December 27, 1986 |
The Houston Rockets have had worse duds than their 134-111 blowout loss to the Lakers Friday night, their second loss in five nights to Los Angeles. This is a team, after all, that earlier this season had the worst home-court loss in National Basketball Assn. history, a 56-point bath against the Seattle SuperSonics. And Rocket forward Ralph Sampson, who scored four points and took just four shots Friday night, has had worse games. Last year in Portland, he scored two points.
February 14, 2002
Enough of the Kobe Bryant-Michael Jordan comparisons, Shaquille O'Neal said in the aftermath of the Lakers' 103-94 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. "They are two different cars going down the 405 [freeway]," O'Neal said. "One is a 2002 [Mercedes] Benz, the other a 1991 Benz. They are both excellent cars and they both get great mileage, but they are different years. "Now I'd like to see a 26-year-old Kobe go against a 26-year-old Michael, but you can't go back in time.
April 15, 2013 |
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will be out six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon, according to doctors. Of course, Bryant is 34 and has spent 17 years in the NBA. He may never be the same player again. Which is why the idea of waiving Bryant under the NBA's one-time "amnesty" provision has been tossed around -- although not among anyone in the Lakers organization, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. Bryant is one of four players on the roster whom the Lakers would be allowed to cut without paying luxury taxes on his salary. If the Lakers waived Bryant, they would still have to pay his $30.5 salary for next season but would save up to $80 million in luxury taxes.
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February 20, 2002 |
The shooting death of a young man pursuing his goals in the entertainment industry sparked an angry call against violence at a Tuesday night vigil. Robert Demond Guillory, 25, a personal assistant for an ABC sitcom and former Dorsey High School athlete, was killed Saturday near Stocker Street and Crenshaw Boulevard. Guillory, who was driving alone, was waiting to make a left turn when he was shot by a gunman who accused him of being a rival gang member, police said. He died later at a hospital.
April 24, 2013 |
Chris Paul had just finished an amazing performance. In Game 2 of the Clippers first-round playoff series against Memphis, the point guard made a four-foot buzzer-beating bank shot with one-tenth of a second remaining in the game to give his team a 93-91 win. In the locker room afterward, Paul's teammates apparently wanted to ensure that his 3-year-old son follows in his footsteps. Grant Hill, a seven-time All-Star, gave Paul's son, Little Chris, a dunking lesson. Hill stuck out his arms and pretended to be a hoop.
March 29, 2013 |
Former Lakers center and champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opened up in his blog at HuffingtonPost.com , sharing a number of personal regrets. In an entry entitled, "10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Turning Pro," Abdul-Jabbar compares dating as a youth to "Darth Vader approaching a bunny. " The logistics of dating were naturally complicated for Abdul-Jabbar at 7-foot-2. "I wish I'd been able to ignore the physical differences as I can now and just sit down, preferably on a shorter chair than them, and just talk to them about movies and books and history -- anything but basketball," he blogged.