January 3, 2012 |
As Metta World Peace goes, so go the Lakers. Their second unit, anyway. He's been hit or miss this season, metta or messy, scoring 19 points one game but following it up a few days later with no points on 0-for-8 shooting. Lakers Coach Mike Brown made a move already at small forward, replacing Devin Ebanks with Matt Barnes in the starting lineup. He continued to have faith in World Peace. Brown likes him with the second unit because he can find his own shot there, no longer competing with Kobe Bryant , Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum for touches.
June 26, 2013 |
What an incredible summer it turned out to be in 2007, and not just because Kobe Bryant went on a "trade-me" rant, which led to the Lakers acquiring Pau Gasol the following season, which led to NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. That summer also marked the Lakers' last significant participation in that thing known as the NBA draft. They had a first-round pick six years ago and actually used it, selecting Javaris Crittenton with the 19th overall selection. His career didn't turn out so well, though he was eventually used as a piece in the 2008 trade to acquire Gasol.
April 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Oakland Stu Lantz is staying. The longtime color commentator for televised Lakers games is expected to return for a 25th season, multiple NBA and entertainment officials said Wednesday. Lantz's broadcast partner since 2005, Joel Meyers , will not be back after this season. Meyers will be done after the first round of the playoffs. Neither FS West nor KCAL has broadcast rights past that point. Spero Dedes , 32, will be the third TV voice of the Lakers since Chick Hearn died in August 2002.
July 23, 2010 |
The right knee that bothered Kobe Bryant last season finally went in for some service. Bryant had arthroscopic surgery last week on the knee, the Lakers announced Friday. The knee bothered Bryant so much in April that he sat out a handful of regular-season games, and it was eventually drained near the end of the Lakers' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City. Bryant is rehabilitating the knee and is expected to return in time for training camp, which opens Sept.
November 26, 2011 |
Not much has happened since the Lakers last played a game. Ron Artest has a new name. Derek Fisher is now 37 years old. Oh, and Phil Jackson is gone, a whole new coaching staff is in place and there are questions about whether the Lakers can return to their championship air of 2009 and 2010. Now that the NBA lockout has apparently ended, the Lakers remain one of the league's most intriguing teams. But what exactly will they look like in 2011-12? Most of the regulars will be back.
December 22, 2011 |
Kobe Bryant expects to play in the Lakers' season opener Sunday against Chicago, saying his right wrist "should be fine. " Bryant sustained a torn ligament while trying to break his fall in Monday's exhibition game against the Clippers. He said the wrist was still "swollen and painful" Thursday but added, "It's always been in my nature to try to figure out a way to play. " The Lakers officially list him as day-to-day. Bryant fired up a few left-handed free-throw and three-point attempts before an exhibition game Wednesday against the Clippers.
October 21, 2010 |
The assistant coaches the Lakers in 120-99 exhibition win over Golden State as Jackson misses the trip to San Diego because of flu symptoms. Kobe Bryant sits out to rest his surgically repaired knee. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson didn't make the trip here for the game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night because he had flu symptoms. Kobe Bryant didn't play because the Lakers wanted to rest his surgically repaired right knee and keep him out of back-to-back games.
June 27, 2012 |
It's come to this for the Lakers: If they don't trade up in the draft Thursday, their lone pick will be the NBA equivalent of Mr. Irrelevant. They have the 60th and final selection, the result of rapid-fire draft-pick dealing in March. Team executive Jim Buss told The Times last week the Lakers would try to trade into the first round, but if they didn't, they'd sit out the first 30 picks for the fifth year in a row. Yep. Draft day has become a complete bore for Lakers fans.
October 24, 2011 |
There's a little basketball team trying to emerge from the Southern California sports soup of six major pro teams and two Pac-12 universities. The Los Angeles D-Fenders, virtually ignored by basketball fans the last five years, are trying to market minor league basketball in L.A. by tying themselves to the Lakers. That's because both teams are owned by Jerry Buss. The D-Fenders are the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, though it's rare for them to feature actual Lakers in their games.
October 27, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant was more facilitator than scorer Tuesday against Houston, part of his gradual recovery from off-season knee surgery that prevented the Lakers' top player from being at full strength in the season opener. He improved his outside touch after a one-for-five start, finishing with 27 points on eight-for-20 shooting, not that he ever doubted it would happen. "Do you really have to worry about me finding my shot?" he said crisply after Wednesday's practice. It's only one game into the season, and the Lakers have an easy schedule until late December, but Bryant's progress will continue to be monitored until he shows signs of regaining the burst and lift he possessed before his right knee started hurting toward the end of last season.