“Today was the start of a new week,” James said as the team trained at their practice facility in suburban El Segundo. “We got a great workout, great practice today.”We continue to focus on what needs to be done to continue to win ball games and get better and be as great as we can be. So it was a good day for us today.”But it hasn’t been easy, and James said the Lakers continue to lean on each other as they try to get to grips with Bryant’s death.”There is no way any individual can do it on their own,” he said.”The week that we had, the week that we’ve all had.”You have to lean on somebody in order to gain strength. That’s the only reason we’re all able to get through it together.”Topics : “It felt like these last three years were the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” James said.The numbers are among the planned All-Star weekend tributes to Bryant and Gianna, who were among nine people who died in helicopter crash on January 26.The team captained by Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will wear the No. 24 that Bryant wore in the later stages of his 20-year NBA career.Memories of Bryant are sure to be everywhere for the rest of the season, but James said the Lakers are finding their way forward. The NBA’s two All-Star teams will wear jersey numbers honoring the memory of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna in the mid-season showcase, and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James had a simple reason for going with Gianna Bryant’s No. 2.”Zhuri,” James said, referring to his own five-year-old daughter.James spoke movingly on Friday of the joy Bryant had found since his retirement in life as a family man and father of four daughters.
I am sure by now you have heard the comments put out by Ohio State President Gee. His remarks about the priests at Notre Dame being angels on weekends but devils during the week would have been bad enough, but then he made some remarks about certain southern schools going to do something but probably wouldn’t because they couldn’t read the instructions. I am paraphrasing his remarks to simplify them for this story or it would become several pages. One of these days, you would think people would learn that even if it was said in jest someone was going to record it and put it out there as gospel. All of us at one time or another has done the same thing. We open our mouth before we engage our brain. Every Purdue grad and every IU grad has done this so many times there could be a book written about the remarks. Notre Dame likes the role of being somewhat independent and it isn’t going to change soon. Every conference has made decisions on how they want to accept athletes; and as long as the NCAA feels they are not breaking the rules, it will not likely change. Every university hopes they can produce national champs and still maintain the highest academic standing there is, but we all know that Princeton will not win many national titles and certain other schools will continue to do so. When it is all said and done, money is what keeps a university open and some get the dollars in different ways than others do. Unfortunately, President Gee was forced to retire over his remarks.