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Stars and Sports Figures Tweet Support for Gay NBA Player Jason Collins

Stars and Sports Figures Tweet Support for Gay NBA Player Jason Collins

Originally posted 02/24/2014 12:35PM

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter of Sunday's NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Jason Collins stepped onto the court and made history. The 35-year-old free agent became the first gay athlete to compete in any of North America's four professional sports.

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See Meryl Streep and 50 Cent – Together! – Get 'A Little Gangsta'

Meryl Streep, 50 Cent and Kobe Bryant Get 'Gangsta' at Lakers Game

Originally posted 01/27/2014 12:35PM

Everyone knows Meryl Streep can act and sing – but could a rap career be this leading lady's latest venture?

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Kobe Bryant to Mom: Don't Sell My Old Trophies!

Kobe Bryant to Mom: Don't Sell My Old Trophies!

Originally posted 05/04/2013 10:15AM

When your son grows up and moves away, what to do with all his stuff? Old basketball jerseys, tarnished high school trophies, um, a few L.A. Lakers' championship rings?

If you're Pamela Bryant, the mother of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, you might consider selling them for a tidy sum.

But better check with Kobe first.

In a cease-and-desist letter to Goldin Auctions of West Berlin, N.J., Bryant is seeking to block his mom's June sale of 42 pieces of early Kobe memorabilia worth an estimated $1.5 million. He alleges the items are not hers to sell.

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Kobe Bryant – and His $25K Watch – Play Ball for Charity

Kobe Bryant – and His $25K Watch – Play Ball for Charity

Originally posted 03/22/2013 06:00AM

It only costs $25,000 to keep time like the Black Mamba.

Kobe Bryant was announced as the new ambassador of Swiss luxury watch brand, Hublot, at the London Hotel in West Hollywood Wednesday night, where the Lakers star's limited edition "King Power Black Mamba" timepiece was unveiled.

Still recovering from his ankle injury, the basketball champ kept score in a charity shoot-off with two children from After-School All Stars Los Angeles and raised $30,000 for the Bryant Family Foundation.

"When the little girl kept missing shots, Kobe lifted her up towards the basket so she could shoot the ball in," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He was super sweet with the kids, and kept giving them high fives and hugs."

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Kobe Bryant: President Obama Talks Trash on the Basketball Court

Kobe Bryant: President Obama Talks Trash on the Basketball Court

Originally posted 09/28/2012 02:15PM

L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in the NBA, but there is one opponent he goes a little easy on: President Barack Obama.

Bryant, who has played some games against the commander-in-chief at the White House, says Obama is "very, very good" on the basketball court, but Bryant was tentative about going full-out during their competitions.

"The thing that’s interesting is that if he makes a nice move, you kind of catch yourself," Bryant tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday. "I’m going to steal the ball from him. Then all the sudden, I start peeking around looking for the CIA. I say, you know, I should just let him go."

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Which Basketball Star Told Rob Pattinson He's a 'Big Fan' in L.A.? | Kobe Bryant, Robert Pattinson

Which Basketball Star Told Rob Pattinson He's a 'Big Fan' in L.A.?

Originally posted 09/25/2012 06:00AM

A slam dunk for Twilight!

Robert Pattinson stepped out Sunday night to attend Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel's after party at Soho House in Los Angeles.

Joined by a male friend, Pattinson was dressed casually in a baseball cap and jacket, but every girl in the room was "trying to get his attention," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

Inside the star studded event, guests sipped on Don Julio margaritas and Bulleit Bourbon Old Fashioned cocktails and snacked on sliders from Umami Burger.

Samantha Ronson deejayed a set full of current hits and classic rock while nominees, winners and guests including Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant and more enjoyed the evening.

"At one point Rob approached Kobe to say hi and tell him he was a big fan," the source adds. "Kobe said the same right back to him!"


– Jennifer Garcia

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Vanessa Bryant: Kobe Better Be Winning If He's Going to Be Away | Kobe Bryant

Vanessa Bryant: Kobe Better Be Winning If He's Going to Be Away

Originally posted 08/17/2012 11:25AM

For Vanessa Bryant, winning is not only an essential. It's everything. And so is her family.

"I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships," the fashion figure and wife of Lakers star and five-time NBA champ Kobe Bryant tells New York magazine.

"If you're sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships," she says, "then winning a championship should happen every single year."

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Team U.S.A. Basketball Stars Toast Gold Medal Win in London | Swiss Beatz, Kobe Bryant, Nas

Team U.S.A. Basketball Stars Toast Gold Medal Win in London

Originally posted 08/14/2012 06:00AM

After besting Spain in the gold medal game Sunday, some of Team U.S.A.'s Olympic basketball stars celebrated at TAO/Marquee's Club Bud in London.

Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony made the bash a family affair, bringing wives Vanessa and La La, who both happened to be wearing leopard-print dresses.

"Kobe rarely left his wife's side," a source tells PEOPLE. "They were very affectionate as he had one arm draped across her as she danced against him."

As the night wore on, Alicia Keys's husband Swizz Beatz, who was DJing, invited the basketball stars on stage and blasted Queen's "We Will Rock You" – before spraying the crowd with champagne.

Rapper Nas was also on hand for the celebration, and closed out the evening with a surprise performance that had the nearly 2,000 partygoers singing until well past 3 a.m.
– Melody Chiu

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Top 10 Athletes to Follow on Facebook: Olympic Edition

PEOPLE Recommends: The Top Athletes on Facebook

Originally posted 08/08/2012 05:00PM

Worried you might go into Olympics withdrawal now that the Games are reaching their final stretch?

Keep the Olympic flame burning long after the Closing Ceremonies Sunday, courtesy of a select group of athletes who've obsessively Facebooked about the Games and are fun to read. Here are the top athletes to follow on Facebook – and don't forget to like People.com for all your celeb news.

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Kobe, Vanessa Bryant Make Olympics a Family Vacation | Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant: Enjoying Olympics as a Family

Originally posted 08/06/2012 01:45PM

The Bryant family is getting into the Olympic spirit!

Kobe, wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia and Gianna cheered on Michael Phelps in the final swimming race of the London Olympics on Saturday.

"My girls and I have definitely been very blessed to be able to see history in the making," Vanessa, 30, tells PEOPLE.

Kobe, 33, Vanessa, Natalia, 9, and Gianna, 6, were all dressed in their Olympic best, wearing Team USA gear as they cheered on the swimmers.

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