Kobe has minor knee surgery, will miss world’s, but will be ready for NBA season.

Go to baseball game, catch ball, sell ball, and buy home. So simple.

Michelle Wie won a local qualifier as the first step to qualifying for the men’s U.S. Open Championship event. The 16-year-old golf star will have to place high in the standings at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier next month to qualify. Stay tuned.

The Lakers blew it. They had a 3-1 game lead in the Series against the Phoenix Suns and managed to lose three in a row and get eliminated. Yesterday the Lakers got trampled by Phoenix, allowing the Suns to advance to the next round against the Clippers. That’s right, the Clippers have forged past the Lakers in the NBA post season. It’s really sad.

The Lakers couldn’t eliminate the Phoenix Suns tonight forcing a a decisive game six in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Only seven teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series and I don’t think the Phoenix Suns can pull that off. I predict a Lakers win on Thursday at the Staples Center.

The L.A. Clippers advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in 30 years with their win against the Nuggets tonight. Also, the L.A. Lakers are leading their first round series against Phoenix 3-1 with their dramatic win yesterday. Should the Lakers win one more it will be an all L.A. secound round, with Clippers vs. Lakers.

The Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns last night in game two.

I didn’t think it would happen, but the Lakers clinched a playoff spot earlier today with their win over the Phoenix Suns. They are currently 1 1/2 games ahead of the eighth place Sacramento Kings. If they finish the season in seventh place they will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round. Big ups.

The Lakers beat the Spurs on the road and may actually make the playoffs.

Beijing is not known for its manners. People there hold one nostril down with their finger and exhale violently in order to clear their other nostril of snot. Other people will hock a loogie on the sidewalk as they walk without missing a beat. This happens all the time and is acceptable in their culture. The Chinese government wants to change that. Since the Olympics are coming to Beijing in 2008, the government is teaching its citizens manners, such as “the right way to spit” and “the right way to sit.”

I am not sure why the government is teaching people to sit. Perhaps the men flash people when they are wearing shorts, I really don’t know. Anyway, spitting and sitting is the tip of the iceberg. Most of my Chinese friends tell me that people will light up cigarettes in elevators, waiters will have cigarettes in their mouths as they bring you food, and even the people cooking the food don’t stop for smoke breaks! Needless to say, teaching manners in Beijing will be tough.

Many women skiers really honored the games, unlike Bode Miller, the biggest Olympic loser on Earth. The official breakdown of his performance: Downhill: 5th, Combined: DQ, Super-G: Did Not Finish, G. Slalom: 6th, Slalom: Did Not Finish. Well, at least the U.S. Men’s Curling Team won a bronze medal.

The opening ceremony festivities were held today held in Turin, Italy. The world now anxiously awaits tomorrow’s exciting curling competition.

The Maverick’s surf competition at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay kicked off this morning with the biggest waves being as high as 40 feet a half mile off-shore. Tens of thousands of spectators, inherent danger, and $30,000 in first place prize money is what this competition is all about. Also, there’s great coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle this year. I wish I had the time to go out there and see the competition in person.

Kobe almost literally burst into flames today, scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in a 122-104 Lakers win. Bested only by Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962, it was the second highest individual scoring performance in NBA history. Here is the new individual scoring top ten list:

1. Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. March 2, 1962 vs. N.Y. 100
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A.L. Jan. 22, 2006 vs. TOR 81
3. Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 8, 1961 (3OT) vs. L.A.L. 78
4. Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Jan. 13, 1962 vs. Chi. 73
5. Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 16, 1962 vs. N.Y. 73
6. David Thompson, Den. April 9, 1978 vs. Det. 73
7. Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 3, 1962 vs. L.A.L. 72
8. Elgin Baylor, L.A.L. Nov. 15, 1960 vs. N.Y. 71
9. David Robinson, S.A. April 24, 1994 vs. L.A.C. 71
10. Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. March 10, 1963 vs. Syr. 70

Big ups to Kobe for a truly remarkable perforance. Since the 100-point record will never be broken, he’s now the one to beat.

A 69-year-old bowler in Michigan dropped dead immediately after bowling 300 for the third time in his life. I guess his heart just couldn’t take the excitement. His friends said that, “If he could have written a way to go out, this would be it.” That’s definitely a dramatic way to go! Rest in peace, Ed.

