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.
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.
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.
December 2, 2010 |
The hope, Pau Gasol said after practice Thursday, is that with rest and treatment on his strained left hamstring he'll be able to play Friday night against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Gasol will test his injury Friday at the team's shootaround and then make a decision on whether to play or sit out. "We're short-handed already," Gasol said. "So I just try to be out there as much as I can and do as much as I can without obviously wanting anything to happen that would put you out. I've got to toughen up right now?"
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.
December 3, 2010 |
The Lakers didn't seem quite like the Lakers for the better part of a week, but it could always be worse. They could be the Sacramento Kings. If the Lakers played the Kings every game, they'd be in serious pursuit of the Chicago Bulls' record-setting 72-10 mark come April, but, back in reality, they were thrilled to face Sacramento simply to get a victory. Kobe Bryant had 22 points, Pau Gasol played well enough on one good leg, and the Lakers easily ended their first four-game losing streak since April 2007 by thumping the Kings, 113-80, Friday at Staples Center.
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]