April 25, 2013 |
Doc Rivers, the straight-shooting coach of the Celtics, has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for his criticism of the referees following Game 2 of Boston's playoff series against the New York Knicks, who have a 2-0 lead following an 87-71 victory Wednesday night. Rivers is candid in giving his responses to questions, and evidently league officials didn't like how he answered when asked about Celtics center Kevin Garnett's drawing two fouls in an 18-second span a little more than three minutes into the game.
March 6, 2012 |
-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that "Minnesota General Manager David Kahn Minnesota is still attempting to land Gasol, and that push is likely to continue all the way until the deadline. " -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers have improved their play. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on Andrew Goudelock's progression as a rookie. -- The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis talks to Tayshaun Prince about winning the 2004 NBA Finals against the Lakers.
April 14, 2013 |
Everybody ready for the Lakers' starting backcourt of Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks? Which means Steve Nash will not play Sunday against San Antonio. The Lakers don't have many other options for their starting guards. Kobe Bryant will miss his first game since sustaining a torn left Achilles' tendon and Nash will be sidelined a seventh game because of a strained hamstring. "He feels a little bit better today, not good enough to go [tonight]," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said of Nash.
October 27, 2012 |
Once again Kobe Bryant sat out Lakers practice Saturday with a bruised foot. Once again he watched practice and received treatment. Will he make it opening night Tuesday at Staples Center against the Dallas Mavericks? "I don't know," said Coach Mike Brown. "It wouldn't surprise me if he did. " Bryant hurt the foot last Sunday in a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings, sitting out the final two exhibitions as the Lakers went 0-8. Teammate Pau Gasol echoed Brown's sentiment.
April 24, 2012 |
Too many issues surround the Lakers. How will the Lakers absorb Metta World Peace's seven-game suspension? Will Andrew Bynum's aggressiveness become consistent? How will the Lakers look in the playoffs with a bench featuring Devin Ebanks and Jordan Hill? The Lakers will soon find out how well they manage all those uncertainties. But here's a dosage of good news: the Lakers officially have the No. 3 seeding in the Western Conference. Now don't expect the Lakers to hang their 23rd Pacific Division title banner in the Staples Center rafters after the Clippers lost Tuesday in Atlanta.
October 9, 2012 |
Although he was cleared Tuesday for full-court five-on-five scrimmages with limited minutes, center Dwight Howard won't play in the Lakers' second exhibition game, Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario. The Lakers haven't provided a firm timetable on when he will play. But Howard has maintained throughout the last week in training camp that he won't play in a game until his surgically repaired back is fully ready. Still, Howard changed his opinion on the importance of appearing in any of the seven remaining exhibition games.
April 27, 2013 |
Injuries defined the Lakers' regular season. Now the team is decimated, trying to challenge the 58-24 San Antonio Spurs with a skeleton crew. "We've been murdered by injuries," said Pau Gasol. "It's tough to overcome that. " Coach Mike D'Antoni relied on Andrew Goudelock for almost 41 minutes -- a player who wasn't even on the team a couple of weeks ago. Darius Morris wasn't in the rotation before the Lakers lost guard after guard after guard. "These guys are learning, but they got to learn on the fly," said Dwight Howard. "I think Darius and Andrew came in and played real well.
June 9, 2013 |
The Lakers have four potential restricted free agents this summer: Darius Morris, Robert Sacre, Andrew Goudelock and Devin Ebanks. Once the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat wrap up, the Lakers have until June 30 to tender qualifying offers to make any of the four restricted. The team is not likely to give an offer of $1.3 million to Ebanks, who underperformed in his third year with the Lakers. To restrict Morris, who progressed in his second season, the Lakers need to make an offer of $1.2 million.
August 6, 2012 |
How will the Lakers fill out the rest of their bench? It's possible the answer lies with Devin Ebanks, Jodie Meeks or both. Whoever it is, the Lakers hope they can find a backcourt player who could reduce Kobe Bryant's minutes and provide needed outside shooting. Meeks, a Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard, could fill that description since the 25-year-old shot in the high 30% range in the past two seasons. Meeks' agent, David Bauman, said Meeks is on the Lakers' radar and that of "four or five" other unspecified teams.
August 24, 2012 |
A day has passed since Kobe Bryant turned 34, but that's hardly going to prevent friends and Lakers fans from showering him with gifts. Of course, the NBA's Larry O'Brien championship trophy remains the best present Bryant would ever want, even if he already has five of them. But no one can buy that. Not even Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. They may have built a championship-contending roster by acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but the Lakers still have to play together. So that puts the onus on Bryant's friends and fans to come up with different gift ideas, if they haven't already.