It took longer than Kobe Bryant expected, but he has stepped out of former teammate Shaquille O'Neal's enormous shadow -- at last. His fourth championship secured a strong case can be made for Bryant being the league's best player since Michael Jordan hung up his sneakers. O'Neal, now with the Phoenix Suns, was glad to see the Bryant win another title. "Congratulations kobe, u deserve it," O'Neal said on Twitter page. "You played great. Enjoy it my man enjoy it." As teammates, Bryant and O'Neal were nearly unbeatable on the court. Off it, there were problems. (Associated Press) Comment
Two NBA general managers said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been on a rampage since his team was eliminated by the Magic, pointing fingers all over the organization for not making it to the Finals, including questioning the front office about trades not made.
There is a steep price confronting Brandon Marshall for protesting his contract by not attending the Broncos' mandatory minicamp over the weekend. The cost: $35,329 in fines and a signing bonus deduction. For now, the team is not considering the possibility of placing Marshall on the trading block. And getting equal value for a 100-catch receiver may be difficult given the uncertainty of Marshall's health and off-field issues. Marshall is rehabbing from the hip procedure he had April 1, and his case on misdemeanor battery charges in Atlanta has been continued until August. (Denver Post) Comment
Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammates celebrate the franchise's 15th title at Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant claims his fourth NBA title with yet another brilliant performance.