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Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers wish that Kobe Bryant was making sweet music on the court and propelling the squad toward a playoff berth. Alas, he’s still rocking the suit and tie while the nameless, faceless Lakers flounder through the 2013-14 campaign. That hasn’t stopped Bryant from continuing his marketing and sales efforts on […]

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Harmon reunites with Tracy Hackler of Panini America to discuss new trading card releases (Immaculate Basketball), the autograph redemption process (and a huge mail day for people waiting on Tom Brady product), jersey cards, the NFL Playoff picture and Black Friday. According to a study by industry experts, Panini’s “Black Friday” promotion drove nearly $1.4 […]

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Kobe Bryant’s return to the court was announced in a video of a jersey swaying in the wind, impervious to different types of precipitation and strong winds. I suppose he couldn’t use “I’m Back” because that’s probably trademarked by the Michael Jordan juggernaut. But, the folks behind the Lakers (and Kobe’s camp itself) in marketing […]

Flawless

After reading myriad reports across the social media landscape about the latest sensation in the trading card world, Mike Harmon talks to Tracy Hackler of Panini America. The topic of discussion is “Flawless,” a high-end ($1,250 per box) issue that has collectors and investors rolling the dice to find a big hit. The base cards […]

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Breaking news normally doesn’t fall into our collective lap on Friday afternoons. It definitely doesn’t occur on the Friday of a long holiday weekend most years. Of course, it’s not every year that a free agent like Dwight Howard commands the attention of the media. Without a written statement or saying a word (or taking […]

This past week, the Stanley Cup Final concluded with a Blackhawks victory over the Bruins in Boston. The next big event on the sports calendar was the NBA Draft and with it, myriad questions about trades and free agency. And, of course, there was some drama regarding the No. 1 pick. The Cavaliers shocked the […]

It’s been a whirlwind week of updates in a sporting world that is normally quiet in late June. The Stanley Cup Final concluded on Monday night. The Blackhawks’ Game 6 win against the Bruins was about the only normal thing to occur. The hammer dropped on former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in […]

On Tuesday afternoon, the media horde descended upon the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility for the obligatory “exit interview” process. It’s that last team event of the season, spread over a couple days (free agent to be Antawn Jamison had surgery instead), before the players depart what will be a long offseason. Just envision the […]

I returned behind the microphone on Monday, fully prepared to discuss the final rounds of the NFL Draft and NBA Playoffs, when Jason Collins’ SI article was revealed. It’s the talk of the Twitterverse and sports radio/television nationwide. Take a listen. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on Blog Talk Radio

I was going to give the “Fantasy Man-Crush” nod to Nate Robinson following his brilliant performance in the triple-OT win over the Nets on Saturday. With Derrick Rose still OUT and Joakim Noah ailing, the sometimes-maddening Robinson took over the game in the final minutes of regulation and owned the highlight shows — even with […]

Harmon returns to the microphone to scream about the first round of the NFL Draft, his own mock draft , NBA Playoffs and more. He calls for video chat Kobe as coach, a summer of peace for Derrick Rose and offers investing advice for the degenerates among you. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome […]

While everyone was watching the implosion of the Lakers, the other occupants of STAPLES Center have put together an historic season. On Wednesday night, the Clippers routed the Suns to record a franchise-best 50th win. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are leading the Clippers into the playoffs and a battle for the No. […]

The Lakers put another jersey up into the rafters on Tuesday night. All ill feelings dissipated and Shaq was welcomed back to Staples Center for the pomp and circumstance. Oh, and the Lakers and Mavericks were set to renew the rivalry as they battle for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. As you’d expect, […]

“Basically, it’s just a dumb idea and we (discuss) it that way.” Five-time NBA champion and grizzled veteran Kobe Bryant disagrees with Commissioner David Stern’s desire to eliminate players over the age of 23 from future Olympics. Bryant succinctly labeled it “a player’s choice” and spoke openly of the fact that the push for such […]

The big man woes continue for Coach K and Team USA. The team entered camp without Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard, and many pundits wondered aloud where “the beef” (read: height and bulk) were on this U.S. squad. On Thursday, that front line lost a huge, energetic force when it was revealed that Clippers star […]

Steve Blake is being destroyed in the social media landscape after missing a potential game-winning shot in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City. It was a wide-open look on an inbounds pass from Metta World Peace in the corner. Blake caught and shot, just as he’d done with sharpshooter precision in […]

I always say, “If you’re going to fail, then fail spectacularly.” The Lakers must have heeded those words on Monday night, as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series was nothing short of a bloodbath. Oklahoma City took a 15-point lead into halftime … and then it got ugly. The Thunder outscored the Lakers […]

Do you remember when Kobe Bryant broke his nose after being fouled by Dwyane Wade in the NBA All-Star Game? Well, Kobe was then forced to don a face mask in the subsequent games. He played in 11 games and scored his 29,000th career point behind the mask. Now, Bryant is auctioning off the mask […]

Harmon returns to the microphone following a short hiatus to usher in a new run of “Inside The Swollen Dome.” He dives into the news of the day & sets the table for a huge sports week. ITSD 2.21

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On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant made a public appearance to discuss his charitable efforts to reduce homelessness in the greater Los Angeles area. You can see my write-up here . It’s an issue that deserved its own place in this age of negativity. Despite the importance of the issue being discussed in this forum, there was […]

On Wednesday night, the Lakers absorbed a huge blow to their quest for a third consecutive NBA title. The Mavericks’ bench played brilliantly, sparked by point guard J.J. Barea. Barea sliced through a lifeless Los Angeles defense. The legs of the big men appeared to be set in concrete, and Steve Blake was positively torched […]

At times, it appeared that Game 2 of the Lakers-Hornets series had devolved into a game of pinball. Bodies were flying everywhere, with hard screen after hard screen and plenty of contact in the lane. Welcome to playoff basketball. With the usual smile that accompanies the “why do I have to do this?” thought bubble, […]

As word spread that center Tim Duncan was on crutches and would be unavailable to the Spurs for the foreseeable future (more on that as it develops), the Lakers and Suns were locked in an instant classic. “Los Lakers” and “Los Suns” engaged in a triple-overtime thriller at Staples Center. Just look at the box […]

Finally … I joked that I wasn’t going to sit and watch Game 7 after investing a ridiculous number of hours watching the three-month marathon that is the NBA Playoffs. Rip Van Winkle awoke to see that nothing had changed. The never-ending investigation of USC athletics … ended. Ubaldo won 13 games … almost as […]

On Tuesday’s edition of “the well-listened to Dan Patrick Show,” disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy called in to discuss the NBA Playoffs and sell some books. He cited examples of plays in the fourth game of the Orlando-Boston series that pointed to referees’ exertion of undue influence to thwart the potential sweep. He also […]