October 28, 2013 |
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. Miami 2012-13 finish: 66-16. Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden. Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard. The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt. 2. Indiana 2012-13 finish: 49-32. Coming: Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill.
August 16, 2013 |
In trying to develop "franchise" centers like Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant believes the Lakers lost track of what took the team to two consecutive titles. "We had a stretch where we won championships with Pau anchoring the offense for us," said Bryant. "[With Bynum and Howard], everybody forgot how we won in the first place. " The Lakers guard spent an hour on Thursday night at Nokia Theatre at a special event titled "Kobe Up Close Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel," produced by Sports Spectacular and the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Foundation with the proceeds to help fight homelessness and also to support "Coach for Kids and Their Families", a program of the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Childrens' Health Center that provides no-cost health care to underserved communities.
July 28, 2013 |
The Lakers rarely lose desired players. Although Dwight Howard left for the Houston Rockets in free agency, there are only 13 former Lakers currently under contract to other NBA teams: Point guards: Derek Fisher (Oklahoma City Thunder), Ramon Sessions (Charlotte Bobcats). Shooting guards: Shannon Brown (Phoenix Suns). Small forwards: Metta World Peace (New York Knicks), Matt Barnes (Clippers), Caron Butler (Suns), Trevor Ariza (Washington Wizards). Power forwards: Josh McRoberts (Bobcats)
July 25, 2013 |
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. The Lakers will be shopping for at least one top free agent next summer. One of the targets could be New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his contract after next season. In a video posted by TMZ , Anthony answered a few questions on the subject while waiting for his vehicle at a valet. "I doubt it," Anthony said when asked if he could see himself in a purple and gold "outfit" (the Lakers' colors)
July 25, 2013 |
The Lakers' summer league squad in Las Vegas performed relatively well, finishing in the quarterfinals with an 83-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Mark Madsen, recently appointed to Coach Mike D'Antoni's staff as a player development coach, helped support Dan D'Antoni -- who served as head coach of the Lakers' summer league entry. In a phone interview with The Times, Madsen gave his thoughts on the three players whose performances stood out. Point guard Lester Hudson was the Lakers' most efficient player, averaging 12.2 points on 48.9% shooting from the field and 46.2% from three-point range.
July 20, 2013 |
The San Francisco 49ers acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Buccaneers. The deal was announced Friday, a week after Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of an unspecified misdemeanor offense. He was released after posting bond. Last season, Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first (and only) season in Tampa Bay, where he signed for five years and $35.3-million after a strong season in Detroit.