February 16, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
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February 13, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District sought a guard more than a year ago at a crosswalk near a Hollywood school where a mother escorting her child was fatally struck by a big rig, but city transportation officials denied the request because of "limited resources. " Marleni Edith Barrera, 42, of Los Angeles was in the crosswalk with her 9-year-old daughter on their way to Citizens of the World Charter School Hollywood on Tuesday when a big rig struck her and the girl, authorities said.
February 12, 2014 |
This is a important week for UCLA as the Bruins try to keep first-place Arizona within reach. This is also a vital week for UCLA's opponent Thursday, Colorado. As is next week, and the week after that, and so on. The Buffaloes enter their game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion trying to gussy up their image. A month ago, they were ranked 15th in the nation and had the look of a serious challenger in the Pac-12 Conference championship race. Then star guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending knee injury.
February 10, 2014 |
There are games when UCLA guard Norman Powell becomes an ignition switch. The Bruins' game Saturday night against USC was one of those times. To say UCLA was in a funk during the first half would be an insult to teams in funks. UCLA looked worn and beaten. Powell stepped in and started the salvage operation that ended in an 83-73 Pac-12 Conference victory for the Bruins at the Galen Center. Powell had a season-high 21 points, 17 coming in the second half. He made six of seven shots after halftime.
February 9, 2014 |
Darren Collison's job when Chris Paul sat out 18 games because of a separated right shoulder was to help the Clippers stay the course without their All-Star point guard. Collison did, leaving Clippers Coach Doc Rivers to say they "weathered the storm" with Paul down. Paul was back in the starting lineup Sunday night against the Philadelphia 76ers and Collison was back playing with the second unit. "DC was the key," Rivers said. "He logged a lot of minutes. Some of the things that he was doing well for us he couldn't do anymore.
February 9, 2014 |
It was Showtime at Staples Center on Sunday night, starring the return of Chris Paul, the comeback of Blake Griffin from an injury scare and the rest of the Clippers playing their roles. Playing in his first game since he separated his right shoulder Jan. 3 at Dallas, Paul had seven points and eight assists in the Clippers' show-stopping and franchise-record-setting 123-78 victory over the overmatched Philadelphia 76ers. With Griffin overcoming a bruised left shin suffered in the first quarter to score 26 points, grab 11 rebounds and hand out six assists, the Clippers set a franchise record for biggest margin of victory.
February 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA - The Lakers didn't need help from a bizarre rule Friday. They just needed Steve Nash to play like he was 29 on his 40th birthday. Wish granted. Nash delivered a turn-back-the-clock night in the Lakers' 112-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. He had 19 points, five assists and four rebounds in his second game since Nov. 10, shoving past the nerve damage in his back and reaching toward whatever's left of his basketball career. "After 18 years, it's very sweet.
February 7, 2014 |
Steve Nash turned 40 years old on Friday. In his 18th season, Nash is the oldest player in the NBA. Teammate Kobe Bryant (13th overall pick) was selected in the same 1996 draft as Nash (15th pick). But Bryant came into the league as a teenager and is four years younger than Nash. The veteran point guard joined the Lakers two summers ago but has struggled with injury since breaking his leg in the second game of the 2012-13 season. After playing six games to start the current season, Nash sat out almost three months with nerve issues in his back.