Icer Air Ski Jump

Well, the snow fell out of trucks–200 tons worth–and onto the streets of Pacific Heights. The hotly debated and twice cancelled Icer Air 2005 event is happening today. The event is a promotional ski-jump competition happening on a two-block man-made run of snow down the hill on Fillmore street between Broadway and Green streets. Ten top snowboarders and ten top skiers will compete in the event for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Marin County native and Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley will be the host of the event. I wish I were in The City today to check out the event for myself, but I’ll have to settle for some video on the evening news. Be sure to check out the rest of the pictures from the story.

Jerry Rice announced his retirement from the NFL after 20 amazing seasons. He will be leaving the field with 38 NFL records, including the most career receptions (1,549), yards receiving (22,895) and touchdowns receiving (197). Rice says the he looks forward to the next phase of his life, which will surely include many rounds of golf. He also said, “There are opportunities out there. I’ll approach them like I did football, with determination and pride.”

Unless you live in a state where it’s too damn cold to even go outside in the winter do you care that if the NHL season is cancelled? Seriously, the entire labor dispute leading into this has centered on the fact that the teams lose money and the players get paid too much. Apparently, not enough people are watching the games. It’s not baseball, basketball, or football. It’s that forgotten fourth sport that hardly anyone in America cares about. Perhaps this is just the publicity hockey needs. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Okay I lied.

Ron Artest, About to Fuck Some Fans Up

Unless you’ve been under a rock by now you’ve heard about the melee that erupted at the end of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons basketball game on Friday night. Spectators began hurling chairs, drinks, and ice at the Pacers in one of the most violent exchanges between players and fans in U.S. sports history.

Ron Artest (pictured here) was suspended for the season for going into the stands and fighting with fans after being shoved by Ben Wallace in the final seconds of the game. Other suspensions include Stephen Jackson, 30 games, Jemaine O’Neal, 25 games, and Ben Wallace, who started this whole thing, with 6 games. Overall, the NBA issued some of the harshest penalties in its history by banning 9 players for more than 140 games.

What the hell is the world coming to!? Damn, you can’t even go to a basketball game anymore without fear of getting hit by someone and it may even be one of the players. Stern came down on these guys hard for a reason, the sacred line between the players and the fans should not be crossed. If the fans do it, shame on them, let’s arrest them and kick them out of the game. If the players do it, fuck ’em they’re done for the season. Maybe this will stop the insanity.

The De La Salle High School football team of Concord, California lost its first game in 12 years this Saturday. It’s streak of 151 consecutive wins ended against Bellvue High School of Bellvue, Washington, and was the longest in American football sports history. De La Salle beat opponents by an average margin of 38.2 points during the streak. The amazing streak created cult following for Bob Ladouceur, the team’s coach, who now has a 287-15-2 record at the school in the last 26 years. The program at De La Salle, a private all-boys school located in the San Francisco suburb of Concord, has inspired a Wheaties box, two books, a documentary, and national telecasts of their games. Last month, the streak also earned the Spartans a seven-page feature article in Sports Illustrated.

The criminal case against Kobe Bryant was dropped today after the accuser refused to testify in the criminal proceedings. This of course does not mean that Kobe is done, there’s still a big dollar civil lawsuit that the victim has filed against Bryant. Ultimately, the civil case is what this whole thing was about it seems.

Iverson About to Cry

Why does AI look like he’s going to cry in this picture? Well, I’ll tell you why. Led by Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rico beat the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in a decisive 92-73 victory earlier today. It was the U.S. men’s basketball team’s first Olympic loss since losing in Seoul in 1988. Puerto Rico outscored the U.S. 28-7 in the second quarter of the game while shooting a scorching 55 percent from the field. I can’t believe that the U.S. team, led by Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan, suffered a humiliating Internationally-broadcast beatdown at the hands of my peeps. It’s proof positive that basketball is a game won by those with the most heart! Big ups to the Puerto Rican team!

Lance won his 6th straight TdF. That is not a surprise.

