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Studs and Duds: Kobe Bryant delivers one last dagger to sink Celtics 12.30.15 at 10:26 pm ET
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After exacting NBA Finals revenge against the Celtics in 2010, Kobe Bryant has softened on Boston, and for the first time since the infamous 2007 “MVP” chants, the city returned the sentiment, offering a standing ovation during the starting lineup role call before playfully booing him on his first few possessions.

It was exactly the sort of reaction Boston reserves for its most worthy adversaries –€” Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and, yes, Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players ever to play the game of basketball.

The Boston brass presented Bryant with a piece of the parquet before his final game in the Garden, and then the Celtics gave him more ground on the floor, as the 17-time All-Star sunk a 28-foot dagger of a 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining in a 112-104 victory.

Bryant finished with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in 33 minutes, as the Lakers won for just the sixth time all season. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points and seven assists. Evan Turner (20 points, 8 assists), Jae Crowder (17 points) and Avery Bradley (13 points) also reached double figures for the Celtics, who fell to 18-14 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Marcus Smart was benched for the first quarter after missing the team’s walk-through due to a flat tire, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. Smart scored four points in 11 minutes.

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Former Celtics PF Brandon Bass to sign with Lakers 07.06.15 at 8:53 am ET
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Former Celtic Brandon Bass will sign with the Lakers, the team announced Sunday.

The terms of the contract have not been revealed because they are dependent on other Lakers moves in free agency, specifically their reported trade with the Pacers for Roy Hibbert‘s $15.5 million expiring contract.

A 10-year NBA veteran, Brandon Bass posted 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds after playing all 82 games of the 2014-15 season. Bass also started all four Celtics playoff games.

He became expendable when the C’s agreed to a deal with free agent forward Amir Johnson. The Celtics also selected LSU forward Jordan Mickey in the second round of the draft.

Bass began his career with the Hornets before moving to the Mavericks and the Magic, and then most recently the Celtics. Over four years in Boston, the 6-foot-8 power forward averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per 36 minutes. During the Celtics 2011-12 playoff run, Bass averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 92 percent from the charity stripe.

In 2013-14, Bass earned the Red Auerbach Award, which celebrates the player who best exemplifies what it means to be a Celtic through performance on and off the court.

The Lakers also said they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, who was last season’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Hawks.

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Lakers coach Byron Scott ‘disappointed’ with players’ behavior after win over Celtics 02.25.15 at 9:46 am ET
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On Sunday the Lakers were able to edge the Celtics in overtime, earning just their 14th win of the season. After scoring 25 points in the victory, Jeremy Lin was being interviewed before teammates Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer€”€” crashed in and began celebrating excitedly.

Kobe Bryant, who has been out with injury, didn’t see the footage until Jimmy Kimmel showed it to him on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (skip to 1:30 mark in video above). When he saw it, Bryant sat in his chair glaring, but without saying a word.

And Bryant wasn’t the only one to react this way. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he was “angry” and “very disappointed” in his players’ behavior.

“Kobe’s reaction was pretty much my reaction when I was watching it,” Scott said to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes after Tuesday’s practice. “I was just shaking my head like, ‘I can’t believe this.’ ”

He also addressed the incident with his players and told them he was disappointed, but he didn’t discipline any of them as he believes “the matter is resolved” after just talking to them.

“That’s not us as Lakers,” Scott said. “That’s not how we act. It showed a lack of professionalism.”

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Report: Julius Randle’s exclusion stalled Rondo-to-Lakers talks 12.23.14 at 3:46 pm ET
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In his weekly power rankings, Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc Spears dropped an interesting nugget.

The Lakers and Celtics had mutual interest for a Rajon Rondo deal, but the Lakers weren’€™t willing to give up injured rookie Julius Randle, a source said.

A previous report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the Lakers offered Steve Nash‘s expiring $9.7 million expiring contract and Houston’s 2015 first-round pick in exchange for Rondo.

Likewise, USA Today’s Sam Amick reported an offer that would have sent Jordan Hill, a first-rounder and presumably Nash to Boston in exchange for Rondo and Jeff Green going back to L.A. (although Hill owns Bird rights approval of a trade and can’t be dealt until Jan. 15).

Either way, it’s noteworthy that the Celtics discussed trading their captain to the rival Lakers before ultimately sending him to Dallas. The trade talks also suggest Rondo’s breakfast with Kobe Bryant during the Lakers’ most recent visit to Boston was more than “just two [expletives] having breakfast.” It would’ve been fascinating had the Lakers been willing to include Randle in a potential deal.

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Paul Pierce says foul on Kobe Bryant ‘blown out of proportion’ 03.15.13 at 4:29 pm ET
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WALTHAM — From the moment Dahntay Jones fouled Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night, causing Bryant to badly roll his right ankle, it seemed everyone had an opinion, including Kobe himself.

No foul was called but the NBA admitted Friday that one should’ve been called in the game won by the Hawks over Bryant’s Lakers. It was classified as a high ankle sprain and Bryant was questionable for Friday’s game in Indiana.

Celtics captain Paul Pierce saw the same highlight and this was his take:

“I had a chance to kind of see it,” Pierce said. “I think it got kind blown out of proportion. He put his hands up, got into his defender. The fact it was Kobe Bryant, it’s an issue. If it was anybody else (injured), we wouldn’t probably even be talking about this.”

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Trade rumor: Celtics, Lakers discuss Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard 02.15.13 at 10:04 pm ET
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The Celtics and Lakers “have engaged in preliminary trade discussions” about a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Los Angeles and bring Dwight Howard to Boston, according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger.

Since Rondo makes $11 million in salary and Howard makes $19.5 million, the Celtics would have to include more pieces to make such a blockbuster deal work. Still, the Lakers are hesitant to deal the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and the Celtics would need assurance that Howard would re-sign in Boston this summer, according to the report. Those obstacles — and so many more — make the trade a long shot.

Still, the C’s and Lakers could table what little discussion has actually taken place until the offseason, when Rondo’s recovery from ACL surgery has progressed and Howard becomes a sign-and-trade possibility, Berger said.

Just imagine how Rondo would perform on national TV against the Celtics.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy confirmed Berger’s report, citing that the “unlikely” trade talks occurred prior to Rondo’s injury. That piece of information seems fairly significant. And then there’s this.

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Kobe Bryant, the Celtics and the fountain of youth 02.08.13 at 1:54 am ET
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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the Garden parquet, laughing side-by-side as Gino danced his ridiculous dance on the Jumbotron. The former had submitted his finest performance against the Lakers since walking off the same floor with an NBA Finals MVP trophy. The latter had scored his 25,000th point in owning the league’s most dominant big. Together, they delivered a sixth straight Celtics win sans Rajon Rondo.

They are 35 and 36 years old, respectively. Combined, they’ve played nearly 90,000 minutes, which translates into more than a year of playing time on NBA basketball courts across the country. And they’re not done yet.

“It’s a generational thing,” said 34-year-old Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant after an embarrassing 106-95 loss to the Celtics. “In that generation, we all seem to hold on or have found the same fountain of youth somewhere.”

And not the kind of fountain of youth Alex Rodriquez reportedly found in Miami. “Not that one,” laughed Bryant. “Not that one.” More like a pacemaker that keeps a championship heart beating year after year. Like a 32-year-old Muhammad Ali biding his time against a 25-year-old George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle.

“It’€™s typical Celtics basketball,” said Bryant. “They all just put their hard hats on, and they go out, play hard and figure things out. Whenever their backs against the wall, that’s when you really see the best from them. … It’s just like last year, when they made their playoff run. That’s just what this team does. They kind of rope-a-dope you.”

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