August 15, 2012 |
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.
August 14, 2012 |
Dwight Howard's arrival to the Lakers doesn't just bring promise of collecting his first NBA championship. It also gives him an opportunity to join the organization's esteemed fraternity of centers. That includes one of the pioneers of pro basketball (George Mikan), the highest scorer in a single game (Wilt Chamberlain), the NBA's all-time leading scorer (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and one of the NBA's most physical big men (Shaquille O'Neal). One notable member of this group believes Howard can join the club, assuming he stays with the Lakers beyond next season.
August 14, 2012 |
Their stories are eerily similar, even if there is a gap of 37 years between them. Each was the NBA's dominant center and each demanded to be traded. Both stars ended up with the Lakers and their deals sent shock waves across the league. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 28 when he was traded by the Milwaukee Bucks to the Lakers in 1975 as part of a six-player deal, while Dwight Howard, 26, arrived Friday as part of a four-team, 12-player trade that also sent Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers.
August 10, 2012 |
The NBA holds an annual draft, but it has never meant much to the Lakers. They don't draft stars so much as acquire them. It's been this way for decades, with the Lakers often harvesting top talent from elsewhere instead of growing their own. Dwight Howard, acquired from Orlando on Friday, was only the latest example of the Lakers making a move that shifted the NBA's landscape. Here are a few of the other monumental Lakers trades, or signings, that helped the franchise win 16 NBA championships, one behind the Boston Celtics: Wilt Chamberlain (1968-73 with Lakers)
April 12, 2012 |
Elgin Baylor talks almost wistfully about the craft of rebounding, as if it's artwork that has been misplaced or a treasure trove that can't be retrieved from deep-sea waters. He was a 6-foot-5 forward for the Lakers when he took 30 rebounds in a 1961 game against the Cincinnati Royals. He was watching on TV when Andrew Bynum grabbed an equally striking 30 rebounds Wednesday against San Antonio. "When I first saw him, I liked him. This young man had a lot of potential and could be a terrific player," Baylor, the former Clippers general manager, said Thursday.
April 10, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS — Phil Jackson has a message for everybody criticizing Andrew Bynum . Settle down. The former Lakers coach told The Times he enjoyed seeing Bynum's development, even if it had been filled with inexplicable turns the last few weeks. "Bynum is not quite mature, but everyone should relax and watch him grow up," Jackson said via email. "This year has been a big step for him offensively…nice to see…and when he takes up the mantle as defensive captain the Lakers can get back in the hunt.
April 10, 2012 |
Under Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's shy and reclusive personality stands a man gracefully taking center stage. He did that on the hardwood. Abdul-Jabbar won five of his six championships with the Lakers during the Showtime era. He finished as the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 points). And he capped his 20-year career with a distinguishable skill-set with his famed sky hook. Abdul-Jabbar also has done that with acting. He grew up taking acting lessons at St. Jude Catholic School in Manhattan.
April 9, 2012 |
The behavior Andrew Bynum has exhibited in recent weeks puzzles plenty of Laker fans. He launched an ill-advised three-pointer that got him benched two weeks ago, and vowed to keep shooting from beyond the arc. Bynum revealed there are times he doesn't join the team's huddles during timeouts. He earned two ejections within the past three weeks against Houston despite the coaching staff's insistence he stay composed. Despite the Lakers' rule that players can't play loud music in the locker room, Bynum has blasted it through his headphones at his locker before recent games.
April 2, 2012 |
Former Laker Jamaal Wilkes received two doses of good news Monday. One involves the NBA's announcement that he will be inducted Sept. 8 in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The second involves how the Lakers will pay tribute to him. "We will retire his jersey at some point next season," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "We'll look to book a date after the schedule comes out at some point late in the summer. " Wilkes and his No. 52 jersey will join Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13)
March 28, 2012
Still a winner Re " Still hooked ," Opinion, March 24 Kudos to Patt Morrison. There is so much more about us than the tragedy of probable homicide or one more mentally troubled pop star. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a caring, thoughtful superstar with top-of-the-line mental and physical agility and ability; our renaissance man, promoting knowledge of ourselves. A true role model with unmanufactured celebrityhood. F. Daniel Gray Los Angeles I cheered after reading this interview.