April 2, 2013 |
The Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's jersey Tuesday night as L.A. hosted the Dallas Mavericks. Knowing he wouldn't have the time or ability to thank everyone properly in the ceremony, O'Neal released a video on YouTube -- seemingly on the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where he appeared Monday night. His message to Kobe Bryant stands out. PHOTOS: Lakers retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 jersey "Kobe, we had a million great times and a thousand bad times," he said. "But as a doctor, I know that a million outweighs a thousand.
March 11, 2013 |
The Lakers continued their pursuit of a playoff berth, finishing Week 18 two games above .500 with a 33-31 record. The week started slowly as the Lakers on Tuesday lost to the Thunder in Oklahoma City, 122-105 , after their rally fell apart late. Prior to the game, Kobe Bryant sounded off on Serge Ibaka's flagrant foul to the groin of Clippers forward Blake Griffin, saying he'd follow that up with a smack to Ibaka's mouth . Former Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who recently rejoined the Thunder , justified the move after leaving the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the season to be with family.
March 5, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Did Dwight Howard rush his way back into the Lakers' lineup? He had back surgery last April, was traded to the Lakers in August and started his comeback by playing two exhibition games last November. He tried not to second-guess his decision Tuesday a few hours before his 55th regular-season game. "Looking back on it, I could have sat out the whole season until now and starting playing now, but I just felt like we had such a great opportunity," he said. "Some of these guys, their windows for winning is very small and I just wanted to get back and try to do whatever I can to help this team, knowing that I wasn't in great shape.
March 4, 2013 |
Former Lakers guard Derek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, joining the team for another playoff run. Earlier in the season, Fisher had signed with the Dallas Mavericks but asked out of his contract to spend more time with his family. On hearing Fisher was re-signing with the Thunder, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave a snide remark to the Dallas Morning News . "Look, I understand completely," Cuban said sarcastically. "From the time Derek was here to his signing with OKC, his kids are older, they can deal with things better. So I understand him having more comfort in being away from them.
March 3, 2013 |
The ring's the thing Kobe Bryant's disapproval brought a smile to the face of Derek Fisher on Friday when the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder was told his former teammate was miffed Fisher had become another impediment to a sixth championship ring. Fisher is also going for his sixth ring, so let the chase commence. "I think at this point that's what it's about," said Fisher, 38. "I think I heard him say it a couple of days ago and it's no different for me. That's why we play, to win. "For me personally and for this team, of course we want to win a championship.
February 27, 2013 |
And for his next trick, Kobe Bryant will throw a baseball in the air behind his back, catch it on a fingertip and spin it like a basketball. That actually was the scene Wednesday at Lakers practice, where Bryant donned a Dodgers cap and did the seemingly impossible in a promo for the baseball franchise across town. The ball hit the court when Bryant threw it skyward, with the catch and spin (presumably) to be added electronically later. But the symbolism remained: Nothing is out of reach for the Lakers guard.