Happy Birthday Black Mamba

Yo was good! Happy birthday to the G.O.A.T – Kobe “Bean” Bryant, a.k.a. the Black Mamba a.k.a. Kobe Wan Kenobi, a.k.a The 8th Wonder of the World! My main man turnt 39 recently and while doing so his wife Vanessa surprised him by having the cast of Hamilton sing him happy birthday!

I guess the man has damn near everything, so it makes it close to impossible to figure out what to get the dude. LOL. It’s always great to see my main man smiling! ūüôā but I got To admit it became a little bit awkward after watching the video… LOL Just seemed like Kobe (for the first time ever) wasn’t quite sure what to do or how to react. All good though – he still, in my opinion, the greatest basketball player of all time.

…And with that being said – I sure hope the Lake Show has a great season this year and the next few years to come with the addition of Lonzo Ball and a few more cats that I know will be coming to team over the next few years! Championship #17 here we come so yeah once again happy birthday Kobe – I love you dude and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and your beautiful family…

Shout out to Vanessa for having a wonderful surprise and yo, check out the video below to see more and of course if you ever want me to write about anything in particular or you just love the blog feel free to drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you soon as I can.

Peace out – Marcus B.

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Video Credit: Vanessa Bryant Instagram account

Kobe’s Next Chapter: $100 Million Dollar Venture Capital Fund

Yo was good it’s Marcus, this post is a long time coming but I had to give a shout out to my name and Kobe Bryant and his next chapter as $1 million venture capitalist! You knew my man Kobe would take it to the next level after his illustrious career the Los Angeles Lakers and what better way then to team up with another proven entrepreneur and millionaire¬†investor;¬†Jeff Stibel.


Based out of Los Angeles, California¬†–¬†the $100¬†million dollar venture-capital fund will be used as a vehicle to invest in all things technology, media and data companies alike. Pretty dope shit.

Current estimates include video game designers, telemarketing software firms, juicing companies, and sports media websites. You know my dude Kobe brings an obsessive a creative FIRE for all thangs branding and marketing so you know these companies gonna be fire Homie! But yo, if you got a deal story about Kobe Bryant Holla at me and you can add it as a guest post son.

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Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers! 2016 NBA World Champions

So yo, had to give a shout out to the 2016 NBA world champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and even throw a few props to the big man LeBron James for bringing the title to his hometown just like he promised 2 years ago when he bounced from the beautiful beaches of Miami, Florida to pursue championship aspirations in the Podunk town of Cleveland, Ohio. haha just kidding but not really!

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers versus stuff curry and the Golden State Warriors

Coming¬†down to the absolute wire and what turned out to be an epic game 7¬†battle, LeBron James, the NBA’s most dominant figure¬†for several years in a row now proved to be just too much for one the most dominant teams over the last two years in the Golden State Warriors.

Finishing the NBA finals with a ridiculous 208 points, 79 boards and 62 dimes, “Bron Bron” Cavs Superstar showed why he is still the best player in the world today. In fact, in¬†just game seven alone he joined only two other players in NBA history to have a triple double in an NBA finals game – garnering 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists¬†in the clincher.

After the Warriors jumped out too 3-1 and what many believed to be a definite back to back world championship, just about everyone was counting Cleveland out. Everyone but true Cavalier fans I suppose…

And although LeBron was a bad bad man, he definitely didn’t do it all on his own. There was another bad man in the house¬†each and every night, and that man’s¬†name is Kyrie Irving. Producing some unbelievable clutch play and what many considered to be one of the greatest performances in NBA finals history, Kyrie Irving was simply amazing.

So having finished 73 and 9¬†and claiming the NBA’s best single-season record of all time, the Golden State Warriors simply couldn’t match the grit and determination of the Cavs¬†and in the end¬†found themselves coming up short. Hopefully that quites people down when they start spewing at the mouth about¬†all of this 95-96 Bulls team versus this year Warrior team, there’s clearly no debate now! The Bulls all day baby!

So yeah, even though I find myself hating on Lebron¬†here and there, simply because he’s definitely not kobe, I definitely have to give him some props this time around though because the man showed up when his team (and City) needed it most. So yeah you can’t hate on that! Pre-she ate y’all coming through until next time…

I’m out.


Kobe Bryant Video Highlight Reel

In Today’s Blog Post:¬†Kobe Bryant Video Highlight Reel

Hey guys what’s up, Marcus here and welcome back to another killer – all Kobe all the time – blog post but this time… with a video spin!¬†That’s right y’all, we’re going to drop some dope ass videos of the big Homie Kobe putting it down at¬†Staples Center (…and The Forum) for the purple and gold – LA Lakers booooiiiiii!

So sit back relax, grab a cold one and let’s take a look at some of the most clutch and electrifying basketball moments in Kobe Bryant history. Here’s to you Black Mamba. Enjoy.