Ricky Williams retired from the NFL and totally screwed the Miami Dolphins. Says he wants to travel and explore. Whatever. Once he runs out of cash for weed, he’ll throw those spikes back on. All I can really say is, “HA HA HA!!!” I hate the Dolphins.

The Cardinals beat the Giants adding another win to a magnificent season. If the Cards win the World Series, I’m going to cry tears of happiness.

Argentina choked and handed the Copa America championship to Brazil. Albeit, Brazil is the best soccer team on the planet, but letting them draw even in injury time then frittering away penalty kicks is a sure sign of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Shaquille O’Neal took out an ad in the LA Times giving props to all his fans on the West Side. Once again Shaq’s overwhelming charisma inundates innocent people. I still believe trading him was a mistake. Vlade != Shaq. Sorry, Fabe.

Lance Armstrong

Remember when this guy was nearly 10 minutes back after Stage 9 of the Tour de France. Well, Lance Armstrong won Stage 17 of the TdF, his third straight stage victory and fourth of the Tour. He is now over 4 minutes clear of his closest competitor. Needless to say, he will win his 6th straight Tour de France barring catastrophe or divine intervention. What does it say about your athletic prowess when God has to step in to give other competitors a chance?

Shaquille O’Neal took out a full page ad in Tuesday’s Miami Herald. The text:

“When I talk about my ‘new team’ in Miami I am including you, the fans. The love you have shown since it was announced that I was coming to Miami has been amazing, and it will not go unrewarded. Keep up that kind of support, and we might be printing invitations to a parade in June. D. Wade, Eddie, Dolie, Malik, Jerome, Udonis, Wang and Dorrell: The business begins. Together, we can bring the trophy to South Beach. Meet me at the gym … “

— Shaquille O’Neal

I haven’t seen this type of fan support for the Heat ever! Now Diesel is spreading some love. Needless to say, I will be purchasing a new Shaq jersey this weekend. I always looked good in black.

Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for guard Caron Butler, forwards Lamar Odom and Brian Grant and a future draft pick. Shaq was more than a dominating force on the court, he was the Lakers’ best entertainer and biggest ambassador (pun intended). He will be missed by all Laker fans.

Luckily, Kobe Bryant announced that he intends to resign with the Lakers for a seven-year, $136.4 million contract. This is all well and good, but the possible starting lineup for next year is Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Caron Butler, Lamar Odom and Brian Grant. This is not dynasty material. The most consistent player other than Kobe is Karl Malone, who will most likely come off the bench. Adding insult to injury, the only Laker over 6’10” will be rookie Marcus Douthit. All Laker fans need to get ready to feel some pain, the beatdown is coming.

A South African centenarian, Philip Rabinowitz, broke the 100m record for centenarians with a time of 30.86 seconds. The previous record of 36.19 seconds was previously held by Austrian Erwin Jaskulski. After watching Maurice Greene qualify in the 100m with a time of 10.06 seconds earlier today at the Olympic trials, it’s crazy to think that a 100-year-old can run a third as fast! Amazing!

This will get me kicked off this blog, but the Lakers are sucking the big one. Note well, I have been a Lakers fan all my life, but the quickness with which this once mighty team has fallen from grace is astonishing. I blame it on Shaq’s greed, Kobe’s arrogance, and Buss’s denial. With no true leader and the possibility of seeing Kobe in a Clipper’s uniform and Shaq in Miami, it doesn’t leave Nugget and me with much to watch this winter. Is it too late to be a Timberwolves fan? I’d love to see KG win a ring and I’ve always fancied myself in blue…

A 17-year-old girl named Maria Sharapova beat Serena Williams to win the Wimbledon title in straight sets earlier today. Ranked at almost 300th last year, Maria was ranked 15th this year and came out of virtually nowhere to win the championship and capture the hearts of tennis enthusiasts around the world.

Ben Affleck beat out a field of 90 poker players to capture the Commerce Casino’s California State Poker Championship, a World Poker Tour event which finished this Sunday. At the final table, Affleck beat professional Stan Goldstein to win the event and a seat at the WPT Championship event at the Bellagio. I really don’t like Ben–since I still think he’s Matt Damon’s bitch–but you gotta give him props for this one. Big ups.

