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.
August 5, 2010 |
Shannon Brown had suitors. Six of them or so. Some offered the free-agent guard more money than he might make if he returned to the Lakers. He thought about that. But in the two years Brown had spent in purple and gold, he won two rings. He thought about that too. Eventually, the idea of three in a row was too much to pass up, and the guard agreed to a two-year contract worth about $4.6 million to stay with the Lakers, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Thursday. "Obviously, the process took a while, but Shannon wanted to be here and they wanted him," Bartelstein said.
October 20, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant is used to playing heavy minutes, logging an average of 39.3 a game over the last six seasons, but he won't be anywhere near that playing time to start the season if Lakers Coach Phil Jackson gets his way. Bryant's minutes will be monitored closely at first, yet another sign he hasn't fully recovered from off-season knee surgery in July. "I don't anticipate he's going to be playing heavy-minute games to start the season," Jackson said Wednesday. "We'll have to find a pattern out there so he has the greatest influence in the amount of minutes he can [play]
October 31, 2010 |
The Lakers will take whatever motivation they can get this early in the season, so Ron Artest smiled when told Sunday's game was the "Battle for the Pacific Division. " Not quite. It was only Golden State, after all, though the new-look Warriors and Lakers were both atop the division, sitting with 2-0 records before playing at Staples Center. The result could be summed up in one phrase: Same old Lakers, same old Warriors. The Lakers pounded Golden State, 107-83, their lead swelling to 31 in the final minutes before receding a bit. Pau Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Lamar Odom had another strong game (16 points, 14 rebounds)
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.
December 10, 2010 |
If this really was Phil Jackson's last game in Chicago, it wasn't one he'll remember. The Lakers lost to the Bulls in a game that was sloppy, slushy and gray, much like the day-old snow covering the city Friday. They couldn't stop Derrick Rose and continued to have trouble getting out of the 80s, their latest setback a turnover-filled 88-84 loss at United Center. If winning away from home is the mark of a good team, the Lakers don't look anything like two-time defending champions.
January 3, 2011 |
Joe Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1995, is in his 16th season in the NBA, has made the playoffs nine times and once averaged nearly 19 points a game. But when he came off the bench for the Lakers late in Sunday's embarrassing 104-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he was carrying a white flag. That's not exactly how he envisioned his Lakers debut. "It's just a tough situation for anybody because you know that, pretty much, they're throwing in the towel at that point," said Smith, who played the final 4 minutes 36 seconds Sunday, blocking a shot and getting called for a foul.
September 28, 2010 |
OK, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said with a smile after practice Tuesday, call Lamar Odom "our handyman. " And this will be another season in which Odom plays the handyman role in the frontcourt. With center Andrew Bynum rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee, and with Pau Gasol moving to center, Odom will start at power forward when the Lakers open the regular season Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets. But that's nothing new for the 6-foot-10 Odom. He started the first 11 regular-season games last season when Gasol was out with a hamstring injury.
January 6, 2011 |
Lamar Odom gingerly eased his way out of the Lakers' training room Thursday and onto the fringes of the team's practice court, with his left shoulder noticeably stiff. Odom said his shoulder was "sore today" from a hard fall he took early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's win at Phoenix. When asked if he could play Friday against the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center, Odom replied: "I'll try. " Odom didn't practice Thursday, preferring to get treatment. He was asked if he could lift his arms over his head, but Odom declined.