January 4, 2014 |
If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division. In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up? It's called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free. Eleven of the 15 teams have losing records. Toronto's 16-15 record is good enough to lead the awful Atlantic Division, where the second-place team will probably be high in the draft lottery.
December 15, 2013
The heartbreak kid Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce , on leaving the Boston Celtics: "I'm a person that's always when it's time to move on, you move on. You can ask any girlfriend I've ever had. " No biggie Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert , on beating the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in their first regular-season meeting: "We're not going to run around chest-bumping and stuff like that. It's not like three years ago, when if we got a win like this it was the highlight of our season.
December 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK Santa, it seemed, was difficult to escape in parts of this snow-coated city Saturday. He was eating a burrito at Chipotle. He was getting money out of the ATM. He was buying Gatorade at Walgreens. But most of all, he was drinking at various bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of SantaCon, an annual Santa-themed bar crawl. SantaCon has occurred for years, but after a few particularly rowdy parties, the event has gotten the city in a tizzy. Many New Yorkers this year expressed concerns about the level of booziness at SantaCon, which draws 30,000 people to New York and has been known to feature Santas puking, shouting and urinating publicly all over town.
December 13, 2013
NEW YORK - NEW YORK - All of the Clippers looked drained Thursday night, as if they had nothing left from the emotional night for their coach Wednesday and from Day 11 of a 13-day trip. The Clippers just didn't seem to have the energy to give it their all during a 102-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. It was more than just playing a back-to-back game for the Clippers. The game in Boston was a celebration of Doc Rivers' coming back for the first time after spending nine years there as coach and winning a championship in 2008.
December 12, 2013 |
This old dog is still open to new tricks, witness this year's Golden Globes nominations. Fresh blood was the theme of this year's TV portion when nods for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has long been open to embracing new TV shows, and that's no different this year. After getting passed over when SAG nominations were announced Wednesday, "Orange is the New Black" finally seems to be somewhat in season. The Netflix prison dramedy, based on the Piper Kerman memoir of the same name, scored nominations for its star Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper, a WASP-y artisan soap maker who is busted for smuggling drug money years after the fact.
December 11, 2013 |
Clippers at Brooklyn When: 5 PST. Where: Barclays Center. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 15-8, Nets 7-14. Record vs. Nets : 1-0. Update: Clippers Coach Doc Rivers continues his reunion tour when his team faces two of his former Boston Celtics players in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Garnett and Pierce, who were traded by the Celtics to the Nets last summer after Rivers left Boston, didn't play against the Clippers at Staples Center on Nov. 16 because of injuries.
December 10, 2013 |
BOSTON - Doc Rivers is returning to the site of his most glorious moments as an NBA coach. Rivers is bringing his new team, the Clippers, to face his old team, the Boston Celtics, a team he led to an NBA championship in 2008 and to the NBA Finals in 2010. He spent nine seasons with the Celtics before he bolted from Boston last June, rather than stick around for a rebuilding project, to join the Clippers to become the coach and senior vice president of basketball operations.
December 7, 2013 |
If the shoe fits Nike's pristine new sneaker, at about $200 a pair retail, is the LeBron 11. Too bad they don't feel very snug on the feet of the 6-foot-8, 250-pound superstar whose name is on them. LeBron James only wore the new Nikes for two full games in the Heat's first 18 games this season, reported the Wall Street Journal. “I just want to be able to wear them,” James said Thursday after the story broke. “It's been a frustrating process. But obviously, I know that Nike [is]
December 4, 2013 |
NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is whittling down the contestants and making up some ground in the ratings. Tuesday night's live elimination episode drew 11.9 million viewers and a rating of 3.3 in the key 18-49 age group, up 10% from last week, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Biggest Loser" maintained the previous week's 2.0 rating in the young adults demo, while "Chicago Fire" increased 10%, to a 2.3 as the network won the...
November 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The team with the $100-million payroll continued to underachieve despite all the stars it scooped up in one summer. The Lakers, though, could afford to laugh. This wasn't about them. They lost a 27-point lead but held on for a 99-94 victory Wednesday over the Brooklyn Nets, whose payroll and plight were eerily similar to what the Lakers endured last season. BOX SCORE: Lakers 99, Brooklyn 94 Injuries, lack of chemistry and dearth of victories plague the Nets (4-11)