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RJ Payne – “The Autobiography Of Kobe Bryant” (R.I.P. Kobe And Gigi Bryant)

Even if you was a hater, you gotta give him respect…

Yeah. RJ Payne did that. Fresh off the news when this “The Autobiography Of Kobe Bryant.” dropped on PaperChaserDotCom. Dope tribute. Seems prophetic, too. Payne felt the Payne pain and shared it here. For the late great Hall Of Famer. Payne tried to to give Kobe his flowers when he was here to smell them. Regardless, RIP Kobe and Gigi Bryant.

RJ Payne recorded this tribute to Kobe Bryant several years ago, but it wasn’t widely released. “It’s new to the world,” Payne told me.

With today’s tragic news of the basketball legend and his 13-year old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, dying in a helicopter crash it feels right to give it some light.

Major props to RJ Payne!

– PaperChaserDotCom


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Watch Dr. Dre’s All-Star Tribute To Late NBA Legend Kobe Bryant (Video)


It can’t get much more West Side than this; than one of the greatest producers paying homage to one of the greatest ballers… EVER! The greatest LA beatmaker doing the damn thing for the greatest LA Laker (that’s coming from other Laker greats like Magic Johnson)

Dr. Dre delivers an epic tribute to Kobe Bryant with the help of Gibson Hazard and Jack Bannon.
– NBA on TNT

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RIP Kobe Bryant (Video)

I found out at work, working overtime, when my boss announced to the room: “This is going to be sad news for basketball fans. Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash just a few hours ago…”

She said some other stuff after that. I wasn’t really pay attention. I really wasn’t even trying to ‘confirm’ the story (my brother BoneBreaker Jones did moments later, with a “No-noooo-nooooo, man! RIP Kobe“). I was just numb for a bit, and I was not going to try to ‘snap out of it.’ This loss is WAY more than a ‘hit to the basketball world’…

Think about a multi-lingual Black kid that goes to prom with Brandy, a teen R&B idol of his and millions of fans…who goes to the NBA as a teen and becomes a multi-million dollar superstar, all-star, champion, Olympic gold medal winner…embroiled in extra-marital scandal, beefing with one of the greatest impact players in NBA history (Shaq)…who knuckled down and got back to winning on- and off-court, saving a marriage and staying with his wife, having four daughters, finding ‘new careers’ after NBA retirement – coaching his girl’s ball team and giving motivational speeches (to Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide among others, because champions NEED to FEED on the energy of champions) AND winning an Academy Award (yeah, an Oscar!)…

Look. Kobe Bryant was just 41, and he managed to squeeze in more life in half a lifetime than many of us will if we get to live twice as long. And I could go on, but nah. I’m done. I’m not even a basketball fan like that, but I am done AND undone at the same DAMN time. Give me a long minute. Past a moment of silence. Because, among other reasons, his daughter Gigi was on that helicopter.


May Kobe, his baby Gigi, and the other three passengers on that fateful flight, Rest In Peace.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were among five people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bryant was 41.



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Kobe Bryant Speaks On Character And How Black Athletes Should Use Their Vehicles To Move Us Forward (Video)

Jemele Hill (looking cute, let’s get that out there) gets Kobe Bryant to open up about the importance of his relationship with mentor & Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell and the importance of doing what is right – with a respect shout to Colin Kaepernick doing what is right in his way. Intriguing prediction he makes in here on Kaep’s future, too. Good watch.

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Do You Know Mindfulness Coach George Mumford? Michael Jordan And Kobe Bryant Do (Video)

The best way to score is not to try to score… You form an intention and then you have to allow it to happen.
George Mumford

Not too far a stretch for two players coached by Phil Jackson to be into meditation. Jackson was known as ‘The Zen Master’ of course. However, this Daily VICE video is going to adjust the spotlight so it shines on the guy that really helped Air and The Heir Apparent to get their minds right, meditation guru George Mumford.

