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 12, 2010 |
David Beckham will reject the chance to make one final appearance for England, a person familiar with the former captain's plans said Thursday. Coach Fabio Capello said Wednesday that the 35-year-old Beckham was too old to continue playing competitively for England, but offered him an opportunity to say farewell to fans in an exhibition. Beckham, who is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury that denied him a trip to a fourth World Cup, has played 115 times for England, second to goalkeeper Peter Shilton on the country's all-time appearance list.
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 6, 2010 |
Part-time player? Not in Andrew Bynum's mind. The 22-year-old center plans on being a full-timer, deflecting an alternate possibility mentioned on Tuesday by Lakers Coach Phil Jackson. "I think everything will be all right," Bynum said Wednesday. "I just need to be healthy. I need to get back playing and hooping with the team and having some dominant games. " Bynum has suffered knee injuries each of the last three seasons and has had surgery twice, most recently in July.
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 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 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 11, 2011 |
The Lakers made a trade Saturday, but it wasn't for Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. Two days after getting rebuffed by the NBA in an apparent deal for Paul, the Lakers sent forward Lamar Odom to Dallas for the Mavericks' first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft. "It's a done deal," said a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly. PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years The Mavericks might also send the Lakers another unspecified draft pick.
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 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.