Nine-time champ Martina Navratilova returned to Wimbledon for her first singles match in 10 years earlier today, and proceeded to beat the crap out of 24-year-old Catalina Castano. Adding insult to injury, Navratilova had beat Catalina’s mother in her 1973 Wimbledon debut. Damn. At 47, Navratilova became the oldest woman to win a singles match at Wimbledon in 82 years. Big ups.

The Lakers played an emotionless game and at one point trailed by over 20 points in their loss to the Pistons. It seemed almost inevitable after the Pistons took a 3-1 lead in the series. Sadly, no rings for Karl Malone and Gary Payton. However, on an upbeat note, Larry Brown became the first NBA coach to win an NBA title after winning an NCAA championship. A great achievement in an already notable Hall of Fame career. Big ups to Larry Brown and the Pistons and see y’all next year. We’ll see what happens to the Lakers during the off-season.

Last night’s loss to the Pistons was a huge disappointment to all Laker fans. A lot of people would like Payton and Malone to finally win a championship. However, unless the boys pull out a miracle it will be over soon. Nobody has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship. Here’s hoping for a miracle. Stay Tuned.

The Detroit Pistons used their stifling defense to hold the Lakers to only 75 points and win the first game of the NBA Finals. The Pistons proved that this is going to be a series and they are not just going to lay down to the Lakers. This game was reminiscent of the last time the Lakers lost game 1 of the finals to the Sixers and Larry Brown. But, as we all know, the Lakers won that series. Stay tuned.

Darrick Martin and Kobe Bryant

The biggest story of the Lakers series with the Timberwolves, except for the Derek Fisher buzzer-beater of course, was that Darrick Martin stepped up in Sam Cassell’s absence to run the floor at the point for the Twolves. Why!?

I went to St. Anthony High School in Long Beach at the same time that Darrick Martin was becoming a star basketball player, he was a year ahead of me. He even went on to get a full ride at UCLA for his basketball skills. What’s amazing to me is that Martin, who was a dominating force in high school, was only an average player in the NBA.

In fact, it’s amazing that he got to the NBA at all since he wasn’t even drafted. His hustle allowed him to get into the league by signing a couple of 10-day contracts in 1995, after three years in the CBA. He continued on to play for four NBA teams in eight years. Then, a couple of years ago, he left the league again, played a year in the CBA, played for the Harlem Globetrotters for a while, and then came back to the league again with another set of 10-day contracts thanks to Flip Saunders. An on-again off-again nine-year NBA career–all hustle.

Darrick Martin did an amazing job with the Timberwolves and came very close to getting to the NBA finals. During game 5, it was awesome to hear Marv Albert and Doug Collins reading his bio on the air–that’s huge. Big ups to Darrick!

Oh, I’m afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive.”
–Emperor Palpatine, Return of the Jedi, 1983

The Twolves just couldn’t stop the bumrush that Kareem Rush and the Lakers unleashed earlier tonight. It seemed like everybody was in early foul trouble, Shaq, Malone, even Kobe. But Kareem Rush rallied to give the Lakers the win, shooting 6-of-7 from the field, all from beyond the arc.

The Lakers are once again the Western Conference Champions, and this Dynasty, or Empire, or whatever you want to call it, is far from over. They now await the winner of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons series. I am rooting for the Pistons, just because I like Ben Wallace as a player. However, no matter who wins, it looks like the Lakers will be bringing home the title this year. Stay Tuned.

Bryant Monster Dunks Over Duncan

Revenge is truly a dish best served cold. The Los Angeles Lakers, exactly one year after being eliminated from the postseason by the Spurs, returned the favor in a decisive victory. Not even the Spurs’ Hack-a-Shaq tactics worked down the stretch. Shaqfu had 17 points, 19 rebounds, and five blocks, dominating the paint for the duration of the game. Kobe was on fire in the fourth quarter, even providing an “exclamation point” dunk over Tim Duncan (pictured here) in the last two minutes of play. The Lakers await the winner of the series between Minnesota and Sacramento, which Minnesota is leading 3-2.

