May 11, 2012 |
The Lakers are at a crossroads. They're either a game away from finally meeting the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals, or a game away from the end of their season. Should the Lakers lose Saturday in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Denver Nuggets, Magic Johnson has a definite idea on what will happen next. "They're going to run Mike Brown first out of town," Johnson said as an ESPN NBA analyst Friday. "Then second will be [Andrew] Bynum.
June 26, 2004
Were Mitch Kupchak and Jerry Buss watching the same NBA Finals I was watching? And if so, why are they talking about trading the guy who shot 63%, and not the guy who shot 38% -- and kept shooting? Ron Corcillo North Hollywood Dr. Buss, are you really in such a hurry to go back to the glory days of Del Harris? Stephen J. Smith Visalia Why is Mitch Kupchak interviewing replacements for Phil Jackson? It's Kobe's team. Make him do it. Burt Collette Rancho Mirage When will the Lakers learn?
May 18, 2004 |
It was an extraordinary week by any measure, the Lakers winning four games in seven days against the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, and on Monday morning the Laker organization hummed along as it often does this time of year. At team headquarters in El Segundo, reporters trudged through a steel gate and past red-coated security guards, gathering in a tiny room off the practice gym, waiting to ask questions that had no real answers.
October 29, 2003 |
While others argue whether Shaquille O'Neal or Kobe Bryant is to blame for their public feud, Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban points his finger at the Laker organization. "If the president and the CEO of a corporation were speaking publicly like that, you'd have to say the board of directors was doing something wrong," Cuban said. "By the time a problem grows in an organization to where the most visible figures are venting publicly, it means ... people are not doing their jobs.
August 17, 2002
It is both ironic and disgraceful that at a time our city was honoring the memory of a man so celebrated for, among other things, his amazing ability to show up, Jerry Buss and Shaquille O'Neal chose not to show up for his memorial service. While thousands of fans filed through the Staples Center, and friends, family and colleagues expressed their respect and affection for Chick Hearn in Brentwood, Buss and O'Neal were nowhere to be found. For 42 years, Chick gave his heart and soul to this city and to the Laker organization.
December 19, 1999
The "girls" may truly be dancers, but the Laker Girls are not about dancing, they are about sex ("The Bod Squad," Dec. 13). They debase themselves and all women by the striptease outfits they wear and the pseudo-striptease moves they make. It's laughable to call the Laker Girls a "family" act. They are a balding-middle-aged-men-titillation show. It is sad to see young boys in the audience learning from the juvenile hoots and catcalls of their dads that women are simply sex objects.