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Kobe Paras embraces changed mindset in UAAP debut season

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:02 AM

After a stellar run ended in a heartbreak, UP stalwart Kobe Paras just wants to 'take a break and enjoy life'

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras mum on subpar outing in UP blowout loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

After a stellar run all season, UP star Kobe Paras winds up with just 9 points in his first UAAP playoff game

Paras grateful Maroons stepped up in twice-to-beat clincher

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons nail the No. 2 spot and the semifinal bonus for the first time in the Final Four era

Photo release

Kobe Paras credits Maroons' comeback ability to overseas training

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:42 AM

'If you guys watched our off-season, we went to Taipei, I think that’s where we got how we play to fight back,' says Kobe Paras

TAIWAN EXPERIENCE. Kobe Paras thinks that the UP Fighting Maroons learned how to stage massive comebacks from their overseas trainings. Photo from UAAP release

[OPINION] UP’s Kobe Paras and the struggles of American life

Oct 01, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The way Kobe described his US life is what the vast majority of OFWs/immigrants experience: unending challenges, isolation, despair, hope, trials, momentary success, and seizing of the few available opportunities

UAAP Player of the Week Kobe Paras reintroduces himself

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM

After missing the first two games of the UAAP season, Kobe Paras immediately makes his presence felt for the UP Fighting Maroons

STREAKING. The UP Fighting Maroons has clinched 3 straight wins with Kobe Paras. Photo from UAAP


Kobe Paras thanks UP for '3rd chance' after long-awaited debut

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:03 AM

'This is my fourth college so I'm just thankful for coach Bo [Perasol] and the whole UP community for giving me basically a third chance not just in basketball, but in life,' says Kobe Paras

GRATEFUL. Kobe Paras relishes another chance of playing collegiate basketball. Photo from release

Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15 AM

'We are just going to win some and lose some,' NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Team USA's failed World Cup title defense bid

TOUGH RUN. Team USA gets relegated to a battle for 7th place. Photo from fiba.basketball

Injured Kobe Paras ‘needs to feel the game,' says Bo Perasol

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:47 PM

UP head coach Bo Perasol hopes Kobe Paras gets to play soon, even in limited minutes, to get a feel of the UAAP

SIDELINED. Kobe Paras sits out in UP's UAAP Season 82 opening game against FEU. Photo from release

Kobe, Shaq squash renewed feud speculation

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The former Lakers superstar teammates hit social media to say there's 'no beef' between them

ALL GOOD. Retired NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal brush off feud speculations. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Next Desiderio? No, Kobe Paras to lead UP his own way

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:57 PM

'I never think of filling anyone’s shoes. Paul left his own legacy. I’m just trying to play my own game and be there for my teammates,' says Kobe Paras

NEW ROLE. Kobe Paras will do anything to help his team win a championship. Photo from Instagram (@_kokoparas)

Kobe Paras erupts for 37 in UP's Taiwan title sweep

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The UP Maroons' UAAP buildup goes in full swing with Kobe Paras at the helm

STALWART. Kobe Paras puts on a show in Taiwan. Photo by Keith Magcaling/UPMBT

WATCH: Giannis says Kobe motivated him in NBA MVP triumph

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo emerges as the new NBA MVP, completing a challenge issued by Kobe Bryant in 2017

SUPERSTARS. Giannis Antetokounmpo draws inspiration from Kobe Bryant as he captures his first NBA MVP plum. Photo courtesy of Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Antetokounmpo) and Wikimedia (Bryant)


WATCH: Kobe reveals his all-time top 5 USA players

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is quick to acknowledge the greats who came before him

PLAY FOR EACH OTHER. Kobe Bryant believes Team USA will be hard to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup if players leave their egos at the door. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP


LeBron leaps past Kobe for another NBA milestone

Mar 03, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The King' joins legendary company in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan

RACKING IT UP. LeBron James is having himself a season full of personal milestones. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


Thirdy, Kobe amazed at Sisters of Mary Cebu sports culture

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Thirdy Ravena says seeing nuns play basketball was the highlight of his two-day trip to Cebu

HAVING FUN. The nuns of Sisters of Mary Cebu take some shots from the free throw line. Photo from release

Kobe Bryant confident of Lakers recovery

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:58 AM

'Enjoy the journey because we'll be champions before you know it. Then we'll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans,' says the Lakers legend

OPTIMISTIC. Kobe Bryant thinks everything will fall into place soon for LeBron James and the young Lakers squad. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James hits 3 NBA milestones in one game

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Lakers superstar moves up in the league's all-time scoring, all-time 30-point games, and all-time field goals lists

LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. LeBron James becomes the NBA's active overall points leader. Photo from Lakers Twitter.


