Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

More foolishness on this week’s edition of the TVFury podcast as the guys muddle their way through Kobe’s return, building furniture from IKEA and buying birthday gifts for babies.

We dare you to listen to the full 23 minutes.

Here’s the link.

Just so you know, when Tiger wins his 15th major this weekend — heh — I won’t be able to watch it because of the Time Warner-CBS fight. Anyway, on to the links.

* Famed script doctor Damon Lindelof explains the new rules in writing a blockbuster. 

* Brandon Sneed writes about a former baseball prospect who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. 

* The mysteriously long lives of male Holocaust survivors. 

* Kobe Bryant is shattering the timetable for recovery from Achilles’ surgery. It’s true — I saw him dunking at Dyckman last week. Before you know it he’ll be screaming at Wes Johnson.

* David Remnick on Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post.

* Fascinating New Yorker piece on the abuse of civil forfeiture.

* A piece of fat weighing 15 tons was found in London blocking the sewers. That’d do it. 

* Slate will no longer call the Washington Redskins the Washington Redskins.

* A dead shark ended up on the subway.

* Dave Zirin points out that MLB is partially to blame for the PED problem by allowing them to run rampant in Latin America.

* Euro powers Chelsea and Real Madrid faced off in an entertaining if meaningless soccer match Wednesday in Miami. Here’s a piece about how two of the principle participants – RM star Ronaldo and Chelsea boss Mourinho – fell out of a friendship.

* You guys like the rap music, right? Sioux Falls’ own Soulcrate Music has started self-leaking tracks from its forthcoming  album. Here’s the first one.

Welcome to spring upper Midwesterners. And welcome to this week’s links.

* Grantland’s Brian Phillips went to the Iditarod and the result is this epic piece that is well-written but also notable for the design.

* Don Van Natta Jr. takes a look at one of the most famous SI pieces ever, William Nack’s Pure Heart.

* Speaking of SI, Jack McCallum has a great story in the new issue on Gregg Popovich. It’s not online yet but McCallum wrote about just what it took to get an interview with the famously private coach.

* Charlie Pierce’s writings are always must-read but they were particularly so during the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s Pierce the day after the city was locked down.

* Deadspin wonders why the San Diego Chargers’ team doctor — a drunk quack in their words — is still allowed to work with the team.

* Here’s one of those dumb surveys that determines dumb things. This one looks at worst jobs in the country. The verdict? Reporter. Last year it was a lumberjack. Ok.

* Not safe for work but here’s Michael Shannon reading the insane sorority email from last week.

* Gwyneth Paltrow is the most beautiful woman in the world, and the most hated celebrity.

* Johnette Howard on what Kobe might have tweeted if he had been forced to watch Game 2.

* This week’s podcast of the week is pretty highbrow by comparison. On the Media, a production of New York Public Radio, tackles the subject of how the media handled the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt from several different angles.

* Bonus multimedia link: This week, an animated Web short called “Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse.” Apparently, it’s been in the works for a long time and may or may not have been held up by some legal issues. It’s … insane. And probably true. Probably.

It’s been two weeks since Kobe Bryant played a game and could be nine months before he plays another one. But on a weekend when the opening round of the playoffs featured dominant performances by the home teams and not much Game 1 drama — save for the Nuggets-Warriors — the injured 34-year-old still managed to be the most interesting story, or at least the most controversial.

Kobe, stuck at home with his Achilles injury, had promised to tweet during the opening game, an intriguing prospect because he’s proven to be an entertaining presence on social media, whether it’s his Facebook post after his devastating injury or his appearance on Twitter earlier this season.



Posted: April 15, 2013 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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Some random thoughts about Kobe Bryant going down with a ruptured Achilles.


The Lakers had no chance in the playoffs. Everyone, even the people in the league office who have been secretly rigging Lakers games for the past three weeks to ensure they get the eighth seed over those oh-so-boring Jazz — who are from Utah! Can you imagine the 8th seed coming from Utah when a team from exciting LA could make the playoffs (so the argument goes among people who see any free throw differential between two teams as proof of conspiracy, although they remain strangely silent games the Lakers don’t shoot more free throws than their opponents) — knows the Lakers have no chance in the postseason.



