January 13, 2013 |
There's something uniquely Americana about high school students showing up at a basketball game to scream, yell and act a little silly rooting for their team to win. They call themselves The Cage, The Castle, The Bird Cage, The Pack, The Dome, The Green Hole … It takes energy, organization and desire to create an electric atmosphere in a gymnasium, and I spent all this past week witnessing the drama and excitement attending a series of...
January 2, 2013 |
The Lakers are winning games in fits and starts. The recent five-game winning streak began before Steve Nash and Pau Gasol returned from injuries, culminating in a big Christmas Day win over the New York Knicks. If the Lakers were back, it wasn't for long. They went on to drop two of their next three. Coach Mike D'Antoni recently spoke about what he needs from his players more than anything else: Energy. "I'm a big believer in that the ball will find energy," D'Antoni said. "With Pau and Steve on the floor -- especially because I know Steve -- if you play with a lot of energy on both sides of the floor, for whatever reason, you'll end up with a good game.
December 19, 2012 |
Chauncey Billups got therapy Wednesday for what the Clippers said is peroneal tendonitis in his left foot. Billups said there is no timetable for his return to playing again. "I'm not really practicing on the court yet," Billups said. "When I get to do that, then we can assess that. " Billups said the team doctors and Clippers trainer Jasen Powell have recommended rest for right now. "I'm just trying to let the inflammation go down," Billups said. Billups, who has played in three games this season, missed his eighth consecutive game with the injury.
November 24, 2012 |
Player, School, Size, Year, Comment Jordan Bell, Long Beach Poly, 6-7, Senior. Oregon signee is prolific shot blocker Isaac Hamilton, St. John Bosco, 6-5, Senior. UTEP signee averaged 26.0 points Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Loyola, 5-9, Junior. Unselfish with great instincts Marcus Jackson, Pacific Hills, 6-3, Senior. Rice signee is three-point specialist Jordan McLaughlin, Etiwanda, 5-11, Junior. Athletic, explosive and plays defense Chance Murray, Price, 6-2, Senior.
November 13, 2012 |
UCLA freshman basketball player Shabazz Muhammad was declared ineligible Friday for what the NCAA said was a violation of amateurism rules. The ruling stems from unofficial trips Muhammad took to two schools, Duke and North Carolina, that were paid for by a financial adviser who the family says is a friend. On Tuesday, Muhammad's family reacted in a statement exclusively to The Times. It said, in part: "Shabazz and his family have been cooperating with the NCAA for well over a year.
October 21, 2012 |
A month ago, people in and around the UCLA basketball program expected a quick end to the NCAA investigation of freshman Kyle Anderson. This wasn't supposed to be like teammate Shabazz Muhammad's case, they said. It wasn't supposed to drag on. But as the Bruins enter their second full week of practice, both players are facing a similar predicament. They have been given no timeline for a resolution and feel as if they are operating in the dark. "We have attempted to answer any question, provide any documentation that we can, but one of the problems is not knowing specifically any real issue or question that the NCAA has," said Robert Orr, the attorney representing Muhammad.
October 19, 2012 |
His mind is playing little games with him, forcing Chris Paul to think more about his thumb rather than just reacting to the game. Paul had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb Aug. 21, but he has been involved in full-contract practices for almost two weeks and he has played in two exhibition games for the Clippers. Yet, Paul has been hesitant while playing. "The other night, there were times that I knew that I could steal the ball, but I don't want to risk it," Paul said.
October 18, 2012 |
Former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson's lawsuit against Sports Illustrated and reporter George Dohrmann was thrown out of court Wednesday. Nelson filed a defamation lawsuit against Time Inc., Sports Illustrated's parent company, in May over an article that portrayed Nelson as a bully who had had tried to injure teammates at times. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy ruled that the suit infringed on freedom of speech rights for the magazine and writer. She also found that Dohrmann had numerous sources to back up the facts in the article.
September 4, 2012 |
The NCAA is investigating allegations that two former USC athletes, running back Joe McKnight and basketball player Davon Jefferson , received cash and other improper benefits while competing for the Trojans. "Any time the NCAA receives credible, new information regarding potential major violations we will look into the issue," NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said Tuesday. "USC has been working cooperatively with us regarding the matter. " The Times reported Saturday that Scott Schenter , a key figure in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor's office, said he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to McKnight and Jefferson while they were still in school.
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September 1, 2012 |
A key figure in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor's office said he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to two USC athletes while they were still in school, actions that could violate college sports rules. The allegations are contained among hundreds of Scott Schenter's county work emails that suggest the former appraiser provided football star Joe McKnight with a car and an airline ticket, and basketball player Davon Jefferson with about $3,700 in cash.