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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
December 8, 2010 |
He had 0.4 and now he had 0.1. This might not have been San Antonio and Game 5 of that playoff series in 2004, the Western Conference semifinals. This was December and the Clippers. But the Lakers' Derek Fisher, rest assured, will take the driving, banking layup as time ran out, giving them an 87-86 victory against the Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples Center. It was the sort of drama capable of igniting a Lakers' season relatively void of spirit on the court, almost bordering on malaise at times.
October 1, 2010 |
Matt Barnes was apprehensive when he typed out a text message to his old foe, Kobe Bryant, last summer to gauge whether the Lakers' superstar was interested in having his antagonist join the team. Barnes, then a free agent, was unsure how Bryant would respond. After all, the two had a trash-talking, technical foul-filled battle during the Lakers' loss to the Magic in Orlando last season on national television. But a text came back from Bryant, assuring Barnes the Lakers were all for his joining a team trying to win a third consecutive NBA championship.
September 26, 2010 |
The summer itinerary couldn't have been any better for Pau Gasol. Win an NBA championship in June. Go to South Africa a few weeks later to watch home country Spain win soccer's World Cup. Teach teenagers how to play basketball on an NBA-sponsored trip to India in August. Head to Spain for some downtime in September. A taxing summer it was not, by design. The Lakers forward didn't play for the Spanish basketball team in the world championships and didn't do anything competitively until some one-on-one a couple of weeks ago against his brother, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.