November 27, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant was all smiles during his news conference a day after receiving a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension. But sometime between saying this would "probably" be his last contract and jabbing the NBA for vetoing the Chris Paul trade (he's still irritated), Bryant's became serious when defending the Lakers' decision to extend his deal without seeing him play a game since April. "It makes me want to run through a wall for them," he said Tuesday. "Kind of just adds more fuel to the fire.
June 15, 1985
To all you folks who are complaining about the Laker rough stuff, wake up. You call yourselves fans, then put your team down when they start fighting fire with fire. Don't you remember what happened last year when the Lakers did not respond to the Celtics' aggressiveness. I praise Pat Riley for using his tough guys (Kupchak, Spriggs) and ruining the Celtics' intimidation factor with some Laker body slamming. PAUL CLARKE Laguna Beach
February 27, 1993
Are the Lakers out of their minds? Trade Sam Perkins for Benoit Benjamin, a has-been, and Doug Christie, who has a history of knee problems? Has the Laker front office been impressed with the Angels' recent trades? Assistant General Manager Mitch Kupchak says, "We feel we might have to take a couple of chances . . . " He must have caught "Whiteyherzogitis." ROBERT WEBSTER Costa Mesa
July 23, 2010 |
The right knee that bothered Kobe Bryant last season finally went in for some service. Bryant had arthroscopic surgery last week on the knee, the Lakers announced Friday. The knee bothered Bryant so much in April that he sat out a handful of regular-season games, and it was eventually drained near the end of the Lakers' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City. Bryant is rehabilitating the knee and is expected to return in time for training camp, which opens Sept.
June 5, 2013 |
The Lakers are trying to prepare for Dwight Howard's free-agency decision, whether he chooses to stay with the team long term or leave for another franchise. "It's the one decision we have to wait on," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak in an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com . "Then we will try to have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C depending on what happens. " The Lakers hope Howard chooses to re-sign for what could be a $118-million, five-year contract. "I think this is the best city to live in with the best fans in the NBA," said Kupchak.
July 9, 2013 |
In celebrating their agreement with free-agent center Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets said too much. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com , the Rockets have been fined $150,000 by the NBA for "unauthorized comments made by team personnel about Howard during the league's annual moratorium on player business. " For the first nine days of July, the league office finalizes their year-end accounting for the previous season and determines the salary cap for the coming year. During that time, teams can come to verbal agreements with players but are not permitted to comment publicly.