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.
April 30, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman examines George Karl's contention that Andrew Bynum played plenty of illegal defense in the Lakers' 103-88 win Sunday over the Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits Bynum's defensive effort for leading the Lakers to victory. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers' success will depend on their defense. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Bynum's block party.
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.