Laing lands Heathrow site

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‘Latecomer’ Berkshire to formally join LPFA/Lancashire asset pool

first_imgThe LPP, set up by the two LGPS, so far only has assets under management of £11bn (€13.8bn), well short of DCLG’s £25bn target for asset pools.While Berkshire’s decision to join LPP formally, set to be ratified by its pensions committee today, will boost the £2bn venture, the fund will still not help it reach the £25bn asset target.Berkshire drew up a list of issues it wished to finalise before formally joining the LPP, including the ability to direct a certain percentage of its assets without needing to reach a consensus with the LPP’s two other shareholders.According to documents prepared for the 11 July meeting, Berkshire wishes to retain control of up to 10% of assets – equivalent to £200m – to direct in local investments “for the sole benefit” of the fund.Despite the ringfencing of assets, the minutes concede that these could still be managed by the LPP, even if the other shareholders would not stand to gain from any generated returns.Joining the LPP, the second asset pool to become operational, would have further benefits for Berkshire, as it would not be required to contribute towards the £1.5m cost of launching the LPP, nor would it be required to contribute towards regulatory and working capital required for the venture – which the report prepared by Greenwood said stood at £17.5m.While Berkshire has been weighing up its pooling options for a number of months and signed a letter of intent to join the venture in June, its pensions committee deferred a final decision to formally join the LPP during a committee meeting last month.If Berkshire’s pension committee decides to join, it will also be a signatory to the venture’s pooling submission, due to be sent to DCLG by 15 July.A draft submission presented to the committee estimated it would cost the pool £2.5m in transition management costs to consolidate its equity holdings alone, citing an estimate by transition manager Macquarie.The submission further estimated the LPP would employ the equivalent of 34.5 full-time employees, with the majority of these roles, a total of 23, within investment management and oversight. The Berkshire Pension Fund is set to join the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), the asset pool established by the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund.Nick Greenwood, pension fund manager at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said in documents prepared for the 11 July pensions committee meeting that joining the LPP was the “best option available”, while accepting that immediate cost savings would be “negligible”.Greenwood came out against joining one of the seven other asset pools – which includes the already operational London CIV – as it would be difficult to exert any influence on pooling arrangements because his fund was a “latecomer to the party”.Weighing up the consequences of ignoring Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) requests to join a local government pension scheme (LGPS) asset pool, Greenwood said: “At the very least, the borough would incur the wrath of DCLG and adverse publicity.”last_img read more

Ghana’s best-known artist and his work being celebrated

first_imgGhana’s former president ready to return to work He is one of Ghana’s best-known artists and his work is now being celebrated. 70-year old Ato Delaquis has been painting and drawing since he was a child. A retrospective of his early work is now on display in Accra. CCTV’s Katerina Vittozzi went to see it Graffiti artist turns Lagos city into his canvas Related Nigerian wonder artist’s work draws international attentionlast_img

Kingston to Kingston: Alpha Institute Music Students and Teachers Reflect on…

first_imgWATCH MME 2020 EXCHANGE KINGSTON, JAMAICA The Alpha Institute in Kingston, Jamaica hosted three members of Kings Highway, a Boston, MA-based Caribbean Jazz outfit, during the first half of the exchange in February. Later in March, Alpha Institute music students Patrick Garrell and Rohan Mitchell, along with senior music instructor, Clayon Samuels, traveled to the USA for an extraordinary week of high school, college and university music classes, performances, concerts and networking. Organized by March for Music Education founding partner Kings Highway, the visit to the USA created a dynamic platform for music educators and students on both sides of the border to explore, compare and develop their craft. The visitors from Jamaica spent their first full day at Berklee College, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Berklee alumni have won 294 Grammy Awards, 95 Latin Grammy Awards, 19 Emmy Awards, 5 Tony Awards and 5 Academy Awards. The team from the Alpha Institute attended classes in jazz theory and Pro Tools and a performance class focused on Red Hot Chili Peppers. They also tried augmented reality for the first time and presented a songwriting project that earned cheers from Berklee students and plaudits from Berklee Professor Sarah Brindell. Alpha’s senior music instructor, Clayon Samuels, was equally impacted. “I was inspired by the way Sarah led her class. This class changed my whole outlook on creativity and song writing. It was magical because oftentimes the boys at the Alpha Institute complain about English class not knowing that they will need the writing skills one day to execute a good song idea.” “I want more Alpha students to experience what I did because it helped me put things into perspective. And it can help others,” said Patrick Garrell. Kingston, Jamaica – The March for Music Education recently completed the March for Music Education Exchange (MMEX). It was an epic journey that brought music educators to Kingston and sent two Alpha Institute music students and their instructor to Massachusetts and (Kingston) Rhode Island in the United States. Of course, any trip to the United States is not complete without a concert featuring a recent Grammy winning artist. March for Music Education Exchange resident musician, Professor Mark Berney, of the University of Rhode Island (URI), and Kings Highway trumpet player, made sure the team from Alpha didn’t just watch 2020 Grammy winning trumpet player Brian Lynch. Indeed, during the visit to URI, Alpha was also treated to a Brian Lynch masterclass with URI students. Professor Berney noted how the learning