February 16, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - The kids are taking over the place. You can't toss a string of beads in the French Quarter this weekend without hitting a wide-eyed NBA All-Star. The festivities have become one extended Rising Stars Challenge between the six players making their All-Star game debuts Sunday at the Smoothie King Center and the five back for a second appearance. At 20, Anthony Davis can't even enjoy one of those oversized fruity alcoholic drinks so popular on Bourbon Street. Generation Next includes first-timers Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Paul Millsap and Davis in addition to second-time participants Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
February 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA - True story: Nick Young wants to sponsor an egging raid. He's unhappy that Cleveland guard C.J. Miles fouled him Wednesday, causing a knee injury that will cost Young at least two weeks of action. "We need to go find C.J. Miles, man, and do something to him," Young said Friday, smiling for the most part. "We've got to go throw some eggs, do something at his house. I've got to do something. He's got to feel my pain. " Young was then reminded that singer Justin Bieber could face felony charges for allegedly causing $20,000 in damage by egging a neighbor's house in Calabasas.
February 7, 2014 |
Shaquille O'Neal said the Lakers would have won five titles had he stayed with Kobe Bryant. "Probably five," O'Neal said Thursday on TNT's "Inside Stuff. " "I'm going to go with five or six. " O'Neal won three titles with Bryant and the Lakers in four trips to the NBA Finals. The Lakers traded him to the Miami Heat in 2004. Bryant and O'Neal had a fractured relationship but the former Laker said that wasn't the reason why he left the team. "We didn't have a bad relationship, because we won three out of four championships," O'Neal said.
February 6, 2014 |
Even in a dark suit with a blue shirt and matching pocket square, Kobe Bryant can be tough to stop in a game's final moments. Cue the tape of the Lakers' game against the Chicago Bulls last month. There is Lakers swingman Nick Young late in overtime, swishing a fadeaway baseline jumper to tie the score. Just like Bryant had drawn up. "He pretty much told me what to do that play right there," Young said, recalling the basket that prompted a beaming Bryant to repeatedly point at Young as he came back down the court.
January 31, 2014 |
Magic Johnson has declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, executive/owner Jim Buss and Coach Mike D'Antoni. The Hall of Fame point guard has recently been very publicly lambasting the Lakers concerning their leadership, on-court play and decision to hire D'Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012. Via Twitter on Thursday, Johnson vowed to stop criticizing his former franchise. Laker Nation: I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!