Kobe Paras calls out UAAP for Thirdy Ravena disqualification

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Ravena, a Mythical Five member in the past two seasons, won't be taking home an individual award after he was suspended by the league

IN DEFENSE. Kobe Paras (right) comes into Thirdy Ravena's defense following his one-game suspension in the UAAP. File photos by Czeasar Dancel (Ravena) and Jerrick Reymarc (Paras)

Kobe Bryant dropped from film festival over 2003 rape case

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The former NBA star turned Oscar-winning filmmaker says he’s disappointed after his removal from the jury of an animation film festival

OLD CASE. An online petition succeeded in taking Oscar winner Kobe Bryant out of an animation film festival after citing a 2003 rape case, which later got dropped. Photo Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(4th UPDATE) The typhoon has swept a 2,500-ton tanker into the bridge to Kansai International Airport, the region's main international gateway and a national transport hub

TYPHOON JEBI. This handout picture released by Kansai airport coast guard air base on September 4, 2018 and received through Jiji press shows a tanker after it collided with a bridge connecting to Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Izumisano city, in Osaka prefecture. AFP PHOTO/Kansai airport coast guard air base

Kobe Bryant says never coming back to play basketball, ever

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers legend says he wants to show people he can do more than basketball

MAMBA OUT. Kobe Bryant has no plans of coming out of retirement. Photo by AFP

Kobe, Jordan rule UAAP preseason showcase

Aug 17, 2018 - 9:12 PM

UP's Kobe Paras bags the slam dunk title as La Salle's Jordan Bartlett captures the 1-on-1 crown

STANDOUT. New UP recruit Kobe Paras nearly clinches a double UAAP gold. Photo by Keith Magcaling/Rappler

Kobe wife says no NBA return for Lakers legend

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Vanessa Bryant shuts down rumors that her husband Kobe Bryant will return to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers

SPECULATIONS. The Kobe Bryant-LeBron James team up is all speculation as the Lakers icon continues to enjoy retirement, says Vanessa Bryant. File photo by AFP

Nowitzki returns to Dallas for record 20th NBA season

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The German star is set to tie Lakers icon Kobe Bryant's record of playing for one team in 20 straight seasons

LEGEND. Dirk Nowitzki remains an integral piece for the rebuilding Dallas Mavericks. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

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Jul 11, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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On UP and college basketball: Something special happening

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The Maroons lineup in the coming years should give UP fans reason to be beyond excited

POTENTIAL CHAMPION. Suddenly boasting of a stacked lineup, the UP Maroons are now among the UAAP title contenders. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kobe Paras out to make 'own wave' in UP

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The son of former PBA superstar Benjie Paras says he did not join UP just to follow the footsteps of his father

Kobe Paras joins UP Fighting Maroons

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) The Gilas cadet will suit up for the Maroons in Season 82 of the UAAP men's basketball tournament

Kobe Bryant welcomes LeBron to Lakers family: 'I had a gut feeling'

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Kobe shares that there were talks of him teaming up with LeBron but it never materialized

A LEGEND'S SUPPORT. Kobe Bryant (left) wants LeBron James to bring more rings to the 16-time NBA champion franchise. Photos by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Bryant) and Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (James)

LOOK: Jackie Forster and family visit Manila

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Jackie's husband and 3 younger kids join her on the trip

MANILA VISIT. Jackie Forster takes a selfie with her daughter Caleigh on their way to Manila from London. Screenshot from Instagram.com/jackie_forster

Rappler Talk Sports: Kobe Paras joins PH team to Asian Games

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The Gilas Cadet standout will debut in the continental games this August

Rivero, Paras join Castro, Romeo in Gilas lineup for Asian Games

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The Philippine delegation to the Asiad will be a mix of TNT KaTropa players and Gilas cadets

BETTER FINISH. Gilas Pilipinas aim to improve from their 7th-place finish in the last edition of the Asian Games.