Here’s a little perspective on the competition, the Kings have only made it to the finals once (1950-51), they were known as the Rochester Royals then, and won the NBA Championship. The Timberwolves have never even made it past the first round in the playoffs. In contrast, the Lakers have won the NBA Championship 14 times in their 27 finals appearances. If history proves correct, the Lakers will advance to the finals.

Derek Fisher's Miracle Shot

The last minute of last night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs was one for the ages. The Lakers were leading by one in the final seconds when Tim Duncan made an impossible shot, possibly the best of his career, over Shaq from the top of the key giving the Spurs a one point lead with 0.4 seconds left.

But on the last play of the game, 0.4 seconds left, Gary Payton gave Derek Fisher a perfect inbound pass. D-Fish was already turning for the fadeaway jumper over Manu Ginobili, shoots at the buzzer, nothing but net. The replay showed that the ball left Derek’s hand less than one tenth of a second before the buzzer. And just like that, D-Fish went from role player to clutch superstar. One of the most awesome finishes of all time! Purple and gold motherfuckers!

Bryant Elbows Bowen

Just when I was about to retire the Laker jersey for the season, the Lakers win two in a row at home to tie the series with the Spurs 2-2. Kobe Bryant was on fire last night, scoring 42 points on 15-of-27 from the field. Bruce Bowen, pictured here, got the brunt of it on a decisive victory. The Lakers are now on a quest to be the eighth team in NBA history to comeback from an 0-2 deficit. I hope everyone steps up for the next game in San Antonio.

Janet Flashing Tittie with Nipple Piercing Ornament

We were in Las Vegas this Super Bowl weekend and had the opportunity to watch the game at Caesar’s Palace Casino with thousands of other people. Every television in every area of the casino had the game on and it seemed that everywhere you turned you couldn’t escape the oohs and aahs from the gallery during every play.

Even though every single play of the game was closely watched, the halftime show was merely background noise for the true event–the game. Which by the way was one of the best Super Bowls I have ever seen. I was even hoping for an overtime to continue watching the game–it was a very exciting game.

Surprisingly, this morning there seems to be more talk about Janet Jackson and her naked breast moment during halftime than the game itself. It seems that the whole “tittie thing” went unnoticed, or was deemed “normal,” while sitting in the middle of a casino.

Janet Tittie and Ornament Close-Up
After doing my own research on the event on the Internet today, even going to a site that showed video clips of the broadcast in slow motion, I will have to say that Justin Timberlake definitely pulled the leather covering her breast on purpose.

He did not “get caught” on the fabric while performing a dance move and the costume didn’t “malfunction”–it was totally intentional. Maybe he was supposed to grab only the leather and not the red lace just behind it, maybe. I may believe that. But there’s no way the whole thing was just an accident.

If you ask me, the whole thing was simply a publicity stunt pulled off by the Jackson camp to get the heat off Michael Jackson’s Pedophilia Adventures. Why would Janet have such an ornate piercing through her nipple!? The piercing upon closer inspection (see close-up picture) was a sun-shaped medallion about the size of a dollar coin. You would think that she would have taken off any and all nipple paraphernalia, especially something that big and awkward, prior to putting on her elaborate costume. I’m just not buying it. She put it on because she knew the tit would show, and that’s the truth.

Let’s put this up to vote, what do you think of this whole breast flash thing!?

Crews took down the PACIFIC BELL sign off PacBell Park today and will be installing a new sign reflecting the park’s new name next month. It was a sad day as many watched the letters come down, but slowly and surely they all did. The park will sit “naked” for one month until the new “SBC” sign, which has letters that are two feet taller, is installed. I am sure people will call it PacBell Park for decades to come, since nobody calls Candlestick by its real name, 3Com Park. All this name changing sucks ass!

After over 14 years of straight up lying and denial, Pete Rose has finally come clean and admitted to betting on baseball. Remember over four years ago, when Jim Gray attempted to get a confesion out of Pete Rose at the All-Century Team event before Game 2 of the 1999 World Series? Rose refused to budge from his lame “I didn’t do it” stance.

Here’s a full text of the interview with comments for reference:

Gray: Pete, congratulations, it was quite an ovation.

Rose: Heart-stopping.

