December 22, 2012
WHEN: Tuesday. 12:30 p.m. PST. TV: ABC. The NBA season started a year ago on this day, and it might as well again for the Lakers. Their horrid opening week ensured they wouldn't have A Mike Brown Christmas, and injuries to Steve Nash and Pau Gasol turned the Big Four into Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and the Lilliputians. It's no wonder that nearly two months removed from their opener, the Lakers still are seeking their first marquee victory. This would count. The Knicks are easily the league's biggest surprise even without Amare Stoudemire, who hopes to return soon after being sidelined all season following knee surgery.
December 22, 2012 |
Christmas presence 'Tis the season for giving . . . injured superstars back to their forlorn fan bases. Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Eric Gordon were among the A-list players who appeared to be closing in on a return before the end of the year. The Lakers announced Saturday afternoon that Nash would play in that night's game at Golden State after being sidelined for 24 games, since the season's second game, by a small fracture in his lower left leg. The Lakers tumbled in the Western Conference standings without their point guard; they were 12-14 and 11th in the West before Saturday.
December 15, 2012 |
There's no need to wait for Pau Gasol and Steve Nash to play together again to assess whether keeping Gasol is the right move for the Lakers. Weren't you paying attention in October? The Lakers went 0-8 1/2 in games the duo both played, taking into account the preseason game Gasol sat out and the half-game Nash played against Portland before taking the knee to the leg that would become a royal pain in his rear. Whether the Lakers are running the Princeton offense, Coach Mike D'Antoni's faster-paced scheme or what could be dubbed zero seconds or less (Gasol's playing time in the fourth quarter last month against Memphis)
December 12, 2012
LAKERS AT NEW YORK When: 5 PST. Where: Madison Square Garden. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 9-13, Knicks 16-5. Record vs. Knicks (2011-12): 1-1. Update: The Knicks are the NBA's most surprising team, going 8-0 at home amid whispers of Carmelo Anthony as an MVP candidate. The Knicks have done it without Amare Stoudemire, who hasn't played yet because of a sore knee. Point guard Raymond Felton has had a rejuvenating season, averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 assists.
July 29, 2012 |
NBA superstar Amar'e Stoudemire is so passionate about promoting literacy that he has a tattoo on his forearm that says "Read. " This week, the 29-year-old captain of the New York Knicks is translating that ink to the page with a new book series he's written for middle-graders called "STAT: Standing Tall and Talented. " Titled after his nickname, "STAT" is based on Stoudemire's life as a middle schooler. Published by Scholastic, the kickoff title, "Home Court," is written from his perspective as a 6-foot 11-year-old who played basketball informally with friends and dabbled with skateboarding, baseball and football in Lake Wales, the small Florida city where he grew up. "Double Team," out in October, follows Stoudemire as he's courted by more elite players and forced to weigh the importance of basketball and true friendship.
June 26, 2012 |
The NBA has fined Amare Stoudemire $50,000 for using an anti-gay slur in a tweet to a fan. Stu Jackson, the league's executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the penalty Tuesday in a news release. The incident occurred on Saturday after Stoudemire responded to a fan's tweet that read: "You better come back stronger and quicker to make up for last season. " The tweet also had an obscenity at the end of the sentence. Stoudemire replied to the fan with a direct message that included an anti-gay slur and profanity.