went both ways. “The last night at Beehive was special,” recalled Alpha student Rohan Mitchell. “The whole energy. The whole of the guys coming together. The whole love and the respect that we share for each other. It helped boost the performance.” Canton’s Director of Music Ensembles, and King’s Highway trombone player, Brian Thomas, said, “Canton students learned some of the technical aspects of playing Jamaican music and how Jamaican music was influenced by the major cultural and historical event of Jamaica gaining independence.” “The experience at Canton allowed me to use the tools I learned in college,” Mr Samuels said, “to teach others about Jamaican culture and in the process helped to bring out another side of me that I did not know fully.” “The day will go down as one of my most memorable days as a teacher,” Mr Thomas recalled. “I enjoyed watching the power of music show itself as my students in Canton instantly connected with Clayon, Patrck and Rohan. While I’ve had the opportunity to regularly experience that through my own musical opportunities, it was amazing to see my students have the same experience.” The mission was not lost on Patrick or Rohan. “As a university professor, one of my main objectives is to promote diversity of all kinds, including cultural and musical diversity,” he said. “Now I have students who have become more interested in traveling abroad and making more cultural and musical connections.”center_img Rohan Mitchel added, “The March for Music Education Exchange experience told me to get up and not to get lazy or complacent. I believe that this opportunity should be provided to every musician who wants to take their career to another level.” The end of the exchange marked the beginning of new opportunities, new projects and a new mindset, one that is sure to help Alpha students and their instructor weather the challenges brought by travel restrictions and social distancing. The March for Music Education is looking forward to creating more opportunities for music students and educators in and outside of Jamaica. “King’s Highway and Alpha joined to become one,” said March for Music Education Exchange resident musician and Kings Highway drummer Nathan Sabanayagam. “With a solid three days of school visits and music under our belts, this show was a celebration and culmination of the entire cultural exchange.” Performance is a critical part of music education particularly for vocational students like those at Alpha. Accordingly, the visit to the USA started and ended with performances. The first performance, held at La Fabrica, a small venue on Massachusetts Avenue, put Alpha in front of local ska and reggae music fans for the first time. The appeal of ska caught Mr Samuels’ attention. “The idea that musicians outside of Jamaica would take Jamaican culture,” said Samuels, “and immerse it into their own and the whole love for it was a surprise to me.” “The experience helped me to find a different side of me I didn’t know about musically,” said Alpha Institute’s Mr Samuels. “I learned there is no limit to learning. The March for Music Education experience inspired me and encouraged me to learn about what more that I can do at Alpha and with music in general.” The following day, at Canton High School, Jamaican music was the main topic at three performance classes — orchestra, concert band and jazz ensemble. In each class of over 40 students, Canton musicians performed their traditional repertoire and also ska music. Alpha students and their instructor discussed with Canton students the roots of ska and its links to American jazz. At the end of the day, a massive jam session gave everyone the opportunity to apply what they had learned — and they learned more than just music. The final performance brought together a host of personalities from the past three days. Held at The Beehive, a hip hub for hundreds of live music fans in Boston, the Kings Highway/Alpha connection brought out Chris Wilson from Heartbeat Records, Shema McGregor, daughter of Freddie McGregor who is now working with the Wailers and Canton High School students who turned out to support their friends. Berklee Professor Sarah Brindell took the stage as did Dion Knibb, son of Skatalites founder Lloyd Knibb. At The Beehive, the musicians made the night their own. “The Alpha students showed the Berklee students how to dive into improvising and developing a song without fear or inhibition, without crippling self doubt,” said Professor Brindell. “They showed the Berklee students how to find a creative flow.” “We wanted to create a personal experience that would allow for musicians and educators to learn and grow, both in their craft and personally,” said MMEX organizer and Kings Highway band leader, Alex Beram. “We saw Patrick, Rohan and Clayon engaged from the first moment; curious, active, excited, challenged. They met other music students and educators from all over the world, not only creating lasting bonds and friendships, but quickly assessed their own strengths and weaknesses in light of that.”last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s 40th birthday: photographs from his NBA career

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years A collection of photos to celebrate the 40th birthday of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.PreviousLOS ANGELES: World Champion Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant with his Dodger hat and shirt signs autographs for his fans after throwing out the first pitch before the Dodgers vs Padres game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday June 27,2000.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Lakers’ Kobe Bryant takes a break from the NBA playoffs to accept a challenge from Los Angeles-area youngsters on Nintendo’s new basketball video game ‘Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside.’ With him are Ashley Dunning of Los Angeles, Taylor Livingston of La Crescenta, and John Torrez, right, of Rolando Heights. The game was released on Monday, April 27, 1998. (Feature Photo Service)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant with Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, Magic Johnson and Venessa Bryant celebrate after winning the NBA Finals at Staples Center Thursday in Los Angeles, CA. June 17, 2010. Lakers defeat the Celtics 83-79 to win the 2010 NBA Finals. (Terry Pierson/ The Press-Enterprise) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKobe Bryant walks off the court after a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant walks to meet Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul during a timeout nearing the end of the game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Clippers win 103-81. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo)Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, shares laughter with the Thunder’s Kevin Durant during a game at Staples Center on December 23, 2015. (Photo by Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, second from left, directs his teammates during a break in the action of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 30, 2010. From left are Ron Artest, Fisher, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol, of Spain. Los Angeles won the game 95-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson talk during a break against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Wizards Michael Jordan is helped up by Lakers Kobe Bryant in the second half of the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant was called for a charging foul. (Photo by/Terry Pierson)Kobe Bryant’s post-career plans – and his personality – don’t lend themselves to the Laker legend disappearing from the public eye (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News, SCNG)MVP Kobe Bryant of the Lakers holds up his trophy. 2011 NBA All Star Game at Stapels Center on Sunday, February 20, 2011. (Kurt Miller, The Press-Enterprise)Since retiring from the NBA last spring, former Laker Kobe Bryant has focused on digital storytelling with his Newport Beach-based company Kobe, Inc. ‘I’ve been so consumed and have had so much fun in putting stories together and putting up techniques,’ Bryant said. ‘Every day to come into the office, to take on and come up with stories and figure out a way to make those stories real by challenging ourselves to come up with techniques that haven’t been done, it consumes me. I just love it.’ (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)Kobe Bryant talks about his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal during a ceremony to unveil a bronze statue of Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Hall of Fame player O’Neal in Star Plaza at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, March 24, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds onto the NBA Championship Trophy during their 2010 Championship Parade on Monday, June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Stan Lim/The Press Enterprise)Los Angeles Lakers’s Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O’Neal embracing in the closing minutes in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles. O’Neal says on Twitter Wednesday June 1, 2011,that he’s “about to retire.” O’Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, “im retiring.” It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, “We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first: I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)Kobe Bryant’s #8 and #24 jerseys are unveiled during a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Kobe Bryant poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)Some fans’ refusal to accept that they can root for new Laker LeBron James, right, even if they still cherish former Laker Kobe Bryant, left, borders on ridiculous. (Mark Ralston, AFP/GettyImages)Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the U.S. national championships swimming meet Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Earvin “Magic” Johnson  and Kobe Bryant during a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waves good bye to the fans after an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in his last appearance at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Renamed SleepTrain Arena, the facility has been the home of the Kings since it opened in 1988. The Kings won an NBA-best 61 games in the 2001-02 season behind Chris Webber and Vlade Divac, losing to the eventual champion Lakers in Game 7 of the conference finals. The Kings will play their last game at the aging building, Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder and begin play next season at the new Golden One Center built in downtown Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant holds the NBA Championship trophy aloft during the Lakers’ victory celebration of their third consecutive NBA championship Friday, June 14, 2002, in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, left, holding the championship trophy, celebrates with teammates Rick Fox, Lindsey Hunter, second from right, and Shaquille O’Neal, right, holding the MVP trophy, after winning Game 4 of the NBA Finals, June 12, 2002, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets 113-107, capturing their third consecutive NBA championship. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, wearing former Lakers’ general manager’s Jerry West jersey, celebrates on stage with teammates, from left to right, Isaiah Rider, Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant, Stanislav Medvedenko, Devean George, Tyronn Lue and Horace Grant, during the Lakers victory celebration at Staples Center Monday, June 18, 2001, in Los Angeles. The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to win their second consecutive championship. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant smiles as he talks to reporters following the Lakers’ victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 of the NBA finals Friday, June 15, 2001 in Philadelphia. The Lakers won their second straight NBA championship, defeating the 76ers 108-96 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8) turns and heads up-court after drilling a three-point shot in the first quarter, as Seattle SuperSonics’ Brent Barry (31) follows Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, in Seattle. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant answers reporters’ questions following a team practice Friday, April 16, 1999, at Los Angeles Southwest College. The departure of Dennis Rodman was the main topic of the day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant drives toward the basket as New York Knicks’ Kurt Thomas guards during the second half of their game Sunday, March 28, 1999, in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers won the game 99-91. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has his right hand in a cast while sitting on the Laker bench watching his teammates battle the Golden State Warriors in an NBA exhibition game Tuesday Oct. 19, 1999 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O’Neal pose for a photo during media day at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, Oct. 4, 1999. The Lakers training camp opens in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999. (AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant goes up for a shot between the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson, right, during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles in this Feb. 23, 2006, file photo. Los Angeles, which has its share of sports teams, is vying with Chicago, which also has its share of team, to host the 2016 Games. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, file)In this June 9, 2016 file photo, retired NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant poses at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Los Angeles. Bryant has received a one-of-a-kind retirement gift from rapper Snoop Dogg: a Los Angeles Lakers-themed convertible. He posted a picture on Twitter of him and Snoop standing by the purple and gold car Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)USA’s Kobe Bryant, right, works the ball under the net as Spain’s Pau Gasol (4) defends during the men’s gold medal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)USA’s Kobe Bryant pops his shirt as celebrates after beating Spain 118-107 in the men’s gold medal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, tries to stop Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the fourth quarter in a basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, in Cleveland. James scored 33 points for the Cavaliers’ 94-90 win. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, Devean George, left, and Gary Payton, right, walk onto the court for the second half of their game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 4, 2003, in Milwaukee. Not a single protester or heckler was around Monda as the Lakers left for their shootaround, continuing a relatively quiet weeklong road trip that marked Bryant’s first long foray into some of the 27 cities where he will ply his craft in front of thousands of fans acutely aware of the drama surrounding him.Bryant was loudly booed in Milwaukee and San Antonio before getting a less-severe treatment in New Orleans and Memphis. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, yells at referee Tony Brown about a foul call during the second half of their game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday night, Nov. 12, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers super fan Gabbie Aquino, 24, holds the Kobe head she brought as she cheers in the second half of the game at Citizens Business Bank Arena Sunday in Ontario, CA. October 12, 2014.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, passes the ball as Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett defends in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, left, shakes hands with general manger Mitch Kupchak after signing his contract during a news conference Thursday, July 15, 2004, at the team’s training facility in El Segundo, Calif. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant, of the the Lakers, share a laugh on the bench during the Lakers vs. Clippers game at Staples Center. Malone and Bryant are on the injured list. (Photo by Amanda Lucidon of The Press-Enterprise, file)Lakers watch during pre-game as a huge picture of Kobe Bryant flashed across the screen as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 128-114 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 20. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 and Cavalier LeBron James #23 in the first half during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 on the bench in the first half during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 celebrates as the Lakers beat the Cavaliers 105-88 during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, drives the court in the first half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, drives to the basket in the first half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, drives to the basket in the first half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Cavaliers LeBron James ,23, and Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, jockey for position in the second half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (36) fouls Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) in the first half during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) shoots past Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (36) in the first half during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) before a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 with Pau Gasol during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles.2-1-98-6–BULLS#1–KEITH BIRMINGHAM–TRIBINGLEWOOD: Michael Jordan (23) goes up for a layup, but Shaquille O’Neal (34) prepares to reject him as Kobe Bryant looks on in the Sunday afternoon between Lakers and Bulls.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) sits alone on the bench before a basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center on Sunday, April 4, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) after hitting a three pointer in the first half during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, smiles as filmmaker Spike Lee films him for a story during a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers April 13. 2008 at the Staples Center. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant’s wife and kids held signs supporting Kobe for MVP as the Lakers beat the Spurs 106-85 during a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers April 13. 2008 at the Staples Center. (Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Mags Out/No Sales/Internet Out)Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant,8, drives to the basketball against the Sacramento Kings defense in the first half of the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles April 17,2002.(Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)New Orleans Hornets’ Jarrett Jack (2) celebrates as Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant upset that he lost the ball on a back court violation in the fourth quarter during a NBA Western Conference First Round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles, on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Hornets won the game 109-100. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, fouled hard to going to the basket in the first half during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Lakers Kobe Bryant ,8, enters the Staples center court. Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles April 28. 2006.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Lakers Kobe Bryant ,8, dejected at the end of the 1st half as Suns Steve Nash ,13, celebrates. Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles May 5. 2006.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)A Laker Kobe Bryant #24 fan in the first half as the Rockets beat the Laker 100-92 during game one of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday May 4, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in the first quarter during game two of a NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 enters the court before game two of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Wednesday May 6, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 and head coach Phil Jackson before game two of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Wednesday May 6, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)NBA and Laker MVP Kobe Bryant #24 before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 holds up the MVP trophy before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 holds up the MVP award with his team mates before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 as the Lakers beat the Rockets 89-70 during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant #24 and Derek Fisher #2 as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 105-103 during game one of a Western Conference final playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 celebrates with Ronny Turiaf #21 as the Lakers beat the Spurs 89-85 during game one of the the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers May 21. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 celebrates with Ronny Turiaf #21 as the Lakers beat the Spurs 89-85 during game one of the the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers May 21. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)NBA and Laker MVP Kobe Bryant #24 before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) before game five of a Western Conference Final Playoff basketball game as the Lakers beat the Suns 103-101 at the Staples Center on Thursday, May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest (37) jumps into the arms of Kobe Bryant (24) after scoring at the buzzer at the end of the fourth quarter to beat the Suns 103-101 as Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) walks away during game five of a Western Conference Final Playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles.Laker fans show there support for Kobe Bryant #24 after winning the MVP trophy before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates as he was introduced to the 90 thousand plus fans during the victory rally for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates during the victory rally for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates on stage during the victory rally for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant smiles as the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-3 during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim at Anaheim Stadium on Sunday June 21, 2009 in Anaheim. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) with his knees iced late in the second half as the Lakers beat the Warriors 107-83 during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, October 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant before a basketball game at the Staples Center on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd after receiving his Al-Star jersey prior to a NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2015 in Los Angeles.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) points after hitting a three point shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers won 119-115.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Sacramento: Kobe Bryant,8, of the Lakers and Mike Bibby,10, of the Kings shake hands and hug after the win against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento,Ca June 2,2002.(Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sits on the bench with head coach Phil Jackson before game one of a NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, May 2, 2011. Mavericks won the game 96-94. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant,8, of the Lakers celebrates as the game winds and the Lakers defeated the Spurs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,Ca May 14,2002.(Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers slam dunks on the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center Nov 9,2001. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)LOS ANGELES: World Champion Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant with his Dodger hat and shirt signs autographs for his fans after throwing out the first pitch before the Dodgers vs Padres game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday June 27,2000.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Lakers’ Kobe Bryant takes a break from the NBA playoffs to accept a challenge from Los Angeles-area youngsters on Nintendo’s new basketball video game ‘Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside.’ With him are Ashley Dunning of Los Angeles, Taylor Livingston of La Crescenta, and John Torrez, right, of Rolando Heights. The game was released on Monday, April 27, 1998. (Feature Photo Service)NextShow Caption1 of 93Lakers’ Kobe Bryant takes a break from the NBA playoffs to accept a challenge from Los Angeles-area youngsters on Nintendo’s new basketball video game ‘Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside.’ With him are Ashley Dunning of Los Angeles, Taylor Livingston of La Crescenta, and John Torrez, right, of Rolando Heights. The game was released on Monday, April 27, 1998. (Feature Photo Service)Expand Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more