Gray: Pete, let me ask you now. It seems as though that there is an opening. The American public is very forgiving. Are you willing to show contrition, admit that you bet on baseball and make some sort of apology to that effect?

Rose: No, no, Jim, not at all. I’m not going to admit to something that didn’t happen. I know you get tired of hearing me say that, but I appreciate the ovation. I appreciate the American fans voting me on that All-Century team. I’m just a small part of a big deal tonight.

[Commentary: Rose falls back on the same stock answer he’s stated to every reporter for 10 years. Gray, fearless, asks the tough follow-up to try to get a different response from Rose.]

Gray: With the overwhelming evidence that is in that report, why not make that step with this opening…

Rose (interrupting): It’s too much of a festive a night to worry about that. I don’t know what evidence you’re talking about. I mean, show it to me.”

Gray: Well, the Dowd report says, but we don’t want to debate that, Pete.

Rose: Well, why not? Why do we want to believe everything he says?

[Commentary: Ah, this was Rose’s mistake. He challenged Jim Gray, who will not back down–he’s like a fucking pitbull. Remember the Tyson interview, where even though he knew the man could kill him he asked him why he bit Hollyfield not once, not twice, but three times! Here comes the beatdown…]

Gray: You signed a paper acknowledging the ban. Why did you sign it if you didn’t agree with it?

Rose: It also says I can apply for reinstatement after one year, if you remember correctly. In the press conference, as a matter of fact, my statement was I can’t wait for my little girl to be a year old so I can apply for reinstatement. At my press conference. So you forgot to add that clause that was in there.

Gray: Well, you have reapplied. You’ve applied for reinstatment in 1997. Have you heard back from Commissioner Selig?

Rose: No, and that kind of surprises me. It’s only been two years, though, and he’s got a lot of things on his mind. But I hope to some day.

Gray: Pete, it’s been 10 years since you’ve been allowed on the field. Obviously, the approach that you have taken has not worked. Why not, at this point, take a different approach?

Rose: Well, when you say it hadn’t worked, what do you exactly mean?

Gray: You’re not allowed in baseball. You’re not allowed to earn a living in the game you love. And you’re not allowed to be in the Hall of Fame.

Rose: Well, I took that approach and that was to apply for reinstatement. I hope Bud Selig considers that and gives me an opportunity. I won’t need a third chance. All I need is a second chance.

Gray: Pete, those who will hear this tonight will say that you have been your own worst enemy and continue to be. How do you respond to that?

Rose: In what way are you talking about?

Gray: By not acknowledging what seems to be overwhelming evidence.

Rose: Yeh, I’m surprised you’re bombarding me like this. I mean I’m doing an interview with you on a great night, a great occasion, a great ovation. Everybody seems to be in a good mood, and you’re bringing up something that happened 10 years ago.

Gray: I bring it up because I think people would like to see you get it on. Pete, we got to go, we’ve got a game…

Rose: This is a prosecutor’s brief. It’s not an interview, and I’m very surprised at you. I am, really.

Gray: Well, Some would be surprised that you didn’t take the opportunity. Let’s go…[End]

Jim Gray should feel pretty happy with himself for the interview and Pete Rose should be completely red-faced at his behavior over the last 14 years. Clearly, Jim Gray could have been a little nicer to Pete during the interview, but then fans would have been pissed that he was a little soft on him. Pete Rose commanded respect from everyone who saw him play and does deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, but he should have come clean then not now.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs in double overtime to remain undefeated with a 5-0 start. Sadly, the Spurs were playing without Tim Duncan and Tony Parker but still managed to make it a very close game thanks to the heroics of Manu Ginobli. I am sure that Phil Jackson will give the boys a tongue-lashing for making such a big production of what everyone expected to be a blowout win for the Lakers. Nonetheless, it was a very long and thrilling game.

Kobe Bryant’s defense attorney called the discovery of another man’s semen and pubic hairs in the victim’s panties compelling evidence of Kobe’s innocence. Pamela Mackey wasted no time getting Detective Doug Winters to say that the yellow underwear the woman wore to her rape exam at a hospital the next day contained sperm from another man, along with Caucasian pubic hair. Legal experts say that the preliminary hearing has been a disaster for the prosecution. The judge will rule by Monday as to whether Bryant will have to face trial in the rape case. Stay tuned.

