In an interview with YES Network, Andrei Kirilenko lists off his top 5 NBA nicknames, first noting that he's not a big fan of Kobe Bryant's Black Mamba. He says he'd call him "Killer Instinct," which for some reason he likes better.

Kirilenko also lists two of his new teammates from the Boston Celtics, though he says he prefers "KG" to "The Big Ticket." When told that Dirk Nowitzki's nickname is "Big Mummy," Kirilenko smartly says "I have my own opinion on that," laughing.

 

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An example of Lopez's mistake. (AP)

In a game the Brooklyn Nets were favored to win, against a team four games below .500, a team missing Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, a team that lost Pau Gasol midway through the fourth quarter, the Nets could not find a way to close out, getting stymied & stuffed by some combination of their own ineffectiveness and Kobe Bryant's narrative.

Bryant, who shot a pedestrian 9-24 from the field, threw down an emphatic slam on Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries in the fourth quarter, and later scored on a twisting layup that helped catapult the Los Angeles Lakers to their 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn at Barclays Center AKA The Black House. After an and-one bucket by All-Star Center Brook Lopez gave him his second 30-point game of the season and the team a slim 83-82 margin with 2:33 left, the Nets did not score again as Los Angeles rattled off 10 points to seal the victory.

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Just when you thought Kobe Bryant did Gerald Wallace dirty enough with this crossover, he does it again: getting to the lane and throwing down one of the dunks of the year. Watch:

 

Watch the ageless Kobe Bryant shake Gerald Wallace out of his shoes and hit a suddenly-wide open jumper:

Hard not to appreciate what Gerald Wallace brings to the game every night, but Kobe just took him to school.

 

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Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant allegedly got into an altercation following the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on New Year's Day, a source told the New York Daily News. The altercation occurred after Bryant alleged that Howard was "soft," criticisms from former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal. Howard had to be restrained by a teammate. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball talk doubts the veracity of the report, as it came from a NY-based reporter about a franchise based in Los Angeles. Ramona Shelburne cites two sources that say the alleged altercation is "simply not true."

The issues between Howard and the 15-18 Lakers since his arrival have been documented; as the article notes, Howard has criticized the chemistry in Los Angeles, with words that seemingly apply to Bryant. Howard has not committed to the Lakers beyond this season, and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The article speculates that should chemistry not improve in Los Angeles, the Lakers may want to deal Howard, who has said publicly that Brooklyn was his preferred destination. If the Nets were to commit to such a deal, they'd likely have to part with center Brook Lopez, who signed a four-year deal worth $61.8 million this offseason. (Lopez, incidentally, cannot be traded until January 15th, per the rules of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement).

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The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, by an operative score of 95-90, but truly lost this game by only three points. With 4.8 seconds left, the Nets were down 93-90 with the ball and one final shot to tie the game and send it to overtime. They didn't. Here's what happened... MORE →