Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea has fired back at critics who didn't appreciate his rendition of the American National Anthem send-off to retiring basketball star Kobe Bryant on Wednesday (13Apr16).
The rocker performed the Star Spangled Banner on his bass before the Los Angeles Lakers season-ending game against the Utah Jazz, and his version of the song lit up Twitter.
Many people were far from impressed and suggested a bigger name with a powerful voice should have been invited to sing the anthem to honour Kobe's last game.
But Flea was unfazed by the criticism and on Friday (15Apr16) he told TMZ, "I don't care, man. I know that people who like music liked it. I thought it was beautiful.
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Former professional soccer star David Beckham has offered advice to Kobe Bryant on what to do when retirement gets "hard".
After two decades of playing in America's National Basketball Association (NBA), baller Bryant competed in the last game of his career on Wednesday night (13Apr16), hitting the court for his Los Angeles Lakers team for the final time.
Legendary athlete Beckham officially stepped down from his sport in 2013 and in the years following his retirement, he's learned a few things about what to do when a yearning for the game becomes overwhelming.
"(Retiring is) a hard decision obviously," he told ET Online. "But when you know, you know. It doesn't mean (Kobe's) not going to miss it.
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Lamar Odom's relationship with Khloe Kardashian "won't ever stop".
The basketball player and reality star Khloe wed in 2009 and announced their split in 2013. After Lamar was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel last October (15), Khloe put divorce proceedings on hold to care for her ailing spouse. But now Lamar is back to full health, and was even seen apparently drinking and partying in recent weeks, Khloe is said to be moving forward with ending their marriage.
Speaking about his relationship while at Kobe Bryant's final game for The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night (13Apr16), Lamar insisted nothing is set in stone.
"We did talk, you know, everything is (up for) discussion," Lamar told Entertainment Tonight. “We talk about anything. We’ve been through a lot. It won’t ever stop. I still got it."
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Stars including Lamar Odom and Jack Nicholson featured in a tribute video for Kobe Bryant ahead of the sportsman's final game on Wednesday night (13Apr16) before retiring from professional basketball.
The American sporting legend played his final game for The Los Angeles Lakers at the city's Staples Center.
Hundreds of avid fans of the 37-year-old player flooded into the venue to support him as he wore his Lakers vest for the final time, including celebrities such as Jack, Jay Z, Kanye West, David Beckham, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo and The Weeknd.
Prior to the game, a tribute video was played which featured many of Kobe's teammates old and new, including Lamar. The footage marked the first time Lamar has been seen speaking publicly since his health battle last year (15) after being found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel.
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar's week of tributes continues as he has been picked to narrate basketball star Kobe Bryant's life story video.
Just days after he inducted N.w.a. in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Kendrick has been asked to front a new tribute, which will air on ESPN before Kobe's final game on Wednesday (13Apr16).
The Los Angeles Lakers veteran will bow out as a professional basketball player after the game, and Lamar admits it's a huge honour to narrate the ESPN video compilation of his sporting hero's greatest moments.
"It's a trip to even be doing this right now," he says.
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Gwyneth Paltrow has been stung by bees in the name of beauty.
The actress-turned-lifestyle guru has put a number of weird and wonderful treatments to the test over the years, including oil pulling and a vagina steam, and she regularly relays her experiences to readers of her Goop.com newsletter.
"I'm always the guinea pig to try everything," the 43-year-old told The New York Times. "I've got to try them all. I love acupuncture. Also, I just heard of a service called a sound bath, which might be too hippie-ish even for the likes of me. It's some new healing modality. I might not be able to handle it."
However, one of the strangest - and most painful - treatments involved being repeatedly stung by bees.
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Bill O'Reilly , Kobe Bryant - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Lakers game. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 92-90 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 26th January 2016
The Game , Kobe Bryant - Celebrities at the Lakers Game. The Houston Rockets defeats the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 107-87 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 17th December 2015
Michael B. Jordan , Kobe Bryant - Celebrities watch the Los Angeles Lakers against the Indiana Pacers. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 107-103. at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 29th November 2015
American Basketball Icon Kobe Bryant Announced His Retirement On Sunday (29nov15).
The Los Angeles Lakers star officially confirmed rumours his current 20th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) will be his last.
Bryant, 37, revealed the news in a post on The Players' Tribune website, which was launched by another iconic athlete, baseball star Derek Jeter.
Written as a love letter and poem to his favourite sport, the post is titled "Dear basketball," and Bryant begins, "From the moment I started rolling my dad's tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you. A love so deep I gave you my all - from my mind & body to my spirit & soul."
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Gigi Hadid is ''so proud'' of her best pal Taylor Swift's success and ''still belts every word'' at her concerts.
The 20-year-old model has admitted she is in awe of the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker's success.
Taking to Twitter after attending the 25-year-old's concert in Los Angeles, she said: ''I grew up a @Lakers super-fan & tonight my friend @taylorswift13 got a banner in the Staples Center presented to her by Kobe [Bryant]. Life, made.
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Swifty has now sold out a record-setting 16 shows at the Staples Center, and Kobe was there to congratulate her.
Tickets for Taylor's concerts have sold Swiftly (sorry)
The five-time NBA champ joined Swift on Friday (21 August) for the first of her five-night stop at the arena, and presented the surprised singer with a banner marking her record-setting feat, reports Entertainment Weekly.
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Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant - 16th Annual EIF Women''s Cancer Research Fund's 'An Unforgettable Evening' presented by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 2nd May 2013
Magic Johnson fully supports his gay son and so does Kobe Bryant.
So Magic Johnson’s son is gay and the media might care, but Magic sure doesn’t. The basketball veteran stands firmly behind his son in every way. 20-year-old Earvin Johnson recently came out to the media and the public and has since been photographed holding hands with his boyfriend. And while the gossip mill might be eagerly churning, good ol’ Magic is not bothered by the ultra-masculine stereotypes of his sport and is instead fully supportive of his son. "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way," the Lakers legend and current Dodgers owner said.
"We're very proud of him." And good on them. Johnson has been voicing his support for LGBT rights for a long time. In 2011, he made the following statement: "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way," the Lakers legend and current Dodgers owner said.
"We're very proud of him." He is very actively working to break those stereotypes in a number of ways, including putting in his support for the repeal of California’s infamous Proposition 8, which explicitly bans same sex marriage in the state.
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