Kobe ready to throw down

Kobe Bryant isn't taking a beating from anyone -- except maybe his momma.

The Los Angeles Lakers player spoke to sports radio talk-show host Jim Rome about what he would do if ex-Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice got physical with him. (The university fired Mike last week after video surfaced of him shoving, kicking, cursing out and throwing balls at players during practice.)

Kobe voiced his opinion on Twitter a day after the coach was fired, tweeting, "That's not #coaching that's a power trip #rutgersbasketball. At a minimum it's horrible coaching #coachdontbully."

In an interview with Jim, Kobe wasn't shy to say that if he had been one of the players being abused, he would have "smacked the hell out of [Mike]. I mean, no question about it."

He concedes that "it probably wouldn't have been the best way to react to it, but that's how I would have reacted to it."

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard continued, "That's abusive man. You can't take that form of abuse. That's crazy. My parents didn't do nothing like that to me."

Well, your mom sort of did ...

The 34-year-old went on to say that while he won't let a coach smack him around, his mother is a whole nother story: "You think I'm gonna let a coach throw a ball at my head? Not a chance. ... The only people that had the license to hit me was my mom with a belt, and that was it."

"Yeah, yeah she did that," he admitted with a laugh.

Now that's a good son.

Say what?

"I would be scared to go under the knife, but you know, talk to me when I'm 50. I'll try anything. Except I won't do Botox again, because I looked crazy." - Gwyneth Paltrow, in Harper's Bazaar

What the stars are tweeting

"When your daughter follows you on twitter you can't use your best jokes." - @JuddApatow (film producer-director Judd Apatow)

Friday Flashback: April 12

1905: The Hippodrome Theatre opened in New York City's Theater District. The builders, Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundy, who also created the Luna Park at Coney Island, called the 5,300-seat Hippodrome the world's largest theater. Tickets for the opening night gala were sold for between 25 cents and $575, and the four-hour event was completely sold out.

- Elizabeth Larner

Happy birthday for April 12

Actress Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement," "The Host") is 19.

Singer-songwriter Jessie James is 25.

Singer-guitarist Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco is 26.

Model-actress Brooklyn Decker ("Battleship") is 26.

Actress Jennifer Morrison ("House," "Once Upon a Time") is 34.

Actress Claire Danes ("Homeland") is 34.

Bassist Guy Berryman of Coldplay is 35.

Actress Shannen Doherty ("Charmed," "Beverly Hills, 90210") is 42.

Actor Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is 42.

Singer Nicholas Hexum of 311 is 43.

Singer Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls is 49.

Singer Art Alexakis of Everclear is 51.

Guitarist Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen is 55.

Country singer Vince Gill is 56.

Actress Suzzanne Douglas ("The Parent 'Hood") is 56.

Actor Andy Garcia ("The Godfather Part III," "Ocean's Eleven") is 57.

Singer Pat Travers is 59.

Singer-actor David Cassidy ("The Partridge Family") is 63.

Talk-show host David Letterman is 66.

Actor Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years") is 66.

Actor Ed O'Neill ("Married With Children," "Modern Family") is 67.

Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 69.

Musician Herbie Hancock is 73.