November 2, 2013
HOUSTON AT CLIPPERS, 7:30 p.m. Monday. TV: Prime Ticket. Lakers fans may be tempted to buy tickets for this game just to boo Dwight Howard, who called Staples Center home for one maddening season before heading to Houston. The center has been everything the Rockets envisioned in his first two games, averaging 15 points and a league-leading 21 rebounds. His presence should provide plenty of motivation for Clippers counterpart DeAndre Jordan, who is attempting to steal the designation of being the NBA's top defensive player.
February 21, 2012 |
Oakland A'sManager Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle that Manny Ramirez, who agreed to a deal with the team on Monday and is expected to report to spring training on Friday, is just “one more guy. He's not going to come in and get every DH at-bat.” If he makes the team, Ramirez will have to sit out the first 50 games of the season for violating baseball's drug policy. But Melvin said that they should be able to evaluate Ramirez during spring training and determine if he can help the team or not. Melvin, though, seems to think Ramirez will have little trouble making the team.
February 24, 2012 |
Jeremy Lin's buzzer-beating three-pointers and underdog past have basketball fans and neophytes alike hooked on one of the most captivating — and pun-happy — Linderella tales in a while. Now, if only businesses could figure out what to do with him. Retailers caught unprepared for his sudden ascent have hustled to get Lin-branded merchandise on their shelves. But the big money for Lin isn't in shirts and caps; it's in his image and his staying power — and what he and major sponsors can do with that.
October 12, 2012 |
Under Armour -- the company known for making boxer-briefs, sneakers and other workout gear for sweat-drenched men -- is now trying to boost favor with the female set. The Baltimore sports clothier, endorsed by uber-manly quarterback Tom Brady, has given itself a hefty dose of estrogen with its “ What's Beautiful ” marketing campaign. With an online launch in April and new advertisements out now, the ambitious effort claims to be “redefining the female athlete.” There's a @UAWomen account on Twitter and a dedicated Facebook page ( with plenty of pink )
November 24, 2012
Looking ahead NEW YORK AT BROOKLYN: Monday, 4 p.m. PST, TNT This battle of boroughs finally comes with some bragging rights, and a say in who rules the Atlantic Division. The Knicks will play their first game at the $1-billion Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Amare Stoudemire's absence (rehabbing from knee surgery) has freed Knicks Coach Mike Woodson to sell his team on playing defense. And, yes, that is Carmelo Anthony you see hustling down to the defensive end, while new point guard Raymond Felton runs the offense.
January 5, 2013 |
The Houston Rockets are among the NBA teams that lean heavily on advanced metrics such as win shares and true shooting percentage, but there is no ready-made formula that can help them determine what to do about Royce White . The rookie forward who suffers from an anxiety disorder remained in limbo after refusing an assignment to the Rockets' Development League affiliate. White said the Rockets had failed to heed the advice of the doctors who have been treating him for an intense fear of flying, among other issues.
July 15, 2013 |
Steve Nash recently tried to sway Dwight Howard to stay. Now that the center is with the Houston Rockets, Nash looks forward to Pau Gasol taking on a bigger role in the offense. "I think [Gasol] gives a little more fluidity. The ball can move more," Nash said Sunday at his Steve Nash Foundation Showdown/soccer match. "We can use him as a facilitator. He's such a versatile player that it's going to be a lot of fun to have him making plays and scoring inside. " Gasol spent much of the season injured or a spectator in the offense as the Lakers tried to feature Howard.
May 2, 2013 |
In conjunction with Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival opens Thursday night in West Hollywood, kicking off 10 days of screenings, panel discussions, seminars and social events. Now in its 29th year, the festival showcases new work by emerging and established Asian American filmmakers and also surveys the national cinemas of countries such as China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Vietnam. Evan Jackson Leong's basketball documentary "Linsanity," which chronicles the overnight success of the Taiwanese American NBA player Jeremy Lin (and features L.A.'s own Kobe Bryant as a villain)
February 25, 2014 |
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon after turning himself in to police early Tuesday morning. He is expected to be arraigned later Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, both felonies, and fourth-degree possession, a misdemeanor, according to a New York police spokesman. Felton was accompanied by his attorney when he arrived at the 20th Precinct on Manhattan's Upper West Side, police said.
April 1, 2013 |
The documentary "Linsanity," about the Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, will open the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The festival, which takes places May 2-12 at various locations including the Directors Guild Theatre, will feature 140 films from 20 countries. The festival will feature world premieres and sneak previews of narrative and documentary films that shine a spotlight on Asian Pacific Americans as well as the international Asian community. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments "Linsanity," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles Lin's life from his basketball days at Palo Alto High to his magical run in 2012 with the New York Knicks.The film was directed by Evan Jackson Leong.