May 9, 2011 |
For six months, the Lakers' third time was a charm. On Sunday, it resolutely and reprehensibly crumbled into a curse. The expectations were too heavy. The distractions were too large. The bodies were too weary. The heart was too faint. And, believe it or not, the Dallas Mavericks were too good, the NBA's softest playoff team pounding the Lakers into sweeping submission with a 122-86 victory to finish off a four-game sweep of the second-round playoff series. "I don't know where we lost it ... that drive, that bond we had in the past, that cohesive drive in order to overcome adversity," said Lamar Odom.
May 5, 2011 |
First there was disbelief. Then came the anger. Neither emotion had appeared much at Staples Center in recent years, but they each made up for lost time Wednesday, as boos followed Pau Gasol around the court and the Lakers dipped stunningly close to an early playoff flameout. Lakers fans turned their backs on their team with two minutes to play, heading for the exits for possibly the last time at home in the Phil Jackson era. Those who stayed until the bitter end looked up at the scoreboard, took in the Lakers' 93-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and donated more boos.
May 5, 2011 |
Every time he touched the ball, the murmur grew, and grew, until finally, the sound of a collapsing Lakers season cascaded around the skinny guy's shaky shoulders. The booing fans knew it. The annoyed Lakers felt it. History will eventually record it, and it will be about as pretty as the skinny guy's haircut. When the story of the end of the Lakers' attempt to win three consecutive championships is written, it will begin, and end, with Pau Gasol. You want a scapegoat for a 93-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals?
May 4, 2011 |
It's getting very near the end for them too. . . . Whether Kobe Bryant and the act you've known for all these years have another title run in them remains to be seen. Happily for the Lakers, they're no longer looking at beating any great teams in the West. Unhappily for the Lakers, they have yet to show they're better, or as good as, Dallas, Memphis or Oklahoma City now. For the third time this spring, Lakerdom held its breath Tuesday morning, waiting to see if the sun came up after their favorites took one between the eyes.
April 30, 2011 |
It's hard to create a rivalry when there isn't one. But sometime over the next two weeks, be it from the words of Mark Cuban and Phil Jackson or the actions of Kobe Bryant, maybe something will be sparked between the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. They haven't seen each other in the playoffs in 23 years, back when Andrew Bynum was all of 7 months, too young for him to even try boxing out toddlers. The Lakers and Mavericks have played each other 88 times in comparatively meaningless games since the Lakers won the 1988 Western Conference finals in seven games, Magic Johnson wrasslin' up 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to give the Lakers the West for the seventh time in the '80s.
April 20, 2011 |
Dallas Mavericks owner and media entrepreneur Mark Cuban confirmed Tuesday that he has put Landmark Theatres, the nation's leading theater chain showing specialized movies, and his production and distribution company Magnolia Pictures up for sale. "Prices for entertainment properties are up," Cuban said in an email. "If we don't get the price and premium we want, we are happy to continue to make money from the properties. " Bids are expected as early as next week, according to Bloomberg, which first reported news of the auction.