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.
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.
November 27, 2011 |
Celebrate good times? The NBA lockout appears to be over, but so might the Lakers' free-spending ways. The Lakers, often the league leaders in blowing past the luxury-tax threshold, were one of the teams targeted by small-market owners and NBA officials in the proposed collective bargaining agreement. If players and owners ratify the new deal with a majority vote this week, the Lakers face an incredibly steep tax designed to instill more league parity and less spending by deep-pocketed teams.
November 28, 2010 |
It was a Sunday in November, like a lot of Sundays in November. The Lakers, taking it one at a time in the long march to April and the start of their real season ? supposedly ? were out-energized in a 95-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Of course, Lakerdom is accustomed to post-Thanksgiving fades ? some of which last until April. Andrew Bynum was out once more. Bynum's return had just been pushed back once more. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson wasn't happy about it with Theo Ratliff out too, leaving Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Derrick Caracter his only big men ?
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.
June 24, 2011 |
So much for Pau Gasol getting traded to Minnesota. Anybody who believed that rumor should trade themselves to the Mojave Desert without water for a few days. Draft day came and went without any Lakers deals, but there's still time for change before the league disappears like a mirage next Thursday when its labor contract expires. Who will be on the Lakers' roster when next season begins? Here are one man's estimates. Players from 2010-11 roster (chances of returning next season)
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.