing they designed a pair of good shoes.”

But the most impressed Yang or he was wearing kobe Bryant jersey, in January 2014, Bryant again because of a knee injury for the season.

And Miami’s game, kobe Bryant will be 9 debut of elite opportunities for the young.Overnight to send him a pair of Nike high help section 9, this is the first time in basketball shoes USES fly line technology (Nike research and development of knitting technology).Teammates around Yang’s locker before looking at this pair of shoes, James can’t see the eyes during the game.

“I’m kobe Bryant’s double.”Yang said: “he can’t wear, let me do.”

Bryant also has its own conditions, he told if can not get 20 points in the Yang don’t wear this pair of shoes.Yang squad had 19 points.

In 2012, young ID more than 50 pairs of kobe Bryant shoes.He often sitting in front of a computer in the Nike website ID sneakers late into the night, then wait for the Courier sent the shoes.

Yang plans to kobe Bryant to a pair of shoes in his game recently and a shirt, this will be his from Bryant received the most precious gift.

Early in the season, Yang in his favorite shoe store received a pair of Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2 k4, he bought this pair of shoes and for Bryant to the signature.

“I was so nervous at that time.”Yang said.”I know it’s not easy to sign him.”

Kobe Bryant in the vamp wrote: “give me the sincere friend SWaggy P (Yang’s nickname).”

Yang put this pair of shoes in a glass box, put in his room the most eye-catching places.”Ten years later I will sell it.”Yang musing say with smile: “ha ha, I will never do that to my brother.”

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Lebron James go fast in the corridor, he is worried.Found himself walking in the wrong direction, after James soon find exports, at this point is a blue tannins hat on his head.

Accompanying staff trying to catch up with him, but it wasn’t until James stopped to give Los Angeles RAMS running back Alison – Dixon and Todd – gayle signature, entourage to keep up with him.

Then he sped up the pace, lebron unexpectedly appeared in the lakers’ locker room, that is the beauty of stars.- in the French star thierry Henry is the lakers’ locker room, he also like you waiting for kobe Bryant.

It won’t James, he through in the crowd, find surrounded by kobe Bryant.Henry didn’t think kobe Bryant will be such a big star to children wife Vanessa and introduce yourself.

Lebron nodded to kobe Bryant, Bryant also nods.For an instant James disappeared at the end of the corridor.

Kobe Bryant is very considerate, he coaxed shy children, necking and Vanessa.Switch in the three languages in 5 minutes, he’ll catch a plane.See small fans want a group photo with him, Bryant stopped and bent down.All this kobe doesn’t feel trouble.

Bryant disappeared in the crowd, while the height 6 feet, he is hard to be found.There are so many smiles and eager to face waiting for him, kobe Bryant has been to smile, he is very happy.

Bryant enjoyed everyone cheers, he was completely absorbed in.He is no longer black mamba, the nickname followed him years will also be gradually left him.

Crowd surrounded by Bryant got on the bus, the car immediately disappeared in the field of vision.Time will eventually end, inevitable, a lot of things at that moment is over.

The final whistle, the last time kobe Bryant bent over to tie the shoelaces.Staff will arena back as usual, remove the floor mount trolley, and then sent to store between content.

Did not leave footprints, Bryant’s locker empty and quiet.All the shoes are removed, leaving only memories.

Stay in the locker room, Bryant had countless times.

Player Positions in American Football, NFL

The position of the football player in NFL is determined by the qualities and skills that he can contribute to the team. They tend to have a certain specialization in their role as a part of the football team. However, there are also players who were able to play different positions on defense and offense, yet those players are rare.

At the point when two contradicting NFL team clashed on the playing field, the position of the player is contingent on the play of the team whether they are in offense or defense. The offense (team who has the ball) will try to score while the defense will stop them from scoring. Every side is confronting the other team while the football is in the center.

NFL Player position Guide

Offensive Side

Quarterback- the Quarterback position in NFL is considered the leader of the entire team. In the movies, they were the one who always gets the hot chicks. He shouts the sign while he is in the line of the skirmish and gets the ball in the middle. He will then have to toss it to the team’s receiver, run with the ball or give it to a running back.

Center- This is the player who tosses the ball right to the leader, which is the quarterback. He is the one handling the ball in each play.

Running Back- Basically, the one who runs with the ball. This position in NFL is also called as rushers, halfbacks, and tailbacks.

Fullback- This position is responsible for blocking the pass in order to keep the quarterback safe from the opposing team. They also block the running back and prevent them from running further from the field. The Fullbacks in NFL are generally bulkier compared to the running back.
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Wide Receiver-They are the catcher. They are the one who will run fast to the other side of the field and wait for their team mates to throw the ball, and they will catch the ball. The average number of wide receiver is 2-4 individuals per play.

Tight End-they have two roles in the team; either they serve as a receiver or as a blocker.

Right Guard, Left Guard-They can be found in the inner field. They are tasked to block and protect the quarterbacks and other players who carry the balls.

Right tackle, Left Tackle-They are essentially found in the outer field.

Defensive Side

Defensive Line- the Defensive Line is consists of a Defensive tackle and the Defensive End. The Tackle is found in the inner field of defensive Line. They are required to keep their position and stop the running back. They can also run on the edge of the offensive line and distract the quarterback or the formation. The Defensive End is in the outer field of the line. They are the one tackling the quarterback in NFL.

Linebacker- They line up at the back of the linemen and commonly referred to as the best tacklers in NFL. Contingent upon the team’s formation, most groups utilize 3-4 linebackers each play. This position regularly has the dual-task of safeguarding the pass and the run.

Safety: They are the final defense of the team.

Cornerback: They are usually in a position opposite of the receivers of the offensive team.