April 13, 2012 |
Among the highlights of my interview with the Denver Post's Nuggets beat writer Benjamin Hochman on the Lakers-Nuggets game: On the Nuggets' season: "They started different 20 different lineups this year ... It's been nuts. They're clinging on to that eighth [playoff] spot. But they hope they can get the fifth or sixth spot so they can play one of the L.A. teams and not San Antonio or Oklahoma City. " On a possible Lakers-Nuggets first-round matchup: It would be a good series.
May 4, 2012 |
-- The Times' Ben Bolch explains how Andrew Bynum remains his own toughest critic. -- ESPN.com's Henry Abbott believes Kobe Bryant might be contributing to Bynum's frustration. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Matt Barnes' optimism that he'll finally win an NBA ring. -- The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey looks at where the Nuggets stand in terms of roster makeup. -- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper mentions how Ramon Sessions feels ready for the postseason.
May 1, 2012 |
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports on Lakers reserve power forward Jordan Hill being accused of choking a girlfriend and being charged with a third-degree felony on Monday. Bresnahan talked to Hill's agent, Kevin Bradbury, who said a court date in Houston hasn't been set yet. -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights George Karl's dissatisfaction with his post players. -- The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey explains how the Lakers' bench diversified their offense. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides a glimpse of Andrew Bynum's off-season plans.
April 28, 2012 |
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Jim Buss' comments on 710 ESPN's Mason & Ireland that he has moved on from the NBA nixing the Chris Paul deal. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the Lakers-Nuggets matchup. -- The Times' Ben Bolch looks at what makes Kobe Bryant a good closer. Bolch also previews first-round matchups . -- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the Lakers need to slow down the pace against Denver. -- A panel of Ball Don't Lie writers predicts the Lakers will beat the Nuggets in six games.
September 7, 2012 |
After experiencing Bramwell Tovey as a regular guest conductor and quipster in chief at the Hollywood Bowl all these seasons, you knew he would be right at home in a program called "Music and Humor. " That's what he has been doing all along to some extent, only on Thursday night, it had an official label. And run with it he did - right off the bat with a topical jab directed to an empty chair. Tovey then took on a masterwork of musical humor, Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," leading the audience by the hand through the piece at the piano from beginning to end. He is a more mischievous teacher than, say, Leonard Bernstein was but just as illuminating, and his deliberately paced performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic brought out as much detail as the sound system would allow.
April 27, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch explains why the Lakers' 113-96 loss Thursday to the Sacramento Kings in their season finale meant absolutely nothing. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions how the Lakers rested all of their stars, including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. -- The Sacramento Bees' Jason Jones notes how the Kings went wild against the Lakers' reserves. Notebooks -- The Times' Bolch also explains why Bryant sat out in the season finale despite having the chance to secure his third scoring title.