April 29, 2012 |
The playoff nostalgia has swept Lakers guard Ramon Sessions everywhere he goes. Shortly after he joined the Lakers from a trade a little more than two months ago, Sessions bought a television set for a local bar named Wagon Wheel in his hometown in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The enthusiasm for the purple and gold has spread so much that Sessions describes it as a "Laker town. " As soon as the Lakers officially clinched a playoff berth, Sessions immediately sensed he had turned a corner after toiling with non-playoff teams, such as the Milwaukee Bucks (2007-09)
February 11, 2011 |
Reporting from Boston Even though Phil Jackson has called this season his "last stand," he's not going to ride off quietly into the sunset. Sensing the need for a team pick-me-up, the Lakers coach asked longtime friend and sports psychologist George Mumford to talk to the players several hours before they took on the Boston Celtics. It seemed to work. Mumford "really inspired me to play a little bit better, to be a little bit more mindful," said Andrew Bynum, who had 16 points and nine rebounds in the Lakers' 92-86 victory Thursday.
October 10, 2012 |
A lanky Spanish forward whose last name goes by Gasol plans to step foot on a basketball court in Los Angeles. But we're not talking about Pau, who enters this season with the Lakers refreshed without having to worry about trade rumors. Adria Gasol, the 18-year-old brother of Pau and Marc Gasol, will play for UCLA's basketball team as a walk-on freshman. You'd think the tremendous basketball talents Pau and Marc have displayed over the years would've transferred to his younger brother.
May 16, 2013 |
Phil Jackson never liked to compare Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Believe me, I tried everything. Sometimes I'd ask him after random Lakers practices or before games against Charlotte, the team Jordan owned. Or after games in Chicago, where nostalgia hopefully would add to the mix. There would be a little nugget here, a tiny nibble there, but nothing that mattered. It's coming out now, though, in Jackson's 339-page memoir co-written with Hugh Delehanty and available Tuesday: "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.
February 14, 2011 |
Time Warner Cable has struck a game-changing TV deal with the Lakers to create two new regional sports channels ? one in English and one in Spanish ? that will use the world champions as their backbone. The 20-year agreement, which kicks off with the 2012-13 season, covers all preseason, regular-season and postseason games that are not nationally telecast. The marriage of the Lakers and Time Warner Cable is a major blow to Fox Sports West and KCAL-TV, the current rights holders.
November 7, 2012 |
Both the Lakers and the Utah Jazz have started the season slowly with matching 1-3 records. The Lakers are set to visit Utah on Wednesday night, with hopes of building their first win streak of the season. Utah is looking to end a three-game slide. Utah has four powerful big men in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Mo Williams is off to a fast start and yet the Jazz has just a single victory. With Steve Nash still recovering from a leg injury, the Lakers will have to play an excellent game of basketball to escape Utah with a win. Key matchup Jefferson's scoring is down a bit, to 12.3 points per game on 44% shooting, but he's a true back-to-the basket center.