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NBA: East defeats West in record-setting All-Star Game

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony added 30 to power the East over the West 163-155 Sunday in the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Game in history. Cleveland's 21-year-old playmaker Irving was named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player after scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter to spark a victory comeback for the East. "I was just going out there to try and compete with these great athletes. It's a real honor to be selected the MVP," Irving said. "Everyone here is an MVP."

NBA: Pelican playmaker Davis replaces Kobe in All-Star Game

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was named Friday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in next week's 63rd NBA All-Star Game. Davis, a member of the US gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his first appearance at the annual showdown of elite talent in his team's home arena when the Eastern and Western Conference squads meet on February 16. Davis, 20, is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and an NBA-best 3.3 blocked shots over 40 games for the Pelicans.

NBA: Bryant looks rusty in season debut

Kobe Bryant's made his much-anticipated season debut Sunday, finishing with nine points in his first game in eight months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Bryant also had eight rebounds and four assists as the Los Angeles Lakers lost 106-94 to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. "It was weird. The last time I had eight months off I was still in the womb," said Bryant, who shot two-of-nine from the field.

Lakers rejoice as Bryant returns but Raptors crash party

By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant's long awaited return to the basketball court began as a wild celebration on Sunday, but ended as a quiet reminder that the rusty All Star has more work ahead to get back to his brilliant best. Bryant made his anticipated season debut in front of a frenzied Staples Center crowd, showing small hints of old form but mostly looking out of sorts as the Lakers were defeated by the Toronto Raptors 106-94.

NBA: Bryant skips practice for Achilles rehab

Kobe Bryant sat out Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Thursday, but coach Mike D'Antoni said it was just a normal step in his return from Achilles tendon surgery. "I don't think we should be surprised about anything," D'Antoni said of Bryant's decision to skip practice after training twice this week with his team-mates. Until Saturday, Bryant hadn't trained on court with the Lakers in more than seven months, since rupturing his left Achilles tendon in April.

Kobe Bryant memorabilia lawsuit settled, six items to be auctioned

(Reuters) - Basketball great Kobe Bryant, his mother and an auction house have settled a dispute over a proposed sale of some of the Los Angeles Lakers player's memorabilia including jerseys and championship rings, his representatives said on Monday. Ken Goldin, president of Goldin Auctions, said on Monday that six of the disputed items will be sold in an auction that begins June 17 and runs through July 19. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Dispute between Kobe Bryant, mom over auction slated for trial, but judge schedules mediation

CAMDEN, N.J. - Kobe Bryant and an auction house that wants to sell memorabilia from his high school days and early pro career are heading for a trial next month, unless they can work out a deal before then. U.S. District Judge Renee Bumb on Monday set June 17 as a trial date, but also set a court-guided mediation session for Friday in a case that's the manifestation of an ugly family dispute that all sides seem to want to resolve quickly.

In court filing, Kobe Bryant says he never gave his mother the right to sell his mementos

CAMDEN, N.J. - Kobe Bryant says in a court filing that he never gave his mother permission to sell mementos from his high school days and early professional basketball career. Bryant is in a court battle over whether hundreds of items can be auctioned off. Pamela Bryant says the NBA star told her the memorabilia was hers. She arranged earlier this year to auction it off through Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions and received a $450,000 advance.

NBA: Auction house set to sell Kobe collectibles

An US auction house says it is confident of moving forward with the sale of Kobe Bryant's mementos which are the subject of a dispute between the National Basketball Association star and his mother. The New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions said it is hopeful the planned June auction will proceed after they paid a substantial fee to Pamela Bryant who assured them through "certificates of authenticity" she is the rightful owner of the Bryant collectibles.

NBA: Auction house set to sell Kobe collectibles

An US auction house says it is confident of moving forward with the sale of Kobe Bryant's mementos which are the subject of a dispute between the National Basketball Association star and his mother. The New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions said it is hopeful the planned June auction will proceed after they paid a substantial fee to Pamela Bryant who assured them through "certificates of authenticity" she is the rightful owner of the Bryant collectibles.
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