Kobe Bryant Career Highlights YouTube video:

The TOP 10 Plays of Kobe Bryant’s Career!

Kobe’s Final Game Ever Against the Utah Jazz…

Before he was the King of Staples Center, he was Prince of The Forum

Relive the Greatest Moments of Kobe Bryant’s Historic Career!

So there you have it, some of the most magical and memorable moments over the span of a brilliant 20 years in the NBA. I hope you’ve enjoyed these awesome highlight video clips as much as we have here at the Staples King, until next time, we appreciate y’all coming through – showing love and paying respects to the greatest Laker ever! Peace-

PS. – If you haven’t checked out this post yet, click or tap here now to check out Kobe’s amazing 81 point masterpiece against the Raptors.

From Lower Merion to the Upper Echelon of the NBA

In the beginning… There was Kobe.

Before Kobe Bryant was king of the Staples Center and electrifying millions of people all around the world with his ridiculously sick basketball skills, he was dropping jaws and breaking ankles at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

All the while racking up on enormous amount of accolades, trophies and awards… Literally, one right after another – including USA today‘s National High School Player of the Year while attending Lower Merion as a senior in 1995-1996. That same year Kobe¬†averaged almost 31 points a game, right at 12 boards, seven dimes, four steals and damn near 4 blocked shots per game. Pretty crazy stats if you ask me!

Kobe Bryant in high school

Kobe also led his school to a ridiculous 77 and 13 overall record in the last three seasons of his high school career while snagging the class AAAA state championship in his final year. Senior year going to post an impressive 31 and three record which also included winning 27 straight games at the end of the season. 27 straight!

Kobe Goes Pro….

When Kobe Bryant decided to make the jump to the NBA straight out of high school, he would become the first player ever in the Los Angeles Lakers franchise history to do so… Overall, he was the 27th person to go straight from high school directly into the NBA. In fact, just that same year another high school phenom Jermaine O’Neal would also make the jump. However, his NBA career didn’t quite live up to the hype and especially could never match that of Kobe Bryant¬†yo! (Actually, I’m pretty sure he ended up building pool decks¬†in South Beach like my little brother or driving a semi truck like my uncle Rodney or something… LOL)

But first, more crazy high school stats…

Yo! Would you believe that when it was all said and done and Kobe “Bean” Bryant played his last game at Lower Merion high school in Ardmore, PA – that he would finish as the all-time leading scorer in the history of South Eastern Pennsylvania. But even more crazy man, he would end up passing another Hall of Fame basketball player you may of heard of…. a guy by the name of Wilt Chamberlain, who had 2,359 points and was surpassed by Mr. Kobe Bryant with 2,883 points. Damn son – that shit is Cray Cray!

Kobe Bryant McDonald's all AmericanBefore becoming a Superstar 2 guard and winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and historic 20 year career the big Homie Kobe was also a McDonald’s All-American, the Naismith High School player of the year, and a Gatorade circle of champions high school player of the year award winner! This dude was also named the most outstanding player at the beach ball classic down in good old Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kobe Bryant was also the ABCD summer camp player the year in 1995 from Adidas.

I mean damn man the dude is ridiculous even before entering the NBA it’s no surprise he’d go on to become SO great. Yo, if you love Kobe Bryant as much as we do here at the Staples King¬†(dot com) –¬†be sure to leave some love and comments here on the page and we’ll be sure to get right back to you. Also, if you want to hear any specific stats or stories or more about Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant – just hit us out anytime and let us know.

Kobe Bryant drafted Lakers


Kobe Bryant Highlights: “The Lob to Shaq…”

It’s game 7¬†of the 2000 Western Conference NBA finals, winner takes all against the Portland Trailblazers and all the stakes are on the line. Kobe’s Alley-oop to Shaq goes down as one of the most incredible play’s¬†in Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career. Although Kobe and Shaq had their problems, issues here and there, when¬†it all was all said and done these two¬†future Hall of Famer’s got it done and will forever live in Laker legend history.

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal 2000 NBA champions!

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Laker champions

If you remember correctly this game seemed like it was out of reach with 10 minutes and 28 seconds left in the game, Portland was up 75 to 60 and LA was on the verge of blowing it big time!

But luckily the purple and gold pride stepped up and made¬†one of the greatest comebacks of all time in the history of the NBA. Main players like forward Glen Rice, the Big Homie Shaq, “big-game Bob” Robert Horry, Rick Fox, Horace Grant and others… These dudes kept their head in the game, kept their composure and showed the world what Los Angeles Laker basketball is all about. Holla.

Lakers roster

(Yo, check out now Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue to the far left (#10) It literally looks like he’s ten! lol

The Portland trailblazers were pretty decent team with an older banged up Scottie Pippen, Rod Strickland, Mike Dunleavy, Rasheed Wallace, but they were no match for one of the best playoff teams of all time. Kobe Bryant was just so dominant in the series and they had no answer for Shaquille O’Neal. The beast. Man how I love watching this team growing up southside Los Angeles.

