Review KFC Star Search - Youth basketball takes the spotlight

By George Davis July 23, 2019

Talented youth get the opportunity to showcase their skills as the KFC Star Search basketball camp gets underway.

Related items

  • LeBron: Passing Kobe Bryant in NBA points 'doesn't make sense' LeBron: Passing Kobe Bryant in NBA points 'doesn't make sense'

    LeBron James was left struggling to comprehend the "crazy" journey that led to him surpassing Kobe Bryant's all-time NBA points tally on Saturday.

    Los Angeles Lakers star James leapfrogged the retired Bryant into third among the competition's most prolific scorers when he completed a layup in the third quarter of a 108-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Though the result somewhat spoiled the milestone, James spoke after the game in detail about his admiration for Bryant and recounted his earliest meetings with the retired Lakers great.

    The formative encounters included a brush at a youth basketball camp at age 15 and receiving a pair of shoes from the eventual five-time NBA champion at the 2002 All-Star Game.

    "It's too much. The story, it's too much. It doesn't make sense," James told reporters when asked about overtaking Bryant.

    "To make a long story short, now I'm here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he's from, where I met him for one of the first times in All-Star week, it's surreal.

    "It doesn't make sense, but the universe puts things in your life... things happen organically, and it's not supposed to make sense, but it just happens.

    "I'm happy to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man's got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."

    The 35-year-old found it easier to sum up his appreciation for Ben Simmons, who led the 76ers to victory at Wells Fargo Center with 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

    James (29 points) said he looked forward to sitting courtside and observing Simmons when the time comes for him to join Bryant in retirement.

    "That's pretty much how I'm going to be when I'm done playing," he said.

    "Being able to come back and watch this beautiful game, hopefully there's somebody playing the game at a high level.

    "Like that guy across the hallway, Ben Simmons, I can sit and watch him and see how much he continues to grow, watch him and see him continue to do what he does, because he's growing every day."

  • Simmons and 76ers spoil LeBron celebration, Jazz overhaul Mavs Simmons and 76ers spoil LeBron celebration, Jazz overhaul Mavs

    Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers ruined a memorable moment for Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, while the Utah Jazz defused Luka Doncic on Saturday.

    Four-time MVP James passed Kobe Bryant and rose to third for all-time NBA points during the third quarter in Philadelphia, but the Lakers failed to crown the occasion in style as they lost 108-91.

    Simmons stole the limelight, scoring 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

    The 76ers, still missing Joel Embiid, withstood a fourth-quarter Lakers recovery before sealing their fifth victory in six games.

    The Dallas Mavericks, meanwhile, led for three quarters before collapsing to a 112-107 loss to the Jazz, who have now won four straight.

    Rudy Gobert registered a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell's 25-point haul included two clutch three-pointers in Utah's fourth-quarter comeback.

     

    Irving ignites the Nets

    Kyrie Irving snapped the Brooklyn Nets out of a five-game losing streak as he put up 45 points in 121-111 overtime win against the Detroit Pistons.

    Brooklyn rallied back from a double-digit deficit to take a late lead, only for Derrick Rose to force an extra period with a brilliant finish at the basket with 1.9 seconds left on the clock.

    The Nets, though, eventually pulled away in OT thanks to strong performances from Irving and Jarrett Allen (20 points, 15 rebounds).

    Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 37 points but the Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a 113-104 defeat against the streaking Oklahoma City Thunder, while Zach LaVine (40 points, 10 rebounds) guided the Chicago Bulls to a 118-106 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

     

    Doncic goes cold beyond the arc

    MVP candidate Doncic had 25 points for the Mavs but the new All-Star struggled from three-point range against the Jazz, hitting just two of his 10 attempts.

     

    LeBron betters the Black Mamba

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) were the only men left leading James (33,655) on the all-time points tally following his third-quarter layup at Wells Fargo Center.

     

    Saturday's results

    Utah Jazz 112-107 Dallas Mavericks
    Brooklyn Nets 121-111 Detroit Pistons (OT)
    Chicago Bulls 118-106 Cleveland Cavaliers
    Oklahoma City Thunder 113-104 Minnesota Timberwolves
    Philadelphia 76ers 108-91 Los Angeles Lakers

     

    Rockets at Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets (31-14) have the chance to avenge Wednesday's road loss to the Houston Rockets (28-16) when the teams square off at Pepsi Center on Sunday.

  • LeBron passes Bryant to go third for most NBA points LeBron passes Bryant to go third for most NBA points

    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James moved past Kobe Bryant and into third for for most all-time points in the NBA.

    James needed just 18 points to surpass Bryant during the Lakers' clash against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

    The star leapfrogged Bryant (33,643) during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

    Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) have scored more NBA points than James.

    James was averaging 25.2 points, 10.8 assists and 7.7 rebounds heading into the clash with the 76ers.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.