Kobe Bryant valiantly carried the Lakers through regulation's final five minutes, using his head and his heart and the best Mother's Day passing that didn't involve a brunch plate. But once he pulled his team into the overtime, he seemingly abandoned them there. He insisted on shooting even as his wracked body was betraying those shots. He forgot about passing even though that is what the Lakers had done best. The Lakers survived regulation thanks to him, but lost in overtime seemingly because of him. Coach Phil Jackson blamed the overtime problems on Bryant's teammates for not working hard enough to get the ball. "I was angry at his teammates for dropping the ball in his lap," Jackson said. "I felt guys just bailed out on him." And most of Bryant's teammates received it with wonder. They took exactly three of the team's 10 shots in overtime, and it was their fault? Comment
Forget 500 home runs, Manny Ramirez has his eyes on another prize -- a Gold Glove. But, according to Ramirez, there's one problem. "How am I going to win a Gold Glove if they take me out in the eighth (inning)," said the Sox left fielder, repeating a line he has passed through the clubhouse since he was removed for defensive replacement Jacoby Ellsbury on Friday night against the Twins. That was a joke. This, however, wasn't: "I think I'm the best ever to play left field in Boston," the slugger said. Comment
When he was coaching the Jets a decade ago, Bill Parcells saw one of his players throwing up during a workout session and yelled, "Throw up on your own time." As the Patriots coach before that, Parcells spotted one of his players passed out from an energy-sapping training camp test. "he wakes up," Parcells yelled at trainers, "tell him I just cut him." As the Cowboys coach, Parcells put an offensive lineman on the physically-unable-to-perform list because he flunked the portion of the infamous Parcells conditioning test that required him to run three separate 300-yard shuttles inside a specified time. The player was Pro Bowl guard Larry Allen -- the Cowboys' highest-paid player at the time. Are you getting the idea that conditioning is important to Bill Parcells?" Comment
Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price, left, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf (21) during the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals in Salt Lake City. Turiaf was ejected for the flagrant foul. (AP Photo)
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