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February 18, 1989
I can only express my disgust at NBA Commissioner David Stern for his selection of Kareem to the All-Star game. What a shame that young point guard stars like Keven Johnson and Fat Lever had to miss the show (because) a sentimental commissioner picked someone so clearly past his prime. Kareem showed a lot of class in admitting he was not deserving of the All-Star game. Too bad the NBA couldn't have shown equally good judgment and selected someone who was. ROBERT SANDMAN Berkeley
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SPORTS
June 12, 1989 | Scott Ostler
On the Kareem-o-Meter, which measures the effectiveness of Mr. Abdul-Jabbar as a Laker center from game to game, the readings range from "In Your Face, Young-'Un" down to "I Shoulda Stood in Bed." Most games this year, including playoff games, neither the needle on the meter nor Kareem himself has done much jumping. You know how that gadfly Wilt Chamberlain is fond of saying "I could out-rebound Kareem in my sleep"? That's an exaggeration, of course, but there have been games when a sleeping Wilt could have tied Kareem on the rebound chart.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
According to the NBA Development League transactions page , former Lakers guard Kareem Rush retired last month. In a recent phone interview with The Times, Rush said that's not the case. "I've retired from the D-League," he said. "[I'm] not retired from basketball completely. " Rush, 33, last played in the NBA for the Clippers on Nov. 17, 2009, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He has since worked to get back in the NBA, joining the Lakers' D-League affiliate D-Fenders for the second time in his career.
SPORTS
February 18, 1989
Scott Ostler, the great logician, says that NBA All-Star selection should be based on merit (defined as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "10,000" skyhooks and five NBA championships). I surrender to no one in my appreciation of Kareem, but I submit that the sole criterion for selection to this season's All-Star team should be this season's performance. Career performance and achievement as the prime considerations? Come on, in that case, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain should have suited up and gone out to Houston to play Sunday.
SPORTS
April 25, 1987
I think it's about time that Magic Johnson is recognized for his total ability in all facets of the game of basketball. He is the leader, playmaker, innovator, the spark that lights the fire. You'll remember that the Lakers were dying when he joined them. In Magic's first game as a Laker, Kareem threw in a last-second winning basket. Magic dashed over to him and, in all of his college-boy exuberance, threw his arms around his neck. There was first a look of surprise and then a big smile on Kareem's face.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
Bathed in the neon glow of the Palm Tree L.A. lounge, Jay Park downs a shot of soju and keeps his eyes on the flat-screen. Steve Nash is pushing the ball up court while Kobe Bryant lurks at the three-point line. Dwight Howard bumps for position near the hoop. The Lakers may still be on the bubble for a playoff spot and that other L.A. squad is suddenly the sexy team in town, but here in the punchy loud Koreatown bar, it's all about purple and gold. For years, the Lakers claimed a steady fan base in the sprawling Korean American community, but this season the intensity has been amplified - with games now broadcast in Korean, a first in the NBA. Time Warner Cable, which invested nearly $3 billion for regional TV rights to Lakers games for the next two decades, hired four Korean Americans as play-by-play announcers and color commentators, adding a fifth person just days ago. For Park and others, it has brought a new intimacy to the action.
SPORTS
January 13, 1987 | SCOTT OSTLER
He is only 27 years old, but he's no kid. His pro career started back in the previous decade, remember. His knees creak and throb, his ice bags need ice bags, the other players keep getting younger and bigger and faster, and his contemporaries are talking retirement. So what does Earvin (Magic) Johnson do? He moves his game up another rung on basketball's ladder of evolution. Who even knew there were more rungs up there?
SPORTS
January 18, 1989 | Scott Ostler
Ask Mr. Negative, to whom every cloud has a silver lining, no doubt due to atmospheric pollution or radioactive fallout. Or maybe because his eyes are going bad from staring at this damn word-processor screen . . . When Gaylord Perry missed being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, winding up 34 votes shy of the 336 needed for enshrinement, were you disappointed? Heartbroken. I thought he should have missed by 336 votes.
