December 2, 2012 |
His Clippers teammates constantly encourage Blake Griffin to shoot the basketball when he's open. They know Griffin puts in the extra time working on his jump shot with Clippers shooting coach Bob Thate. They all know that the defense is doing all it can to limit Griffin's dunks and post-ups down low. So when he has that 15-foot jump shot, Griffin's teammates have just one thing to tell the All-Star power forward. "Every game, every practice, before every game, a lot of guys will come up and be like, 'Shoot it. We see you working on it every day. Shoot it,'" Griffin said.
November 8, 2012 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak is never one to smash the glass and start hitting the panic button. He isn't doing it now despite the team's 1-4 start. He recognizes the issues surrounding the team. The Lakers are dead last in the Western Conference despite the largest payroll in the NBA - $100 million in player salary, plus $30 million more in projected luxury taxes. "Expectations are high, there's no doubt. The city is impatient," Kupchak said Thursday in a phone interview with The Times.
November 7, 2012 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Try as they might, the Lakers could not squeeze the Detroit Pistons into their carry-on luggage. They instead packed more of the same haphazard play and sorry excuses that accompanied their 0-3 start. Welcome to 1-4, the Lakers' most humble beginning since they had the same record 19 years ago during a sub-.500 season that required three coaches and a few buckets of antacid to get through. If the Lakers intend to win in Miami in June, then success in Utah in November should be as simple as boarding a chartered plane.
October 21, 2012 |
SALT LAKE CITY -- After three weeks of training camp, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro felt it was time to rest three of his starters rather than play them against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and Willie Green hadn't missed any practices or exhibition games, Del Negro said, but he wanted to rest their bodies. So it was left up to regular starters Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan to pull along new starters Travis Leslie, Matt Barnes and Ronny Turiaf during the Clippers' 99-91 loss to the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.
April 21, 2012
PHOENIX AT UTAH: 7:30 p.m. PDT Tuesday. TV: TNT. The resurgent Suns and Jazz are jostling with fading Houston for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. It could be a last hurrah of sorts for Phoenix point guard Steve Nash, who has said he would consider playing elsewhere next season if the Suns don't significantly upgrade their roster. But Phoenix has already looked like a different team while winning eight of 12 games to move back into playoff contention. The Suns have won both meetings against the Jazz this season, including a 107-105 victory earlier this month at EnergySolutions Arena.
February 5, 2012 |
Reporting from Salt Lake City - The Lakers gathered Sunday in a meeting room inside their Philadelphia hotel to watch the Super Bowl. It might be the last game the players get to spend with Coach Mike Brown for a while. Brown could be suspended by the NBA for making contact with a referee in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 96-87 loss to Utah on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena. Upset by a no-call on Earl Watson after the Jazz guard knocked Pau Gasol over while making a steal, Brown bounded onto the court and appeared to bump referee Zach Zarba . The gesture earned Brown two technical fouls and his first ejection of the season.