* There was a horrific moment on the New York subway this week when a man who had been shoved onto the tracks was struck and killed by a train. Controversy erupted when the New York Post put a picture on its cover of the man on the tracks, seconds before the train hit him. People also wondered why the photographer didn’t try to help the man but instead took pictures; he says he was hoping the flash would alert the train driver. Media writer Jack Shafer has an interesting take on just why the picture was so haunting.

* Minnesota Post’s Britt Robson did a two-part interview with Timberwolves broadcaster Jim Petersen that I thought was pretty interesting. He offers up some pretty honest takes on Love, Adelman and his broadcasting partners. Here’s the first piece, and the second.

* Kobe Bryant’s missed shots are actually assists. Sort of, according to this Grantland story.

* Also from Grantland, Chuck Klosterman examines the San Antonio Spurs controversy and the role of entertainment in sports.

* At TVFury headquarters, we’re hoping that in the next week or two we’ll have a Q&A Fury Files style with Andy Gray, the guy in charge of Sports Illustrated’s Vault who also handles the magazine’s photo blog archive. The site always has a lot of funny/cool/bizarre pics. But here’s a gallery of rare Kobe shots that is pretty cool.

* The always entertaining Pat Jordan writes for SBNation about why he’s no longer a Yankees fan.

*No shortage of Rick Majerus tributes this week in light of his recent passing. Here’s one by Andy Katz. It’s been … surprising, I guess. Always pegged him as being somewhat polarizing.

* No pod of the week this week. Instead, your multimedia fix will be visual. Here are The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2012, according to BuzzFeed. Some incredible stuff.

Welcome back to the Fury Files, which return after serving a six-month suspension for PEDs. Check out the previous editions with Tom Linnemann, John Millea, David Brauer, Joe Posnanski, Pat Coleman, Kevin Van Valkenburg, Michael Kruse, Chris Jones and Chris Ballard.

This week’s guest is Roland Lazenby, and this could be the timeliest Fury Files of them all. Lazenby is a veteran writer, the author of more than 60 books. Many of those focused on the Los Angeles Lakers, and he’s written some of the best books there are about the franchise and the superstars who have played for the purple and gold. He’s also written a biography about Phil Jackson, who has, as you might have heard or read recently, made his way into the news again. Lazenby’s Mindgames is a superb look at the Zen Master and if you still find yourself wondering what motivates the mysterious legend, Lazenby’s decade-old book is your best resource. (Hopefully in a future edition of the book, we’ll learn what really happened when Mike D’Antoni was hired over Phil, which broke as this was going to, er, press).

Roland Lazenby’s next book will be a biography of Michael Jordan.

But Lazenby does much more than write about the NBA’s longest-running soap opera. His newest project is a biography of Michael Jordan, which is scheduled to be published in 2013. Like the Lakers, the Bulls — and their superstar — have long been subjects for Lazenby, who started off as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and has also been a professor at Virginia Tech and now Radford University.

Lazenby’s Bulls books include Bull Run (focused on the team’s record-breaking 1996 seasons) and Blood on the Horns.

I can’t say I’ve read all of Lazenby’s dozens of books, but I think I’ve read all of his ones about the Lakers, including the incredible oral history The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It. His 2010 book Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon, is the best thing ever written about the tortured hoops genius, and that includes West’s own autobiography, which was released after Lazenby’s best-seller. Also, if you’re a hoops fan, follow Lazenby on Twitter, where he is one of the more entertaining scribes.

In 2007, in the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, Lazenby oversaw a book put together by his journalism students, called April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers.

Lazenby took time off from tweeting about Jackson and putting the finishing touches on his Jordan biography to talk about Kobe Bryant and Jordan, Phil and Tex Winter, the life of a biographer, Sid Hartman, the worst losses — and greatest victories — in Lakers history, and much more. Thanks a lot for your time, Roland.


The NBA season tips off today. Wait. What’s that? It’s already begun?

In that case, force your brain to go backward a week before listening to our latest podcast. We break down the new season, hitting on all the requisite material: The James Harden Trade, Nash and Howard to the Lakers, the relatively crummy Eastern Conference. It’s everything you could ask for in a 20-minute basketball podcast from guys in Inwood and Sioux Falls.

