On his first day as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, Phil Jackson pulled Shaquille O’Neal aside and offered him a deal. Do it my way, Jackson said, and I guarantee that you’ll win the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. If you don’t, enjoy free rein on the court.
Eighteen months ago, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. was under U.S. scrutiny because counterfeiters were selling goods on its website. Now it’s heading for what may be the nation’s biggest initial public offering since 2008.
Kobe Bryant passed over Michael Jordan for his ideal group to join in a pick-up basketball game, saying he’d take Magic Johnson as his backcourt mate along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bill Russell.
Kobe Bryant, the All-Star basketball guard, was directed by a judge to try mediation before a possible June 17 trial over whether a New Jersey auctioneer can sell his memorabilia on behalf of his mother.
Turkish Airlines, whose advertisements feature sports stars including Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant, is turning to U.S. investors to help finance plans to double the number of passengers it carries by 2020.