March 12, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Kyle Anderson has that look again, the one he wears as he warms up before every basketball game. It's a predator's glare. Hungry. Determined. A little angry. The sophomore guard's UCLA teammates say he is fun to be around. But as he prepares to compete, he doesn't look like fun. "He likes to dance," said guard Jordan Adams, his roommate. "His favorite is the Dougie. But that's for behind the scenes. " For public consumption, Anderson paces around the court like a boxer in a ring, just waiting to get at that other guy. His head typically down, his face stoic, a you're-dead-to-me look emanates from his eyes.
March 11, 2014 |
During Clippers Coach Doc Rivers' post-game news conference following a victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, he made a passing comment about the health of guards Chris Paul and Darren Collison. But as it has turned out, Paul was feeling fine on Tuesday after feeling some discomfort in his right groin muscle during the Suns game. Collison also was feeling better on Tuesday after he was hit in the groin area by Suns guard Goran Dragic during the game. Both Paul and Collison will play Wednesday night when the Clippers host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
March 10, 2014 |
With Jamal Crawford out again because of a strained left calf and J.J. Redick still out because of a bulging disk in his lower back, the Clippers are missing a big part of their offense. Crawford is the reserve shooting guard who became the starter when Redick went down. Redick is the starting shooting guard when he's healthy. Together, they average a combined 34.4 points per game for the Clippers. Crawford, considered one of the leading candidates for the NBA's sixth-man-of-the-year award, is second on the team in scoring, averaging 18.7 points.
March 9, 2014 |
Derek Fisher made what may have been his last appearance on the Lakers' home floor at Staples Center, playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon in a 114-110 loss to the home team. Fisher, in his 18th season, has vowed to retire after the 2013-14 campaign. "He's talked about retiring," said Thunder Coach Scott Brooks on Sunday. "I've heard [our players] are planning on talking to him. Fisher can still play a few more years if he wants to play. " "It's not, 'If I can't,'" said Fisher after the game, acknowledging this was probably his last year.
March 7, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Minutes after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard that everything was fine, the guard said Friday in the double-amputee Olympic athlete's murder trial. Pieter J. Baba, who worked at the gated Pretoria community where Pistorius and Steenkamp lived, testified in Pretoria's High Court that the incident began for him when several people, including another security guard and some neighbors, reported hearing gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
March 6, 2014 |
SEATTLE -- The trip that means little to UCLA's immediate future was full of postcard moments Thursday. Jordan Adams had a career night. Freshman Zach LaVine had a triumphant, and chatty, return. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero even dropped by the locker room. All part of a 91-82 victory over Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena. What did it mean to the Bruins in the big picture? Absolutely nothing, at least as far as tangible returns. The chance for a Pac-12 championship is in the past.
March 5, 2014 |
The Lakers appear to be mulling over a lineup change. Since joining the team in December after the franchise suffered a slew of injuries at point guard, Kendall Marshall has made 33 appearances and 24 starts. On Tuesday night, in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Marshall started the first half but not the second. Instead, Coach Mike D'Antoni told Jordan Farmar to take Marshall's place at halftime. "Jordan told me that coach told him that he was going to start the second half, and that's fine," Marshall said after the Lakers' 132-125 loss to the Pelicans.
March 4, 2014 |
PHOENIX - It is still uncertain when starting shooting guard J.J. Redick will return to the court for the Clippers. Redick is sidelined by a bulging disk in his lower back. He has missed the last 11 games, including Tuesday's game at Phoenix. When the Clippers disclosed the nature of the injury on Feb. 18, Redick had already missed four games with what the team had been calling a hip injury. There still is no timetable for his return, and Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was asked Tuesday night if he feared that Redick could be out for the rest of the season.
March 4, 2014 |
To say that Trey Dickerson is good at adjusting to his surroundings might be an understatement. He came to Los Angeles from Queens, N.Y., as a sophomore and was a starting guard at Van Nuys Montclair Prep when the school dropped its sports program. Then he went to L.A. Price, where he was a standout on the 2011-12 team. Colleges wanted him but he wasn't an NCAA qualifier, so he went to prep school, God's Academy in Dallas, Texas. He committed to Murray State last year and was taking summer classes, then reversed course and enrolled at a junior college, Williston State College in North Dakota, where he has become one of the top junior college guards in the country, with scholarship offers from Washington, Washington State, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and St. Louis.
March 3, 2014 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - There was a gust of certainty Monday, a rarity in one of the most uneasy seasons in Lakers history. Steve Nash clearly wants to return next season. "I want to come back for sure," he said Monday. It's a longshot he'll even be back this season from recurring back soreness, but he's already looking to the future, where he's scheduled to earn $9.7 million in 2014-15 as the final part of a three-year, $28-million contract. The Lakers have until Sept. 1 to determine whether they want to waive Nash via the "stretch provision," in which his salary is spread out over the next three years.