By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation
Welcome to Monday, everyone – hope you had a great weekend!
This past weekend ended with a disappointing note with the news of Kobe Bryant‘s passing. We have some links (below) on Kobe, who was a five-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA team, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player.
Additionally, Bryant was tabbed the NBA Finals MVP in 2009 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic and in 2010 when the Purple and Gold outlasted our beloved Boston Celtics.
Switching gears – just for a quick second! – it will be somewhat mild today in Boston, both in and outside the city with temperatures in the high 40s. However, it will be mostly cloudy today, but the warmer weather makes up for it, though!
Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile and laugh!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
- The Boston Celtics saw their three-game winning streak snapped last night as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Green and White by a score of 123-108. Kemba Walker led the way with a game-high 35 points, Gordon Hayward netted 23 points and Jaylen Brown chipped in 20 points.
- Boston is off this evening but will cap their three-game road trip tomorrow with a visit to the Miami Heat, who currently resides in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-14 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- The Boston Bruins will begin the second half of their season on Friday, January 31st when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at 8 p.m.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
- Rob Mahoney of The Ringer wrote a piece about Kobe Bryant titled ‘The Loss of a Myth and a Man.’
- Derek Jeter, the founder of The Players’ Tribune, penned a piece for his website on Kobe.
- ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan produced a must-read piece about Bryant – ‘Relentless, curious, and infinitely complicated.’
- The New York Times’ Marc Stein penned a piece about Kobe, who he believed was one of the great basketball players but was also not ‘so straightforward.’
- From today’s Boston Globe, Christopher Price remembers some memories of Kobe compete against the Celtics.
- Per the LA Times, Bryant’s helicopter crash yesterday will most likely center around the weather and perhaps a mechanical issue.
Video of the Day: On January 22nd, 2006, Kobe Bryant made headlines by netting 81 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 122-104.