In today’s preliminary hearing, a detective recounted the details of the case as described by the accuser. The details according to the story are as follows:

The Los Angeles Lakers star was joined by the 19-year-old woman on a tour of a resort where she worked, and the two ended up in his hotel suite, the detective said. After some consensual kissing, Bryant asked the woman to show him a tattoo on her back.

When she turned around, Bryant grabbed her by the neck, controlling her movements and preventing her from leaving, pulled up her skirt and raped her against a chair. She told investigators she told Bryant “no” at least twice, before bursting into tears as the five-minute attack went on.

During and after the attack Bryant kept asking, “You are not going to tell anyone, right?” She said she agreed at one point. “She said the reason she told him ‘no’ was for fear of…she didn’t want him to commit more physical harm to her.”

The accuser told the detective that she tried to pry Bryant’s fingers away, and he stopped. Bryant then told her to clean up and leave, and asked her not to tell anyone, the detective said in his testimony.

Before she left his room, Bryant told her that she needed to kneel down and kiss his penis, the accuser said, according to the detective. She did that because she was scared of Bryant, and he warned her several times not to tell anyone, the detective said, according to her. The accuser said she then went down and told the bellman her story.

It’s amazing that Kobe Bryant’s attorneys agreed to the preliminary hearing knowing that the details of the case would become public. Legal experts speculate that the legal team wants to cross-examine the witnesses. I just wonder when we’ll hear Kobe’s side of the story.

Phil Jackson stated in no uncertain terms that if Kobe Bryant cannot play this season due to the sexual assault case that he would want Michael Jordan to come out of retirement and play with the Lakers. However, Jordan immediately stated in no uncertain terms that this was not going to happen. Of course, this is what he initially said before playing for the Wizards. Stay tuned.

A story today reports that the Vail Daily newspaper cites sources that say Katelyn Kristine Faber (also seen as Kaitlyn Kristine Faber) went to Kobe Bryant’s room and started fooling around with him consensually. After a few minutes of this, Kobe reportedly would not allow her to leave and forced her into sex. Additionally, law enforcement sources cited that Faber suffered physical trauma in the vaginal area from the incident. This “physical trauma” evidence would have to be some pretty big bruises for it to even be relevant. Hell, even conservative sex can cause both participants to bruise, if done passionately. However, if these are big bruises, I don’t think the “she wanted it rough” defense will fly.

With publicity in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case reaching mammoth proportions, I have to wonder if Vanessa Bryant will want to stand by her man throughout the whole incident. Pictures of Katelyn Kristine Faber (also seen as Kaitlyn Kristine Faber) are abound, the press is in a frenzy, the fans are anxious, it’s crazy! So it begs the question, do you think Vanessa Bryant will leave Kobe at anytime between now and the end of the impending trial, or possibly after the trial? Let me know what you think.

Some guys feel guilty and buy some roses or chocolates for their wives. Kobe Bryant reportedly bought his wife a $4 million purple diamond ring to try and make up for the sexual indiscretion that has gotten him in big trouble. I seriously doubt that Vanessa Bryant is going to stick it out with Kobe. Especially, since this whole incident is turning into an OJ-style media circus.

According to the Kobewatch.org web site, Kobe’s accuser is a 19-year-old girl by the name of Katelyn Kristine Faber (also seen as Kaitlyn Kristine Faber) from Eagle, Colorado.

The girl pictured seems innocent enough, but we all know that looks can be deceiving. Just yesterday, a story was reported by the Orange County Register in which a friend stated that this girl overdosed on drugs a few months ago. Apparently the overdose occured after a fight with her boyfriend, which may or may not be the goober in the pictures with her.

Bottom line, she looks innocent, but so did Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, and she cooked Michael Douglass’ rabbit! Anyway, whether or not the assault story is really true, this girl’s life is going to be turned completely upside down. Big ups to Lisa Gabaldon for sending me the link.

Update (7/24/2003): According to MSNBC, the girl(s) pictured on the linked site may not be Kobe’s accuser. I guess we’ll find out what she looks like soon enough, since I heard The Globe tabloid just published her picture.