Yo, really appreciate you coming through Shout out¬†to all my Lakers fans for coming through be sure to leave your comments and tell me how much you love the purple and gold. What do you think we should do next year to get the team on and popping again? What’s the deal with DeAngelo Russell?

Be sure to check out the Los Angeles Lakers official team store and get yourself some awesome swag to show your true fan hood. I love sharing Lakers stuff with you guys just talking about the Lakers all the time, so hit me up with any specific topics you want me to cover.

But for now, whattya’ say we relive that magical moment when Kobe crosses over the old¬†wily¬†veteran Scottie Pippen (and one of the 50 Gretatest players of all time) and proceeds to lob it up to a one arm slamming Shaquille O’Neal?

Video: Alley-Oop¬†from Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O’Neal!

Hey Lakers fan! Don’t forget to bookmark this page to keep coming back for more and more great moments in Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant’s amazingly stellar 20 year NBA basketball career. We’ll count down his top 20 dunks, top 15 assists, top 30 clutch moments and more! We’ll relive Championship seasons and the badass moments that made it all so special!

See you next time playa,


Peace and chicken grease.

Kobe “the Great” Drop’s 81 on Toronto!

How could I not start off with this, right?

Where were you when Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points in an NBA game?

I know exactly where I was, I was at this bomb ass taco joint call Tacos El… something. OK, I guess I don’t quite remember. lol –¬†But yo, I do know¬†I was mowing down some delicious ass tacos and sippin some coronas when Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points! Are you kidding me? Like holy shit 81 points in one game is absolutely crazy man!

But yo let’s take a quick look at a video of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors back on January 22, 2006 the only player to ever score over 80 points except¬†of course Big Wilt Chamberlain and the 100 point game he dropped way back in 1962. With like 42 people in attendance. lol

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant scores 81 points for Los Angeles Lakers in 2006

What a career the black mamba had. Such an unbelievable force in NBA for so many years. So many memories. So many good times. So many clutch moments. So many crucial games. So many MVP’s. So many championships. So much to be thankful for, truly grateful I was able to see Mr. Bryant do what he did inside the staple center for so many years!

If you love Kobe Bryant as much as I do and you want to see some other cool highlights, just let me know. You can email me anytime at info@staplesking.com or leave me a comment down below. I appreciate you guys coming through to check out the blog. Shout out to all my Lakers fans! Rep that purple and gold til the day we die.

Sure going to miss you Kobe Bryant. I appreciate everything you did for the game.¬†By the way, check out the official Kobe Bryant website sometime if you haven’t already – it’s¬†pretty dope. Peace- Marcus

Kobe 81 Against Toronto Image

Welcome to my new website

Yo what’s good, I’m Marcus, welcome to my new website –¬†Staples King (dotcom). For two decades I had the pleasure of watching one of the greatest NBA basketball players of all time -Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant – DOMINATE inside the Staple Center¬†Los Angeles.Kobe Bryant Image

As crazy as it may sound, in some strange way, Kobe’s influence on me has helped me see things in a much different way and has also helped me turn my life around in many ways.¬†I have to say, just watching this man over the years and his insane work ethic, crazy determination to be the best, and the way he has crafted his lethal skillset… What can I say? The man is raw.

The Backstory.

I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s the summer of 1996… I’m just a no good, troublemaking, life going nowhere fast, 16-year-old knucklehead living life in Southern California.

It’s hot as fuck¬†outside,¬†I’m out with the boys, we’re chasing girls, looking for shit to do¬†when we finally end up at “Big Ray’s” …

4 hours later we’ll still sippin’ on shit – smokin’ mad muthafuckin’ blunts – slowly passing out –¬†when on pops¬†the TV.

“With the 13th overall pick, the Charlotte Hornets select… Kobe Bryant.”

Kobe Bean Bryant Rookie


… “I don’t know man, I’m just glad he’s ¬†going to Charlotte and not to our Lakers, son.”

(Too bad I didn’t know the Lakers had Charlotte’s draft pick and were pulling the strings behind the scenes the whole damn time man.)

Also, little did I know my life would change forever from that moment on. I mean, watching Kobe all these years; his drive, determination, work ethic, sickness for being great (consistently over the last 20 years). I truly believe has helped catapult my life to great heights of success and abundance I never previously dreamt possible.

So Рthroughout this website РI want t0 share some great Kobe moments throughout his career and also a small portion of the wisdom, motivation, and inspiration I took from watching one of the best ever to rock the purple and gold!

20 straight years dominating the court inside Staples Center. So YO! Let’s take a look at some of his best and brightest moments. So sit back, grab a cold one, and let’s get started.

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