April 17, 2013 |
Losing to the Houston Rockets and missing the playoffs isn't the worst thing that could happen to the Lakers. Not even close. There are far more disconcerting scenarios that could unfold in the coming months. For starters, Dwight Howard could sign with another team this summer, leaving the Lakers without a franchise cornerstone next season with Bryant's status in doubt because of his torn Achilles' tendon. Maybe point guard Steve Nash, whose skills have already shown a precipitous decline, decides the aggravation of constantly battling through injuries with a team fighting just to make the playoffs isn't worth it anymore and decides to retire.
April 3, 2013 |
Before Shaquille O'Neal's jersey was retired Tuesday, he took a few digs at the current Lakers' big man. O'Neal was asked whether he thinks that Kobe Bryant will win another championship before he retires. His response was aimed directly at Howard. "I hope they will, but I'm a big-man guy," O'Neal said. "The other guy needs to step into his own. " O'Neal went on to say that he'd like to see Howard average 28 points and 10 rebounds a game. "That's the number that was thrown in my face, 28 and 10, so that's the number I'm always going to throw in his face," O'Neal said. After the Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Howard was told about some of O'Neal's comments.
March 23, 2013
No pressure Philadelphia guard Evan Turner, on the possibility of Andrew Bynum returning to the 76ers after sitting out this season because of knee injuries: "I don't want to sit here and scream out, 'Come back, come back, come back.' Dude's going through surgery, know what I'm saying? It's going to be tough enough rehabbing and everything. " Comes with territory Denver guard Ty Lawson, on the evolution of Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, currently featured in a Nike campaign dubbed "K.D.
March 19, 2013 |
Poor Jason Terry. A week after Detroit's Brandon Knight was mocked far and wide all over social media for getting laid out on a dunk by Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan, now it's Terry's turn. And for the Boston Celtics guard, it might be even worse because the guy who threw down the monster jam at his expense was the Miami Heat's LeBron James, a megastar whose name gets searched on a regular basis even when he doesn't produce a highlight of the year. In a sequence that started at the 5:27 mark of the second quarter, Terry stripped the ball from Miami's Dwyane Wade, who instantly stole the ball back.
March 18, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Andrew Bynum spent all last season showing he was an All-Star talent and done with the durability questions that plagued him throughout his Lakers career. On Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced he would undergo surgery to clean out loose cartilage in both knees. It was described as season-ending surgery, though Bynum never played a minute for the 76ers this season. Bynum, 25, is getting $16.1 million in the last year of his contract. He becomes a free agent in July.
March 9, 2013 |
GOLDMEMBER 1. MIAMI (46-14) Like Dr. Evil, Magic Johnson must boost $1-million offer to LeBron James. (1) NUMBER 2 2. SAN ANTONIO (48-15) Spurs' success despite injuries means only Gregg Popovich is indispensable. (2) 3. OKLAHOMA CITY (46-16) Protective cup sales “Serge” nationwide after low blow to Blake Griffin. (3) 4. DENVER (42-22) Kosta Koufos dunk around Blake Griffin is payback for Timofey Mozgov. (5) 5. CLIPPERS (44-20) Hey, Charles Barkley: Matt Barnes is as soft as industrial-grade carpet.