SPORTS
July 1, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
45% of its earnings from the 1999 NCAA tournament--as the final discipline in the JaRon Rush case. The Bruins could have been fined up to 90% of the $100,800 they made for the first-round loss to Detroit Mercy, but the NCAA reaffirmed previous statements that the school had no knowledge that Rush should have been ineligible and therefore settled on the lesser penalty.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014
No stars, just talent Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey , on his team's efforts to continually improve: "Until we get four or five Michael Jordans in here, we've got to stick with our plan with a young team and see which way it takes us. " Analyze this Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , on a Facebook post regarding troubled protege Andrew Bynum , who has been excused from all team activities after a suspension from...
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December 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
With news that Andrew Bynum has been suspended and excused from all team activities by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bynum's former mentor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sounded off on the ex-Lakers center. Abdul-Jabbar gave his thoughts Sunday via his Facebook account: I believe Andrew has always had the potential to help a team when he puts his heart into it. He just doesn't seem to be consistent with his commitment to the game. That can lead to [a lot] of frustration for any team that has signed him. When I worked with Andrew I found him to be bright & hardworking but I think he got bored with the repetitive nature of working on basketball fundamentals day in and day out...
SPORTS
August 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have a long history with some of the greatest centers the NBA has ever known. Long before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined the franchise, where he would win five titles, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Abdul-Jabbar had some memorable battles against legendary Laker Wilt Chamberlain, who won one title in Los Angeles and one as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Abdul-Jabbar won a title in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Lakers also won three championships with Shaquille O'Neal and two with forward/center Pau Gasol.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Players come and go in the NBA. They have their glory, get old and live later lives out of the limelight. Unless your name is Michael Jordan or a few others, you depart Earth in the company of family, a few friends and a neighbor or two. Then there is Flynn Robinson. Saturday, at noon at a church in Los Angeles, many tall men with faces and names familiar and revered in basketball will gather to say goodbye at a special memorial service. According to the record books, Robinson wasn't a superstar.
SPORTS
April 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has expanded his reach beyond the basketball court, writing pop-culture essays on his blog at the Huffington Post . The six-time NBA champion takes on reality television in a thoughtful, critical analysis of the genre. "Those who refuse to watch, based on some misguided cultural snobbery, aren't just missing great entertainment, they are overlooking the best social insight into the American psyche since Huck Finn and Jim explored the soul of America on a raft of lost innocence," writes Abdul-Jabbar.
SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Over the weekend, Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led a processional on a one-mile walk outside of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Abdul-Jabbar's Final Four Dome Dribble Fueled by Powerade was part of his campaign to encourage fun, healthy and active lifestyles. The 65-year-old six-time NBA champion is also participating as a contestant on "Splash," a diving competition show on ABC. Abdul-Jabbar recently told Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that he's aspiring to "show everybody that at my age you can live a healthy lifestyle and learn new things.
SPORTS
March 30, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings, Coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Lakers' morning shoot-around. Nash left in the third quarter of the Lakers' loss Thursday to Milwaukee because of a sore hamstring and what he called a hip spasm. Bryant has been dealing with a sprained left ankle and, more recently, a bone spur in his left foot. The Lakers (37-36) are tied with Utah for eighth place in the Western Conference, though they are technically ninth because the Jazz has already won the head-to-head tiebreaker.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Nearly 3,000 miles away, Andrew Bynum seems set on a new beginning. Just before his introductory news conference with the Philadelphia 76ers, fans greeted him by shouting his name and chanting, "Beat L.A. " After acquiring Bynum last week in a four-team, 12-player trade that sent Dwight Howard from Orlando to the Lakers, Sixers officials tabbed Bynum as their future franchise player. And Bynum shared his intentions to stay with Philadelphia after his $16.1-million contract ends after the 2012-13 season.
SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers need the Utah Jazz to lose at least one game to have a chance of catching up in the standings; otherwise, the season could end on April 17. Pau Gasol admitted that it's been a difficult year -- both for him personally and for the Lakers. "The past [few] years have been difficult," Gasol said to Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson on ESPN 710 . "The lack sometimes of security and certainty do play a role, but again there's nothing I can do about it. I understand the situation of the team, of the personnel and why that happens.
SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Metta World Peace will come off the bench for the Lakers Tuesday night as they host the New Orleans Hornets, just 12 days after undergoing knee surgery to repair torn cartilage. The Lakers probably need to win the rest of their games to surpass the Utah Jazz for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. "We're in a tough spot," said World Peace, who is rushing back from injury weeks ahead of schedule. "It's a good spot, but it's a tough spot. " While the team's original timeline was at least six weeks, he had other ideas.
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