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.

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    Embiid made his return from a finger injury and had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the 76ers' 115-104 win over the Golden State Warriors.

    The forward also wore a number 24 jersey to honour the late Kobe Bryant, who made it famous during his glittering career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Al Horford chipped in with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who improved to 31-17.

    The Bucks extended their winning streak to nine by thrashing the Washington Wizards 151-131.

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    Gordon Hayward guided the Boston Celtics to a 109-101 victory over the Miami Heat with 29 points and nine rebounds.

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    The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns took an eight-second backcourt violation and 24-second shot-clock violation in honour of the Lakers great, who wore those two numbers during his career.

    The 76ers and Warriors did likewise.

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    New Orleans Pelicans 125-111 Cleveland Cavaliers
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    Bryant won five championships and was the 2008 MVP during a 20-year career with the Lakers which ended in 2016.

    West, the former Lakers general manager, head coach and player, said Bryant had committed to making a shock move to the Clippers.

    "I remember when he was going to leave the Lakers and I've never really mentioned this to anyone," he told NBA on TNT on Tuesday.

    "He was going to come and sign with the Clippers, who I'm not involved with as a consultant. And I told him, 'Kobe, under no circumstances can you do this'.

    "And he was mad at everyone at the Lakers, the owner, everyone else. I said, 'Kobe, you can't go play with the Clippers, you can't play for that owner [Donald Sterling], period'.

    "We had two conversations about it and he had supposedly made a commitment to the Clippers … there's so many things that we talked about as he was just seeking information.

    "His parents were with him for a while and honestly I felt like his father for two years. I don't know if I can get over this."

    Bryant's former team-mate, Shaquille O'Neal, was still reeling from his friend's death, saying it would be difficult to overcome.

    "The fact that we lost probably the world's greatest Laker, the world's greatest basketball player, is just, listen, people are going to say take your time and get better, but this is going to be hard for me," he told NBA on TNT.

    "I already don't sleep anyway, but I'll figure it out."

    O'Neal added: "I never could have imagined nothing like this. I was thinking the other day I've never seen anything like this.

    "All the basketball idols that I grew up [watching], I see them. They're old."

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