May 24, 2012 |
The Lakers cleaned out their lockers after another early playoff ricochet, but I'm still working. My editor wanted five moves that would help the Lakers, wouldn't be ridiculed by opposing general managers and would be allowed under the NBA's complicated transaction guidelines. Keep in mind that the Lakers have extremely limited purchasing power for free agents and are an old team with a bloated payroll. Put it this way: Nobody is calling General Manager Mitch Kupchak at 3 a.m., begging him to part with Metta World Peace for two first-rounders.
May 1, 2012
Below are five things to take away from the Lakers' 104-100 Game 2 win Tuesday over the Denver Nuggets. 1. Kobe Bryant made Denver pay for single coverage. With the unenviable task of choosing whether to throw all of its resources at Bryant or Andrew Bynum, the Nuggets believed that leaving Bryant alone was worth the risk. So Bryant embarrassed them by posting 38 points on 15-of-29 shooting, but there was logic behind Denver's strategy.
April 13, 2012 |
Among the highlights of my interview with the Denver Post's Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman on the Lakers-Nuggets game: On the Nuggets' season: "They started different 20 different lineups this year ... It's been nuts. They're clinging on to that eighth [playoff] spot. But they hope they can get the fifth or sixth spot so they can play one of the L.A. teams and not San Antonio or Oklahoma City. " On a possible Lakers-Nuggets first-round matchup: It would be a good series.
October 11, 2011 |
Less than 24 hours after the NBA announced it was canceling the first two weeks of the season because no collective bargaining agreement had been reached, several locked-out NBA players were playing pickup games at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, looking to stay in shape while assessing the situation. Al Harrington of the Denver Nuggets, Corey Maggette of the Charlotte Bobcats and Earl Watson of the Utah Jazz said their support for their union remains steadfast. The players also spoke of how the lockout, now in its fourth month, is hurting other people dependent upon the NBA for their livelihood.
February 9, 2011 |
There was another trade rumor involving the Lakers and the Denver Nuggets regarding Carmelo Anthony and a possible four-player deal, but a Lakers official, who declined to talk publicly, steadfastly denied it. It's a scenario that was circulating in parts of the Lakers' camp Wednesday: the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest for forwards Anthony and Al Harrington. But the Lakers official denied it was ever on the table and insisted team executive Jim Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak are on the same page as far as trade opportunities.
November 28, 2009
Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 50 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks, 128-125, Friday night for their 17th straight regular-season home win. Al Harrington had 41 points -- one shy of his career high -- for the Knicks, who lost their fourth straight. David Lee had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony scored 13 points in the third quarter, helping Denver take a 92-87 lead into the final period. The Knicks remained within striking distance, tying it at 100 with 7:56 left and going ahead, 111-110, with 3:55 to go. That would be their final lead.