Here’s the link.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Tapes. There’s a chill in the air. Or it’s 75 degrees out where you are. Either way, it’s 12 days until Halloween. Be prepared. On to the links.

* Newsweek announced it will stop its print edition by the end of the year. It’s a shock in some ways but not surprising in many other ways. The magazine has been struggling for a long time. It will continue as a digital-only production. Here’s David Carr. Conversely, TVFury will become a print-only edition starting next month. Sign up for our newsletter or fax.

* TV geeks might enjoy this ongoing thread on The best single episode in TV history. One from The Sopranos? The Wire? Seinfeld? Mary Tyler Moore?

* I didn’t agree with parts of this Rafe Bartholomew Grantland story, but it was really interesting. Bartholomew was a childhood teammate of Smush Parker, who has been in the news recently because Kobe Bryant has taken lots of verbal shots at him, even though the two last played together six years ago.

* Dan Wetzel on John Calipari’s dream of having a 40-0 season.

* Wetzel again, this time on why it was wrong for Nike to ditch Lance Armstrong at this time.

* Grantland’s Zach Lowe looks at what Kevin Love’s injury will mean for the Timberwolves. Man, wish they hadn’t gotten rid of Darko now.

* Pretty informative (if not exactly literary) piece from Taxi breaking down Twitter stats. Among the findings: The average user is female, American, has an iPhone and boasts 208 followers. I feel like we should be able to use this information for good, but I’m not sure how.

* In other tech news, the BlackBerry is officially uncool. Frankly, I think we’ve known that for a couple years, but The New York Times makes it official. Still, I wish the iPhone handled email as well.

* And, finally, the prestigious podcast of the week award goes to … the College Basketball Podcast. I checked it out for the first time the other day and came away impressed on several fronts: There are multiple personalities and therefore multiple viewpoints; those viewpoints come from folks who are certified hoops junkies (the kind that watch practices and follow the summer circuit); and there’s a general easiness. The humor seems genuine yet present and I didn’t sense anybody trying to do anything flashy in an attempt to create buzz. Seems like it might be worth adding to the rotation now that the hoops season is upon us. Check it out here.

Glad to see you all survived 10/11/12. What’s that? Nothing bad was supposed to happen on that date? Guess we had that confused with the old 7-8-9 joke. No matter, let’s watch The Tapes:

* The Washington Post takes in interesting approach to a new and more modest financial era in America by chronicling a pool salesman. Selling physical goods in an out-of-office setting is pretty high on the list of jobs I feel incapable of completing. I think the same thing when watching the prohibition-agent-turned-iron salesman on “Boardwalk Empire.”

* Crazy story out of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead – the place where the TV-Fury bromance blossomed – about a rural high school student who attempted to commit suicide during class. Yes, attempted, as in did not succeed.

* This week’s podcast of the week comes from – what else – the Grantland Network. But, don’t worry, TV has reviewed almost all of them meaning he’ll have to move onto something else soon enough. The Hollywood Prospectus is, as you might have guessed, an entertainment-based pod. Generally, it’s a conversation between co-hosts Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, but they’ll occasionally bring in other gadflies, actors, producers or writers.
There are two things that make it enjoyable: The behind-the-scenes info about how TV shows and/or movies work and get made; and hearing Greenwald and Ryan talk hip-hop. Both are genuine fans and discuss the genre with an odd glee and in a weird mix of slang and proper verbiage. It’s far more entertaining than I’m portraying it. Trust. (See what I did there?)

* Kobe Bryant really didn’t enjoy playing with Smush Parker for two seasons. This week he again ripped on the former Lakers point guard, a moody figure who has taken his share of shots at Kobe over the years. Kobe doesn’t forget and this time called Smush a “walk on,” while also denigrating Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm.

* The Glenn Stout longform site on SB Nation has been really enjoyable so far. Here’s a piece on big NFL players and how that affects their health longterm. It’s not all about the head with football players, it’s also about the fat.

* The Onion’s AV Club has been counting down its top 50 movies of the 1990s. Here’s the final installment.