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Kobe Bryant Explains How The Warriors Work To Weaken Opponents’ Defenses (Video)

Communication is key. The confusion the Warriors create by their play confounds opponents attempts to communicate with each other as they attempt to keep up. Out of touch, out of step, opponents end up out of the playoffs. Ask San Antonio.

And there it is. A lot to take in, right? Well, the Mamba might be able to break it down. He’s pretty good at breaking things down (like defenses). Watch above.

In the next episode of Canvas, Kobe Bryant looks at the Warriors’ rare style and how it breaks down their opponents.

Liking ESPN’s ’70s stylized documentary presentation for this episode. The Golden Democracy. Cool.

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Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons Speaks On Facing Kobe Bryant One More Time, The ‘Deandre Jordan Situation’ And More (Video)

After signing a contract with Mark Cuban at a Dallas night club, Chandler Parsons became the Mavericks’ chief recruiter for Deandre Jordan. That… didn’t quite work out. In this Ride Along, Chandler recounts the tug-of-war over his longtime friend, his growth from a petulant and overlooked kid at the University of Florida to a respected NBA veteran, and his thoughts on facing Kobe one last time at the Staples Center.

(VICE Sports with another good clip. Parsons’ pre-game prep music selection though… Kobe’s in trouble after that sh!t. Hahaaaaa!)

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Kobe Bryant And Michael Jordan: Basketball Competitors And Compatriots (Video)

Don’t be in a rush to find the next Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

But c’mon Mike. If folks were to name someone close, it’d be Kobe Bryant. Great clip. Once combatants; now steadfast friends. Looks like Mike is ‘b-ball big bro’ to Kobe. Hear what the two have to say about one another above.

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Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: Move For Move (Video)

Okay, direct comparisons aside, have you ever directly compared Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan… move for move?

“Can’t we just agree that these guys are like phenomenal players and just move on?”

Nope! We gotta watch this cool montage of videos showing each mega-baller doing the same moves the same way; and appreciate NBA greatness mirroring NBA greatness!

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Jim Brown Calls Out Kobe Bryant On ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ (Video)

I’ve often said I respect Kobe Bryant as a great athlete, but I’m not a “fan” of Kobe Bryant. One of my lifelong heroes in life, Jim Brown appeared on the Arsenio Hall show & when asked about his opinions on Kobe Bryant he pulled no punches. What Jim Brown says are a few of the reasons I’m not much of a Kobe Bryant fan. I’ve said the same things to friends of mine & via my own twitter page. Jim is not tearing down Kobe Bryant, but it is what it is.

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Phil Jackson Makes Controversial Comparisons On The Skills Of Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant (Video)

Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson has coached 2 of the greatest NBA players to have ever played the game. For years he’s dodged the primary question most sports fans & reporters have desperately wanted him to answer. Now that he’s making the media rounds promoting his new book, Phil Jackson is finally speaking out. Phil Jackson compares Air Jordan to the Black Mamba in the above video of his interview with Jay Leno. Jay referenced Jackson’s book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success (due out May 21, 2013; available for pre-order at Amazon) in guiding their talk in this direction. In it, and in the above clip, Coach Jackson declares that both Jordan and Bryant are world class competitors; matched up in several aspects, but there are key differences, according to one of the few men in the world who can really say so. Coach ‘Zen Master’ also talks about how he set up a meeting between the two and his near-return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench. Kobe recently took to twitter & didn’t exactly seem too pleased with his former coach’s comparisons.  I’d have to agree with Phil though….

More video after the jump below…..

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Kobe Talks With Nike Shoe Designer Eric Avar (Video)

Kobe talks with Eric Avar, shoe designer with Nike about his new shoe. A lot of design goes into these shoes and it seems like Kobe is really engaged in the mechanics of what make a good basketball shoe.

Kobe Bryant Allegedly Served With Paternity Papers After Orlando Magic Game (Video)

“A girl Kobe was mixed up with earlier in the year gave birth to his ‘alleged’ child,” an insider is saying. “Kobe paid for her to live in Italy for the last year. She’s returned to the states and is now seeking legal rights.” – Source