Barcelona football legend Iniesta joins Japan's Vissel Kobe

May 24, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The Spanish World Cup winner's move marks as the biggest transfer coup in Japanese football

RECRUITMENT COUP. Spanish football star Andres Iniesta (right) and Hiroshi Mikitani, owner of Rakuten and Vissel Kobe club, hold the team's jersey during a glitzy press conference in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Kobe Paras to mom Jackie Forster: 'I will never ever let you go'

May 13, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The young man pens sweet messages for his mom on Mother's Day

LOOK: Kobe Paras bonds with half siblings, mom Jackie Forster

May 03, 2018 - 9:40 AM

The 20-year-old also adds 'Forster' to his name

TOGETHER. Kobe Paras spends time with mom Jackie Forster and her kids. Screenshot from Jackie Forster's Instagram

Jackie Forster reunites with sons Andre, Kobe Paras

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'I told you all – #prayerswork,' writes the former actress

'PRAYERS WORK.' Years after a very public spat, the former actress and her two sons finally reunite. Screengrab for Jackie Forster's Instagram account

La Salle storms back from 20 down to stun Gilas cadets

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Behind Kib Montalbo and Aljun Melecio, the Green Archers pull off an incredible turnaround to win by 19 points

EX-TEAMMATES. La Salle's Aljun Melecio and former teammate Ricci Rivero, who's now playing for the Gilas cadets, face off for the first time. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Kobe Paras 'not scared' to juggle basketball and fashion

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Last March, the Gilas cadet launched a website for his own clothing brand where he sells shirts, sweatshirts, dad hats, beanies and iPhone cases

BUSINESSMAN. Gilas Pilipinas cadet Kobe Paras wants to offer Filipinos 'affordable' but 'high end' products with his own clothing brand. Photo by Delfin Dioquino


Kobe Paras shifts focus on Gilas cadets, keeps doors open on pro career

Apr 16, 2018 - 4:56 PM

'When I say go pro, it doesn't mean NBA. There's a lot of people that kept saying NBA,' says Kobe Paras about his decision to pursue a professional career

RETURN. Kobe Paras turns his focus as a part of the Gilas Pilipinas cadets. Photo by Michael Gatpandan


'I'm going pro,' Kobe Paras reveals

Mar 09, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Kobe Paras is leaving Cal State Northridge in the NCAA to pursue a professional basketball career

ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Kobe Paras announces that he is turning pro. Photo from Fiba.com


Ex-teammate Walton surprised to hear Kobe rate Oscar above championships

Mar 06, 2018 - 2:36 PM

'It feels better than winning a championship, to be honest,' Kobe Bryant tells reporters after collecting his Oscar statuette

Calida on Sereno, Carpio on Roque, 2018 Oscar winners | Evening wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Oscars 2018: Kobe Bryant's 'Dear Basketball' wins Academy Award for best animated short film

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar wins an Oscar for best animated short

Fun facts about this year's Oscar nominees

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Before the big day, here are few things to know about this year's awards show

An Oscar statue is unveiled on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony "The Oscars" on March 3rd, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  All eyes will be on the battle for Oscars supremacy between "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena banner '23 for 23' Gilas pool roster

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The list is 'by no means final' but if Gilas sticks with all players, no one on the national team roster would be older than 30 in 2023

YOUNG GUNS. The next version of the national team could be led by rising youngsters Thirdy Ravena, Robert Bolick and Kobe Paras. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Filipino athletes who made waves on social media in 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here are some of the most talked about local athletes and sports teams on Rappler's social media accounts for this year

LOOK: Lakers retire Kobe's two jersey numbers at half-time ceremony

Dec 19, 2017 - 2:31 PM

'We're here to celebrate the greatest to ever wear the purple and gold,' the Lakers say as they immortalize Bryant's jerseys Number 8 and Number 24

LEGEND. Kobe Bryant joins the ranks of Lakers legends O'Neal, West and Johnson as his jerseys retire in Staples Center. Photo from Twitter (@Lakers)

Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony to include 'Kobeland' street festival

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The Lakers are pulling out all the stops in honoring one of the club's greats

GOAT. The Lakers will be hanging up the jerseys of one of their greatest of all time, Kobe Bryant. Photos by Dan Levine/AFP (left) and Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP (right)

Warriors will watch as Lakers retire Bryant's jerseys

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Warriors will be sitting on the bench during halftime to witness this event

RETIREMENT. This is a historic moment that the Golden State Warriors don't even want to miss. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP