December 1, 2009
VS. NEW ORLEANS When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 13-3, Hornets 7-10. Record vs. Hornets: 1-0. Update: These aren't the Hornets that finished second to the Lakers in the Western Conference two seasons ago. Former UCLA guard Darren Collison has played well in Chris Paul's absence, but the Hornets miss their floor leader, who will be sidelined again by a sprained ankle.
December 27, 2009 |
Can a player be a former All-Star without ever being selected to the All-Star team? Here's a case for Andrew Bynum: He was the top center in the Western Conference the first month of the season as he effortlessly absorbed Pau Gasol's points and rebounds while the Lakers' power forward missed 11 games. Then Gasol returned from a hamstring injury and Bynum disappeared. There's not a lot to criticize on a team tied with Boston for the NBA's best record (23-5), but Bynum continues to take steps back.
April 10, 2010 |
Reporting from Minneapolis -- There's one starter on the Lakers who doesn't want any rest. Pau Gasol continues to play down the stretch, even shooing away Coach Phil Jackson's offer to sit out a game or two over the final days of the regular season. Gasol looked sharp Friday in the Lakers' otherwise humdrum 97-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, collecting 29 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. "I want to keep playing," he said. "That's just my way of feeling better going into playoffs.
October 25, 2009 |
There will be a celebration, a time to honor the 2008-09 NBA champion Lakers, a time to pay homage for their accomplishment. The ceremony Tuesday night will have the players hyped and excited to receive their championship rings. The fans will be in a frenzy to see their beloved Lakers raise the franchise's 15th banner. But then the Lakers have to play a basketball game against the Clippers, a game in which their emotions will be sky-high, a game in which they'll have to find a way to settle themselves after they are crowned the NBA's best from last season.
October 23, 2009 |
When the Lakers boarded a row of double-decker buses for their championship parade in June, they should have left one seat open, reserved for Good Fortune. They managed to keep almost everybody off the injured list, an often-overlooked part of their successful season. Kobe Bryant played in all 105 of their games. Pau Gasol played in 104. So did Derek Fisher . Andrew Bynum missed 32 because of a torn knee ligament, but his replacement in the starting lineup, Lamar Odom , missed only four games.
November 30, 2009 |
And you thought the Lakers had problems. Whatever issues filtered in and out of their first 16 games -- Pau Gasol's hamstring, Sasha Vujacic's shooting slump, Ron Artest's free-throw woes -- didn't come close to the jumbled mess that rolled into Staples Center on Sunday. The New Jersey Nets tied the worst start in NBA history with their 17th consecutive loss, which happened to come against the Lakers, 106-87, and added a measure of perspective to the word "problems." The Lakers have three potential All-Stars.